As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony a7 III is also often compared to boutiques, pro DSLRs, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Sony a7 III's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS R and the EOS RP) and Sony (such as the a7R III and the a6400)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 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), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 409,600 ISO), is slightly larger (prosumer size (127×96×74 mm) vs standard size (127×94×48 mm)), is thicker (2.9" vs 1.9") and is slightly heavier (650 g vs 489 g).

Sony a7R III

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

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 42.2 MP vs 24 MP

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

  • Significantly fewer focus points: 399 vs 693

common strengths of the a7R III and a7 III

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.78x vs 0.78x
  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 650 shots vs 710 shots

Fujifilm X-T3

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6 months newer
$1,399 (body only)
$1,699 18-55mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 390 shots vs 710 shots
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 425 vs 693
  • Fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 92 lenses

common strengths of the X-T3 and a7 III

  • Weather sealed
  • Many focus points: 425 vs 693
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony a6400

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10 months newer
$898 (body only)
$971 - $998 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the a6400 (vs the a7 III)

  • Smaller: Standard size (120×67×60 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 403 g vs 650 g
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the a6400 (vs the a7 III)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.46x vs 0.78x
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 410 shots vs 710 shots
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 425 vs 693

common strengths of the a6400 and a7 III

  • Weather sealed
  • Many focus points: 425 vs 693
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony a7 II

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3 years older
$1,698 24-70mm lens

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

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

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

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the a7 II and a7 III

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony A7S

Sony A7S
3 years older
$1,998 (body only)
$2,598 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7S (vs the a7 III)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Significantly thinner: 1.9" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the A7S (vs the a7 III)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the A7S and a7 III

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

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

Significant advantages of the E-M5 II (vs the a7 III)

  • Smaller: Standard size (124×85×45 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.8" vs 2.9"
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the E-M5 II (vs the a7 III)

  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 120 fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 81 vs 693

common strengths of the E-M5 II and a7 III

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony a7 III compared to boutique competitors include: it has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body, has a much longer battery life (710 shots vs 310 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,100k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 45.4 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO) and has slightly fewer focus points (693 vs 4,779).

Canon EOS R

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6 months newer
$1,994 - $2,299

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 921k dots
  • Many more focus points: 5,655 vs 693
  • Larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

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

common strengths of the EOS R and a7 III

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 710 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon EOS RP

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1 year newer
$1,299 - $1,699

Significant advantages of the EOS RP (vs the a7 III)

  • Many more focus points: 4,779 vs 693

Significant disadvantages of the EOS RP (vs the a7 III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 710 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Shoots significantly slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the EOS RP and a7 III

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

Nikon Z6

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5 months newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the a7 III)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the a7 III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 710 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Z6 and a7 III

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

Nikon Z7

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5 months newer
$3,397 - $3,547

Significant advantages of the Z7 (vs the a7 III)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 921k dots
  • Larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 45.4 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Z7 (vs the a7 III)

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

common strengths of the Z7 and a7 III

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

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
3 years older
$895 - $966

Significant advantages of the D-Lux (Typ 109) (vs the a7 III)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Smaller: Mid size (118×66×55 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Lighter: 405 g vs 650 g

Significant disadvantages of the D-Lux (Typ 109) (vs the a7 III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 710 shots
  • No touch screen
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the D-Lux (Typ 109) and a7 III

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R

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10 months newer
$3,698

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-S1R (vs the a7 III)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 46.7 MP vs 24 MP
  • Larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-S1R (vs the a7 III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 710 shots
  • Significantly larger: Large (149×110×97 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Lumix DC-S1R and a7 III

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 710 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 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 0.71x), 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 slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,620k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 30.1 MP), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism) and slightly fewer lenses available (92 lenses vs 165 lenses).

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
3 years older
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1230 shots vs 710 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 693
  • Shoots much slower: 6.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the D750 and a7 III

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

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
1 year older
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

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

  • None found

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

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

Significant advantages of the EOS-1D X Mark II (vs the a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Shoots much faster: 16 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS-1D X Mark II (vs the a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 61 vs 693
  • Much larger: Large (158×168×83 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the EOS-1D X Mark II and a7 III

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.76x vs 0.78x
  • Very fast continuous shooting: 16 fps vs 10 fps

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
3 years older
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the 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 a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 693
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the D810 and a7 III

  • None found

Canon EOS 6D

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

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the 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 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 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

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
3 years older
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the a7 III)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the a7 III)

  • Many fewer focus points: 79 vs 693
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)

common strengths of the A77 II and a7 III

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many focus points: 79 vs 693

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony a7 III compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records very high quality movies (UHD @ 30fps vs none), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), much larger viewfinder (0.78x vs 0.54x), records high-speed movies (120 fps vs none) and has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism), significantly fewer lenses available (92 lenses vs 220 lenses), has a slightly shorter battery life (710 shots vs 1050 shots), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
10 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the a7 III)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 24 MP
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 693
  • Does not take movies: None vs UHD @ 30fps

common strengths of the DSLR-A200 and a7 III

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
7 years older
$602 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the a7 III)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 92 lenses
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the a7 III)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 693
  • Lower resolution movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs UHD @ 30fps

common strengths of the D7000 and a7 III

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.78x
  • Weather sealed
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 693

Canon EOS 80D

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

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly 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 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 a7 III

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.59x vs 0.78x
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Have touch screens

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
3 years older
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the a7 III)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the 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 D7200 and a7 III

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

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony a7 III compared to super zoom competitors include: it takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), is older (february 2018 vs january 2019) and is much more expensive ($1,876.19 vs $326.95).

Nikon Coolpix B600

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10 months newer
$327

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B600 (vs the a7 III)

  • Built-in flash
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B600 (vs the a7 III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 280 shots vs 710 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the Coolpix B600 and a7 III

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (122×82×99 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 2.9"
  • Light weight: 500 g vs 650 g

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS

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6 months newer
$478 - $549

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX70 HS (vs the a7 III)

  • Built-in flash
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX70 HS (vs the a7 III)

  • Much shorter battery life: 325 shots vs 710 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 693

common strengths of the PowerShot SX70 HS and a7 III

  • Fairly small: Large (127×91×117 mm) vs Prosumer size (127×96×74 mm)
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Light weight: 608 g vs 650 g