Samsung PL120 vs Sony A7R IV

Portability
99
Imaging
39
Features
20
Overall
31
Samsung PL120 front
 
Sony Alpha A7R IV front
Portability
62
Imaging
84
Features
93
Overall
87

Samsung PL120 vs Sony A7R IV Key Specs

Samsung PL120
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 0 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 94 x 54 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2011
Sony A7R IV
(Full Review)
  • 61MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Expand to 102800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 665g - 129 x 96 x 78mm
  • Released July 2019
  • Superseded the Sony A7R III
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Samsung PL120 vs Sony A7R IV Overview

Let's look a little more in depth at the Samsung PL120 versus Sony A7R IV, former being a Ultracompact while the other is a Pro Mirrorless by rivals Samsung and Sony. There is a considerable difference among the sensor resolutions of the PL120 (14MP) and A7R IV (61MP) and the PL120 (1/2.3") and A7R IV (Full frame) posses different sensor size.

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The PL120 was manufactured 9 years before the A7R IV and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Samsung PL120 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony A7R IV being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise summary of how the PL120 scores vs the A7R IV in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung PL120 over the Sony A7R IV

 PL120 A7R IV 

Reasons to pick Sony A7R IV over the Samsung PL120

 A7R IV PL120 
ReleasedJuly 2019January 2011Fresher by 103 months
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1440k230kCrisper display (+1210k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Samsung PL120 and Sony A7R IV

 PL120 A7R IV 
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Samsung PL120 vs Sony A7R IV Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera frequently, you will need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Samsung PL120 comes with external dimensions of 94mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") along with a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs) and the Sony A7R IV has dimensions of 129mm x 96mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.1") with a weight of 665 grams (1.47 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have attached during that time. The following is a front view size comparison of the PL120 compared to the A7R IV.

Samsung PL120 vs Sony A7R IV size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the PL120 and A7R IV is 99 and 62 respectively.

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Samsung PL120 vs Sony A7R IV Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing purely by researching a spec sheet. The photograph below will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the PL120 and A7R IV.

Clearly, both of these cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The PL120 because of its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallow depth of field more challenging and the Sony A7R IV will render extra detail due to its extra 47 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The older PL120 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Samsung PL120 vs Sony A7R IV sensor size comparison

Samsung PL120 vs Sony A7R IV Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung PL120 vs Sony A7R IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung PL120 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A7R IV as a Portrait photography camera
30
good megapixels (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
90
focusing manually
excellent MP (61MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detection focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung PL120 Street photography highlights
Sony A7R IV Street photography highlights
50
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
80
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
includes focus by touch
environment sealing
above average high ISO (32,000)
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Sports Comparison

Samsung PL120 Sports photography factors
Sony A7R IV Sports photography factors
27
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
fixed focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
92
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
excellent MP (61MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports tracking autofocus
environment sealing
better than average battery power (670 per charge)
has phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung PL120 Travel photography information
Sony A7R IV Travel photography information
71
good megapixels (14MP)
flash built-in
fast maximum aperture (f)
no Time Lapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly display
74
better than average battery power (670 per charge)
environment sealing
has bluetooth
includes focus by touch
excellent MP (61 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Samsung PL120
Landscape photography with Sony A7R IV
34
fast maximum aperture (f)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual exposure
does not have image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
89
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
excellent MP (61 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
does not have anti-alias filter
above average high ISO (32,000)
exports RAW files
environment sealing
better than average battery power (670 per charge)
two card slots
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Vlogging Comparison

Samsung PL120 Vlogging information
Sony A7R IV Vlogging information
31
fast maximum aperture (f)
has external mic socket
does not posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
37
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detection focus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
has external microphone socket
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Samsung PL120 vs Sony A7R IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung PL120 and Sony A7R IV
 Samsung PL120Sony Alpha A7R IV
General Information
Manufacturer Samsung Sony
Model Samsung PL120 Sony Alpha A7R IV
Category Ultracompact Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2011-01-05 2019-07-16
Physical type Ultracompact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.16 x 4.62mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 28.5mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 61 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 9504 x 6336
Maximum native ISO 3200 32000
Maximum boosted ISO - 102800
Minimum native ISO - 100
RAW photos
Minimum boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 567
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony E
Lens focal range () -
Amount of lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 1,440k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 5,760k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - no built-in flash
Flash options - Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync.
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video file format - MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight - 665g (1.47 pounds)
Physical dimensions 94 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") 129 x 96 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 99
DXO Color Depth score not tested 26.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.8
DXO Low light score not tested 3344
Other
Battery life - 670 photos
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FZ100
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage - Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible)
Card slots - 2
Launch pricing $150 $3,498