Sony Alpha A7R vs Sony Alpha A7S II

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Sony Alpha A7R
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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
67% higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R is a 36.3MP digital camera. That's 24.1MP higher than the Sony Alpha A7S II (12.2MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

67% more total megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R is a 36.8MP digital camera. That's 24.4MP more than the Sony Alpha A7S II (12.4MP).
Larger screen size Edit
Sony Alpha A7R is 3" screen. That's 0.05" larger than the Sony Alpha A7S II (2.95"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

A lot lighter Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R has a weight of 407g, however the Sony Alpha A7S II is a 584g digital camera (177g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Shorter Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R has a height of 94.4mm. That's 1.3mm shorter than the Sony Alpha A7S II (95.7mm).
Thinner Edit
Sony Alpha A7R is 48.2mm deep. That's 12.1mm thinner than the Sony Alpha A7S II (60.3mm).
Cheaper by £245
The Sony Alpha A7R is £245 cheaper than the Sony Alpha A7S II.
Thirteen more awards
The Sony Alpha A7R has 21 awards from expert review sites, but the Sony Alpha A7S II has 8 awards.
Better expert reviews
Based on 113 expert reviews, the average review score of the Sony Alpha A7R is 89%, whereas the average rating of the Sony Alpha A7S II is 84% (based on 48 reviews).
8 Reasons For
Fifty-two more auto focus points Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has 169.00 auto focus points, however the Sony Alpha A7R only has 117.00 auto focus points.
384,000 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a maximum ISO speed of 409,600, but the Sony Alpha A7R is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (384,000 lower).
50 smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a minimum ISO speed of 50, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (50 bigger).
307,200 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a display resolution of 1,228,800 pixels, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R is only a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (307,200 pixels lower).
Slightly higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a lens magnification ratio of 0.78x, but the Sony Alpha A7R is only a 0.71x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.07x lower). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Thirty more shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a digital camera that takes 370.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R only takes 340.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Available from 11 shops
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
User reviews are better
Based on 102 reviews, the Sony Alpha A7S II has an average user review score of 92%, but the Sony Alpha A7R has an average rating of 84% (based on 136 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Only 117.00 auto focus points Edit
The number of auto focus points on the Sony Alpha A7R is 117.00, but the Sony Alpha A7S II only has 169.00 auto focus points.
Significantly lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R is a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 384,000 lower than the Sony Alpha A7S II (409,600).
50% bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 50 bigger than the Sony Alpha A7S II (50).
34% lower display resolution Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 307,200 pixels lower than the Sony Alpha A7S II (1,228,800 pixels).
Lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R is a 0.71x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.07x lower than the Sony Alpha A7S II (0.78x). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Only 340.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R takes 340.00 shots per battery charge, however the Sony Alpha A7S II only takes 370.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Fewer sellers
The Sony Alpha A7R is only stocked by 19 shops, but the Sony Alpha A7S II is stocked by 30 shops. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
User review Rating is Worse
The average user rating of the Sony Alpha A7R is 84%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony Alpha A7S II is 92% (based on 102 reviews).
10 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a megapixel count of 12.2MP, however the Sony Alpha A7R is a 36.3MP digital camera (24.1MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

2x less total megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a total megapixel count of 12.4MP, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R is a 36.8MP digital camera (24.4MP more).
A little smaller screen size Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a screen size of 2.95", however the Sony Alpha A7R is a 3" screen digital camera (0.05" larger). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

31% heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a 584g digital camera. That's 177g heavier than the Sony Alpha A7R (584g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

A bit taller Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a 95.7mm tall digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R is a 94.4mm tall digital camera (1.3mm shorter).
21% thicker Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a depth of 60.3mm, however the Sony Alpha A7R is a 48.2mm deep digital camera (12.1mm thinner).
£245 more expensive
The Sony Alpha A7S II is more expensive than the Sony Alpha A7R by £245.
Three months older
The Sony Alpha A7S II is older than the Sony Alpha A7R by three months.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony Alpha A7S II has received 8 awards, the Sony Alpha A7R has received 21 awards.
Lower expert review Score
The Sony Alpha A7S II has an average expert rating of 84%, but the Sony Alpha A7R has an average expert rating of 89% (based on 113 reviews).

Awards

21 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
Digitaltrends.com: Editor's Choice
DP Review: Gold
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
fotomaniak.pl: Editor's Choice
fotovideo.nu: Recommended
hardwarezone.com.ph: Recommended
hardwarezone.com.sg: Innovative Design
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick
kamerabild.se: Top Class
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 6 Star
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
tek.no: Recommended
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold
8 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
DP Review: Gold
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
What Digital Camera: Gold

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Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
36.3MP
BEST
12.2MP
Image Stabiliser
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 4240 x 2832
 4240 x 2832
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 7360 x 4912
BEST
 7360 x 4912
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
38.9 x 24 35.6 x 23.8
Total Megapixel Count
36.8MP
BEST
12.4MP
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 3:2
 16:9
 3:2

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Digital Zoom
4x 4x
Maximum Aperture
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
2.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length
52.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
52.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
24 - 70 Unknown - Click to provide data
Fixed Focal Length
55mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens
 Wide-angle
 Wide-angle
Extra / Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 2x
Lens Structure
7/5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 E mount
 Sony E
 E mount
 Sony E
Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
49mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus assist beam
Auto Focus Point
117 169
BEST
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 409600
 102400
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 409600
 102400
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 409,600
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 50
BEST
Auto Exposure Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Slow synchronization
 Second curtain synchro
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1s
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Pre-Flash
 Pre-flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 XAVC-I
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 XAVC-I
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1280 x 720
BEST
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1440x1080@25fps
 1920x1080@120fps
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1440x1080@25fps
 1920x1080@120fps
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
BEST
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
Memory Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Screen Size
3"
BEST
2.95"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
921,600 pixels 1,228,800 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.5" 0.5"
Lens Magnification Ratio
0.71x 0.78x
BEST
Viewfinder
 electrical
 Electronic
BEST
 electrical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB B
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
 Microphone in socket
 Microphone in socket
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
 Headphone out port
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,5,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Anti-dust function
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
BEST
Playback Mode
 Highlights
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Highlights
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ X
Diopter Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data -4 - 3
Eye Relief
Unknown - Click to provide data 23mm
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Panorama
 Twilight
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Panorama
 Twilight

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
407g
BEST
584g
Height
94.4mm
BEST
95.7mm
Depth
48.2mm
BEST
60.3mm
Width
126.9mm 126.9mm
Lens Weight
120g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
36.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
61.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight Including Battery
465g
BEST
627g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium
BEST
 Lithium
Battery Size
NP-FW50 NP-FW50
Maximum Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 1h
Battery Capacity
1,080mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
340 shots 370 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 HDMI
 USB
 Micro-USB
 HDMI
 USB
 Micro-USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
 Near field communication
 Near field communication

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Memory Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Memory function
Video Capture Resolution (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3840 x 2160
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