Sony A7 vs Canon EOS 6D

Sony A7 vs Canon EOS 6D

12 August 2014

The Sony A7 and the Canon EOS 6D are two great cameras which bridge the gap between the ease of handling of compact cameras and the power and versatility of full specification DSLRs.

Sony A7
The Sony A7 is the lightest , full frame, mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses currently available, and offers many of the same features as DSLRs. The 474g body of the Sony A7 makes it an easy-to-manage camera for big days on the road or days spent shooting inside. Combine this with its powerful shooting capabilities and image quality including 24.3 MP full frame resolution, fast auto focusing system and compatibility with a range of lenses, and the A7 becomes an incredibly versatile piece of equipment.

Sony offers a wide selection of compact E-mount lenses to compliment the A7 for different uses. Examples include the E 35mm F1.8 OSS (SEL35F18) for portraiture or the E 30mm F3.5 Macro (SEL30M35) for beautiful close-up shots. There are also multiple choices for low-light, landscape, wide angle and zoom lenses. If you aren't ready to give up on your favourite Canon EF, Nikon G, Leica M or Sony A type lenses, there are a variety of lens adapters available from Sony to mount your lens of choice to the Sony A7.

Canon EOS 6D
The EOS 6D is Canon's new DSLR that weighs less and is more compact than many of its siblings. Weighing in at just 755g with battery and SD card , the EOS 6D is Canon's most compact full frame DSLR . This camera is surprisingly easy to handle and use. The EOS 6D has excellent low light and high ISO performance , as well as features such as Wifi and GPS. The Wifi connectivity allows easy downloading and editing, using other devices such as a smartphone or tablet. The internal GPS h is perfect for organising personal holiday photos.

Canon 6D

Excellent zoom lenses to match with the Canon EOS 6D are:
• Canon EF 24-105mm L - a moisture and dust resistant, standard zoom with a large zoom area and Image Stabilizer Technology
• Canon 24-70mm f4 L IS USM - a compact and light standard zoom suited with a full macro shooting mode
• Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 - a fast, standard zoom lens which, at only 510gm , is a perfect match for the EOS 6D.

Class warfare

While these cameras are derived from different categories, their size, high performance characteristics and potential uses make both the Sony A7 and Canon EOS 6D an excellent option for your next camera.
Below is a table of features:

Key specifications for:

Sony A7

Canon EOS 6D




Camera type

Compact mirrorless




755g (without lens)

Dimensions (mm)

127 x 94 x 48.2

145 x 111 x 71

Sensor (megapixel)

24.3 (full frame)

20.2 (full frame)


100 - 25600

100 - 102400

Shutter Speed

30 sec to 1/8000 sec

30 sec to 1/4000 sec

Continuous shooting (fps)



Auto Focusing System

Hybrid (phase & contrast)

Hybrid (phase & contrast)

Flash attachment

Hot shoe

Hot shoe

Screen Size






HDMI connectivity



HD movie recording









Manufacturer's warranty

1 year

2 years

The Canon has the advantage of GPS while the Sony brings incredible versatility to the lightweight sector of the market. Both cameras offer great value and practicality as well as performance features which advanced photographers will appreciate. Their compact dimensions and lightweight bodies make them great travelling companions for photographers on the move. Their high resolution, full frame sensors and connectivity combined with the capacity to accept a large range of lenses offer the ability to tackle all areas of photography at a reasonable price.



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