As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha a7 III is also often compared to pro DSLRs, entry-level DSLRs, boutiques and super zooms. The Sony Alpha a7 III's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha a7R III and the Alpha a6500) and Canon (such as the EOS 5D Mark IV and the EOS 5D Mark III)

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 0.46x), 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 lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,230k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 36.2 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 20 fps), is slightly larger (prosumer size (127×96×74 mm) vs standard size (127×94×48 mm)) and is thicker (2.9" vs 2.4").

Sony Alpha a7R III

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4 months older
$2,998 - $3,298 (body only)
$3,400 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 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

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
3 years older
$1,142 - $1,398 (body only)
$1,370 - $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
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha a9

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10 months older
$4,498 (body only)
$4,500 35mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a9 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a9 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • None found

common strengths of the Alpha a9 and Alpha a7 III

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.77x vs 0.78x
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed

Sony A7R

Sony A7R
4 years older
$1,809 - $2,998 (body only)
$3,297 - $3,398 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7R (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.9" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the A7R (vs the Alpha a7 III)

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

common strengths of the A7R and Alpha a7 III

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • 24p support

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
1 year older
$1,500 - $1,599 (body only)
$1,749 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.36x vs 0.78x
  • Many fewer focus points: 121 vs 693

common strengths of the OM-D E-M1 Mark 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

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), slightly larger viewfinder (0.78x vs 0.70x), 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 significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 30.1 MP), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism), significantly fewer lenses available (92 lenses vs 165 lenses) and has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
1 year older
$2,595 - $3,099 (body only)
$3,229 - $3,999 24-105mm lens

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

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

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

  • Many fewer focus points: 61 vs 693
  • Screen does not flip out

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

  • Announced: August 2016 vs February 2018
  • Fairly small: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Thin: 3" vs 2.9"

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
3 years older
$1,419 - $1,697 (body only)
$2,197 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"
  • Significantly more lenses available: 171 lenses vs 92 lenses

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

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 693
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the D750 and Alpha a7 III

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.9"

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1
2 years older
$1,679 - $1,697 (body only)
$2,094 - $2,097 28-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-1 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

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

Significant disadvantages of the K-1 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 33 vs 693
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps

common strengths of the K-1 and Alpha a7 III

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (137×110×86 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,679.39 vs $1,998.00

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
6 years older
$2,499 (body only)
$3,499 24-105mm lens

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly more lenses available: 165 lenses vs 92 lenses

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

  • Many fewer focus points: 61 vs 693
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • Fairly small: Professional size (152×116×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Thin: 3" vs 2.9"
  • Light weight: 950 g vs 650 g

Nikon D600

Nikon D600
5 years older
$2,199 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D600 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly more lenses available: 171 lenses vs 92 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 693
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the D600 and Alpha a7 III

  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Light weight: 850 g vs 650 g
  • Inexpensive: $2,199.00 vs $1,998.00

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
6 years older
$1,799 - $2,349 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 693
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the D800 and Alpha a7 III

  • Inexpensive: $1,799.00 vs $1,998.00

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 1080p @ 30fps), much larger viewfinder (0.78x vs 0.53x), records high-speed movies (120 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 17.9 MP).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,228k dots), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism), significantly fewer lenses available (92 lenses vs 220 lenses), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
3 years older
$739 - $997 (body only)
$1,099 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the Alpha a7 III)

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

common strengths of the D7200 and Alpha a7 III

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

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
7 years older
$708 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the Alpha a7 III)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 693
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.78x

common strengths of the T3i and Alpha a7 III

  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
3 years older
$649 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 19 vs 693
  • 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
$780 - $999 (body only)
$945 - $1,049 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 45 vs 693
  • 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

Pentax K-5 IIs

Pentax K-5 IIs
5 years older
$1,016 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-5 IIs (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Has a GPS
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 IIs (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 25fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 693
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps

common strengths of the K-5 IIs and Alpha a7 III

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.78x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Weather sealed

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a7 III compared to boutique competitors include: it records very high quality movies (UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 25fps), records high-speed movies (120 fps vs none), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 42.2 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO) and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Hasselblad X1D

Hasselblad X1D
1 year older
$6,495

Significant advantages of the X1D (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much higher true resolution: 51.3 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the X1D (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 25fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 2.3 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the X1D and Alpha a7 III

  • Have touch screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha a99 II

Sony Alpha a99 II
1 year older
$3,198

Significant advantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 42.2 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 490 shots vs 710 shots

common strengths of the Alpha a99 II and Alpha a7 III

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many focus points: 399 vs 693

Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F
1 year older
$1,060 - $1,299

Significant advantages of the X100F (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Smaller: Standard size (127×75×52 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Thinner: 2" vs 2.9"
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the X100F (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 390 shots vs 710 shots

common strengths of the X100F and Alpha a7 III

  • Good movie support: 1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • 24p support
  • Many focus points: 325 vs 693

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a7 III compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (127×96×74 mm) vs large (133×94×145 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), much larger viewfinder (0.78x vs 0.26x) and has a much longer battery life (710 shots vs 400 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,440k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 24 fps) and is slightly more expensive ($1,998.00 vs $1,698.00).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

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5 months older
$1,698

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Built-in flash
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 921k dots
  • Shoots significantly faster: 24 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (vs the Alpha a7 III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 710 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Many fewer focus points: 315 vs 693

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV and Alpha a7 III

  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Have touch screens