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Nikon D3
Sony A7
Top 33%1,625 points
Top 33%
Top 22%1,887 points
Top 22%
Nikon D3
Sony A7
Top specs and features

Nikon D3 vs Sony A7: 66 facts in comparison

1. megapixels

1.89x more megapixels (main camera).
12.87MP
Panono Camera: 108MP
24.3MP

2. sensor size

The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
23.9 x 36mm
Polaroid Snap: 81.2 x 25.4mm
35.8 x 23.9mm

3. focus points

The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
51
Canon EOS R: 5655
117

4. continuous shooting at high resolution

Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
9fps
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II: 60fps
5fps

5. noise

The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
2290ISO
Sony Alpha a7 III: 3730ISO
2248ISO

6. has a flip-out screen

Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
28% have it

7. maximum light sensitivity

With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
25600 ISO
Nikon D7500 + Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR: 1640000 ISO
25600 ISO

8. longer battery life

CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
4300shots
Nikon D3x: 4400shots
340shots

9. image quality

A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
81
Sony Alpha 7R II: 98
90

10. weight

766g lighter.
1.24kg
HTC Re: 65.5g
474g

11. Has WiFi

The device can connect to WiFi.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
39% have it

12. color depth

The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
23.5bits
HP Photosmart R927: 42bits
24.8bits

13. fastest shutter speed

A faster maximum shutter speed allows taking pictures of fast moving subjects without blur.
1/8000s
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV: 1/32000s
1/8000s

14. has a stereo microphone

A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
50% have it

15. Has phase detection autofocus for photos

A phase detection autofocus is much faster than a contrast detection autofocus, allowing for sharper images.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
32% have it

16. dynamic range

The better the dynamic range the system captures a wider number of values from dark to light leading to more details in low and highlights. Source: DxOMark.
12.2Evs
Nikon D810A: 14.8Evs
14.2Evs

17. has built-in optical image stabilization

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
46% have it

18. has AF tracking

With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. No more out of focus shots.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
72% have it

19. higher resolution (screen)

A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
922k dots
Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS: 1040000k dots
1230k dots

20. has a microphone in

A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
26% have it

21. has a 24p cinema mode

24p is a video format (24 frames per second) traditionally used in cinema. Nowadays, it is used to create film-like motion characteristics.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
27% have it

22. has a two-stage shutter

A two-stage shutter is good for taking photos like a pro; apply pressure to the button in order for the lens to focus, and then press it fully to capture the photograph.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
54% have it

23. Weather sealed

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
20% have it

24. has a touch screen

You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
25% have it

25. Has a built-in focus motor

The focus motor moves the lens in order to autofocus. For system cameras, having a focus motor in the camera's body allows you to use a wide range of lenses, including lenses which do not have their own focus motor. For compact cameras, a focus motor is usually built-in.
Nikon D3
Sony A7
18% have it

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