Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A7 vs D5300

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Sony A7
10.0
D5300
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Sony A7
7.9
D5300
7.4
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Sony A7
8.1
D5300
8.5
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Sony A7
9.2
D5300
9.1
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, imaging-resource.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 5 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Sony A7 vs D5300

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Sony A7
2,449 ISO
D5300
1,338 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Sony A7
221 ms
D5300
200 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Sony A7
53 ms
D5300
80 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Sony A7
1,700 ms
D5300
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Sony A7
5 fps
D5300
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Sony A7
340 photos
D5300
600 photos

Features Key features of the Sony A7  vs D5300 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Sony A7
24 MP
D5300
24 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Sony A7
25,600 ISO
D5300
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Sony A7
117
D5300
39

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Sony A7
3"
D5300
3.2"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Sony A7
0.71x
D5300
0.54x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Sony A7
35.7 microns
D5300
15.3 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Sony A7  vs D5300 

8.0
7.9

8.3
8.2
The A7 incorporates the lower-resolution sensor in order to use Sony's hybrid autofocus system; Sony says that it couldn't put the phase-detection pixels on the 36-megapixel sensor for the A7R.
Sony A7

9.0
8.0

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Sony A7  vs
D5300 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP 24 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Size Full frame APS-C
Area 35.8 x 23.9 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.5x
Pixel size 35.7 microns 15.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Hybrid detection Phase detection
Focus points 117 39
Cross type focus points 25 9
Supports continuous Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 0.71x 0.82x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 5 fps
Battery life 340 600
Continuous shooting
5 fps, JPEG
5 fps
Focus lag 221 ms 200 ms
Shutter lag 53 ms 80 ms
Startup delay 1,700 ms 500 ms

video

Sony A7  vs
D5300 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Phase detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3.2"
Resolution 1,229 k dots 1,037 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 127 x 94 x 48 mm 124.5 x 99.1 x 76.2 mm
Thickness 48 mm 76.2 mm
Weight 417 g 480 g
Is weather sealed Yes No

features

Includes a GPS No Yes
Supports HDR Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 802.11n
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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