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Canon 5D IV vs Sony A7 II – Comparison

Here’s a comparison of two full frame cameras, the Canon 5D Mark IV vs Sony A7 II. The latter is smaller, cheaper and a little bit older, so let’s see which one is better for the money.

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 A7 II
Megapixels30.424.3
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor FormatFull FrameFull Frame
Crop FactorNoneNone
AA FilterYesYes
Image Resolution6720 x 44806000 x 4000
Body Image StabilizationNoYes
Lens MountCanon EFSony E
ISO100 - 32,000100 - 25,600
Expanded ISO50 - 102,40050 - 51,200
AF Points61117
Cross-type AF Points41117 phase
Continuous Mode7fps5fps
LCD3.2" - Fixed3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,620,000 dots1,228,800 dots
TouchscreenYesNo
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayYesNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.71x0.71x
Video Resolution4096x2160 (30/25/24p)1920x1080 (60/30/24p)
 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p1920x1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackYesYes
Memory Card TypeCF + SDSD or MS Pro
Dual Card SlotsYesNo
SD UHS SupportUHS-I & UDMA7UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed1/80001/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer SizeUnlimited52
RAW Buffer Size1928
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashNoNo
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/250
Startup Time0.5s1.7s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSYesNo
Built- in NFCYesYes
BluetoothNoNo
USB TypeUSB 3.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)900 shots350 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E6N)Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight31.4 oz (890g)21.13 oz (600g)
Size5.9 x 4.6 x 3.0"5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20162014

Canon 5D Mark IV Advantages:

  • Sensor – 6 more megapixels
  • Higher Max ISO – Half stop max higher native ISO, 1 stop higher expanded ISO.
  • 7 vs 5fps – Makes a difference when shooting sports and wildlife
  • LCD Size – 3.2″ vs 3.0″ and much higher resolution
  • Top LCD Screen – Very useful for quickly checking out all of your settings, battery info etc.
  • 4K Video – Available in 30p
  • Dual Memory Cards – You can use SD + CF cards
  • JPEG Buffer – Unlimited vs 52
  • Startup Time – The 5D IV turns on 3x faster
  • Built-in GPS
  • USB 3.0 vs 2.0 – Faster file transferring out of the camera
  • Battery Life – 550 shots longer battery life

Why is the 5D IV that much more expensive? It’s newer, has 6 more megapixels, is faster and despite having less AF points, it’ll still win in low light situations, has 4K video and turns on a lot faster. The battery life is much longer and it’s also more expensive because it doesn’t directly compete with the A7 II.

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

Sony A7 II Advantages:

  • Body Stabilization – The A7 II has built-in 5-axis stabilization that works for photographs and videos
  • AF System – The A7 II has 117 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
  • LCD Screen – It’s fully articulated compared to the fixed one, so it’s better for shooting in awkward positions
  • Focus Peaking – The Sony A7 II 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 – 28 vs 19
  • Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/200
  • Built-in Flash
  • Weight & Size – The A7 II weighs almost 300g less and is a lot smaller
  • Less Expensive – Body only, the A7 II costs around $2000 less

The Sony A7 II is an affordable full frame camera if you want something compact for traveling.

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