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Sony a7C vs Nikon Z5 Comparison

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 2 months, we anticipate that this will be a fair comparison in terms of both age and technological level.

Key Specifications

Before we get into our more in-depth comparison of the Sony A7c and Nikon Z5, let’s take a quick glance at the primary characteristics of each camera.

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 dot Electronic 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 dot Electronic 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
Sony a7C vs Nikon Z5Versus subline
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Check Price
LaunchedVersus subline
Sep 15, 2020
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Jul 21, 2020
Body TypeVersus subline
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
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SLR-style mirrorless
Build MaterialVersus subline
Magnesium alloy
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Magnesium alloy, composite
Lens MountVersus subline
Sony E-Mount
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Nikon Z
Sensor TypeVersus subline
BSI-CMOS
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CMOS
Mega PixelsVersus subline
24 megapixels
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24 megapixels
ProcessorVersus subline
BIONZ X
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Expeed 6
ISOVersus subline
Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800)
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Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-102400)
Image stabilizationVersus subline
Sensor-shift 5-axis
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Sensor-shift 5-axis
File formatVersus subline
JPEG (Exif v2.32)
Raw (Sony ARW, 14-bit)
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JPEG
Raw (NEF, 12 or 14-bit)
Focus PointsVersus subline
693
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273
Screen sizeVersus subline
3″
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3.2″
Screen dotsVersus subline
921,600
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1,040,000
Touch screenVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
ViewfinderVersus subline
Electronic
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Electronic
Adjustable LCDVersus subline
Fully articulated
VS
Tilting
Continuous ShootingVersus subline
10.0 fps
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11.0 fps
RAW SupportVersus subline
Raw (Sony ARW, 14-bit)
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Raw (14-bit Sony ARW)
Video Record LimitVersus subline
Unlimited
VS
Limited
Timelapse RecordingVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
Face DetectionVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
Eye Tracking FocusVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
Selfie/Vlogger FriendlyVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
Wireless ConnectionVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
Bluetooth ConnectionVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
Built-in FlashVersus subline
No
VS
Yes
External FlashVersus subline
Yes (via hot shoe)
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Yes (via hot shoe)
Headphone PortVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
Microphone PortVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
Environmental SealingVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
AE BracketingVersus subline
Yes
VS
No
NFC ConnectionVersus subline
Yes
VS
No
Smartphone RemoteVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
UHS Card SupportVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
Webcam FunctionVersus subline
Yes
VS
Yes
Weight
509 g
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675 g
Battery LifeVersus subline
740
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470

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: It has an articulated screen that can be rotated so that it is facing the front.
  • Shoots at a greater frequency (10 flaps/sec as opposed to 4.5 flaps/sec) to capture the key moment faster.
  • More condensed: is smaller (124x71mm versus 134x101mm) and will fit more easily into a bag than the previous model.
  • Lighter in weight: Has a lesser weight (by 166g or 25 percent) and is therefore more convenient to transport.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots out of 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 larger (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 screen (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 the event 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, although 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 done in comparison to other cameras of the same technical generation that were similar in design. As a result, a score must be interpreted in relation to the camera’s price and time on the market; rating comparisons between cameras that span long time periods or concern models with widely disparate features are therefore inconclusive, as are comparisons between cameras with widely disparate features.

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