Canon and Sony, cutting edge visual technology all canned up in this small box of magnesium alloy. Like everything else with strengths and weaknesses, canon and son cameras have some distinct and mild differences. So, lets take a look at what gives between Canon and Sony.
Sony offers an astounding ISO and 4k video in its new A7 mirrorless Camera coupled with an incredibly fast hybrid autofocus feature. The Sony A7 has kept thousands of professional photographers in its wake thanks to a very light, compact and versatile build. As mentioned earlier, one of the main selling points for the Sony A7 is its 4K video shooting capability!! If you do not understand what that means, permit me to reiterate in common terms. The Sony A7, is going to project pictures about four times the resolution of 1080p. And to put icing on the cake, the dual voice recording allows for high quality AVCHD.
With everything that has good features, a couple of not very impressive features will always manage to squeeze themselves in and the Sony A7 is no exception.
A limited number of lenses has continued to hamper the flexibility of the Sony faithful to with regards the variety of lenses available. While Sony seems to get a hang of this issue and tries a remedial by releasing lenses every few months, other Camera manufacturing powerhouses, seem to always have a wider variety of lenses.
Another very disturbing issue with the Sony flagship is the terrible battery life. Some reports indicate only 350 shots before the battery drains completely talk less of shooting 4k videos. And to make matters worse, the A7 comes with just 2 batteries.
Even with the availability of a full frame sensor, Sony still offers just 12.2 megapixels against 24 megapixels which seems to have become the bottom threshold for Cameras within this range.
Canon generally does a fantastic job at making some of the most professional photography tools out there. Plus, they possess an inexhaustible list of lenses to suit virtually any needs unlike their counterparts at Sony. Another very noteworthy feature with regards Canon, isn’t their Camera, but the Canon Professional Services (CPS) which makes servicing and after sales maintenance so so much easier.
While Canon has launched quite an impressive flagship with the full-frame EOS-1D X Mark II, It falls short of the Sony in sheer portability and weight, and while it also offers the 4k video experience, its limits are at a 1080p frame rate. Keeping Sony’s A7 ahead.
A generally accepted drawback for Canon would be its inability to catch up on the latest wireless technology. While concerted efforts have been put in place to remedy this loophole, it might take a while before Canon wins all points in this category.
All in all, both Cameras are excellent pieces of equipment. However, like the good old photography saying, “The Camera is just a tool”. Thus, it is situation of personal preferences as a good photographer will produce excellent shots given inadequate equipment, and a not so good photographer will produce not so good work regardless of how high end his equipment is. Skill + personal preference = Excellent shots.