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Compare the Sony A7 to the A7 II and the A7 III

Three system cameras with a full frame sensor, super-fast auto focus and handy design. It is difficult to choose between the Sony Alpha A7, A7 II and the A7 III. I have compared the devices with each other and tried to discover where they stand out. So after reading this article you know exactly which camera to go for.

Sony A7

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24.3 megapixels, Exmor CMOS sensor | Full HD 1,080p, 5fps, WiFi | Including 28-70mm lens | Type of photography: nature, landscape, portrait, travel, documentary, macro, architecture | Optical zoom: 2.5x
899,- 699,-
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Pros

  • With the 28-70mm lens, you can take landscape, portrait, street, nature, and animal photos.
  • The A7 has a full frame sensor that brings out every megapixel.
  • Thanks to the metal casing with seals, this camera is resistant to splash water.

Cons

  • The maximum video resolution is limited to 1080p, so you can't cut high-quality stills from video files.
  • A memory card isn't included.

Sony A7 II

24.3 megapixels, Exmor CMOS sensor | Full HD 1,080p, 5fps, WiFi | Including 28-70mm lens | Types of photography: nature, landscape, portrait, travel, documentary, macro, | architecture | Optical zoom: 2.5x
1.249,-
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Pros

  • With the 28-70mm lens you can make portraits, landscape, animal and architectural photos, among other things.
  • The 5-axis electronic image stabilization can be used with any lens.
  • Shoot accurately thanks to the improved focus speed and AF tracking.

Cons

  • With a total weight of 600 grams, the A7II is no longer one of the lightest full-frame cameras.
  • No memory card is included.

Sony A7 III

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24.2 megapixels, full frame Exmor CMOS sensor | 4K Ultra HD, 10 fps, WiFi | Including 28-70mm lens
2.199,-
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  • With the 28-70mm zoom lens you can photograph portraits, landscapes and animals, among other things.
  • Due to the high maximum ISO value, you also photograph by hand in dark situations.
  • You can record fast promotions thanks to the high number of images per second.
  • The weight of 565 grams can cause a sore neck or cramped hands.
  • When zooming in, the brightness decreases, so that you can take photos out of your hand for less.
  • No memory card is included.

Main differences between the Sony A7, A7 II, and A7 III

Sony A7 Sony A7 II Sony A7 III
Image sensor Full frame, 24.3 mp Full frame, 24.3 mp Full frame, 24.3 mp
Max. ISO 25,600 25,600 204,800
Image stabilization No Yes Yes
Video resolution Full HD Full HD 4K
Focus points 117 117 693
Number of fps JPEG 5 5 10
Body weight 416 grams 556 grams 565 grams

Image quality

Sony A7 image quality

Sony A7

You can take detailed pictures with the full frame sensor of 24.3 megapixels. In addition, due to the size of the sensor, you make use of the entire angle of view. Thanks to the advanced BIONZ X processor, your images are virtually noise-free, making it easier to shoot with a high ISO value. You can film with the Sony A7 in Full HD quality.

Sony A7 II image quality

Sony A7 II

With cameras that follow each other, it is always boss above boss. This is also the case with the Sony A7 II. Just like its predecessor, this camera has a 24.3 megapixel full frame sensor, but it also has image stabilization. And that is very useful if you want to shoot in low light or capture moving subjects. The image stabilization corrects movements over 5 axes.

Image quality Sony A7 III

Sony A7 III

The Sony A7 III adds a little extra. In addition to a large image sensor, image stabilization over 5 axes and an advanced processor, this device has something extra. The ISO value can be extended to a maximum of 204,800. Not that you will do this quickly, but this means very good image quality in the lower ISO regions. You also film in the best quality, namely 4K.

Sharp images

Sharp images Sony Alpha A7

Sony A7

With the Sony A7 you can easily capture moving subjects. In continuous shooting mode you take 5 images per second. That way you will never miss a moment. The auto focus is very advanced and helps you to get a clear picture of promotions. You can choose from 117 focus points and various focus options. For example, the camera follows automatically moving subjects.

Sharp images Sony A7 II

Sony A7 II

Also with the Sony A7 II you freeze all movements of your subjects. You capture a total of 5 images per second. If you only want to focus on the action, use the tracking function. A handy autofocus option where the camera follows your subject. When focusing manually, choose from one of the 117 focus points.

Sharp images Sony Alpha A7 III

Sony A7 III

Speaking of boss above boss, this device excels in auto focus. The Sony A7 III has a 4D autofocus system. Which means that the camera takes into account width, height, depth (speed) and time (prediction) when focusing. This always produces a sharp image. In addition, with manual focusing you have a choice of 693 focus points that cover no less than 93 percent of the image.

Physical properties

Features Sony A7

Sony A7

Given all the possibilities you would expect that the Sony A7 is a lot heavier. But with 416 grams, this is a lightweight device. The camera also has a slim design without any concessions. All buttons are on it. The device even has two dials for adjusting the aperture and shutter speed. At the back you will find a 3 inch folding screen. In addition, the camera has a viewfinder so that you can see the subjects clearly.

Features Sony A7 II

Sony A7 II

This device is somewhat heavier than the Sony A7. In total, the body of the Sony A7 II weighs 556 grams. The camera is also slightly thicker. But thanks to the rubber handles on the front and back you can still pick it up easily with 1 hand. No concessions have been made in the area of controls. The 3-inch folding screen shows everything clearly. Just like the viewfinder, which incidentally has almost no delay.

Features Sony A7 III

Sony A7 III

The Sony A7 III offers the best quality of the three cameras. It is therefore not surprising that this is the largest device. With 565 grams, the body is not that much heavier than that of the Sony A7 II. Everything is done. You can find a nice extra in an opening on the side, where you can store no less than two memory cards. The camera is the only one with a touch screen that makes setting easier.

Conclusion

If you compare the three cameras, you'll notice that each device can do a little more than the other. The Sony A7 III offers the most possibilities, especially in terms of image quality and autofocus. But those who don't have as much to spend, can also makes high quality photos with the Sony A7 and A7 II. The advantage is that all three devices have a full frame sensor. With this type of sensor, you use the entire image angle.

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