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Overview of Sony E-Mount Cameras

Sony revolutionized the digital camera market when it introduced its highly compact, mirrorless APS-C sensor cameras in 2010, and perhaps even more so when launching its full-frame A7 line in 2013. The company subsequently continued to innovate and released updated camera versions in short succession, so that the system is quite sizeable despite its relative youth. In parallel, Sony built up lens catalogs from scratch, both for its APS-C and its full-frame cameras (see also Sony's website for detailed information on current gear).

A7R II
Sony A7R II with 1.4/85mm

There are several lines of Sony cameras that differ across feature sets and target users:

  • A9-line - DSLR style, full-frame sensor, sports-oriented;
  • A7R-line - DSLR style, full-frame sensor, high resolution;
  • A7S-line - DSLR style, full-frame sensor, video-oriented;
  • A7-line - DSLR style, full-frame sensor, enthusiast-oriented;
  • A6000-line - Rangefinder-style, APS-C sensor, enthusiast-oriented;
  • A5000-line - Rangefinder-style, APS-C sensor, value-oriented;
  • A3000-line - DSLR style, APS-C sensor, value-oriented;
  • NEX-line - Rangefinder-style, APS-C sensor, pre-2014;
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The following tables list the different models in each line with some of their key characteristics. In order to see further specifications, just click on the camera name. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator app to compare two cameras side-by-side.

A9-line

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Sony A9-line core specs
  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
 
Sony A9 24.04K/30p3686 tilting 20.0 Y Apr 2017 4,499i
 
Sony A9 II 24.04K/30p3686 tilting 10.0 Y Oct 2019 4,499 i

A7R-line

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Sony A7R-line core specs
  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
 
Sony A7R 36.21080/60p2400 tilting 4.0 Y Oct 2013 2,299i
 
Sony A7R II 42.24K/30p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Jun 2015 3,199i
 
Sony A7R III 42.24K/30p3686 tilting 10.0 Y Oct 2017 3,199i
 
Sony A7R IV 60.24K/30p5760 tilting 10.0 Y Jul 2019 3,499 i

A7S-line

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Sony A7S-line core specs
  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
 
Sony A7S 12.01080/60p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Apr 2014 2,499i
 
Sony A7S II 12.04K/30p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Sep 2015 2,999i
 
Sony A7S III 12.04K/120p9440 swivel 10.0 Y Jul 2020 3,499 i

A7-line

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Sony A7-line core specs
  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
 
Sony A7 24.01080/60p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Oct 2013 1,699i
 
Sony A7 II 24.01080/60p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Nov 2014 1,999i
 
Sony A7 III 24.04K/30p2359 tilting 10.0 Y Feb 2018 1,999 i
 
Sony A7C 24.04K/30p2360 swivel 10.0 Y Sep 2020 1,799 i

A6000-line

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Sony A6000-line core specs
  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
 
Sony A6000 24.01080/60p1440 tilting 11.0 n Feb 2014 599i
 
Sony A6300 24.04K/30p2359 tilting 11.0 Y Feb 2016 999i
 
Sony A6500 24.04K/30p2359 tilting 11.0 Y Oct 2016 1,399i
 
Sony A6400 24.04K/30p2359 tilting 11.0 n Jan 2019 899 i
 
Sony A6100 24.04K/30p1440 tilting 11.0 n Aug 2019 749 i
 
Sony A6600 24.04K/30p2359 tilting 11.0 Y Aug 2019 1,399 i

A5000-line

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Sony A5000-line core specs
  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
 
Sony A5000 19.81080/60inone tilting 3.5 n Jan 2014 449i
 
Sony A5100 24.01080/60pnone tilting 6.0 n Aug 2014 549 i

A3000-line

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Sony A3000-line core specs
  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
 
Sony A3000 19.81080/60i202 fixed 2.5 n Aug 2013 329i

NEX-line

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Sony NEX-line core specs
  Camera
Model
Resolution
(Megapixel)
Video
Format
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
 
Sony NEX-3 14.0720/30poptional tilting 7.0 n May 2010 599i
 
Sony NEX-5 14.01080/60ioptional tilting 7.0 n May 2010 699i
 
Sony NEX-C3 16.0720/30poptional tilting 5.5 n Jun 2011 599i
 
Sony NEX-5N 16.01080/60ioptional tilting 10.0 n Aug 2011 699i
 
Sony NEX-7 24.01080/60i2359 tilting 10.0 n Aug 2011 1,349i
 
Sony NEX-F3 16.01080/60ioptional tilting 5.5 n May 2012 599i
 
Sony NEX-5R 16.01080/60ioptional tilting 10.0 n Aug 2012 749i
 
Sony NEX-6 16.01080/60i2359 tilting 10.0 n Sep 2012 999i
 
Sony NEX-3N 16.01080/60ioptional tilting 4.0 n Feb 2013 499i
 
Sony NEX-5T 16.01080/60poptional tilting 10.0 n Aug 2013 699i
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Further Reading

You can explore a compendium of all Sony E-Mount lenses on a separate page. Also, if you would like to directly compare two cameras, just enter your choice of models in the search boxes below and you will be taken to a side-by-side analysis of their relative size and features.

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