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Sony A7iii vs Canon EOS R | Full Frame Mirrorless Showdown


what’s up guys to key here and welcome to another tech here talking today we’re going to compare the Sony a7 3 to the Canon ESR the a7 3 as Sony’s entry-level option if you’re looking to get into their most recent line of full-frame mirrorless cameras and it was released in April of 2018 on the other side we have the EOS R which was canons first consumer full-frame mirrorless camera and it was released in September of 2018 we’re going to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of both cameras when it comes to photography and video so hopefully I can help you decide which option is best for you my goal with every camera comparison is to give you a detailed overview of the cameras and then compare them in a way that relates to real life views before getting to the detailed comparison I’m gonna quickly go over some key features in case you’re just starting your research the a7 3 has a really nice weather sealed magnesium alloy body has a 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and uses a 693 point hybrid autofocus system Sony option for the BIOS X image processor which is outstanding and it helps with operating speed performance as well as overall excellent image quality it has a 3-inch tilt LCD screen and can internally record 4k 30 frames per second for 200 or externally at four to two there is a good two point three six

million dollar electronic viewfinder it can shoot continuously at up to 10 frames per second and has a crazy expandable ISO of up to 200 4,800 and finally a feature that I was really excited about 5-axis in body image stabilization I’m moving on the Canon R has an impressive magnesium alloy weather-sealed body with the all-new RF lens mount it has a thirty point three megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor it uses a dual pixel autofocus system with 5655 autofocus points the Canon r uses the digit 8 image processor and the autofocus system is sensitive down to minus 6 evie which allows the r to focus in incredibly dark conditions it has a three point one five inch fully articulating LCD touch it can output 4k 30 10-bit 42 over the clean HDMI out there’s a fantastic high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder and a new programmable multifunction bar it can shoot continuously at up to 8 frames per second and a maximum ISO of 40,000 and finally the ESR has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can easily move images and videos to your mobile device and even control the camera remotely for both photography and video ok so let’s get to the comparison and I want to mention that both the a7 3 and the ESR

currently sell for around $2,000 so they’ll be interesting to see which one ends up being a better value I want to start out by talking about the sensor and the processor the 873 has a 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and the ESR comes with a 30 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor the a7 3 sensor is BSI our backside illuminated but sometimes you hear it called bi 4 back illuminated and basically a means that some of the elements in the sensor were moved to the back of the sensor with the goal being better low-light performance Sony did a fantastic job with the sensor and I’ve been extremely happy with the low-light performance of the a7 3a both sensors performed very well for me and I’ll show you some examples when I get to the image and video quality sections in terms of sheer performance I’m going to give the a7 3 the edge because of the absolutely incredible low-light performance the slightly improved color depth and the additional stop of dynamic range as far as processors the a7 threes is the BIONZ X processor and the ESR uses the new digit 8 processor a general functionality like menu operation is fast for both cameras both have very quick startup and things like image preview and video playback were nice and snappy because of how I shoot one of the features that I look for in every camera I get is continuous or burst shooting you can just point the camera at the subject hold down the

shutter and a camera will just keep firing this is a really nice feature to have if you’re photographing sports pets kids running around or any fast-moving subject and of course the more frames you get per second the more exposures you’ll have to pick from later on and the a 7-3 can shoot at up to 10 frames per second with continuous autofocus and the EOS R can shoot at up to 5 frames per second another aspect to consider is buffer memory where Sona Reports 163 JPEGs or 89 RAW images for the a 73 versus a hundred JPEG and 47 RAW images for the ESR so if you’re looking at burst shooting the edge easily goes to the a7 3 because you get twice as many frames per second to choose from and then on top of that when we look at the buffer size the a7 3 gives you 63 percent more JPEGs and almost twice as many RAW images before the buffer fills up moving on one of the most important things for me with any tool that I use is ergonomic and I always mentioned that’s in terms of both handling and functionality in terms of size both cameras are relatively on the smaller side with the ESR being larger and when I look at camera size I think of it in terms of performance ergonomics and portability so the eos are being bigger and having a deeper grip is more comfortable for me to hold and there’s more space between the grip and the lens on the other hand the a7 3 while slightly less comfortable it’s smaller and lighter so if what you’re looking for is high performance in a smaller and lighter body you might like the a7 3 if you like a bit of a bigger body that might be more comfortable to hold and use for longer shoots then you might prefer that us are both models have similar build qualities with

magnesium alloy chassis and both offer weather sealing which makes them dust and moisture resistant as far as battery life the a7 3 uses the N pfz battery and it’s rated for 610 shots using the viewfinder or 710 shots using the LCD on the other hand the ESR uses the LPE 6 and battery and it’s rated for 430 shots and I can tell you from a lot of real-life use that the a7 3 wins this easily I never really even think about battery life when I go shooting with it but when I use the ESR I do need to keep an eye on the battery life a feature that I really like about the a7 3 is that it can be used while plugged in so if you record long video sessions or for streaming you don’t have to worry about the battery the ESR lets you charge the LPE 6 M battery in the camera using a USBC cable but you can’t power the camera this way there is a workaround with the battery grip and a coupler but it’s obviously not as elegant or as clean a solution as the 873 let’s talk a little bit about the viewfinder so from a design standpoint the a7 3 has a half inch 2.36 million dot viewfinder with a point 7 8 X magnification the ESR has a half inch 3.6 million dot view finder with a 0.76 X magnification personally I liked using the EOS our viewfinder better I found that the image quality was better and it was easier on the eye after prolonged use next I want to discuss the buttons

and dials on these two cameras I think that if you’re buying a camera at this range and you’re just using it with the factory settings you’re really missing out part of what you get when you’re buying a higher-end camera is the ability to customize it to work better for exactly how you shoot the a 7-3 has a ton of buttons that can be customized in addition to the aperture and shutter speed dials there are four custom buttons plus the multi selector on the back I also like having the autofocus joystick on the back and it provides a very simple and quick way to reposition the autofocus point I took full advantage of these options and I have another video where I show you exactly how I set up my a 7-3 with all the custom features and functions the eos r uses the top front dial and control dial on the top back for aperture and shutter speed and also has a new multi function bar if you watch my more detailed review of the eos are you know that i wasn’t a big fan of the multi function bar and I disabled it most of the time there are plenty of ways to customize the EOS R as well but I found less of a need for it because of the improved user experience as far as the menu system I’m going to give the edge to the EOS our canons menu system is easier to use it’s better organized and the menu system actually changes depending on whether you’re in

photo or video mode that means you’re not having to navigate through all the video specific options in the menu while shooting stills and vice-versa both cameras have a quick menu now the one on the EOS R is set and the 873 you have 12 slots that you can customize so that’s really nice moving on the card slots the a7 3 has dual SD card slots which give you the ability to have an instant backup or to split your footage into two cards but only one of the card slots is rated to support UHS to memory cards the EOS are also accepts UHS 2 cards but it only has a single memory card slot this could be a deal-breaker for shooters who rely on immediate backup and I’m super curious to know how many of you currently have a camera with two card slots and whether or not you actually use this feature for backup so let me know in the comments section next I want to talk about resolution frame rates and image quality for photography the a7 3 offers a 6000 by 4000 pixel image and the ESR has a 67 20 by 40 480 resolution so as far as strict head-to-head resolution the advantage although not drastic goes to the are that both cameras can shoot in both JPEG and RAW so you can decide just how much information you want to capture depending on what you plan on doing with the images and post-production overall I was super happy

with the images I got from both cameras as far as JPEGs the a7 3 may have produced slightly sharper images but I liked a JPEG color better on the ESR in low-light I found that the a7 3 gave me less noisy images especially as I started going into ISO value is higher than 3200 in terms of image quality I’m going to give the advantage to the a7 3 because of the low-light performance of the sensor and the enhanced dynamic range and if I ever have an issue with color I can always shoot in RAW I can do a more detailed image quality comparison in another video so if that’s something that you’re interested let me know in the comment section and make sure that you’re subscribed and that you have notifications turned on moving on to video the a7 3 can record 4k video at 24 and 30 frames per second and Full HD or 1080p at 24 30 60 and 120 frames per second the a7 3 can internally record 4k 34 208 bit as for k34 to to 8-bit via HDMI out both at a hundred megabits per second the ESR can also record 4k video at 24 and 30 frames per second and Full HD at 24 30 and 60 frames per second and it can record externally at 4k for 2 to 10-bit for how I like to shoot 120 frames per second on the a 73 is something that I use all the time for slow motion so that’s a bonus for me the Canon also has a very significant 1.8 X crop when shooting in 4k and to give you an example of what that means it would make your 50

millimeter lens a 90 mil field of view that makes it very challenging to get wide-angle shots in 4k and requires they use very wide full-frame lenses I know that the EOS r got hammered when it was released and I’m not really sure why but I was really happy with the quality of the footage that I got from it however the a7 3 did make life easier with a wider angle field of view when shooting in 4k and that’s even with the 1.2 X crop for 4k 30 both 4k and 1080p footage was crisp and clean and having the ability to shoot 1080p at 120 like I said is a huge bonus in my book the a7 3 also offers a video option called snq which if you’re not familiar with allows you to select frame rates ranging from one frame per second all the way up to 120 frames per second the camera will then either slow down or speed up the footage to 24 30 or 60 frames per second so if you’re using s and q 120 and you watch the clip in your camera or on the computer it’s already slowed down but versus shooting regular 1080p 120 frames per second which will need to be slowed down in your video editor now I prefer to use the dedicated 1080p 120 option because of the higher bitrate and I talked about that in my detailed review you can also use this feature to shoot a fairly limited time-lapse meaning that the slowest that you can shoot would be one frame per second so this is a natural transition to talk about time lapse and the a7 3 offers interval shooting which lets you have full control over your time-lapse you can drag your shutter you can get the exact results that you want now once you’re done shooting you will need to take the individual photos and compiled a time-lapse video using software the EO SAR comes with embody 1080p and 4k time lapse meaning that the camera will actually compile the

time-lapse for you so that it’s ready to be viewed this is where every person is gonna have to make a choice the a 7-3 gives you much more control over the time-lapse and higher resolution but it means that you have to do work in post-production the AR does the work for you but you’re more limited in terms of exposure and resolution and I’m not gonna pick a winner here because different users have different preferences I already mentioned that both cameras have a clean HDMI out so they’re both great options when it comes to live streaming or recording externally alright next let’s talk about autofocus which i think is a major strength for both of these cameras the a7 3 features 625 phase and 425 contrast detection points which covered 93% of the sensor the eos r uses canons amazing dual pixel autofocus system and has reported 5655 autofocus points I’m not someone who relies on specs too much so I can tell you that both cameras are lightning fast when it comes to focus both cameras offer IATA focus which has been really good and I absolutely love that when I shoot portraits because I don’t have to worry about getting the focus point exactly on the subjects closest I Anna can just concentrate on framing and if eyes are not detected both cameras will revert back to face tracking if the subject was relatively still both

cameras performed really well when the subject was moving or turning their head and when the subject was farther away from the camera the a7 3 eye detection worked better for me now the a7 3 also offers Annamalai autofocus which is really important to me because I take a lot of pictures of my dogs and traditional zone autofocus options would always focus on the nose because it’s closer to the camera and then the rest of the face would be blurry and when using the Canon to shoot my dogs I would use an autofocus point and then place it on the closest eye but it’s nice to have the a7 3 take care of that for me as far as moving the autofocus point the joystick on the a 7:3 did make this a lot easier and faster this also has to do with the fact that the Sony has less positions on the screen to select from so the actual movement is also faster you can touch to focus with both cameras using the LCD screen but I’ll get to that in the next section in terms of low-light autofocus I’m going to give the edge here to the ESR because has a focus sensitivity range starting at minus 6 e V vs minus 3 e be on the a 7-3 I mentioned this in my ESR video but the first time I used it I was sitting here and the lights are on in this half of the room but the other half of the room was dark and the ESR had no

problems to very quickly attain focus and that was like crazy impressive moving on to video I’ve also been super happy with the performance of both cameras face and subject tracking work really well with both cameras and on the 873 I didn’t experience the type of hunting that I sometimes got from older Sony models the a7 3 does have a limitation that I want to mention so if you use an external monitor and you’re shooting in 4k you’ll find that your face detection no longer works the only way to activate face tracking while shooting 4k and using a monitor is to disable internal recording and record externally so to recap the autofocus for both cameras did really well for me for both photography and video with the a7 3 I autofocus performing better and to reiterate the low-light autofocus on the EOS R is absolutely outstanding ok let’s move on and talk a little bit about this screen the a7 3 has a 3-inch 920 mm tooting touchscreen ish LCD you can tilt the screen up to 107 degrees which is good if you’re shooting from the hip or anytime when you’re above the camera you can tilt it down but only 241 degrees which is a little frustrating and you can’t always get the angle that you want if the camera is mounted high the eos R has a three point one five inch 2.1 million dot fully articulating touchscreen that can be tilted up down and turn to both sides and also turn 180 degrees to face the front even

though I can imagine some people might prefer the more compact footprint of the a 7-3 tilt screen if I take into account two different types of photography using the camera on a slider and on a gimbal there’s no question that the eos r has the advantage in terms of screen positioning both companies refer to their screen as touch screen but the r has a full touch screen while the a7 3 only has a partial one so on the EOS re you can navigate the menu you can select options features from the screen you can touch or drag to focus on the a7 3 you can only use the touch functionality for focus so once again I’m going to give the advantage to the ESR overall as I mentioned in the organ aam accession the screen on the EOS R is much more versatile and it contributes to a more streamlined and intuitive user experience and in my opinion it’s a function of having a fully articulating screen and a touchscreen the next set of features that I want to bring up have to do with audio both cameras have a mic input and a headphone jack so I can use an external microphone to get much better audio and I can also use headphones to monitor the audio while recording a great feature with both cameras is that the audio levels display is always available on the LCD when you’re in movie mode so as you’re preparing to record and even while you’re recording you can see the levels and you can also adjust them while recording the part of my

custom setup for the a7 3 included making this change more accessible without having to go into the menu and I’ll put links in the description up in the corner to that video now with the EOS are you can just click the cue button and then use the touchscreen to make adjustments to the audio levels moving on I want to talk about the lens options so the are uses the new Canon RF mount and this new mount has a Y diameter and a 20 millimeter flange focal distance so it’s supposed to allow Canon to create lenses that are smaller and faster than their DSLR equivalents at the time of making this video the RF lineup of lenses is again to be fair limited and very expensive if you want to use your EF or EFS mount lenses on the AR you can using an there are some limitations when using EFS lenses but there are also some interesting options with drop-in filters I discussed this in more detail in my dedicated review but I do want to mention that every time you use an adapter you’re adding another part that you have to buy and use and you’re also increasing the size of your

setup and the a 7-3 uses the e mount which offers a ton of options normally people complain about the cost of the high-end Sony lenses but if you compare them to the RF mount lenses you’re in the same ballpark or even lower there are also a ton of more affordable options for non professional and then some amazing options from third-party manufacturers at this point I’m going to give the edge to the a 73 because there are a lot more options that don’t require an adapter now I don’t have a problem using an adapter from an image quality standpoint but it does add to the size of each lens so I’d rather avoid it if I can moving on I also want to talk about other features that these cameras have that could help you make a buying decision first I want to talk about Ibis or in body image stabilization and the a7 tree does have five axis sensor shift stabilization meaning that the sensor is actually moving to compensate for an offset camera movement and sony says that it can minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to five stops the ESR doesn’t have ibis but it does have embodied digital image stabilization which can work together with lens based is the advantage of the a7 3 having ibis is that in addition to letting you shoot photos at lower shutter speeds you can also get image stabilization with lenses that don’t offer optical image stabilization again that’s a big bonus for video I prefer

having the in body image stabilization of the a7 3 and then only use digital stabilization if I have to impose production so overall in terms of stabilization I’m going to give the advantage to the a7 3 the next thing I want to talk about is the apps so the a7 3 uses the imaging edge app which is fairly basic it does let you control shooting modes shutter speed aperture ISO and white balance for both photography and video for stills you can also control the self-timer continuous shooting settings and there are some flash option for video you can adjust your framerate movie format and you can start and stop recording but the biggest problem is that you can’t see which autofocus mode is selected and you can’t change modes you also can’t see where the focus point is and then you can’t move it or adjust it so this makes the app pretty much useless for me when it comes to video unless I’m only using it to frame myself and to start and stop the video now the Canon camera Connect app gives you full functionality for photography and video which includes seeing and selecting focus mode and points I’m gonna give the edge to the ESR because the focus feature on the app is critical for how I shoot okay so which camera is a better value and which one should you get in order to help make that decision I usually discuss cost and as I mentioned at the time that I’m making this video both cameras cost $2000 in the US so the price of the body is not going to be a differentiator the a7 3 has no crop

when shooting 4k 24 and only a slight crop in 4k 30 it’s got 1080p at 120 frames per second for super slow motion in body image stabilization better dynamic range better low-light performance faster continuous shooting a larger buffer a much better battery life better eye and face detection and dual SD card slots the canon eos r has a better body design and ergonomics and easier to use menu system a fully articulating full touchscreen a better electronic viewfinder and a better app for remote control i always say that you can’t have everything in any camera so it comes down to what’s important to you I do my best to answer every questions and I’m happy to continue the conversation with you in the comment section I’ll put links in the description to where you can get the a7 3 and a TS are as well as some popular kits and accessories and there are always holiday specials and discounts and the links are automatically updated with the lowest pricing if you end up ordering anything using those links you can help support my channel for free and help me create more content for you so thank you in advance I’ll also put links in the description to the more detailed videos about each of the cameras if you want more in-depth review I really hope that this video gave you a good comparison between the Sony a7 3 and the Canon EOS R and I’d love to hear in the comments section which option is best for you if it was helpful please let me know by giving it a thumbs up tweet it share it and if you’re interested in more camera reviews and tutorials join the community by hitting the subscribe and notification buttons you can always find me on Instagram Twitter and Facebook at techie err talk and you know what I always say bye nice or by twice good luck and see you soon – devil written content cocoon – damn put that back it has a 3 inch tilt tilt again you can just point the camera at the subject hold down the shutter shutter instant back up or to split split from photography the a 73 offers a something it offers like all these photography things that’s even with with the so as you’re preparing to record an evil evil be meek like I always screw this one up I like both of these cameras that’s a problem

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