It’s a close battle between the Sony A7 IV and Canon EOS R6, two of the best cameras on the market right now. Both offer great image quality, autofocus, and video capabilities, but which one is the better camera? In this article, we’ll take a look at the strengths of each camera and help you decide which is the best for you.
Let’s take a look at Sony A7 IV
Sony’s full-frame mirrorless camera range has a new all-rounder to replace the popular A7 III, which had set the bar high. Fortunately, the A7 IV steps up and takes that baton with ease. The A7 IV is a genuine hybrid workhorse, with a sharper 33MP sensor, a more powerful Bionz XR processor, and updated video capabilities (including 10-bit support). It also has a new viewfinder, a variable-angle touchscreen display, and a huge 828-shot buffer for CFexpress cards.
The Sony A7 III is both more powerful and has greater resolution than its predecessor. As with many other cameras in this class, the A7 III offers a viewfinder, dual SD card slots, and Wi-Fi connectivity to name a few features that separate it from competitors like the Canon EOS R6. The Sony A7 IV retains all the pros of its predecessor while improving in several areas: it’s faster (although not as quick as some rivals), has more resolution (3840 x 2160 versus 4096 x 2160), uses 4K video rather than Full HD (but at half the frame rate), and includes improved dynamic range thanks to larger pixels. It’s a wonderfully flexible choice that may serve as the camera for most consumers.
Let’s take a look at Canon EOS R6
The Canon EOS R6 is a 20-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera designed for enthusiast photographers and videographers. It’s closely related to the EOS 6Ds, which were positioned below the 5D DSLRs, and it offers a well-rounded mix of features for both types of photography.
It’s also one of the first enthusiast-level cameras to shoot both stills and video that can take advantage of cutting-edge displays with a high dynamic range. Its tendency, on the other hand, to exceed its temperature limits takes away some of its video capabilities.
Most noticeable differences between them
- Image quality: The Sony A7 IV has more megapixels (33 vs 20) and a somewhat greater noise level at high ISOs. The difference in dynamic range is minimal.
- Autofocus: Both systems are very similar in terms of face and eye detection, tracking, and overall performance. They’re the finest on the market right now at this price range.
- Continuous shooting: The R6 may also shoot at double the speed of the A7 IV (20fps vs 10fps), and it has a faster sensor readout, which is meaningless when using an electronic shutter (in photo mode).
- Stabilization: The R6 offers a higher ISO and shutter speed than the A7, allowing for hand-held shooting at 1s or even 2s. The A7 IV struggles below 1/4 second. When walking with the camera, the R6 provides superior performance, but Sony Catalyst post stabilization is required for the A7 model to deliver optimum results.
- Movie mode: The Sony A7 IV has a wider dynamic range, additional codecs, higher bit rates, and does not overheat; this is unlike the R6. The Canon has only a 4K 60p frame rate with a small 1.07x crop (vs 1.5x on the Sony).
- Design: I prefer the ergonomics of the R6, but the A7 IV is a significant improvement over prior models.
- Lenses: Sony has a broader range of native lenses, including those from third-party manufacturers.
- Price: The A7 III is a very similar camera (only the Euro price is greater for the A7 IV, as of March 2022)
Digging deep into two major aspects of these cameras
The autofocus systems on these two cameras are fantastic. Face and eye focus for people, animals, and birds is simple. The Sony A7 IV has a hybrid phase-detection system with 759 phase-detection points that cover 94% of the sensor.
The Canon EOS R6 has a Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system with 6,079 single focus points covering 100 percent of the sensor. The low-light capability threshold is one minor variation or exception to the autofocusing system. It’s half a stop brighter on the R6 camera at EV -6.5.
In terms of battery life, the Sony A7 IV has an edge over the Canon EOS R6 with 520 photos compared to 380. When comparing capacity levels, it’s reasonable to assume that users will enjoy a boost in life span when utilizing the A7 IV.
Both cameras feature the ability to receive constant power from a USB connection. The Sony A7 IV comes with just the USB cable to charge your camera, not a wall charger. If you want to charge a second battery, you’ll need to buy a charger.
Both cameras have advantages and disadvantages. To put it another way, if you’re looking for a camera that works well in low light, the Canon R6 is your best bet. If you’re concerned about overall resolution, get the Sony A7 IV. Both are available for $2,499 body only.