As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony A7R is also often compared to pro DSLRs and entry-level DSLRs. The Sony A7R's top rivals come from Sony (such as the a7R III and the A7S) and Nikon (such as the D750 and the D610)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A7R compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it takes significantly higher resolution photos (36.2 MP vs 24 MP) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,228k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 409,600 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony a7R III

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4 years newer
$2,685 - $2,798 (body only)
$3,456 - $3,596 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7R III (vs the A7R)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the a7R III (vs the A7R)

  • Significantly thicker: 2.9" vs 1.9"
  • Heavier: 657 g vs 465 g

common strengths of the a7R III and A7R

  • Capture extremely high resolution images: 42.2 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony A7S

Sony A7S
5 months newer
$1,998 (body only)
$2,598 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7S (vs the A7R)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the A7S (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.4 MP vs 36.2 MP

common strengths of the A7S and A7R

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

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
1 year newer
$998 (body only)
$1,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7 II (vs the A7R)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the 7 II (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 36.2 MP

common strengths of the 7 II and A7R

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
3 years newer
$1,098 (body only)
$1,498 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the A7R)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the A7R)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.46x vs 0.71x
  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 92 lenses

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and A7R

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha 7R II

Sony Alpha 7R II
1 year newer
$1,595 - $1,798 (body only)
$2,600 - $2,696 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7R II (vs the A7R)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7R II (vs the A7R)

  • None found

common strengths of the 7R II and A7R

  • Capture extremely high resolution images: 42.2 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

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 A7R)

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

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • No weather sealing
  • Fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 92 lenses

common strengths of the A6000 and A7R

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Thin: 1.8" vs 1.9"

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A7R compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), takes much higher resolution photos (36.2 MP vs 24.3 MP), has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies and is newer (october 2013 vs august 2012).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 16 fps) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism).

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 A7R)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much longer battery life: 1230 shots vs 340 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.9"
  • Much larger: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Standard size (127×94×48 mm)

common strengths of the D750 and A7R

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 465 g

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 A7R)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly longer battery life: 980 shots vs 340 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 1.9"

common strengths of the 6D and A7R

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Standard size (127×94×48 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 1.9"
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 465 g

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
2 years newer
$4,518 - $5,499 (body only)
$5,403 100mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS-1D X Mark II (vs the A7R)

  • Shoots much faster: 16 fps vs 4 fps
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS-1D X Mark II (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 20 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Much larger: Large (158×168×83 mm) vs Standard size (127×94×48 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.3" vs 1.9"

common strengths of the EOS-1D X Mark II and A7R

  • 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 A7R)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.9"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D610 and A7R

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 465 g
  • Inexpensive: $789.99 vs $1,603.99

Sony SLT A99

Sony SLT A99
1 year older
$3,198 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A99 (vs the A7R)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Shoots significantly faster: 6 fps vs 4 fps
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A99 (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.9"
  • Much larger: Professional size (147×111×78 mm) vs Standard size (127×94×48 mm)

common strengths of the SLT A99 and A7R

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
1 year older
$1,299 - $1,879 (body only)
$3,464 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the A7R)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the A7R)

  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.9"
  • Much larger: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Standard size (127×94×48 mm)
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D800 and A7R

  • Capture extremely high resolution images: 36.2 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $1,299.00 vs $1,603.99

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A7R compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps), much larger viewfinder (0.71x vs 0.53x), takes much higher resolution photos (36.2 MP vs 17.9 MP), has a weather sealed body and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4 fps vs 6 fps), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism) and significantly fewer lenses available (92 lenses vs 230 lenses).

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
7 months older
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the A7R)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.71x
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Standard size (127×94×48 mm)

common strengths of the D7100 and A7R

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.71x
  • Weather sealed
  • Focus continuously recording movies

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 A7R)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.71x
  • Much larger: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Standard size (127×94×48 mm)

common strengths of the EOS 80D and A7R

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.59x vs 0.71x
  • Weather sealed
  • Flip-out screens

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
7 months older
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the A7R)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the T5i and A7R

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

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 A7R)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 92 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.50x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and A7R

  • None found

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
5 years older
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the A7R)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 92 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the A7R)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 36.2 MP
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.63x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the D90 and A7R

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.63x vs 0.71x