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Canon R5 vs Sony a1

Portability
59
Imaging
82
Features
90
Overall
85
Canon EOS R5 front
 
Sony Alpha a1 front
Portability
61
Imaging
83
Features
93
Overall
87

Canon R5 vs Sony a1 Key Specs

Canon R5
(Full Review)
  • 45MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump 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
  • Introduced July 2020
Sony a1
(Full Review)
  • 50MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Push to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 7680 x 4320 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 737g - 129 x 97 x 70mm
  • Launched January 2021
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Canon R5 vs Sony a1 Overview

Its time to examine more in depth at the Canon R5 vs Sony a1, both Pro Mirrorless cameras by brands Canon and Sony. The image resolution of the R5 (45MP) and the a1 (50MP) is very close and they come with the exact same sensor dimensions (Full frame).

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The R5 was revealed 6 months before the a1 which means that they are of a similar age. The two cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before we go in to a complete comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the R5 scores versus the a1 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon R5 over the Sony a1

 R5 a1 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display dimension3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2100k1440kCrisper display (+660k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony a1 over the Canon R5

 a1 R5 

Common features in the Canon R5 and Sony a1

 R5 a1 
LaunchedJuly 2020January 2021Same age
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Canon R5 vs Sony a1 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry around your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and measurements. The Canon R5 features outer measurements of 138mm x 98mm x 88mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.5") along with a weight of 738 grams (1.63 lbs) while the Sony a1 has proportions of 129mm x 97mm x 70mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") and a weight of 737 grams (1.62 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are working with during that time. The following is the front view dimensions comparison of the R5 vs the a1.

Canon R5 vs Sony a1 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the R5 and a1 is 59 and 61 respectively.

Canon R5 vs Sony a1 top view buttons comparison

Canon R5 vs Sony a1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is hard to visualise the contrast in sensor sizes purely by researching a spec sheet. The image below may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the R5 and a1.

As you can see, both of those cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Sony a1 to result in extra detail because of its extra 5MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos much more aggressively.

Canon R5 vs Sony a1 sensor size comparison

Canon R5 vs Sony a1 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R5 vs Sony a1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon R5
Portrait photography with Sony a1
89
manual focus
megapixel count high (45 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
has face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
89
focusing manually
great flash sync speed (1/400s)
excellent MP (50 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detect focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon R5 Street photography highlights
Sony a1 Street photography highlights
78
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
offers touch to focus
environment sealing
very good high ISO (51,200)
79
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
has touch to focus
weather sealing
above average high ISO (32,000)
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Sports Comparison

Canon R5 Sports photography information
Sony a1 Sports photography information
85
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
silent mode (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count high (45MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
has tracking focus
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect AF
bad battery pack (320 shots)
91
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
quiet shutter (1/32,000s)
fast continuous shooting (30.0 frames/s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
excellent MP (50 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
weather sealing
great battery power (530 CIPA)
has phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon R5 as a Travel photography camera
Sony a1 as a Travel photography camera
68
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
offers touch to focus
megapixel count high (45 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
missing Time Lapse function
bad battery pack (320 shots)
74
great battery power (530 shots)
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
has touch to focus
excellent MP (50 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon R5 Landscape photography factors
Sony a1 Landscape photography factors
80
manual focus
change lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count high (45MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
very good high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
has double storage slots
bad battery pack (320 shots)
missing Time Lapse function
89
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
excellent MP (50 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
above average high ISO (32,000)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
great battery power (530 per charge)
two card slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon R5 as a Vlogging camera
Sony a1 as a Vlogging camera
80
selfie friendly display
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect focusing
high quality video (8192 x 4320 resolution)
includes mic port
37
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
provides face detect focusing
high quality video (7680 x 4320 pxls)
has mic socket
display isn't selfie friendly
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Canon R5 vs Sony a1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R5 and Sony a1
 Canon EOS R5Sony Alpha a1
General Information
Brand Canon Sony
Model Canon EOS R5 Sony Alpha a1
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2020-07-09 2021-01-26
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Digic X -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 45MP 50MP
Anti aliasing 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 8640 x 5760
Highest native ISO 51200 32000
Highest boosted ISO 102400 102400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Min boosted ISO 50 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 1053 759
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon RF Sony E
Available lenses 17 133
Crop factor 1 1
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Tilting
Display sizing 3.2 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 2,100k dots 1,440k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 5,760k dots 9,437k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.9x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/32000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 12.0fps 30.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options no built-in flash Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/400 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) 7680x4320 (30p, 25p, 23.98)
Highest video resolution 8192x4320 7680x4320
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 XAVC S, XAVC HS, H.264, H.265
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 738g (1.63 pounds) 737g (1.62 pounds)
Dimensions 138 x 98 x 88mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.5") 129 x 97 x 70mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 320 shots 530 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E6NH NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage CFexpress and SD (UHS-II) slots Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots (UHS-II supported)
Card slots Dual Dual
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