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Best Rated Sony Alpha DSLR & NEX Mirrorless Cameras Comparison 2015-2016

January 18, 2016 by  
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Best Sony Alpha DSLRs and NEX Mirrorless Cameras – This is a roundup of the Top-Rated Sony Alpha DSLRs with translucent mirror technology, and Sony Compact System Mirrorless Cameras. Both camera types have interchangeable lenses. Sony’s mirrorless cameras have a much smaller footprint than the larger regular sized Alpha Digital SLR cameras (half the size and weight) and are easier to use than standard SLRs. A smaller camera is more likely to be taken with you. The imaging sensor size and features of some of these sub-compact SLRs compare favorably to a full size digital SLR without the size or weight. NEX cameras have APS-C sized sensors. The imaging sensor of these compact cameras are much larger than the typical point and shoot camera. Image stabilization is either in the lenses, or the body of these compact cameras. Below is a comparison of the these top rated compact cameras by price, features and reviews. A glossary of terms is available at the bottom of the page.

Best Rated Sony ALPHA Mirrorless Cameras 2015-2016
(Smallest and Lightest Full Frame Cameras)

Sony Alpha A7s
Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
Sony Alpha A7r
Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
Sony Alpha A7
Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

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Full Frame Imager
12.2 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-102400
3.0-inch LCD with 921K dots
LCD Live View
Optional flash
30 – 1/8000 sec
Up to 5 fps
5.0″ x 3.7″ x 1.9″
Weight: 14.36 oz.
BIONZ-X Processor
E-Mount Lenses
Crop factor: none
1080p @ 24p/60i/60p
OLED Viewfinder: w/2.35M dots
Uncompressed 1080p out
Headphone Jack
Magnesium Alloy Body
WiFi and NFC
2014 model
HDMI out 4K Video
50Mbps XAVC S
Full Frame Imager
36.4 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-25600
3.0-inch LCD with 921K dots
LCD Live View
Optional flash
30 – 1/8000 sec
Up to 4 fps
5.0″ x 3.7″ x 1.9″
Weight: 14.36 oz.
BIONZ-X Processor
E-Mount Lenses
Crop factor: none
1080p @ 24p/60i/60p
OLED Viewfinder: w/2.35M dots
Uncompressed 1080p out
Headphone Jack
Magnesium Alloy Body
WiFi and NFC
2013-2014 model
no low-pass filter
Full Frame Imager
24.3 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-25600
3.0-inch LCD with 921K dots
LCD Live View
Optional flash
30 – 1/8000 sec
Up to 5 fps
5.0″ x 3.7″ x 1.9″
Weight: 14.36 oz.
BIONZ-X Processor
E-Mount Lenses
Crop factor: none
1080 @ 24p/60i/60p
OLED Viewfinder: w/2.35M dots
Uncompressed 1080p out
Headphone Jack
Magnesium Alloy Body
WiFi and NFC
2013-2014 model


Best Rated Sony NEX Mirrorless Cameras 2014
Compact Interchangeable Lens (Mirrorless) System Cameras

Sony NEX
NEX-7
Sony NEX
NEX-3NL/B
Sony NEX
NEX NEX-6L/B
Sony NEX NEX-5TL
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APS-C Imager
24.3 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-16000
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 921,600 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Burst Mode: 10 fps
4.7″ x 2.6″ x 1.7″
Weight: 10.3 ounces
BIONZ Processor
Compact E-mount Lens
Crop factor 1.5x
2012 model
OLED Viewfinder
60p Full HD
APS-C Imager
16.1 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-16000
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 460,800 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Burst Mode: 4 fps
4.4″ x 2.5″ x 1.4″”
Weight: 7.4 ounces
BIONZ Processor
Compact E-mount Lens
Crop factor 1.5x
2013 model
APS-C Imager
16.1 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 200-3200
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 920,000 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Up to 10 fps
4.8″ x 2.8″ x 1.1″
Weight: 10.1 ounces
BIONZ Processor
Compact E-mount Lens
Crop factor 1.5x
2012 model
Built-in WiFi
1080p @60fps
Viewfinder: 2.3M pixels
APS-C Imager
16.0 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-25600
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 921,600 dots
LCD Live View
Attacheable flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Up to 10 fps
4.4″ x 2.3″ x 1.5″
Weight: 7.68 ounces
BIONZ Processor
Compact E-mount Lens
Crop factor 1.5x
2013 model
Built-in WiFi


Best Rated Sony ALPHA Digital SLR Cameras

Sony Alpha
SLT-A65V
Sony Alpha
SLT-A99V
Sony Alpha
SLT-A77
Sony Alpha
SLT-A58K
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APS-C Imager
24.3 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-16000
3.0-inch OLED with 921,000 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Up to 10 fps
5.2″ x 3.8″ x 3.2″
Weight: 19 oz.
BIONZ Processor
A-Mount Lenses
Crop factor: 1.5x
2012 model
Built-in GPS
1080p @ 60fps
OLED Viewfinder: w/2.35M dots
Translucent Mirror Technology
Full Frame Imager
24.3 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-25600
3.0-inch OLED with 1.22M dots
LCD Live View
Optional flash
30 – 1/8000 sec
Up to 6 fps
5.8″ x 4.4″ x 3.1″
Weight: 28.6 oz.
BIONZ Processor
A-Mount Lenses
Crop factor: none
2012 model
Built-in GPS
1080p @ 60fps
OLED Viewfinder: w/2.35M dots
Translucent Mirror Technology
Uncompressed 1080p out
Dual Memory Card Slot
Headphone Jack
Magnesium Alloy Body
APS-C Imager
24.3 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-16000
3.0-inch OLED with 921,600 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/8000 sec
Up to 12 fps
5.6″ x 4.1″ x 3.2″
Weight: 23 oz.
BIONZ Processor
A-Mount Lenses
Crop factor: 1.5x
2012 model
Built-in GPS
1080p @ 60fps
OLED Viewfinder: w/2.35M dots
Translucent Mirror Technology
Magnesium Alloy Body
APS-C Imager
20.1 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-16000
2.7-inch OLED with 460,800 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Up to 5 fps
5.1″ x 3.8″ x 3.1″
Weight: 20 oz.
BIONZ Processor
A-Mount Lenses
Crop factor: 1.5x
2012 model
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1080p @ 24fps
OLED Viewfinder: w/1.44M dots



Glossary of Terms

APS-C Imager = This imager is smaller than a Full Frame imager, but bigger than a Four Thirds Imager. Lenses used on SLRs with APS-C imagers have a focal length about 1.6x that of full frame imagers (crop factor 1.6). This means that the telephoto end of the lens will be greater. New digital lenses have been developed for these type of SLRs.
Full Frame Imager = This is the same size as 35mm film, no conversion is needed on lenses. The new Sony Alpha A7 and A7r are Full Framed mirrorless cameras, and are the smallest and lightest full frame cameras available.
Four Thirds Imager = This imager is smaller than a Full Frame imager. Lenses used on SLRs with Micro Four Thirds imagers have a focal length 2.0x that of full frame imagers (crop factor of 2). This means that the telephoto end of the lens will be greater. New digital lenses have been developed for these type of SLRs.
Crop Factor = This refers to how the focal length of the lens will behave compared to the same lens on a camera with a full frame 35mm sized imager. A crop factor of 2.0 means that a 16mm lens will behave like a 32mm lens. The higher the crop factor, the larger the focal length and also the telephoto end of the lens.
ISO = This refers to how sensitive the image sensor is to the amount of light present. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive the image sensor and ability to take pictures in low-light situations.
Live View = Allows you to preview your picture on the LCD screen instead of only through the viewfinder.
Frames per second = This is how many pictures (or frames) can be taken rapid fire per second at maximum resolution.
HD Movie Mode = These sub-compact cameras can operate as an HD camcorder as well as an SLR. We also list the resolution (1080p, 1080i and 720p) that each camera is capable of recording.
60p Full HD = Only the Sony Nex-7, A7 and A7r have the super smooth 60 frames/second (60p) movie mode at Full HD 1920×1080 resolution.
Compact E-mount = This refers to the lens mount that the Sony NEX cameras use for their subcompact DSLRs.
Micro Four Thirds mount = This refers to the lens mount that the sub-compact DSLR Panasonic Lumix and Olympus Pen cameras use.
LCD = This refers to the LCD screen in the back of the camera. A tiltable screen allows you to take pictures above your head or down low.
Detachable Flash = On some Sony Cameras, the flash is not built-in, but clips on when you need it. This gives the advantage of a smaller camera than its peers. The Nex-7 does have a built in pop-up flash.
Weight and Dimensions = The weight and dimensions listed are for the camera body only.
Translucent Mirror Technology = For Sony Alpha DSLRs, these mirrors direct light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously. This makes for faster focusing. Allows Full-time Continuous AF that keeps the subject in sharp focus and even during continuous shooting and movie shooting
Uncompressed 1080p out = This means that you can record uncompressed video using the HDMI port on the camera with an external recorder.


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