Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A7 vs D700

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

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

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

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 Nikon D700

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

Sony A7
2,449 ISO
Nikon D700
2,303 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Sony A7
221 ms
Nikon D700
197 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Sony A7
53 ms
Nikon D700
45 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Sony A7
1,700 ms
Nikon D700
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Sony A7
5 fps
Nikon D700
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Sony A7
340 photos
Nikon D700
1,000 photos

Features Key features of the Sony A7  vs Nikon D700 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Sony A7
24 MP
Nikon D700
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Sony A7
25,600 ISO
Nikon D700
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

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

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Sony A7
0.71x
Nikon D700
0.72x

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

Sony A7
35.7 microns
Nikon D700
71.4 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Sony A7  vs Nikon D700 

8.3
8.5
Compared with the 5D, the D700 has greater latitude, a better AF system, and a more modern feature set.
Nikon D700

9.0
10.0
The D700's ultra high-resolution 920,000 dot 3in LCD screen and 12 million pixel CMOS sensor have been proven in the D3, and the D700 can shoot at ISO speeds spanning an incredible ISO 100-25.
Nikon D700

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
9.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Sony A7  vs
Nikon D700 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP 12.1 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000 4256 x 2832
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 35.8 x 23.9 mm 36 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 35.7 microns 71.4 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Hybrid detection Phase detection
Focus points 117 51
Cross type focus points 25 15
Supports continuous Yes No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 0.71x 0.72x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.72x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 5 fps
Battery life 340 1,000
Continuous shooting
5 fps, JPEG
5 fps
Focus lag 221 ms 197 ms
Shutter lag 53 ms 45 ms
Startup delay 1,700 ms 400 ms

video

Sony A7  vs
Nikon D700 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack 3.5mm N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection N/A
Autofocus type Phase detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 1,229 k dots 922 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 127 x 94 x 48 mm 147 x 123 x 77 mm
Thickness 48 mm 77 mm
Weight 417 g 1,074 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Sony A7
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