Sony A7R vs Nikon D800: which full-frame camera should you buy?

Sony A7R vs Nikon D800: which full-frame camera should you buy?

Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: 04 Build Quality

Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: 04 Build Quality

In a nod to conformity, both the Sony A7R and Nikon D800 feature weather-sealed magnesium alloy bodies. However, the difference in proportions is significant.

The Sony A7R weighs just 465g, whereas the Nikon D800 is almost twice as heavy at 900g (without a lens attached).

The Nikon 800’s dimensions of 146 x 123 x 81.5mm make it substantial in the hand. Robust and confidence-inspiring, the body feels strong enough to hammer nails with (tip: don’t).

Meanwhile, the Sony A7R is noticeably smaller. In fact, both the Sony A7R and Sony A7R are billed as ‘the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens cameras’.

At 127 x 94 x 48mm, the Sony A7R is a camera that, to use a lazy press release mantra, is designed to go anywhere. Sorry, everywhere.

Obviously this only makes sense when you’re using a pancake lens. The minute you add a lens north of 28-70mm, then any compact system camera starts to become less pocketable.

Smaller isn’t always better. Fiddly control buttons and shallower grips can make operation more irksome, particularly when you’re wearing gloves. However, shaving such a considerable amount of weight from your carry-around gear can often be worth this trade-off.

The Sony A7R and Nikon D800 are designed to do different jobs, but the D800 swings it for out-and-out build quality.

PAGE 1 – Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: 01 Sensor resolution
PAGE 2 – Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: 02 Autofocus
PAGE 3 – Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: 03 Exposure and processing
PAGE 4 – Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: 04 Build Quality
PAGE 5 – Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: 05 Viewfinder and LCD screen
PAGE 6 – Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: 06 Lenses
PAGE 7 – Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: 07 Video
PAGE 8 – Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: 08 Connections
PAGE 9 – Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: 09 Price
PAGE 10 – Sony A7R vs Nikon D800 comparison: our conclusion

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