Sony a7C vs Nikon Z5 Comparison


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Our comparison will be between the Sony A7c and Nikon Z5, two Advanced Mirrorless cameras from Sony and Nikon, respectively. The Sony A7c will hit the market in September 2020, while the Nikon Z5 will hit the market in July of the same year. Because the age gap between A7c and Z5 is just two months, we anticipate this will be a fair comparison of age and technological level.

The Sony a7C and Nikon Z5 are mid-range mirrorless cameras targeting different market segments. Here’s a detailed comparison of the two cameras:

Image sensor: The Sony a7C has a full-frame image sensor (24.2 megapixels), while the Nikon Z5 has a full-frame image sensor (24.3 megapixels). Both cameras provide excellent image quality, but the Nikon Z5 has a slightly higher pixel count.

Autofocus: The Sony a7C has a more advanced autofocus system, with 567 phase-detection points, compared to the Nikon Z5, which has 273. The a7C’s autofocus system is faster and better suited for tracking fast-moving subjects. The Z5’s autofocus system is still quick and accurate, but it’s not as good as the a7C’s.

Burst shooting: The Sony a7C can continuously shoot up to 10 fps with a mechanical or electronic shutter and eight fps with a mechanical shutter. The Nikon Z5 is capable of continuous shooting at up to 4.5 fps.

Video recording: Both cameras can record 4K video, but the Sony a7C has a full-pixel readout, which provides better image quality. The Nikon Z5 has a higher frame rate for slow-motion video recording, but the a7C has better image stabilization.

Ergonomics: The Sony a7C is a more compact camera than the Nikon Z5, making it easier to carry and handle. The Z5 is more extensive and heavier but has a more substantial grip and control.

Lens options: The Sony a7C is compatible with Sony’s E-mount lens system, which has a wide range of lens options, including high-quality prime lenses, zoom lenses, and special-purpose lenses. The Nikon Z5 is compatible with the Nikon Z mount lens system, which has limited lens options.

Price: The Nikon Z5 is more affordable than the Sony a7C, making it more accessible to budget-conscious photographers.

Battery life: The Sony a7C has a longer battery life than the Nikon Z5, making it more suitable for extended shooting sessions.

Key Specifications

Before our in-depth comparison of the Sony A7c and Nikon Z5, let’s glance at each camera’s primary characteristics.

Sony A7c Key Specs

  • Announcement Date: 2020-09-14
  • 24MP – Full frame BSI-CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 – 51200 ( expands to 50 – 204800)
  • Sony E Mount
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3.00″ Fully articulated Screen
  • 2360k Electronic dot viewfinder
  • 10.0fps continuous shooting
  • 4K (UHD) – 3840 x 2160 video resolution
  • 120fps High-Speed Video
  • Built-in Wireless
  • 509g. 124 x 71 x 60 mm
  • Weather Sealed Body

Nikon Z5 Key Specs

  • Announcement Date: 2020-07-20
  • 24MP – Full-frame CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 – 51200 ( expands to 50 – 102400)
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3.20″ Tilting Screen
  • 3690k Electronic dot viewfinder
  • 4.5fps continuous shooting
  • 4K (UHD) – 3840 x 2160 video resolution
  • Built-in Wireless
  • 675g. 134 x 101 x 70 mm
  • Weather Sealed Body

The following are the advantages of the Sony Alpha A7C:

  • LCD with more adaptability: It has a swivel screen enabling shooting from unusual angles in either portrait or landscape configuration.
  • Improved selfie-taking capabilities: An articulated screen can be rotated to face the front.
  • Shoots at a greater frequency (10 f/sec instead of 4.5 f/sec) to capture the critical moment faster.
  • More condensed: is more minor (124x71mm versus 134x101mm) and will fit more readily into a bag than the previous model.
  • Lighter in weight: It has a lesser weight (by 166g or 25 percent) and is, therefore, more convenient to transport.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots from a single battery charge (740 against 470) than the previous model.
  • Device connection is made easier thanks to the support for NFC, which allows for quick wireless picture sharing over short distances.

Reasons to favor the Nikon Z5 include the following:

  • A higher-resolution electronic viewfinder provides a more detailed image (3690k vs 2360k dots).
  • A viewfinder with a larger image: This model has a viewfinder with a greater magnification (0.80x vs 0.59x).
  • More screen real estate: The back LCD screen is more prominent (3.2″ vs. 3.0″), allowing for better image viewing and settings management.
  • More detailed LCD: The back screen has a better resolution than the front (1040k vs 922k dots).
  • To freeze activity, the shutter speed is increased to 1/8000 second (1/8000 second compared to 1/4000 second).
  • A second card slot is provided as a backup in case of a memory card failure, providing more peace of mind.
  • More inexpensive: It was introduced into a more reasonable price range (22 percent cheaper at launch).

As can be seen, the expert reviewers generally agree on the overall quality of different cameras. However, their ratings can differ in certain instances, emphasizing the previous argument that choosing a camera is typically a very personal decision.

However, caution should be exercised when evaluating the review scores listed above. The evaluations were compared to other cameras of the same technical generation that were similar in design. As a result, a score must be interpreted about the camera’s price and time on the market; rating comparisons between cameras that span long periods or concern models with widely disparate features are therefore inconclusive, as are comparisons between cameras with widely disparate components.

In conclusion, the Sony a7C and Nikon Z5 are high-quality mirrorless cameras but target different market segments. The Sony a7C is a more compact full-frame camera optimized for travel and street photographers who value compactness and versatility.

At the same time, the Nikon Z5 is a more traditional full-frame camera optimized for amateur and hobbyist photographers who want a good all-around camera that’s easy to use. If you’re looking for a general-purpose full-frame camera that can handle both photography and videography applications, the a7C might be the better choice. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly full-frame camera for everyday photography, the Nikon Z5 might be the better choice.



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