The Difference Between Sony A7 III and a7 II is?

Perhaps you’re wondering what the difference between the Sony A7II and A7III is? Most noteworthy is Sony launched the III as a considerable upgrade from the II. The press considers the III a value even at full price.

Above all at $999 for the kit, the a7 II is the most mirrorless performance you can get for the money. That’s because even a generation older in Sony’s line, the a7 II has better Eye AF performance than the just-launched Nikon Z7/Z6 or Canon’s EOS R. To sum it up, there’s a better sensor too and the a7 II kit costs hundreds.

The sale is 38% off the regular price.

When it launched, Sony marketed the a7ii as a powerful palm-sized camera.

Eye AF with Face Detect is Sony’s killer feature. It’s how I randomly shot a wedding once in Vegas and got useable photos. Considering weddings, we posted this story about Marc Weisberg shooting a wedding with the a7s and a7 II. The story is from 2015, but still relevant to how versatile the a7 II was at the time and still is.

When it launched in September 2014, the a7 II received rave reviews and won editorial awards. It still impresses today.

If you don’t need 4k and your workflow isn’t overly limited by one SD card slot, then I’d encourage you to order the kit now.

The a7 II is as a great camera with a kit lens for those getting into full frame, a backup body, and second daily shooter. At that low of a price ($999 on Amazon), Sony’s retailers will likely sell through their stock.

Key specifications

Here are the differences between the a7 II and A7 III in a table. For a thorough comparison of the two versions, read this story from Digital Rev who posted about the upgrade from the II to III this March.

Sony A7ii Sony A7iii

$ 1,269.00

$ 2,450.00

Sensor Full-frame (35.8 x 23.9mm) Full-frame (35.9 x 24mm)
Resolution 24.3MP 24.2MP
Processor Bionz X Bionz X
ISO range 50-25,600 50-51,200
Shooting speed 5fps 10fps
Continuous shooting 50 JPEG/20RAW 177JPEG/89RAW
AF points 117 phase-detect 693 phase-detect
Image stabilisation Yes; 4.5-stops Yes, 5-stops
LCD monitor 3.0in 1228k-dot 3.0in 921k-dot touchscreen
Video resolution Full HD (1920×1080) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Battery life 350 shots 710 shots
Storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) Dual card slots, Slot 1: SD(UHS-I/II compliant), Slot 2: Memory Stick Duo/SD(UHS-I)
Weight 556g 650g
Dimensions 126.9 x 95.7 x 59.7mm 126.9 x 95.6 x 73.7mm
Date announced 20th Nov 2014 27th February 2018

a7 II Specs

  • 24.3MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF and 5 fps Burst
  • Full HD XAVC S Video and S-Log2 Gamma 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • XGA 2.36M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Refined Grip & Robust Lens Mount Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC

28-70mm Features

A decent kit lens.

The 28-70mm combines impressive optical performance with lightweight, compact convenience, making it an ideal everyday lens. The 28-70mm zoom range covers landscapes to portraits and snapshots.

  • Lightweight, compact 35mm Full Frame standard zoom lens
  • 28-70mm zoom range and F3.5-5.6 aperture
  • Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 7-blade circular aperture for beautiful defocusing
  • Dust and moisture-resistant design

Buy the a7 II Now

The a7 II with 28-70 lens for $999 sale is available from all major retailers; including Adorama and Amazon. Find the kit at big box stores like Best Buy and locally from Glazers and Kenmore camera.

Our a7 II Coverage

Find our archived a7 II posts with this tag. Here are some photos taken with an a7 II by @kishsawhp.

Taken with the a7 II in 2015 by @kishsawhp
From a wedding taken by @kishsawhp
By @kishsawhp

My daily shooter is Sony A1 with a vertical grip and various Sony lenses attached like the FE 20mm F1.8. Find more gear recommendations in our shop. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.