• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Sony A99 II advantages over Sony A7R III

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer video battery life
    135 vs 100 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Less shutter lag
    0.11 vs 0.25 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 9.2 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Sony A7R III advantages over Sony A99 II

  • Less expensive
    $2498 vs $3198*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,523 vs 2,317 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 490 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    2 years vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Buy the Sony A7R III

Review Excerpt

  • Superb image quality at low, moderate ISOs; Improved high ISO performance; Fast continuous shooting speeds; Very impressive hybrid autofocus; High-quality 4K UHD video; Rugged camera body.

  • Multi-selector joystick can be awkward to use; No EVF live view at fastest burst rate; Buffer clearing is slow with no UHS-II support; 4K UHD video isn't as full-featured as E-mount counterparts.

  • Fantastic image quality; Improved dynamic range over its predecessor; Very good high ISO performance; Much improved real-world AF performance; Class-leading burst rates, even with RAW; Improved 5-axis in-body image stabilization; Better 4K video quality; 1080/120fps video; Dual card slots; Significantly better battery life.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash; Buffer clearing still slow despite UHS-II support.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5DS

Sony A99 II
Canon 5DS
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A7R III
Canon 5DS
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Sony A99 II
Canon 5DS R
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A7R III
Canon 5DS R
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A99 II
Sony A7R II
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A7R III
Sony A7R II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Nikon D850

Sony A99 II
Nikon D850
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
Sony A7R III
Nikon D850
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A7R IV

Sony A99 II
Sony A7R IV
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
Sony A7R III
Sony A7R IV
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Newer
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