Sony A7R III vs Sony W560

Sony Alpha A7R III front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W560 front

Sony A7R III vs Sony W560 Key Specs

Sony A7R III
(Full Review)
  • 42MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Boost 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
  • Refreshed by Sony A7R IV
Sony W560
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-104mm (F2.7-5.7) lens
  • 110g - 94 x 56 x 19mm
  • Announced January 2011
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Sony A7R III vs Sony W560 Overview

Here, we will be comparing the Sony A7R III vs Sony W560, former is a Pro Mirrorless while the latter is a Ultracompact and both of them are produced by Sony. There is a substantial difference among the image resolutions of the A7R III (42MP) and W560 (14MP) and the A7R III (Full frame) and W560 (1/2.3") provide different sensor dimensions.

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The A7R III was brought out 6 years after the W560 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Sony A7R III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony W560 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go right into a in depth comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the A7R III scores versus the W560 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony A7R III over the Sony W560

 A7R III W560 
AnnouncedOctober 2017January 2011Newer by 83 months
Manual focus Very exact focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1440k230kCrisper screen (+1210k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony W560 over the Sony A7R III

 W560 A7R III 

Common features in the Sony A7R III and Sony W560

 A7R III W560 
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Sony A7R III vs Sony W560 Physical Comparison

If you are going to travel with your camera frequently, you need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Sony A7R III offers external measurements of 127mm x 96mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9") and a weight of 657 grams (1.45 lbs) whilst the Sony W560 has measurements of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 110 grams (0.24 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you select at the time. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the A7R III vs the W560.

Sony A7R III vs Sony W560 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the A7R III and W560 is 63 and 96 respectively.

Sony A7R III vs Sony W560 top view buttons comparison

Sony A7R III vs Sony W560 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be hard to visualize the contrast in sensor dimensions just by seeing a spec sheet. The image underneath will help give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the A7R III and W560.

As you can see, both of the cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The A7R III because of its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF less difficult and the Sony A7R III will produce greater detail having its extra 28MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The more modern A7R III should have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony A7R III vs Sony W560 sensor size comparison

Sony A7R III vs Sony W560 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A7R III vs Sony W560 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A7R III Portrait photography information
Sony W560 Portrait photography information
focusing manually
MP count excellent (42 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony A7R III
Street photography with Sony W560
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
has focus via touch
weather proof
very good ISO range (32,000)
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony A7R III Sports photography features
Sony W560 Sports photography features
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count excellent (42 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proof
better than average battery power (650 shots)
has phase detect AF
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony A7R III Travel photography details
Sony W560 Travel photography details
better than average battery power (650 CIPA)
weather proof
has bluetooth
has focus via touch
MP count excellent (42MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (26mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A7R III Landscape photography highlights
Sony W560 Landscape photography highlights
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count excellent (42 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
very good ISO range (32,000)
exports RAW formats
weather proof
better than average battery power (650 CIPA)
has double storage slots
quite wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A7R III as a Vlogging camera
Sony W560 as a Vlogging camera
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external microphone port
doesn't have selfie friendly display
quite wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic port
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Sony A7R III vs Sony W560 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A7R III and Sony W560
 Sony Alpha A7R IIISony Cyber-shot DSC-W560
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha A7R III Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W560
Class Pro Mirrorless Ultracompact
Released 2017-10-25 2011-01-06
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz X BIONZ
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 24mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 861.6mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 42 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 7952 x 5304 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 32000 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO 102400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Minimum enhanced ISO 50 -
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 425 9
Lens mount type Sony E fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 26-104mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture - f/2.7-5.7
Macro focusing range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 121 -
Focal length multiplier 1 5.8
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 1,440 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display technology - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 3,686 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.78x -
Min shutter speed 30 secs 2 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 3.80 m
Flash settings Off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S MPEG-4
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 657 grams (1.45 lbs) 110 grams (0.24 lbs)
Physical dimensions 127 x 96 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9") 94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 100 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 26.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 14.7 not tested
DXO Low light rating 3523 not tested
Battery life 650 images -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-FZ100 NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Two SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II support on one) SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Dual Single
Cost at release $2,800 $139