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Nikon Z6 vs Sony Alpha A7R III

We compare the Nikon Z6 to the Sony Alpha A7R III: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Mirrorless category.

Here are both models side by side. The Nikon Z6 is on the left, the Sony Alpha A7R III on the right:

Z6 vs Alpha A7R III - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Nikon Z6 vs Sony Alpha A7R III: Specifications at a glance

Z6

  • Introduced in August 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 24 megapixel
  • 12 frames/second
  • 100 - 51200 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount Z Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 134 x 100.5 x 67.5mm³ (5.3" x 4.0" x 2.7")
  • 675g (21.8 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Z6

Alpha A7R III

  • Introduced in October 2017
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 42 megapixel
  • 10 frames/second
  • 100 - 32000 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 76.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount E Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 126.9 x 95.6 x 73.7mm³ (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9")
  • 657g (21.2 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Alpha A7R III

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for Z6 and Alpha A7R III

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

Z6 vs Alpha A7R III: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: Full frame. This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: Z6 an Alpha A7R III sensor comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

The Full frame sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 856mm² (33.7 sq.in.).

Z6 vs Alpha A7R III: The viewfinders

The Z6 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.80x.

The Alpha A7R III features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.69 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.78x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

Z6 (0.80x)

Alpha A7R III (0.78x)

Simulated viewfinder of the Z6Simulated viewfinder of the Alpha A7R III

Advantage: Nikon Z6

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Nikon Z6 on the left, the Sony Alpha A7R III in the right column:

Advantage Nikon Z6...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Z6

Alpha A7R III

Faster (4, frames/second)1210
Sensitivity (4)100 - 51200 ISO100 - 32000 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)2.101.44

Conclusion: Advantages of the Z6 are that the camera is faster, the larger sensitivity and that the display has a higher resolution.

The Z6 scores 10 points.

...and here's where the Sony Alpha A7R III has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

Z6

Alpha A7R III

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)24.5042.40
More AF points (4)273399
Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)3.683.69
Larger lens selection (3)350
Longer battery life (3, photos)330650

Conclusion: Advantages of the Alpha A7R III are the higher resolution, the faster and more accurate auto focus and the better viewfinder. We also like the larger selection of lenses and that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 19 points for the Alpha A7R III.

...and here's what both have in common

Z6

Alpha A7R III

Sensor formatFull frameFull frame
Sensor cleaning
Image stabilizer
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
External microphone
Almost equal weight675g657g
Almost equal size909cm³894cm³
WiFi
Environmentally sealed

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Nikon Z6 again on the left, Sony Alpha A7R III on the right:

Front view of the Z6 and the Alpha A7R III...

Z6 und Alpha A7R III, front viewZ6 und Alpha A7R III, front view

...and here we see the Nikon and the Sony from above:

Z6 und Alpha A7R III, view from aboveZ6 und Alpha A7R III, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Nikon Z6

Sony Alpha A7R III

10
19

CameraCreativ recommends the Sony Alpha A7R III.

Our rating of the Nikon Z6

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Our rating of the Sony Alpha A7R III

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