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Canon 5D IV vs Sony A6300 – Comparison

Let’s compare the Canon 5D IV to the Sony A6300, a small but fast mirrorless camera.

Our comparison table below covers all the important specifications of each camera. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.

Canon 5D IVSony A6300
Megapixels30.424.2
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor FormatFull FrameAPS-C
Crop FactorNone1.5x
AA FilterYesYes
Image Resolution6720 x 44806000 x 4000
Body Image StabilizationNoNo
Lens MountCanon EFSony E
ISO100 - 32,000100 - 25,600
Expanded ISO102,40051,200
AF Points61425
Cross-type AF Points41425 phase
Continuous Mode7fps11fps
LCD3.2" - Fixed3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,620,000 dots921,600 dots
TouchscreenYesNo
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayYesNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF (2.3M)
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.71x1.07x
Video Resolution4096x2160 (30/25/24p)3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p1920x1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackYesNo
Memory Card TypeCF + SDSD or MS Pro
Dual Card SlotsYesNo
SD UHS SupportUHS-I & UDMA7UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed1/80001/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer SizeUnlimited44
RAW Buffer Size1922
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashNoYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/160
Startup Time0.5s1.4s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSYesNo
Built- in NFCYesYes
BluetoothNoNo
USB TypeUSB 3.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)900 shots400 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E6N)Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight31.4 oz (890g)14.3 oz (404g)
Size5.9 x 4.6 x 3.0"4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20162016

Canon 5D Mark IV Advantages:

  • Sensor – 6 more megapixels
  • FF vs MFT – The 5D IV has a much bigger sensor and will therefore have less noise at higher ISO’s
  • Higher Max ISO – Half stop max higher native ISO, 1 stop higher expanded ISO. You can also go as low as 50.
  • LCD Size – 3.2″ vs 3.0″ and much higher resolution
  • Touchscreen – The 5D IV allows you to tap the screen to select a focus point, as well as navigate through the menus etc.
  • Top LCD Screen – Very useful for quickly checking out all of your settings, battery info etc.
  • Headphone Jack – Good for monitoring audio quality
  • Dual Memory Cards – You can use SD + CF cards
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000
  • JPEG Buffer – Unlimited vs 44
  • Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs 1/160
  • Startup Time – The 5D IV turns on almost 3x faster
  • Built-in GPS
  • USB 3.0 vs 2.0 – Faster file transferring out of the camera
  • Battery Life – 500 shots longer battery life

The Canon 5D IV is a full frame DSLR, which is why it’s that bigger and heavier. If you need a ton of megapixels the 30MP sensor with high ISO will be great, touchscreen with Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology for videos is also a brilliant feature. If video is very important to you, the Canon 5D IV doesn’t overheat in 4K but there’s a 1.74x crop factor.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.

Sony a6300 Advantages:

  • AF System – The A6300 has 425 vs 61 AF points, and they’re all phase-detection. The 5D IV is still extremely fast and might be more reliable for really fast moving subjects, especially in low light where the 5D wins
  • 11 vs 7fps – 4 more frames every second is great for action photography
  • LCD Screen – It’s fully articulated compared to the fixed one, so it’s better for shooting in awkward positions
  • Focus Peaking – The Sony A6300 can highlight what’s in focus! Excellent when focusing manually, whether it’s video or photography
  • Full HD – 120p instead of 60p, much better for clear, smooth slow motion clips
  • RAW Buffer – 22 vs 19
  • Built-in Flash
  • Weight & Size – The A6300 is a mirrorless camera and therefore weighs more than twice as less and is much more compact
  • Less Expensive – Body only, the A6300 costs around $2500 less

What are the advantages you’ll appreciate most of the time? Much more AF points, 11 vs 7fps, an articulating LCD screen and of course the compact design. The A6300 can also record Full HD videos at 120p and offers focus peaking.

You can buy it at Amazon or read more reviews here.