Nikon L120 vs Sony A7R III

Portability
75
Imaging
39
Features
38
Overall
38
Nikon Coolpix L120 front
 
Sony Alpha A7R III front
Portability
63
Imaging
81
Features
93
Overall
85
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Nikon L120 vs Sony A7R III Overview

Its time to take a deeper look at the Nikon L120 and Sony A7R III, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Pro Mirrorless by companies Nikon and Sony. There exists a significant gap among the resolutions of the L120 (14MP) and A7R III (42MP) and the L120 (1/2.3") and A7R III (Full frame) have totally different sensor measurements.

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The L120 was brought out 7 years prior to the A7R III and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Nikon L120 being a Compact camera and the Sony A7R III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise summary of how the L120 scores against the A7R III in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Nikon L120 vs Sony A7R III Key Specs

Nikon L120
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-525mm (F3.1-5.8) lens
  • 431g - 110 x 77 x 78mm
  • Launched February 2011
  • Older Model is Nikon L110
Sony A7R III
(Full Review)
  • 42MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Increase to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 657g - 127 x 96 x 74mm
  • Released October 2017
  • Earlier Model is Sony A7R II
  • Successor is Sony A7R IV
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Nikon L120 vs Sony A7R III Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera regularly, you should factor its weight and dimensions. The Nikon L120 provides outer dimensions of 110mm x 77mm x 78mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 3.1") and a weight of 431 grams (0.95 lbs) and the Sony A7R III has dimensions of 127mm x 96mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9") and a weight of 657 grams (1.45 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you use at the time. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the L120 compared to the A7R III.

Nikon L120 vs Sony A7R III size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the L120 and A7R III is 75 and 63 respectively.

Nikon L120 vs Sony A7R III top view buttons comparison

Nikon L120 vs Sony A7R III Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be difficult to picture the gap in sensor measurements only by going through specifications. The graphic underneath might provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the L120 and A7R III.

Plainly, each of the cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The L120 due to its smaller sensor is going to make achieving bokeh harder and the Sony A7R III will produce extra detail having its extra 28 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop images more aggressively. The older L120 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon L120 vs Sony A7R III sensor size comparison

Nikon L120 vs Sony A7R III Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L120 vs Sony A7R III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L120 Portrait photography features
Sony A7R III Portrait photography features
34
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
88
has manual focus
megapixel count excellent (42 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
comes with face detection focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon L120 as a Street photography camera
Sony A7R III as a Street photography camera
49
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
80
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
boasts focus by touch
weather proofing
good ISO range (32,000)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L120 Sports photography features
Sony A7R III Sports photography features
44
long zoom range (25-525mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
low frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
90
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count excellent (42 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proofing
great battery (650 shots)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L120 Travel photography highlights
Sony A7R III Travel photography highlights
60
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
long zoom (525mm)
missing Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
74
great battery (650 per charge)
weather proofing
supports bluetooth
boasts focus by touch
megapixel count excellent (42 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L120 Landscape photography advice
Sony A7R III Landscape photography advice
41
fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (14MP)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
88
has manual focus
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count excellent (42MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
does not have anti aliasing filter
good ISO range (32,000)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
great battery (650 shots)
has dual storage slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon L120
Vlogging with Sony A7R III
27
fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection autofocus
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone socket
37
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detection focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes external mic jack
screen is not selfie friendly
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Nikon L120 vs Sony A7R III Specifications

General Information
Brand
Nikon
Sony
Model type
Nikon Coolpix L120
Sony Alpha A7R III
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Pro Mirrorless
Launched
2011-02-09
2017-10-25
Body design
Compact
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by
Expeed C2
Bionz X
Sensor type
CCD
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
35.9 x 24mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
861.6mm²
Sensor resolution
14MP
42MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4320 x 3240
7952 x 5304
Maximum native ISO
6400
32000
Maximum boosted ISO
-
102400
Lowest native ISO
80
100
RAW photos
Lowest boosted ISO
-
50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
9
425
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Sony E
Lens zoom range
25-525mm (21.0x)
-
Maximum aperture
f/3.1-5.8
-
Macro focusing distance
1cm
-
Number of lenses
-
121
Crop factor
5.8
1
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Tilting
Screen size
3 inches
3 inches
Resolution of screen
921k dot
1,440k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology
TFT LCD with Anti-reflection coating
-
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
-
3,686k dot
Viewfinder coverage
-
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
-
0.78x
Features
Slowest shutter speed
4 secs
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames per sec
10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
-
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
6.00 m
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
Off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
3840x2160
Video file format
Motion JPEG
MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)
GPS
None
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
431 grams (0.95 lbs)
657 grams (1.45 lbs)
Physical dimensions
110 x 77 x 78mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 3.1")
127 x 96 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
100
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
26.0
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
14.7
DXO Low light rating
not tested
3523
Other
Battery life
330 photos
650 photos
Style of battery
AA
Battery Pack
Battery ID
4 x AA
NP-FZ100
Self timer
Yes (10 or 2 sec)
Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Two SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II support on one)
Storage slots
Single
2
Launch price
$300
$2,800