With the continuous advancement of imaging technology, the important performance index of pixels is getting higher and higher. High pixels are essential to the improvement of picture quality, which can bring more details and make the picture more delicate. When taking pictures of large scenes such as scenery and buildings with many elements, high pixels are even more important.
Nikon Z7 and Sony A7R III
There are currently two high-resolution models in the raging micro-single field that are favored by photography enthusiasts. They That is Nikon Z7 and Sony A7R III. The Nikon Z7 is equipped with a full-frame sensor with 45.75 million effective pixels, while the Sony A7 R III has 42.4 million effective pixels, which is slightly lower but not much different. So which one of the two is stronger, today we will compare them.
Both are equipped with 24-70mm F2.8 lenses from various manufacturers
The Forbidden City is a master of ancient Chinese architecture. It is magnificent and has rich details of carved beams. It just happens to be able to give full play to the high pixel advantages of the Nikon Z7 and Sony A7R III. Paired with these two full-frame mirrorless lenses is our own 24-70mm F2.8 lens. This lens is very practical and has extremely high optical quality, which can better show the performance advantages of the body.
The amazing details brought by 40 million pixels, Nikon Z7 pixels are slightly higher.
Let’s take a look at the details of the two cameras. I used the Z7 and A7 R III to shoot the Meridian Gate of the Forbidden City with the same parameters. The rich details of ancient buildings pose a challenge to the imaging of the camera. This is also the time for the high-pixel models to take advantage of their own advantages.
aperture F8, sensitivity ISO 100, -0.3EV
After 100% magnification of the red frame of the two photos of Meridian Gate, we can see that the two cameras’ The performance of the details is very good. Compared with the A7R III, the performance of the Z7 is better, especially the lines and details on the dragon body are richer and more layered.
The weather conditions in Beijing on the day of the shooting were very good, and the clouds in the sky flowed very fast. The sun was still shining when I was shooting at Meridian. After a while, the clouds covered the sun and it became cloudy. . In a cloudy day, let’s take another shot of the ridge monster of the ancient building, still using the same shooting parameters, zoom in 100% of the position of the red frame to see the details of the two cameras.
aperture F4, sensitivity ISO 100, 0EV
Compared with the Sony A7R III, the Nikon Z7 still has better detail performance, and with the same shooting parameters, The imaging of Nikon Z7 is sharper. In fact, this result is expected, after all, the effective pixels of the Nikon Z7 are higher.
color performance is very good, maintaining the characteristics of their respective brands, Nikon Z7 is more pleasing.
Now let’s take a look at the color performance of the two cameras. Of course, the color can be improved by post-adjustment, but if the camera’s color performance is good, it will provide more room for the post-photograph and make the adjustment process easier.
Nikon Z7 shooting aperture F4, sensitivity ISO 100 -0.3EV
Sony A7R III shooting aperture F4 sensitivity ISO 100 -0.3EV
Nikon Z7 shooting aperture F2.8 sensitivity ISO 100
Sony A7R III Aperture F2.8 Sensitivity ISO 100
Nikon Z7 shooting aperture F4 sensitivity ISO 100 -0.3 EV
Sony A7R III shooting aperture F4, sensitivity ISO 100 -0.3EV
The above six photos we only reduced the size of the photos and did not do anything else Post-processing. From the final imaging point of view, the color performance of Nikon Z7 and Sony A7R III are very good, with the color characteristics of their respective brands. If you have to compare, the colors of the Nikon Z7 are brighter and the contrast is also higher, and the overall picture of the Sony A7R III is slightly dim. Of course, after a simple post-adjustment, the photos of A7R III can also be bright and beautiful.
Tolerance Z7 has obvious advantages, which is also where Nikon has always been.
High tolerance equipment can take into account the details and colors of the bright and dark parts of the photo, making the photo effect closer to what the human eye sees, and you can get the ideal effect through simple post-adjustment. In recent years, high tolerance has always been the direction of imaging equipment. The shooting effect under the condition of large light ratio has been greatly improved compared with the previous equipment. Let’s take a look at the tolerance performance of the two cameras.
Photographed by Nikon Z7
Sony A7R III shooting
The above scene is a test of the camera’s tolerance. The main body of the Hall of Supreme Harmony is under the sun, and the porch of the close shot is completely hidden in shadow. I used Nikon Z7 and Sony A7R III to shoot in this scene. After importing the RAW format files into Lightroom for adjustment, we can see that the Nikon Z7 undoubtedly has better tolerance performance, whether it is a close-up gate or a long-distance palace of Supreme Harmony. The details of the shadow are more abundant.
In fact, high tolerance has always been a characteristic of Nikon cameras. This is also one of the main reasons why many lovers of landscape photography choose Nikon equipment.
High-sensitivity noise reduction ISO 6400 is a watershed.
High pixels have brought about an increase in pixel density, which poses a challenge to the camera’s high-sensitivity noise reduction. Let’s take a look at these two full-frame mirrorless models in low-light environments with high ISO Behave.
click to zoom in to see better results
ISO 6400 is the watershed of the two cameras’ high-sensitivity noise control performance. Before ISO 6400, the noise control performance of the two cameras is very good, with details The clarity of the picture is also very good. The picture details of the two cameras below ISO 6400 have begun to be missing, and the noise has also increased significantly. Both have excellent performance in terms of high-sensitivity control and noise, and their strength is among the best.
The handling is very good, and Nikon Z7 is better.
Before we compared the picture details, color performance, latitude and high-sensitivity noise performance, let me talk about the feel and handling of the two cameras when using them.
Sony A7R III on the left and Nikon Z7 on the right
The flagship mirrorless with a large ternary lens, both models are not light , But thanks to the good grip, you can still control the camera for stable shooting in actual use. Relatively speaking, the Nikon Z7 body design is more rounded, especially at the handle, so the grip comfort is better than that of the Sony A7R III.
Nikon Z7’s menu also supports touch
The Sony A7R III menu does not support touch
As a professional model, the two camera controls have their own characteristics, and users can quickly and conveniently make various adjustments after getting started. However, as a later model, the screen of the Nikon Z7 supports full-featured multi-touch, and parameter adjustment, menu adjustment, and focus selection can all be done with touch on the screen. The Sony A7R III’s screen touch only supports single-point touch, and it can only be used during focus selection and photo playback.
In addition, the monochrome shoulder screen design of the Nikon Z7 also takes care of the habits of many photographers. At the same time, the multi-function control ring and window of the Z 24-70mm F2.8 S lens allows users to customize the adjustment options, further improving the control efficiency.
If the strength of the two is closer to the Nikon Z7 in terms of picture quality performance, it is only slightly superior. So the advantage of Nikon Z7 over Sony A7R III in handling is very obvious.
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