• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • 35.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony RX1R advantages over Sony A7

  • Higher effective ISO
    2,537 vs 2,248 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Sony A7 advantages over Sony RX1R

  • Less expensive
    $998 vs $2398*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 340 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    48 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • 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
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    50 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    28 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Significantly sharper, more detailed JPEG images than those from the RX1; JPEG processing appears to minimize moire and aliasing artifacts; Same price as the RX1; Full-frame, 24-megapixel compact camera with fast Carl Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2 T* lens; Blazing fast autofocus; Impressive image quality that rivals (and sometimes surpasses) full-frame DSLRs.

  • More prone to moire, aliasing and false color than the RX1; Only subtle improvement in sharpness in RAW files; Fixed-length lens limits shooting flexibility; Viewfinders (optical or electronic) only available as optional accessories; Extremely expensive for a compact camera.

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Very high resolution; Hybrid autofocus is reasonably fast and confident; Significantly better burst-shooting performance than A7R; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Faster x-sync than A7R; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Grass-is-greener syndrome when compared to its higher-res sibling; Moderate performance; Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Weak low-light autofocus considering its price; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Sony RX1R
Sony A7R
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $773
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony RX1

Sony RX1R
Sony RX1
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Sony A7
Sony RX1
  • $773
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Internal flash

Compared to Sony A7 II

Sony RX1R
Sony A7 II
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Internal flash
  • Higher max flash sync
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A7
Sony A7 II
  • $773
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $1398
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Leica Q

Sony RX1R
Leica Q
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $3795
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7
Leica Q
  • $773
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $3795
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony RX1R
Sony A7R II
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A7
Sony A7R II
  • $773
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
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