As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha a7 III is also often compared to boutiques, pro DSLRs and entry-level DSLRs. The Sony Alpha a7 III's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS R and the EOS 5D Mark IV) and Sony (such as the Alpha a7R III and the Alpha 7 II)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a7 III compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records very high quality movies (UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), slightly larger viewfinder (0.78x vs 0.49x), records high-speed movies (120 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,440k dots), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), is thicker (2.9" vs 2.4") and is slightly heavier (650 g vs 539 g).

Fujifilm X-T3

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6 months newer
$1,499 (body only)
$1,879 - $1,899 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T3 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Shoots much faster: 20 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the X-T3 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.49x vs 0.78x
  • Much shorter battery life: 390 shots vs 710 shots
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 425 vs 693

common strengths of the X-T3 and Alpha a7 III

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • Many focus points: 425 vs 693

Sony Alpha a7R III

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4 months older
$2,714 - $2,898 (body only)
$3,041 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a7R III (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 42.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a7R III (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Significantly fewer focus points: 399 vs 693

common strengths of the Alpha a7R III and Alpha a7 III

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.78x vs 0.78x
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
3 years older
$920 - $1,398 (body only)
$1,596 - $1,598 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7 II (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7 II (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • No touch screen
  • Many fewer focus points: 117 vs 693

common strengths of the 7 II and Alpha a7 III

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S

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similar age
$1,988 - $2,298 (body only)
$3,162 - $5,567 12mm lens

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-GH5S (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-GH5S (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Many fewer focus points: 225 vs 693
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Lumix DC-GH5S and Alpha a7 III

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.81x vs 0.78x
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed

Sony A7

Sony A7
4 years older
$739 - $798 (body only)
$998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly lighter: 417 g vs 650 g
  • Significantly thinner: 1.9" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A7 and Alpha a7 III

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
1 year older
$1,198 (body only)
$1,598 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (120×67×53 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 453 g vs 650 g
  • Thinner: 2.1" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.46x vs 0.78x
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 710 shots
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 425 vs 693

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and Alpha a7 III

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • Many focus points: 425 vs 693

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a7 III compared to boutique competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (710 shots vs 330 shots) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,100k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 45.4 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 204,800 ISO) and has slightly fewer focus points (693 vs 5,655).

Canon EOS R

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6 months newer
$2,199 - $2,299

Significant advantages of the EOS R (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 921k dots
  • Many more focus points: 5,655 vs 693

Significant disadvantages of the EOS R (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 710 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the EOS R and Alpha a7 III

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 710 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon Z7

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5 months newer
$3,322 - $3,997

Significant advantages of the Z7 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 45.4 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Z7 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 710 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Z7 and Alpha a7 III

  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon Z6

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5 months newer
$1,997 - $2,594

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 710 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Z6 and Alpha a7 III

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a7 III compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records very high quality movies (UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), significantly larger viewfinder (0.78x vs 0.65x), records high-speed movies (120 fps vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,620k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 36.2 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism).

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
1 year older
$2,221 - $3,099 (body only)
$3,017 - $3,999 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 61 vs 693
  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and Alpha a7 III

  • None found

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
3 years older
$1,240 - $1,397 (body only)
$1,719 - $1,897 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 693
  • Shoots much slower: 6.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.78x

common strengths of the D750 and Alpha a7 III

  • Flip-out screens
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 650 g
  • Popularity: 457 vs 426

Canon EOS 5DS R

Canon EOS 5DS R
3 years older
$2,181 - $3,699 (body only)
$2,278 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5DS R (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much higher true resolution: 50.3 MP vs 24 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the 5DS R (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 61 vs 693
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 5DS R and Alpha a7 III

  • None found

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
5 years older
$999 - $1,022 (body only)
$1,412 - $1,999 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly more lenses available: 165 lenses vs 92 lenses
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 693
  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 6D and Alpha a7 III

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 2.9"
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 650 g

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
3 years older
$1,914 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,472 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 693
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.78x

common strengths of the D810 and Alpha a7 III

  • None found

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
2 years older
$1,500 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,053 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 1,640,000 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 153 vs 693
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.65x vs 0.78x
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 20.7 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the D500 and Alpha a7 III

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Lots of focus points: 153 vs 693

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a7 III compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records very high quality movies (UHD @ 30fps vs none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), much larger viewfinder (0.78x vs 0.51x) and records high-speed movies (120 fps vs none).

However, on average it has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism), significantly fewer lenses available (92 lenses vs 230 lenses), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2), doesn't have a built-in focus motor and is much more expensive ($1,898.00 vs $710.69).

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
3 years older
$785 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 92 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 19 vs 693
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.78x

common strengths of the T6i and Alpha a7 III

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
2 years older
$868 - $999 (body only)
$940 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 92 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 45 vs 693
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps

common strengths of the EOS 80D and Alpha a7 III

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • Weather sealed

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
5 years older
$711 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • 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 Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 693
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps

common strengths of the D7100 and Alpha a7 III

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.78x
  • Weather sealed
  • Lots of focus points: 51 vs 693

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
9 years older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XS (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 92 lenses
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XS (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Does not take movies: None vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the Rebel XS and Alpha a7 III

  • None found