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Canon 1D X Mark II vs Sony A7S III

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and the Sony Alpha 7S III are two professional cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in February 2016 and July 2020. The 1DX Mark II is a DSLR, while the A7S III is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with a full frame sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 20 megapixels, whereas the Sony provides 12 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 1D X Mark II
versus
Sony A7S III
Canon 1D X Mark II Sony A7S III
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Sony E mount lenses
20 MP, Full Frame Sensor 12 MP, Full Frame Sensor
4K/60p Video 4K/120p Video
ISO 100-51,200 (50 - 409,600) ISO 80-102,400 (40 - 409,600)
Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder (9440k dots)
3.2 LCD, 1620k dots 3.0 LCD, 1440k dots
Fixed touchscreen Swivel touchscreen
16 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
Lens stabilization onlyIn-body stabilization
Weathersealed bodyWeathersealed body
1210 shots per battery charge600 shots per battery charge
158 x 168 x 83 mm, 1530 g 127 x 97 x 81 mm, 699 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and the Sony Alpha 7S III? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon 1D X Mark II and the Sony A7S III is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon 1D X Mark II vs Sony A7S III
Compare 1DX Mark II versus A7S III top
Comparison 1DX Mark II or A7S III rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony A7S III is considerably smaller (54 percent) than the Canon 1D X Mark II. Moreover, the A7S III is substantially lighter (54 percent) than the 1DX Mark II. In this context, it is worth noting that both cameras are splash and dust-proof and can, hence, be used in inclement weather conditions or harsh environments.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Both cameras have similarly sized sensors, but DSLRs have a larger flange-to-focal plane distance than mirrorless cameras, which imposes contraints on the optical engineering process and generally leads to bigger and heavier lenses. You can compare the optics available for the two cameras in the Canon EF Lens Catalog (1DX Mark II) and the Sony FE Lens Catalog (A7S III). Mirrorless cameras, such as the A7S III, have moreover the advantage that they can use many lenses from other systems via adapters, as they have a relatively short flange to focal plane distance.

Concerning battery life, the 1DX Mark II gets 1210 shots out of its LP-E19 battery, while the A7S III can take 600 images on a single charge of its NP-FZ100 power pack. As can be seen in the images above, the 1DX Mark II has a battery grip built in. This facilitates image-taking in portrait orientation and gives it additional battery power. In order to provide similar functionality for the A7S III, Sony provides the VG-C3EM vertical grip as an optional accessory (see here on eBay). The power pack in the A7S III can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 1D X Mark II 158 mm 168 mm 83 mm 1530 g 1210 Y Feb 2016 5,999 i
2.
 
Sony A7S III 127 mm 97 mm 81 mm 699 g 600 Y Jul 2020 3,499 i
3.
 
Canon 1D X Mark III 158 mm 168 mm 83 mm 1440 g 2850 Y Jan 2020 6,499 i
4.
 
Canon 6D Mark II 144 mm 111 mm 75 mm 765 g 1200 Y Jun 2017 1,999 i
5.
 
Canon 5DS 152 mm 116 mm 76 mm 930 g 700 Y Feb 2015 3,699 i
6.
 
Canon 1D C 158 mm 164 mm 83 mm 1545 g 1120 Y Apr 2012 14,999 i
7.
 
Canon 5D Mark III 152 mm 116 mm 76 mm 950 g 950 Y Mar 2012 3,499 i
8.
 
Canon 6D 145 mm 111 mm 71 mm 770 g 1090 Y Sep 2012 2,099 i
9.
 
Canon 1D X 158 mm 168 mm 83 mm 1551 g 1120 Y Oct 2011 6,799 i
10.
 
Canon 5D Mark II 152 mm 114 mm 75 mm 850 g 850 Y Sep 2008 3,499 i
11.
 
Canon 1Ds Mark III 150 mm 160 mm 80 mm 1385 g 1800 Y Aug 2007 7,999 i
12.
 
Nikon D5 160 mm 159 mm 92 mm 1415 g 3780 Y Jan 2016 6,499 i
13.
 
Sony A7R IV 129 mm 96 mm 78 mm 665 g 670 Y Jul 2019 3,499 i
14.
 
Sony A7R III 127 mm 96 mm 74 mm 650 g 650 Y Oct 2017 3,199 i
15.
 
Sony A9 127 mm 96 mm 63 mm 673 g 650 Y Apr 2017 4,499 i
16.
 
Sony A7R II 127 mm 96 mm 60 mm 625 g 290 Y Jun 2015 3,199 i
17.
 
Sony A7S II 127 mm 96 mm 60 mm 627 g 370 Y Sep 2015 2,999 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The A7S III was launched at a markedly lower price (by 42 percent) than the 1DX Mark II, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a full frame sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the A7S III is 2 percent smaller. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.0. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Canon 1D X Mark II and Sony A7S III sensor measures

With 20MP, the 1DX Mark II offers a higher resolution than the A7S III (12MP), but the 1DX Mark II has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 6.57μm versus 8.40μm for the A7S III). Moreover, the A7S III is a much more recent model (by 4 years and 5 months) than the 1DX Mark II, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels.

The resolution advantage of the Canon 1D X Mark II implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the 1DX Mark II for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 27.4 x 18.2 inches or 69.5 x 46.3 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 21.9 x 14.6 inches or 55.6 x 37.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 18.2 x 12.2 inches or 46.3 x 30.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Sony A7S III are 21.2 x 14.2 inches or 53.8 x 36 cm for good quality, 17 x 11.3 inches or 43.1 x 28.8 cm for very good quality, and 14.1 x 9.4 inches or 35.9 x 24 cm for excellent quality prints.

The 1DX Mark II has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 51200, which can be extended to ISO 50-409600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Sony Alpha 7S III are ISO 80 to ISO 102400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 40-409600.

1DX Mark II versus A7S III MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The Overall DXO ratings for the two cameras under consideration are close, suggesting that they provide similar imaging performance. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 1D X Mark II Full Frame 20.0 5472 36484K/60p24.113.53207 88
2.
 
Sony A7S III Full Frame 12.0 4240 28324K/120p23.713.92520 86
3.
 
Canon 1D X Mark III Full Frame 20.0 5472 36484K/60p24.214.53248 91
4.
 
Canon 6D Mark II Full Frame 26.0 6240 41601080/60p24.411.92862 85
5.
 
Canon 5DS Full Frame 50.3 8688 57921080/30p24.712.42381 87
6.
 
Canon 1D C Full Frame 17.9 5184 34564K/24p...... ..
7.
 
Canon 5D Mark III Full Frame 22.1 5760 38401080/30p24.011.72293 81
8.
 
Canon 6D Full Frame 20.0 5472 36481080/30p23.812.12340 82
9.
 
Canon 1D X Full Frame 17.9 5184 34561080/30p23.811.82786 82
10.
 
Canon 5D Mark II Full Frame 21.0 5616 37441080/30p23.711.91815 79
11.
 
Canon 1Ds Mark III Full Frame 21.0 5616 3744none24.012.01663 80
12.
 
Nikon D5 Full Frame 20.7 5588 37124K/30p25.112.32343 88
13.
 
Sony A7R IV Full Frame 60.2 9504 63364K/30p26.014.83344 99
14.
 
Sony A7R III Full Frame 42.2 7952 53044K/30p26.014.73523 100
15.
 
Sony A9 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/30p24.913.33517 92
16.
 
Sony A7R II Full Frame 42.2 7952 53044K/30p26.013.93434 98
17.
 
Sony A7S II Full Frame 12.0 4240 28324K/30p23.613.32993 85

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the A7S III provides a faster frame rate than the 1DX Mark II. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/120p, while the Canon is limited to 4K/60p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the A7S III has an electronic viewfinder (9440k dots), while the 1DX Mark II has an optical one. Both systems have their advantages, with the electronic viewfinder making it possible to project supplementary shooting information into the framing view, whereas the optical viewfinder offers lag-free viewing and a very clear framing image. The viewfinders of both cameras offer the same field of view (100%), but the viewfinder of the A7S III has a higher magnification than the one of the 1DX Mark II (0.91x vs 0.76x), so that the size of the image transmitted appears closer to the size seen with the naked human eye. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Canon 1D X Mark II and Sony A7S III in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 1D X Mark IIoptical Y 3.2 1620 fixed Y 1/8000s 16.0 n n
2.
 
Sony A7S III9440 n 3.0 1440 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
3.
 
Canon 1D X Mark IIIoptical Y 3.2 2100 fixed Y 1/8000s 20.0 n n
4.
 
Canon 6D Mark IIoptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.5 n n
5.
 
Canon 5DSoptical Y 3.2 1040 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 n n
6.
 
Canon 1D Coptical Y 3.2 1040 fixed n 1/8000s 14.0 n n
7.
 
Canon 5D Mark IIIoptical Y 3.2 1040 fixed n 1/8000s 6.0 n n
8.
 
Canon 6Doptical Y 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 4.5 n n
9.
 
Canon 1D Xoptical Y 3.2 1040 fixed n 1/8000s 14.0 n n
10.
 
Canon 5D Mark IIoptical Y 3.0 920 fixed n 1/8000s 3.9 n n
11.
 
Canon 1Ds Mark IIIoptical Y 3.0 230 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 n n
12.
 
Nikon D5optical Y 3.2 2359 fixed Y 1/8000s 14.0 n n
13.
 
Sony A7R IV5760 n 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
14.
 
Sony A7R III3686 n 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
15.
 
Sony A93686 n 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/8000s 20.0 n Y
16.
 
Sony A7R II2400 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/8000s 5.0 n Y
17.
 
Sony A7S II2400 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/8000s 5.0 n Y

One feature that is present on the 1DX Mark II, but is missing on the A7S III is a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

The A7S III has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies. In contrast, the 1DX Mark II does not have a selfie-screen.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, the A7S III is one of those camera that have an additional electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

The 1DX Mark II writes its imaging data to Compact Flash or CFast cards, while the A7S III uses CFexpress or SDXC cards. Both cameras feature dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and Sony Alpha 7S III and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 1D X Mark IIYmonomonoYYmini3.0---
2.
 
Sony A7S IIIYstereomonoYYfull3.2Y-Y
3.
 
Canon 1D X Mark IIIYmonomonoYYmini3.1Y-Y
4.
 
Canon 6D Mark IIYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
5.
 
Canon 5DSYmonomonoY-mini3.0---
6.
 
Canon 1D CYmonomonoYYmini2.0---
7.
 
Canon 5D Mark IIIYmonomonoYYmini2.0---
8.
 
Canon 6DYmonomonoY-mini2.0Y--
9.
 
Canon 1D XYmono-Y-mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon 5D Mark IIYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon 1Ds Mark IIIYmono----2.0---
12.
 
Nikon D5YstereomonoYYmini3.0---
13.
 
Sony A7R IVYstereomonoYYmicro3.1YYY
14.
 
Sony A7R IIIYstereomonoYYmicro3.1YYY
15.
 
Sony A9YstereomonoYYmicro2.0YYY
16.
 
Sony A7R IIYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-
17.
 
Sony A7S IIYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-

It is notable that the A7S III offers wifi support, which can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location. In contrast, the 1DX Mark II does not provide wifi capability.

Studio photographers will appreciate that the Canon 1D X Mark II (unlike the A7S III) features a PC Sync socket, so that professional strobe lights can be controlled by the camera.

Travel and landscape photographers will find it useful that the 1DX Mark II has an internal geolocalization sensor and can record GPS coordinates in its EXIF data.

The A7S III is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Sony. In contrast, the 1DX Mark II has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the 1DX Mark II was succeeded by the Canon 1DX Mark III. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Sony websites.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon 1D X Mark II and the Sony A7S III? Which camera is better? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Advantages of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (20 vs 12MP) with a 29% higher linear resolution.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Requires less light for good images (0.3 stops ISO advantage).
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
  • Easier setting verification: Features an LCD display on top to control shooting parameters.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.2" vs 3.0") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1620k vs 1440k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (16 vs 10 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More portrait friendly: Features an integrated vertical grip for easier portrait shooting.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (1210 versus 600) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier geotagging: Features an internal GPS sensor to log localization data.
  • Better studio light control: Has a PC Sync socket to connect to professional strobe lights.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in February 2016).

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Reasons to prefer the Sony Alpha 7S III:

  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (4K/120p versus 4K/60p).
  • More framing info: Has an electronic viewfinder that displays shooting data.
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.91x vs 0.76x).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • More compact: Is smaller (127x97mm vs 158x168mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 831g or 54 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology built-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (42 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 4 years and 5 months of technical progress since the 1DX Mark II launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the A7S III emerges as the winner of the match-up (16 : 13 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

1DX Mark II 13:16 A7S III

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 1D X Mark II and the Sony A7S III place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the 1DX Mark II or the A7S III. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 1D X Mark II....89/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2016 5,999 i
2.
 
Sony A7S III..+ +91/1004.5/55/5 Jul 2020 3,499 i
3.
 
Canon 1D X Mark III..+ +..4.5/54/5 Jan 2020 6,499 i
4.
 
Canon 6D Mark II4/5+80/1004.5/54/5 Jun 2017 1,999 i
5.
 
Canon 5DS..+83/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 3,699 i
6.
 
Canon 1D C.......... Apr 2012 14,999 i
7.
 
Canon 5D Mark III..+ +82/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2012 3,499 i
8.
 
Canon 6D5/5+ +83/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 2,099 i
9.
 
Canon 1D X5/5....4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2011 6,799 i
10.
 
Canon 5D Mark II4/591/10079/1004/5.. Sep 2008 3,499 i
11.
 
Canon 1Ds Mark III....+ +4.5/5.. Aug 2007 7,999 i
12.
 
Nikon D5....89/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2016 6,499 i
13.
 
Sony A7R IV5/5+91/1004.5/55/5 Jul 2019 3,499 i
14.
 
Sony A7R III..+ +90/1004.5/55/5 Oct 2017 3,199 i
15.
 
Sony A95/5+ +89/1005/55/5 Apr 2017 4,499 i
16.
 
Sony A7R II5/5+ +90/1005/55/5 Jun 2015 3,199 i
17.
 
Sony A7S II5/5+..4.5/55/5 Sep 2015 2,999 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Canon 1D X Mark II vs Sony A7S III

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 1D X Mark II Sony A7S III
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Sony E mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2016 July 2020
    Launch Price USD 5,999 USD 3,499
    Sensor Specs Canon 1D X Mark II Sony A7S III
    Sensor Technology CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format Full Frame Sensor Full Frame Sensor
    Sensor Size 36.0 x 24.0 mm 35.6 x 23.8 mm
    Sensor Area 864 mm2 847.28 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 43.3 mm 42.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.0x 1.0x
    Sensor Resolution 20 Megapixels 12 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5472 x 3648 pixels 4240 x 2832 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 6.57 μm 8.40 μm
    Pixel Density 2.31 MP/cm2 1.42 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/60p Video 4K/120p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 51,200 ISO 80 - 102,400 ISO
    ISO Boost 50 - 409,600 ISO 40 - 409,600 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 6+ (Dual) BIONZ XR
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 88 86
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 24.1 23.7
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 13.5 13.9
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 3207 2520
    Screen Specs Canon 1D X Mark II Sony A7S III
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.76x 0.91x
    Viewfinder Resolution 9440k dots
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.2inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1620k dots 1440k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Swivel screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 1D X Mark II Sony A7S III
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/8000s 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 16 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy500 000 actuations200 000 actuations
    Electronic Shutterno E-ShutterYES
    Image StabilizationLens stabilization onlyIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CF or CFAST cards CFexpress or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots Dual card slots
    Connectivity Specs Canon 1D X Mark II Sony A7S III
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket no PC Sync
    USB Connector USB 3.0 USB 3.2
    HDMI Port mini HDMI full HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket Headphone port Headphone port
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Geotagging GPS built-in no internal GPS
    Body Specs Canon 1D X Mark II Sony A7S III
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed bodyWeathersealed body
    Battery Type LP-E19 NP-FZ100
    Battery Life (CIPA)1210 shots per charge600 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 158 x 168 x 83 mm
    (6.2 x 6.6 x 3.3 in)
    127 x 97 x 81 mm
    (5.0 x 3.8 x 3.2 in)
    Camera Weight 1530 g (54.0 oz) 699 g (24.7 oz)

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