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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 III
Sony A7R III with 4/24-105mm

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;

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

  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)
Camera
Model
 
Sony A9 24.04K/30p3686 tilting 20.0 Y Apr 2017 4,499iSony A9
 
Sony A9 II 24.04K/30p3686 tilting 10.0 Y Oct 2019 4,499 iSony A9 II

A7R-line

  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)
Camera
Model
 
Sony A7R 36.21080/60p2400 tilting 4.0 Y Oct 2013 2,299iSony A7R
 
Sony A7R II 42.24K/30p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Jun 2015 3,199iSony A7R II
 
Sony A7R III 42.24K/30p3686 tilting 10.0 Y Oct 2017 3,199iSony A7R III
 
Sony A7R IV 60.24K/30p5760 tilting 10.0 Y Jul 2019 3,499 iSony A7R IV

A7S-line

  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)
Camera
Model
 
Sony A7S 12.01080/60p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Apr 2014 2,499iSony A7S
 
Sony A7S II 12.04K/30p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Sep 2015 2,999 iSony A7S II

A7-line

  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)
Camera
Model
 
Sony A7 24.01080/60p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Oct 2013 1,699iSony A7
 
Sony A7 II 24.01080/60p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Nov 2014 1,999iSony A7 II
 
Sony A7 III 24.04K/30p2359 tilting 10.0 Y Feb 2018 1,999 iSony A7 III

A6000-line

  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)
Camera
Model
 
Sony A6000 24.01080/60p1440 tilting 11.0 n Feb 2014 599iSony A6000
 
Sony A6300 24.04K/30p2359 tilting 11.0 Y Feb 2016 999iSony A6300
 
Sony A6500 24.04K/30p2359 tilting 11.0 Y Oct 2016 1,399iSony A6500
 
Sony A6400 24.04K/30p2359 tilting 11.0 n Jan 2019 899 iSony A6400
 
Sony A6100 24.04K/30p1440 tilting 11.0 n Aug 2019 749 iSony A6100
 
Sony A6600 24.04K/30p2359 tilting 11.0 Y Aug 2019 1,399 iSony A6600

A5000-line

  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)
Camera
Model
 
Sony A5000 19.81080/60inone tilting 3.5 n Jan 2014 449iSony A5000
 
Sony A5100 24.01080/60pnone tilting 6.0 n Aug 2014 549 iSony A5100

A3000-line

  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)
Camera
Model
 
Sony A3000 19.81080/60i202 fixed 2.5 n Aug 2013 329iSony A3000

NEX-line

  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)
Camera
Model
 
Sony NEX-3 14.0720/30poptional tilting 7.0 n May 2010 599iSony NEX-3
 
Sony NEX-5 14.01080/60ioptional tilting 7.0 n May 2010 699iSony NEX-5
 
Sony NEX-C3 16.0720/30poptional tilting 5.5 n Jun 2011 599iSony NEX-C3
 
Sony NEX-5N 16.01080/60ioptional tilting 10.0 n Aug 2011 699iSony NEX-5N
 
Sony NEX-7 24.01080/60i2359 tilting 10.0 n Aug 2011 1,349iSony NEX-7
 
Sony NEX-F3 16.01080/60ioptional tilting 5.5 n May 2012 599iSony NEX-F3
 
Sony NEX-5R 16.01080/60ioptional tilting 10.0 n Aug 2012 749iSony NEX-5R
 
Sony NEX-6 16.01080/60i2359 tilting 10.0 n Sep 2012 999iSony NEX-6
 
Sony NEX-3N 16.01080/60ioptional tilting 4.0 n Feb 2013 499iSony NEX-3N
 
Sony NEX-5T 16.01080/60poptional tilting 10.0 n Aug 2013 699iSony NEX-5T

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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