The Best Sony Cameras and Lenses For Night Photography

Sony has become one of the leading mirrorless camera manufactures. Their camera bodies are lightweight and produce spectacular image quality with large dynamic range and high ISO capabilities. A few drawbacks noticeable with Sony cameras are the battery life in previous versions (only 200 images per battery in some models), unfriendly user interface compared to Nikon or Canon, and physical ergonomics. I’ve also noticed some Sony cameras produce more hot pixels during long exposures than other camera bodies.

Capturing successful images of the night sky requires powerful camera equipment. Standard camera settings for night photography can range from 10-25 seconds of exposure, an aperture of f/4.0 – 1.4, and a high ISO ranging from 1600-12800. These types of camera settings create ‘noise’ and hot pixels in your photographs, primarily due to the long exposure and high ISO. Therefore, it is important to select a camera body capable of shooting at high ISO levels to produce clean images. Below you will find links to Sony camera bodies and lenses that are available and some I highly recommend for night photography. If the list below helps you in any way, please consider using the affiliate links to purchase your new equipment. The links DO NOT cost you extra, but help to support our work, allowing us to keep the list updated… and buy more coffee.

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The Best Cameras and Lenses for Night Photography

Sony Sensor Comparison

This is a screenshot from DPReview using their free comparison tool. Please note, images shown were taken in a studio using the following settings: 1/20 second, f/5.6 aperture, & 6400 ISO. You can compare different camera bodies, ISO settings, focus on different portions of the image above, and download the original RAW images by visiting HERE.

Sony Mirrorless Bodies

My Top Sony Camera Recommendations

Sony Mirrorless Lenses

My Top Sony Camera Recommendations

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