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Canon R6 vs Sony A7 IV

Portability
61
Imaging
76
Features
90
Overall
81
Canon EOS R6 front
 
Sony Alpha A7 IV front
Portability
61
Imaging
83
Features
92
Overall
86

Canon R6 vs Sony A7 IV Key Specs

Canon R6
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Bump to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 680g - 138 x 98 x 88mm
  • Introduced July 2020
Sony A7 IV
(Full Review)
  • 33MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise 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
  • Introduced October 2021
  • Previous Model is Sony A7 III
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Canon R6 vs Sony A7 IV Overview

On this page, we are looking at the Canon R6 and Sony A7 IV, both Pro Mirrorless digital cameras by competitors Canon and Sony. There exists a crucial gap between the resolutions of the R6 (20MP) and A7 IV (33MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor sizes (Full frame).

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The R6 was announced 15 months prior to the A7 IV making them a generation away from one another. Both the cameras have the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before getting into a complete comparison, here is a short highlight of how the R6 matches up versus the A7 IV when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon R6 over the Sony A7 IV

 R6 A7 IV 
Display resolution1620k1440kClearer display (+180k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A7 IV over the Canon R6

 A7 IV R6 
IntroducedOctober 2021July 2020Newer by 15 months

Common features in the Canon R6 and Sony A7 IV

 R6 A7 IV 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully articulatedFully Articulated display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Canon R6 vs Sony A7 IV Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to travel with your camera often, you will need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Canon R6 has got outer measurements of 138mm x 98mm x 88mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.5") having a weight of 680 grams (1.50 lbs) while the Sony A7 IV has dimensions of 129mm x 97mm x 81mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 699 grams (1.54 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Following is a front view scale comparison of the R6 versus the A7 IV.

Canon R6 vs Sony A7 IV size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the R6 and A7 IV is 61 and 61 respectively.

Canon R6 vs Sony A7 IV top view buttons comparison

Canon R6 vs Sony A7 IV Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is difficult to visualize the gap between sensor dimensions just by reviewing specifications. The picture underneath might give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the R6 and A7 IV.

Plainly, both the cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different MP. You should expect to see the Sony A7 IV to deliver more detail with its extra 13 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The more aged R6 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Canon R6 vs Sony A7 IV sensor size comparison

Canon R6 vs Sony A7 IV Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R6 vs Sony A7 IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon R6 Portrait photography factors
Sony A7 IV Portrait photography factors
85
you can focus manually
decent MP (20MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
83
you can focus manually
resolution is great (33MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
no liveview feature
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Street Comparison

Canon R6 Street photography information
Sony A7 IV Street photography information
78
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
features touch focus
weather proofing
above average high ISO (102,400)
79
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
supports touch focus
environment sealing
good ISO range (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon R6
Sports photography with Sony A7 IV
82
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
silent shutter (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes tracking focus
weather proofing
supports phase detect autofocus
low battery power (360 CIPA)
85
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is great (33MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment sealing
good battery life (600 per charge)
supports phase detect autofocus
no liveview feature
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Travel Comparison

Canon R6 Travel photography advice
Sony A7 IV Travel photography advice
68
weather proofing
has bluetooth
features touch focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
doesn't have Timelapse function
low battery power (360 shots)
81
good battery life (600 shots)
environment sealing
has bluetooth
supports touch focus
resolution is great (33MP)
display is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon R6 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A7 IV as a Landscape photography camera
78
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Canon RF mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
no low pass filter
above average high ISO (102,400)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
two card slots
low battery power (360 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse function
85
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is great (33MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
good ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
good battery life (600 shots)
has dual storage slots
no liveview feature
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon R6
Vlogging with Sony A7 IV
79
screen is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with microphone socket
81
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detection autofocus
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external microphone jack
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Canon R6 vs Sony A7 IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R6 and Sony A7 IV
 Canon EOS R6Sony Alpha A7 IV
General Information
Company Canon Sony
Model Canon EOS R6 Sony Alpha A7 IV
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2020-07-09 2021-10-21
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic X -
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 33 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5472 x 3648 7008 x 4672
Maximum native ISO 102400 51200
Maximum enhanced ISO 204800 204800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Lowest enhanced ISO 50 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
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
Number of focus points 6072 759
Lens
Lens mount Canon RF Sony E
Number of lenses 17 172
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fully articulated
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,620 thousand dot 1,440 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,690 thousand dot 3,690 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.78x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed 1/8000 seconds -
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options no built-in flash no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/200 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840x2160 (60p/​30p/​23.98p) |1920x1080 (120p/​60p/​50p/​30p/​25p/​24p/​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 /
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, XAVC S, XAVC HS, XAVC S-I, H.264, H.265
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes Yes (USB PD supported)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 680 gr (1.50 pounds) 699 gr (1.54 pounds)
Physical 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 Overall 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 360 photos 600 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E6NH NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse recording
Storage media Dual SD slots (UHS-II supported) Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots
Storage slots Dual Dual
Retail cost $2,499 $2,500