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Canon 5D IV vs Sony A99 II – Comparison

Here’s our comparison of the Canon 5D IV vs Sony A99 II. Both cameras are amazing and cost almost the same, so let’s see how the new technology on the A99 II is compared to the DSLR.

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 IVA99 II
Megapixels30.442.4
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor FormatFull FrameFull Frame
Crop FactorNoneNone
AA FilterYesNone
Image Resolution6720 x 44807952 x 5304
Body Image StabilizationNoYes - 5-Axis
Lens MountCanon EFSony A
ISO100 - 32,000100 - 25,600
Expanded ISO50 - 102,40050 - 102,400
AF Points61399 Phase Type
Cross-type AF Points4115
Continuous Mode7fps12fps
LCD3.2" - Fixed3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,620,000 dots1,228,800 dots
TouchscreenYesNo
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayYesYes
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.71x0.78x
Video Resolution4096x2160 (30/25/24p)3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)1920x1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackYesYes
Memory Card TypeCF + SD2 x SD or MS Pro
Dual Card SlotsYesYes
SD UHS SupportUHS-I & UDMA7UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed1/80001/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer SizeUnlimited61
RAW Buffer Size1925
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashNoNo
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/250
Startup Time0.5s1.2s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSYesNo
Built- in NFCYesYes
BluetoothNoYes
USB TypeUSB 3.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)900 shots490 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E6N)Yes (NP-FM500H)
Weight31.4 oz (890g)29.9 oz (849g)
Size5.9 x 4.6 x 3.0"5.6 x 4.2 x 3.0"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20162016

Canon 5D Mark IV Advantages:

  • 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.
  • JPEG Buffer – Unlimited vs 61
  • Startup Time – The 5D IV turns on 2x faster
  • Built-in GPS
  • USB 3.0 vs 2.0 – Faster file transferring out of the camera
  • Battery Life – 410 shots longer battery life

The Canon 5D IV doesn’t really look impressive compared to the A99 II. It does show less noise at high ISO, but that’s the “trade-off” by having less megapixels. This is purely subjective because it depends on what you need more; resolution or low light performance.

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

Sony A99 II Advantages:

  • Sensor – 12 more megapixels. A lot of more resolution is excellent for extremely large prints or cropping out details
  • AA Filter – The A99 II has no AA filter which should result in slightly sharp images
  • Body Stabilization – The A99 II has built-in 5-axis stabilization that works for photographs and videos
  • AF System – The A7R II has 399 AF points. You’ve got more place to focus on, but even the 5D IV is far from bad, in fact, it’ll perform better in low light situations due to its cross-type AF points
  • 12 vs 7fps – Almost twice as fast for wildlife and sports
  • LCD Screen – It’s fully articulated compared to the fixed one, so it’s better for shooting in awkward positions
  • Focus Peaking – The Sony A7R 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 – 25 vs 19
  • Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/200
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Size – The A7R II is noticeably smaller
  • Less Expensive – Body only, the A99 II costs around $300 less

The Sony A99 II is a monster. It’s got the things you need and the things you never knew you needed as well. 42 megapixel full frame sensor with good high ISO performance, 12 frames per second with 399 AF points, 4K video recording with 5-axis stabilization and an articulating LCD screen. The JPEG buffer is a little bit unimpressive, but we are talking about 42 megapixels here.

If you like what the Sony A mount offers or have no trouble using adapters to get access to other lenses, the A99 II is absolutely amazing.

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