Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models introduced by the same brand - Sony. Although both products are offered by the same brand, they come from different categories. Thus, Sony, is a camera from Entry-Level Mirrorless category, while Alpha A7 is a Pro Mirrorless camera. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - CMOS. However, they have different resolution. The first compared model, Sony Alpha a3500, features has a resolution of 20.0 MP. Another model that we are reviewing, Sony Alpha A7, features a sensor with a resolution of 24.0 MP.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Sony Alpha a3500 and Sony Alpha A7.
Sony Alpha a3500 Key Features:
Sony Alpha A7 Key Features:
Being a newer model, Sony Alpha a3500 substituted Sony A3000.
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||6 vs No||6 better flash range|
|Battery Life||470 shots vs 340 shots||130 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||411 g vs 474 g||63 g lighter|
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Timelapse Recording||No vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 20.0 MP||16.7% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||855.62 mm2 vs 366.6 mm2||57.2% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||5 fps vs 4 fps||1 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||117 vs 25||92 more focus points|
|Screen Resolution||1,230k dots vs 230k dots||81.3% higher resolution screen|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.71 vs 0.47||0.24 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Timelapse Recording||No | Yes||No timelapse recording|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps | 5.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Sony Alpha a3500 and Sony Alpha A7 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Alpha a3500 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 63g less than the Sony Alpha A7. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Sony Alpha a3500 and Sony Alpha A7 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Sony Alpha a3500 features a 20.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a BIONZ image processor processor . Sony Alpha A7, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Alpha a3500 and Sony Alpha A7 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Alpha A7 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.4x larger than the one featured in Sony Alpha a3500. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Sony Alpha a3500 and Sony Alpha A7 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Sony Alpha a3500||Sony Alpha A7|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Sony Alpha a3500 or Sony Alpha A7, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Sony Alpha a3500 and Sony Alpha A7 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Alpha A7 deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony Alpha a3500. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Sony Alpha a3500||Sony Alpha A7|
|Model||Alpha a3500||Alpha A7|
|Announced||Mar 21, 2014||Jan 22, 2014|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||APS-C||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.6 mm||35.8 x 23.9 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2||855.62 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5456 x 3632||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||16,000||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Sony E||Sony E|
|Number of Lenses||83||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25||117|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||25|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots||1,230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||2,359k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.||no built-in flash|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||AVCHD, H.264||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||411 g||474 g|
|Physical Dimensions||128 x 91 x 85 mm||127 x 94 x 48 mm|
|Battery Life||470 shots||340 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||n/a||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|