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Canon R3 vs Sony A7 IV

Portability
52
Imaging
79
Features
93
Overall
84
Canon EOS R3 front
 
Sony Alpha A7 IV front
Portability
61
Imaging
83
Features
92
Overall
86

Canon R3 vs Sony A7 IV Key Specs

Canon R3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Increase to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 6000 x 3164 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 1015g - 150 x 143 x 87mm
  • Launched September 2021
Sony A7 IV
(Full Review)
  • 33MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 699g - 129 x 97 x 81mm
  • Announced October 2021
  • Replaced the Sony A7 III
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Canon R3 vs Sony A7 IV Overview

On this page, we are looking at the Canon R3 and Sony A7 IV, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by rivals Canon and Sony. There exists a big gap between the sensor resolutions of the R3 (24MP) and A7 IV (33MP) but both cameras have the same sensor dimensions (Full frame).

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The R3 was brought out very close to the A7 IV and they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras have the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before we go right into a complete comparison, here is a brief view of how the R3 grades against the A7 IV with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon R3 over the Sony A7 IV

 R3 A7 IV 
Display dimensions3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution4150k1440kCrisper display (+2710k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A7 IV over the Canon R3

 A7 IV R3 

Common features in the Canon R3 and Sony A7 IV

 R3 A7 IV 
AnnouncedSeptember 2021October 2021Similar generation
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully articulatedFully Articulated display
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch display Easily navigate

Canon R3 vs Sony A7 IV Physical Comparison

When you are intending to travel with your camera, you're going to have to take into account its weight and size. The Canon R3 enjoys outer measurements of 150mm x 143mm x 87mm (5.9" x 5.6" x 3.4") along with a weight of 1015 grams (2.24 lbs) while the Sony A7 IV has specifications of 129mm x 97mm x 81mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.2") along with a weight of 699 grams (1.54 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the R3 against the A7 IV.

Canon R3 vs Sony A7 IV size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the R3 and A7 IV is 52 and 61 respectively.

Canon R3 vs Sony A7 IV top view buttons comparison

Canon R3 vs Sony A7 IV Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very hard to imagine the contrast between sensor dimensions purely by checking specifications. The image below might give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the R3 and A7 IV.

To sum up, each of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You should expect to see the Sony A7 IV to give greater detail having its extra 9MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos a bit more aggressively.

Canon R3 vs Sony A7 IV sensor size comparison

Canon R3 vs Sony A7 IV Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R3 vs Sony A7 IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon R3 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A7 IV as a Portrait photography camera
87
you can focus manually
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
comes with face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
83
focusing manually
MP count great (33 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
no liveview feature
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Street Comparison

Canon R3 Street photography info
Sony A7 IV Street photography info
70
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
features focus via touch
weather proof
very good ISO range (102,400)
heavier than competitors in class (1,015g)
79
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
includes touch to focus
environment proof
good high ISO (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Canon R3 Sports photography factors
Sony A7 IV Sports photography factors
89
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
silent mode (1/64,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
weather proof
great battery life (760 per charge)
supports phase detect AF
85
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count great (33MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proof
good battery pack (600 per charge)
has phase detect AF
no liveview feature
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon R3
Travel photography with Sony A7 IV
70
great battery life (760 per charge)
weather proof
supports bluetooth
features focus via touch
MP count decent (24MP)
selfie friendly screen
heavier than competitors in class (1,015 grams)
81
good battery pack (600 CIPA)
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
includes touch to focus
MP count great (33 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon R3 Landscape photography advice
Sony A7 IV Landscape photography advice
86
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Canon RF mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
very good ISO range (102,400)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
great battery life (760 shots)
has double storage slots
85
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count great (33MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
good high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
good battery pack (600 CIPA)
has dual storage slots
no liveview feature
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon R3 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A7 IV as a Vlogging camera
70
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect focusing
high res video (6000 x 3164 resolution)
comes with mic port
heavier than competitors in class (1,015g)
81
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focusing
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external mic jack
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Canon R3 vs Sony A7 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R3 and Sony A7 IV
 Canon EOS R3Sony Alpha A7 IV
General Information
Brand Name Canon Sony
Model type Canon EOS R3 Sony Alpha A7 IV
Type Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2021-09-14 2021-10-21
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type Stacked CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 33 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 7008 x 4672
Max native ISO 102400 51200
Max enhanced ISO 204800 204800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Min enhanced ISO 50 50
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 1053 759
Lens
Lens support Canon RF Sony E
Number of lenses 27 172
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fully articulated
Display sizing 3.2" 3"
Display resolution 4,150k dot 1,440k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 5,760k dot 3,690k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.78x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed 1/64000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 12.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes no built-in flash no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/250 secs 1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 6000x3164 (60p/​50p/​30p/​24p/​23.98p) 4096x2160 (120p/​60p/​30p/​24p/​23.98p) 3840x2160 (120p/​60p/​30p/​23.98p) 1920x1080 (60p/​30p/​23.98p) 3843840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC HS, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 600 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 500 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 300 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 250 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 240 Mbps, XAVC S-I, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p /
Max video resolution 6000x3164 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-I, H.264, H.265
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec) Yes (USB PD supported)
GPS Yes None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1015g (2.24 lb) 699g (1.54 lb)
Physical dimensions 150 x 143 x 87mm (5.9" x 5.6" x 3.4") 129 x 97 x 81mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 96 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 25.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 14.7 not tested
DXO Low light rating 4086 not tested
Other
Battery life 760 shots 600 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LP-E19 NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/ SDHC/ SDXC (UHS-II supported) + CFexpress Type B Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots
Storage slots Two Two
Retail price $6,000 $2,500