Sony A7

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Sony A7

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Sony A7R

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Sony A7R

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Reasons to buy the Sony A7

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Large sensor
Sensor size
Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Sony A7R

Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony A7

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Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
117 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
417 g vs 465 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony A7R

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True resolution
Much higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,746 ISO vs 2,248 ISO
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The A7R has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
95.0 vs 90.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
25.6 bits vs 24.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              A7:2,248 ISO
              A7R:2,746 ISO
              Overall image quality Extremely good image quality Help
              A7:90.0
              A7R:95.0
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              A7:Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
              A7R:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              A7:14.2 EV
              A7R:14.1 EV
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              A7:24.8 bits
              A7R:25.6 bits
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              A7:24 MP
              A7R:36.2 MP
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Weight Heavy Help
              A7:417 g
              A7R:465 g
              Size Large Help
              Standard size 127x94x48 mm
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              4 lenses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $575 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,299 body only

              $1,599 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Sony A7S

              Sony A7S

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $3,996 with 70-200mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony A7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony A7.

              Sony A7R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Much larger

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