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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)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Sony A9 24.04K/30p3686 tilting 20.0 Y Apr 2017 4,499 i i Sony A9

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)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Sony A7R 36.21080/60p2400 tilting 4.0 Y Oct 2013 2,299- i Sony A7R
Sony A7R II 42.24K/30p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Jun 2015 3,199- i Sony A7R II
Sony A7R III 42.24K/30p3686 tilting 10.0 Y Oct 2017 3,199 i i Sony A7R III

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)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Sony A7S 12.01080/60p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Apr 2014 2,499- i Sony A7S
Sony A7S II 12.04K/30p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Sep 2015 2,999 i i Sony 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)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Sony A7 24.01080/60p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Oct 2013 1,699- i Sony A7
Sony A7 II 24.01080/60p2400 tilting 5.0 Y Nov 2014 1,999- i Sony A7 II
Sony A7 III 24.04K/30p2359 tilting 10.0 Y Feb 2018 1,999 i i Sony 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)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Sony A6000 24.01080/60p1440 tilting 11.0 n Feb 2014 599- i Sony A6000
Sony A6300 24.04K/30p2300 tilting 11.0 Y Feb 2016 999- i Sony A6300
Sony A6500 24.04K/30p2300 tilting 11.0 Y Oct 2016 1,399 i i Sony A6500

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)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Sony A5000 19.81080/60i- tilting 3.5 n Jan 2014 449- i Sony A5000
Sony A5100 24.01080/60p- tilting 6.0 n Aug 2014 549 i i Sony 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)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Sony A3000 19.81080/60i202 fixed 2.5 n Aug 2013 329- i Sony 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)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
Sony NEX-3 14.0720/30p- tilting 7.0 n May 2010 599- i Sony NEX-3
Sony NEX-5 14.01080/60i- tilting 7.0 n May 2010 699- i Sony NEX-5
Sony NEX-C3 16.0720/30p- tilting 5.5 n Jun 2011 599- i Sony NEX-C3
Sony NEX-5N 16.01080/60i- tilting 10.0 n Aug 2011 699- i Sony NEX-5N
Sony NEX-7 24.01080/60i2359 tilting 10.0 n Aug 2011 1,349- i Sony NEX-7
Sony NEX-F3 16.01080/60i- tilting 5.5 n May 2012 599- i Sony NEX-F3
Sony NEX-5R 16.01080/60i- tilting 10.0 n Aug 2012 749- i Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-6 16.01080/60i2359 tilting 10.0 n Sep 2012 999- i Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-3N 16.01080/60i- tilting 4.0 n Feb 2013 499- i Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T 16.01080/60p- tilting 10.0 n Aug 2013 699- i Sony 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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