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Sony Alpha A7R vs Sony Alpha A7S II

Sony Alpha A7R vs Sony Alpha A7S II

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Sony Alpha A7R
Sony Alpha A7S II

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
67% higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R is a 36.4MP digital camera. That's 24.2MP 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.

Larger display diagonal 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.

Sixteen more awards
The Sony Alpha A7R has 24 awards from expert review sites, but the Sony Alpha A7S II has 8 awards.
A bit better expert reviews
Based on 139 expert reviews, the average review score of the Sony Alpha A7R is 89%, whereas the average rating of the Sony Alpha A7S II is 86% (based on 61 reviews).
3 Reasons For
307,200 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a 1,228,800 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R is only a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (307,200 pixels lower).
Thirty more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II is a digital camera that takes 370.00 battery life (CIPA standard), whereas the Sony Alpha A7R only takes 340.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

User reviews are better
Based on 162 reviews, the Sony Alpha A7S II has an average user review score of 92%, but the Sony Alpha A7R has an average rating of 85% (based on 555 reviews).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
34% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,600 pixels. That's 307,200 pixels lower than the Sony Alpha A7S II (1,228,800 pixels).
Only 340.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R takes 340.00 battery life (CIPA standard), however the Sony Alpha A7S II only takes 370.00 battery life (CIPA standard). 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.

Older by five months
The Sony Alpha A7R is five months older than the Sony Alpha A7S II.
User review Rating is Worse
The average user rating of the Sony Alpha A7R is 85%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony Alpha A7S II is 92% (based on 162 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a megapixel of 12.2MP, however the Sony Alpha A7R is a 36.4MP digital camera (24.2MP 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.

A little smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony Alpha A7S II has a display diagonal 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.

Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony Alpha A7S II has received 8 awards, the Sony Alpha A7R has received 24 awards.
Moderately Lower expert review Score
The Sony Alpha A7S II has an average expert rating of 86%, but the Sony Alpha A7R has an average expert rating of 89% (based on 139 reviews).

Awards

24 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
altomdata.dk: Recommended
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
CNET.com.au: Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com: Editor's Choice
DP Review: Highly Recommended
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
itc.ua: Recommended
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
Camera Labs: Recommended
digifotopro.nl: Gold
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
log.com.tr: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

16 months Ago 11 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel
36.4MP
BEST
12.2MP
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 5536 x 2160
 3936 x 2624
 3936 x 2216
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
 4240 x 2832
BEST
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 5536 x 2160
 3936 x 2624
 3936 x 2216
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
 4240 x 2832
Maximum Image Resolution
 7360 x 4912
BEST
 7360 x 4912
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
38.9 x 24 35.6 x 23.8
Total Megapixels
36.8MP
BEST
12.4MP
Sensor Format
 Full-frame
 Full-frame
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 3:2
 16:9
 3:2

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Digital Zoom
4x 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
105mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Fixed Focal Length
55mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Extra/Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 2x
Lens Mount Interface
 Sony E
 E mount
 Sony E
 E mount
Diaphragm Blade
9 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
49mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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 (AF) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
117 169
BEST
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600 409,600
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Unknown - Click to provide data 50
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Hi-speed sync
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Hi-speed sync
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 XAVC-I
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 XAVC-I
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 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 At 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 Formats Supported
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LC-AAC
BEST
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 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 Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Display Diagonal
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
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,600 pixels 1,228,800 pixels
BEST
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.5" 0.5"
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 Electronic
BEST
 electrical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB B
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Auto
 Program
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
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
Camera Playback
 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 (D-D)
Unknown - Click to provide data -4 - 3
Eye Relief
Unknown - Click to provide data 23mm
Scene Modes
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Panorama
 Twilight
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Panorama
 Twilight

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
407g
BEST
584g
Height
94.4mm 95.7mm
Depth
48.2mm 60.3mm
Width
126.9mm 126.9mm
Weight (including Battery)
465g
BEST
627g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium
BEST
 Lithium
Battery Type
NP-FW50 NP-FW50
Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1h
Battery Capacity
1,080mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
340 shots 370 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40

Packaging Content

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

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
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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