• 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Sony A7S advantages over Sony QX1

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 4.25 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,702 vs 1,063 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    62 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony QX1 advantages over Sony A7S

  • Less expensive
    $498 vs $1998
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    216g vs 507g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Outstanding high ISO performance; excellent dynamic range; 4K video recording (via uncompressed HDMI); XAVC S option for HD video; Slightly improved battery life over A7/A7R; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity.

  • 4K video requires expensive external recorder; Sluggish startup time; Loud shutter; Silent Shooting mode hurts image quality; Lacks a built-in, pop-up flash; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Leica M-E (Typ 220)

Sony A7S
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4784
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • More pixels
Sony QX1
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4784
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Samsung NX2000

Sony A7S
Samsung NX2000
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $488
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony QX1
Samsung NX2000
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $488
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung NX3300

Sony A7S
Samsung NX3300
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $483
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Sony QX1
Samsung NX3300
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $483
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A7S II

Sony A7S
Sony A7S II
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony QX1
Sony A7S II
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica M (Typ 262)

Sony A7S
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4462
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • More pixels
Sony QX1
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $4462
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor
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