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Canon R5 vs Sony A7 IV

Portability
59
Imaging
82
Features
90
Overall
85
Canon EOS R5 front
 
Sony Alpha A7 IV front
Portability
61
Imaging
83
Features
92
Overall
86

Canon R5 vs Sony A7 IV Key Specs

Canon R5
(Full Review)
  • 45MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Boost to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 8192 x 4320 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 738g - 138 x 98 x 88mm
  • Released July 2020
Sony A7 IV
(Full Review)
  • 33MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 699g - 129 x 97 x 81mm
  • Launched October 2021
  • Previous Model is Sony A7 III
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Canon R5 vs Sony A7 IV Overview

In this write-up, we are analyzing the Canon R5 and Sony A7 IV, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by companies Canon and Sony. There is a noticeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the R5 (45MP) and A7 IV (33MP) but they use the same exact sensor sizes (Full frame).

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The R5 was introduced 15 months before the A7 IV making the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before delving through a in depth comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the R5 scores against the A7 IV when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon R5 over the Sony A7 IV

 R5 A7 IV 
Display sizing3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2100k1440kCrisper display (+660k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A7 IV over the Canon R5

 A7 IV R5 
LaunchedOctober 2021July 2020Newer by 15 months

Common features in the Canon R5 and Sony A7 IV

 R5 A7 IV 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully articulatedFully Articulated display
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch display Easily navigate

Canon R5 vs Sony A7 IV Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera regularly, you have to factor in its weight and size. The Canon R5 provides external measurements of 138mm x 98mm x 88mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.5") and a weight of 738 grams (1.63 lbs) while the Sony A7 IV has specifications of 129mm x 97mm x 81mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.2") and a weight of 699 grams (1.54 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the R5 versus the A7 IV.

Canon R5 vs Sony A7 IV size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the R5 and A7 IV is 59 and 61 respectively.

Canon R5 vs Sony A7 IV top view buttons comparison

Canon R5 vs Sony A7 IV Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is tough to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by looking at specifications. The image here will offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the R5 and A7 IV.

To sum up, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Canon R5 to give extra detail using its extra 12MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop images a little more aggressively. The more aged R5 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Canon R5 vs Sony A7 IV sensor size comparison

Canon R5 vs Sony A7 IV Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R5 vs Sony A7 IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon R5 Portrait photography details
Sony A7 IV Portrait photography details
89
you can focus manually
megapixel count amazing (45 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
83
focusing manually
MP count great (33MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detection focus
exports RAW formats
no liveview
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Street Comparison

Canon R5 as a Street photography camera
Sony A7 IV as a Street photography camera
78
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
features touch to focus
environment sealing
good ISO range (51,200)
79
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
comes with focus by touch
weather proofing
above average ISO range (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Canon R5 Sports photography details
Sony A7 IV Sports photography details
85
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet mode (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count amazing (45 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features tracking focus
environment sealing
supports phase detect autofocus
terrible battery pack (320 per charge)
85
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count great (33 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
weather proofing
great battery power (600 per charge)
comes with phase detect auto focus
no liveview
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon R5
Travel photography with Sony A7 IV
68
environment sealing
supports bluetooth
features touch to focus
megapixel count amazing (45MP)
display is selfie friendly
missing Time Lapse function
terrible battery pack (320 CIPA)
81
great battery power (600 per charge)
weather proofing
connects via bluetooth
comes with focus by touch
MP count great (33 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon R5 Landscape photography factors
Sony A7 IV Landscape photography factors
80
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Canon RF mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count amazing (45MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
good ISO range (51,200)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
has dual storage slots
terrible battery pack (320 per charge)
missing Time Lapse function
85
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count great (33 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
above average ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
great battery power (600 CIPA)
two card slots
no liveview
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Vlogging Comparison

Canon R5 Vlogging info
Sony A7 IV Vlogging info
80
display is selfie friendly
touch screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detect autofocus
video resolution high (8192 x 4320 pixels)
comes with mic jack
81
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detection focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external mic socket
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Canon R5 vs Sony A7 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R5 and Sony A7 IV
 Canon EOS R5Sony Alpha A7 IV
General Information
Brand Canon Sony
Model type Canon EOS R5 Sony Alpha A7 IV
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Released 2020-07-09 2021-10-21
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic X -
Sensor type 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 45MP 33MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 8192 x 5464 7008 x 4672
Highest native ISO 51200 51200
Highest boosted ISO 102400 204800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO 50 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 1053 759
Lens
Lens mount type Canon RF Sony E
Number of lenses 17 172
Crop factor 1 1
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fully articulated
Display sizing 3.2" 3"
Resolution of display 2,100 thousand dots 1,440 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 5,760 thousand dots 3,690 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.78x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/8000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 12.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options no built-in flash no built-in flash
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 8192x4320 (30p/​24/​23.98p) 7680x4320 (30p/​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 /
Highest video resolution 8192x4320 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-I, H.264, H.265
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes Yes (USB PD supported)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 738g (1.63 lbs) 699g (1.54 lbs)
Dimensions 138 x 98 x 88mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.5") 129 x 97 x 81mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 320 images 600 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LP-E6NH NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage CFexpress and SD (UHS-II) slots Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots
Card slots Dual Dual
Retail pricing $3,899 $2,500