Old question, new year - Cheap A7Rii vs A7iii?

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tqlla Veteran Member • Posts: 5,398
Re: Old question, new year - Cheap A7Rii vs A7iii?

Nirurin wrote:

So I'm looking at breaking into the world of full frame, and it's pretty much between these two cameras.

I can get a decent used A7Rii for about £800-£900 (sometimes with a kit lens, which might not be great but it's usable and sellable later), while a new/nearly new A7iii body is more like £1250-1300.

While I know I'd love the faster and better AF of the A7iii, the big ol' 42mp sensor in the A7Rii is a temptation, and the saving in money could get me started on a lens or two.

I've read a lot on this comparison, but mostly the threads are from early 2019 or 2018, and in a lot of them the A7Rii was actually more expensive than the A7iii or similar in price... so things seem to have changed.

Just curious to see what people suggest / any opinions for me

(Use case is fairly general - landscapes, street, portrait, macro. Probably not much action, but would like to be able to lock onto pets and people when needed. Currently using a Fuji XT2, so if AF is equal to or better than that then it'd be fine.)

Well, it depends on how much the money means to you. £400-500 is enough to buy you a good lens.  Or the price difference between a great lens and a good lens.

Overall, i think the A7iii is going to be better overall, esp if you dont covet the 42MP.  With the A7Rii, you get the bigger sensor+apps, but everything else is worse.

  • slower operation
  • slower AF
  • slower FPS
  • poor buffer
  • only one memory card slot
  • much less battery life 
  • smaller grip
  • 4k is "Probably" not as good as the A7iii (I say that because the A7Riii and A99ii have better 4k)

All that being said, how much is a used A7Riii in your area?

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