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Nikon Z 7 (2018)
Sony α7R III (2017)
See Top Ranked Mirrorless Cameras

Nikon Z x Cameras (2018) vs Sony α7R Mirrorless Cameras (2017)

Analysis:

The Nikon Z 7 (2018) makes for an outstanding Mirrorless Camera at its $2,500 price point. The Sony α7R III (2017), however, while a good product overall, doesn't really manage to stand out from its competition.

While the Nikon Z 7 (2018) wasn't able to make it to the very top of any roundups from sources that perform quality hands-on testing, it still got featured in a large number of them. Expert Reviews, Techradar, Photography Blog, DXOMARK, Digital Camera World, TrustedReviews, TechSpot, Digital Photography Review, PCmag, shotkit.com, Android Authority, camerajabber.com, and Reviewed have all deemed it worthy of a place on their respective shortlists.

Moving on to the Sony α7R III (2017): it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like Expert Reviews, Techradar, camerajabber.com, TrustedReviews, Photography Blog, DXOMARK, shotkit.com, PCmag, Digital Camera World, and Digital Photography Review, enough for them to include them on those lists.

For a direct Nikon Z 7 (2018) vs. Sony α7R III (2017) comparison, we took a look at sources that tested both and found that the Nikon Z 7 (2018) got reviewed better by Digital Camera World, whereas the reviewers at TrustedReviews, DXOMARK, shotkit.com, and PCmag preferred the Sony α7R III (2017). Reviewers at Techradar and Photography Blog haven't shown a preference for either.

We also took a look at which sources liked these two products the most. We found that the Nikon Z 7 (2018) received its best, 10, rating from Expert Reviews, while the Sony α7R III (2017) got its highest score of 10 from Techradar.

Finally, we also compared their review scores to the rest of their competition - the Nikon Z 7 (2018) earned an average review score of 9.1 out of 10 points and the Sony α7R III (2017) received an average of 9.6, compared to the 7.9 average of Mirrorless Cameras in general.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
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Digital Camera World
Photography Blog
DXOMARK
Digital Photography Review
PCmag
camerajabber.com
Techradar
Expert Reviews
TrustedReviews
Reviewed
Tech. Specs Comparison
Nikon Z 7 (2018)
$2,496
Sony α7R III (2017)
$2,298
Sensor
Full-frame
Full-frame
Sensor Resolution
45.7 (MP)
42 (MP)
Stabilization
Sensor-shift
None
Video
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Significantly higher than average expert review score
Recommended by trusted experts
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The Best Cameras of 2020” 
Last updated: 13 Nov 2019
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #3 out of 11
in “Best Nikon camera 2020: the 10 finest cameras from Nikon's line-up” 
Last updated: 9 days ago
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #3 out of 8
in “Best camera 2020: Find your perfect camera” 
Last updated: 15 Jan 2020
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #6 out of 10
in “The best Nikon cameras you can buy” 
Last updated: 13 Feb 2020
TrustedReviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #6 out of 16
in “Best mirrorless camera 2020: The 16 best cameras for every budget” 
Last updated: 21 Jan 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 10
in “Best full-frame mirrorless camera 2020: the top choices for advanced photographers” 
Last updated: 4 May 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #8 out of 12
in “Best full-frame camera 2020: the 12 best premium DSLRs and mirrorless cameras ” 
Last updated: 21 Sep 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #8 out of 10
in “The 10 best 4K cameras in UAE for 2019” 
Last updated: 9 Apr 2019
Digital Photography Review
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best cameras for portraits” 
Last updated: 2 Mar 2020
Digital Photography Review
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best cameras for landscapes in 2020” 
Last updated: 2 Mar 2020
Digital Photography Review
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “2019 Buying Guide: Best cameras for people and events” 
Last updated: 1 Nov 2018
camerajabber.com
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The best cameras with Eye AF | Camera Jabber” 
Last updated: 18 Dec 2019
Recommended by trusted experts
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The 10 best digital cameras in the UAE for 2019” 
Last updated: 20 Jun 2019
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for pros
in “Best mirrorless cameras: Get DSLR-quality photos without the weight, from £399” 
Last updated: 19 Dec 2019
Digital Photography Review
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best cameras for landscapes in 2020” 
Last updated: 2 Mar 2020
shotkit.com
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Full Frame Camera (DSLR & Mirrorless)” 
Last updated: 8 hours ago
TrustedReviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Sony Alpha 2019: Which mirrorless Sony camera should you buy?” 
Last updated: 26 Sep 2019
Digital Photography Review
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “2019 Buying Guide: Best cameras for people and events” 
Last updated: 1 Nov 2018

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