As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony A7 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, boutiques and entry-level DSLRs. The Sony A7's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A6000 and the a7 II) and Fujifilm (such as the X-T3 and the X-T20)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A7 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots), has a weather sealed body and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen, users slower contrast detection autofocus (hybrid detection vs phase detection), is older (october 2013 vs january 2017) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 months newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the A7)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the A7)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • No weather sealing
  • Fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 92 lenses

common strengths of the A6000 and A7

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 417 g

Fujifilm X-T3

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4 years newer
$1,399 (body only)
$1,699 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T3 (vs the A7)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
  • Significantly more focus points: 425 vs 117

Significant disadvantages of the X-T3 (vs the A7)

  • Lower resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 92 lenses

common strengths of the X-T3 and A7

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony a7 II

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1 year newer
$1,698 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7 II (vs the A7)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Hybrid detection

Significant disadvantages of the a7 II (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the a7 II and A7

  • High resolution screens: 1,230k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Olympus OM-D E-M10 III

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3 years newer

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M10 III (vs the A7)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M10 III (vs the A7)

  • No weather sealing
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Lower resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 1,229k dots

common strengths of the OM-D E-M10 III and A7

  • Thin: 2" vs 1.9"
  • Light weight: 410 g vs 417 g

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
3 years newer
$699 - $749 (body only)
$700 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T20 (vs the A7)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the X-T20 (vs the A7)

  • No weather sealing
  • Lower resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the X-T20 and A7

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Thin: 1.6" vs 1.9"
  • Light weight: 383 g vs 417 g

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
1 year newer
$826 (body only)
$1,058 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M5 II (vs the A7)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the E-M5 II (vs the A7)

  • Lower resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 15.9 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the E-M5 II and A7

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Thin: 1.8" vs 1.9"

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
1 year older
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the A7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the 6D and A7

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
1 year older
$2,300 (body only)
$2,844 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the A7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and A7

  • None found

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
2 years newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the A7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the D500 and A7

  • None found

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
1 year newer
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the A7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the D750 and A7

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
7 months older
$949 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,275 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the A7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and A7

  • None found

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
similar age
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the A7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the D610 and A7

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A7 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a weather sealed body, has a screen which flips out, much better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 92%), significantly larger viewfinder (0.71x vs 0.33x) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
1 year older
$2,398 - $2,798

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX1 (vs the A7)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX1 (vs the A7)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DSC-RX1 and A7

  • Fairly small: Standard size (113×65×70 mm) vs Standard size (127×94×48 mm)
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm FinePix X100T

Fujifilm FinePix X100T
10 months newer
$950

Significant advantages of the X100T (vs the A7)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the X100T (vs the A7)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the X100T and A7

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×74×52 mm) vs Standard size (127×94×48 mm)
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 1.9"
  • Light weight: 440 g vs 417 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the A7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7200 and A7

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
2 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the A7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and A7

  • None found

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
2 years newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the A7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the EOS 80D and A7

  • None found

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
similar age
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the A7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5300 and A7

  • None found

Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000
4 years older
$306 (body only)
$731 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5000 (vs the A7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5000 (vs the A7)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5000 and A7

  • None found