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Canon 5D Mark IV vs Sony A7C

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the Sony Alpha A7C are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in August 2016 and September 2020. The 5D Mark IV is a DSLR, while the A7C is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with a full frame sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 30.1 megapixels, whereas the Sony provides 24 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Canon 5D Mark IV
versus
Sony A7C
Canon 5D Mark IV Sony A7C
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Sony E mount lenses
30.1 MP, Full Frame Sensor 24 MP, Full Frame Sensor
4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 100-32,000 (50 - 102,400) ISO 100-51,200 (50 - 204,800)
Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)
3.2 LCD, 1620k dots 3.0 LCD, 922k dots
Fixed touchscreen Swivel touchscreen
7 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
Lens stabilization onlyIn-body stabilization
Weathersealed bodyWeathersealed body
900 shots per battery charge740 shots per battery charge
151 x 116 x 76 mm, 890 g 124 x 71 x 60 mm, 509 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the Sony Alpha A7C? 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

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Sony A7C. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The A7C can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the 5D Mark IV is only available in black.

Size Canon 5D Mark IV vs Sony A7C
Compare 5D Mark IV versus A7C top
Comparison 5D Mark IV or A7C rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony A7C is considerably smaller (50 percent) than the Canon 5D Mark IV. Moreover, the A7C is substantially lighter (43 percent) than the 5D Mark IV. 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 (5D Mark IV) and the Sony FE Lens Catalog (A7C). Mirrorless cameras, such as the A7C, 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 5D Mark IV gets 900 shots out of its LP-E6N battery, while the A7C can take 740 images on a single charge of its NP-FZ100 power pack. The power pack in the A7C 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 want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons 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 5D Mark IV 151 mm 116 mm 76 mm 890 g 900 Y Aug 2016 3,499 i
2.
 
Sony A7C 124 mm 71 mm 60 mm 509 g 740 Y Sep 2020 1,799 i
3.
 
Canon 6D Mark II 144 mm 111 mm 75 mm 765 g 1200 Y Jun 2017 1,999 i
4.
 
Canon 1D X Mark II 158 mm 168 mm 83 mm 1530 g 1210 Y Feb 2016 5,999 i
5.
 
Canon 80D 139 mm 105 mm 79 mm 730 g 960 Y Feb 2016 1,199 i
6.
 
Canon 5DS 152 mm 116 mm 76 mm 930 g 700 Y Feb 2015 3,699 i
7.
 
Canon 5DS R 152 mm 116 mm 76 mm 930 g 700 Y Feb 2015 3,699 i
8.
 
Canon 5D Mark III 152 mm 116 mm 76 mm 950 g 950 Y Mar 2012 3,499 i
9.
 
Canon 6D 145 mm 111 mm 71 mm 770 g 1090 Y Sep 2012 2,099 i
10.
 
Canon 5D Mark II 152 mm 114 mm 75 mm 850 g 850 Y Sep 2008 3,499 i
11.
 
Nikon D850 146 mm 124 mm 79 mm 1005 g 1840 Y Jul 2017 3,299 i
12.
 
Nikon D810 146 mm 123 mm 82 mm 980 g 1200 Y Jun 2014 3,299 i
13.
 
Olympus E-M1 II 134 mm 91 mm 67 mm 574 g 440 Y Sep 2016 1,999 i
14.
 
Sony A9 127 mm 96 mm 63 mm 673 g 650 Y Apr 2017 4,499 i
15.
 
Sony A6500 120 mm 67 mm 53 mm 453 g 350 Y Oct 2016 1,399 i
16.
 
Sony A7 II 127 mm 96 mm 60 mm 599 g 350 Y Nov 2014 1,999 i
17.
 
Sony A7 127 mm 94 mm 48 mm 474 g 340 Y Oct 2013 1,699 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. 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 A7C was launched at a markedly lower price (by 49 percent) than the 5D Mark IV, 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.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its 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 A7C 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 5D Mark IV and Sony A7C sensor measures

With 30.1MP, the 5D Mark IV offers a higher resolution than the A7C (24MP), but the 5D Mark IV has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 5.36μm versus 5.94μm for the A7C). Moreover, the A7C is a much more recent model (by 4 years) than the 5D Mark IV, 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 5D Mark IV implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the 5D Mark IV for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 33.6 x 22.4 inches or 85.3 x 56.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 26.9 x 17.9 inches or 68.3 x 45.5 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 22.4 x 14.9 inches or 56.9 x 37.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Sony A7C are 30 x 20 inches or 76.2 x 50.8 cm for good quality, 24 x 16 inches or 61 x 40.6 cm for very good quality, and 20 x 13.3 inches or 50.8 x 33.9 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 32000, which can be extended to ISO 50-102400. The corresponding ISO settings for the Sony Alpha A7C are ISO 100 to ISO 51200, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 50-204800.

5D Mark IV versus A7C MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. 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"). Of the two cameras under consideration, the A7C has a markedly higher DXO score than the 5D Mark IV (overall score 4 points higher), which will translate into better image quality. The advantage is based on 0.2 bits higher color depth, 1.1 EV in additional dynamic range, and 0.2 stops in additional low light sensitivity. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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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 5D Mark IV Full Frame 30.1 6720 44804K/30p24.813.62995 91
2.
 
Sony A7C Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/30p25.014.73407 95
3.
 
Canon 6D Mark II Full Frame 26.0 6240 41601080/60p24.411.92862 85
4.
 
Canon 1D X Mark II Full Frame 20.0 5472 36484K/60p24.113.53207 88
5.
 
Canon 80D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.21135 79
6.
 
Canon 5DS Full Frame 50.3 8688 57921080/30p24.712.42381 87
7.
 
Canon 5DS R Full Frame 50.3 8688 57921080/30p24.612.42308 86
8.
 
Canon 5D Mark III Full Frame 22.1 5760 38401080/30p24.011.72293 81
9.
 
Canon 6D Full Frame 20.0 5472 36481080/30p23.812.12340 82
10.
 
Canon 5D Mark II Full Frame 21.0 5616 37441080/30p23.711.91815 79
11.
 
Nikon D850 Full Frame 45.4 8256 55044K/30p26.414.82660 100
12.
 
Nikon D810 Full Frame 36.2 7360 49121080/60p25.714.82853 97
13.
 
Olympus E-M1 II Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p23.712.81312 80
14.
 
Sony A9 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/30p24.913.33517 92
15.
 
Sony A6500 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p24.513.71405 85
16.
 
Sony A7 II Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.913.62449 90
17.
 
Sony A7 Full Frame 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.814.22248 90

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/30p).

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the A7C has an electronic viewfinder (2360k dots), while the 5D Mark IV 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 5D Mark IV has a higher magnification than the one of the A7C (0.71x vs 0.59x), 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 5D Mark IV and Sony A7C 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 5D Mark IVoptical Y 3.2 1620 fixed Y 1/8000s 7.0 n n
2.
 
Sony A7C2360 n 3.0 922 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 n Y
3.
 
Canon 6D Mark IIoptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.5 n n
4.
 
Canon 1D X Mark IIoptical Y 3.2 1620 fixed Y 1/8000s 16.0 n n
5.
 
Canon 80Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/8000s 7.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon 5DSoptical Y 3.2 1040 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 n n
7.
 
Canon 5DS Roptical Y 3.2 1040 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 n n
8.
 
Canon 5D Mark IIIoptical Y 3.2 1040 fixed n 1/8000s 6.0 n n
9.
 
Canon 6Doptical Y 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 4.5 n n
10.
 
Canon 5D Mark IIoptical Y 3.0 920 fixed n 1/8000s 3.9 n n
11.
 
Nikon D850optical Y 3.2 2359 tilting Y 1/8000s 9.0 n n
12.
 
Nikon D810optical Y 3.2 1229 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
13.
 
Olympus E-M1 II2360 n 3.0 1037 swivel Y 1/8000s 18.0 n Y
14.
 
Sony A93686 n 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/8000s 20.0 n Y
15.
 
Sony A65002359 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/4000s 11.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony A7 II2400 n 3.0 1230 tilting n 1/8000s 5.0 n Y
17.
 
Sony A72400 n 3.0 1230 tilting n 1/8000s 5.0 n n

One feature that is present on the 5D Mark IV, but is missing on the A7C 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 A7C 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 5D Mark IV 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 A7C 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 Canon 5D Mark IV and the Sony A7C both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

The 5D Mark IV writes its imaging data to Compact Flash or SDXC cards, while the A7C uses SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. The 5D Mark IV features dual card slots, which can be very useful in case a memory card fails. In contrast, the A7C only has one slot. The A7C supports UHS-II cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 312 MB/s), while the 5D Mark IV can use UHS-I cards (up to 104 MB/s).

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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 5D Mark IV and Sony Alpha A7C 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 5D Mark IVYmonomonoYYmini3.0YY-
2.
 
Sony A7CYstereomonoYYmicro3.2YYY
3.
 
Canon 6D Mark IIYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon 1D X Mark IIYmonomonoYYmini3.0---
5.
 
Canon 80DYstereomonoYYmini2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon 5DSYmonomonoY-mini3.0---
7.
 
Canon 5DS RYmonomonoY-mini3.0---
8.
 
Canon 5D Mark IIIYmonomonoYYmini2.0---
9.
 
Canon 6DYmonomonoY-mini2.0Y--
10.
 
Canon 5D Mark IIYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Nikon D850YstereomonoYYmini3.0YYY
12.
 
Nikon D810YstereomonoYYmini3.0Y--
13.
 
Olympus E-M1 IIYstereomonoYYmicro3.0Y--
14.
 
Sony A9YstereomonoYYmicro2.0YYY
15.
 
Sony A6500YstereomonoY-micro2.0YY-
16.
 
Sony A7 IIYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-
17.
 
Sony A7YstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-

Studio photographers will appreciate that the Canon 5D Mark IV (unlike the A7C) 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 5D Mark IV has an internal geolocalization sensor and can record GPS coordinates in its EXIF data.

Both the 5D Mark IV and the A7C are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The 5D Mark IV replaced the earlier Canon 5D Mark III, while the A7C does not have a direct predecessor. 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 conclusions can be drawn? Is the Canon 5D Mark IV better than the Sony A7C or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (30.1 vs 24MP) with a 12% higher linear resolution.
  • Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.71x vs 0.59x).
  • 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 922k dots).
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/8000s vs 1/4000s) to freeze action.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (900 versus 740) 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.
  • Greater peace of mind: Features a second card slot as a backup in case of memory card failure.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in August 2016).

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Advantages of the Sony Alpha A7C:

  • Better image quality: Scores markedly higher (4 points) in the DXO overall evaluation.
  • More dynamic range: Captures a broader range of light and dark details (1.1 EV of extra DR).
  • More framing info: Has an electronic viewfinder that displays shooting data.
  • 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.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 7 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Less disturbing: Has an electronic shutter option for completely silent shooting.
  • More compact: Is smaller (124x71mm vs 151x116mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 381g or 43 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 wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Supports a more advanced SD data transfer standard (UHS-II vs UHS-I).
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (49 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 4 years of technical progress since the 5D Mark IV launch.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the A7C is the clear winner of the contest (16 : 12 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision 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.

5D Mark IV 12:16 A7C

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 5D Mark IV and the Sony A7C 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 comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the 5D Mark IV and the A7C in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera 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 5D Mark IV4.5/5+ +87/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2016 3,499 i
2.
 
Sony A7C3.5/5..86/1004/54/5 Sep 2020 1,799 i
3.
 
Canon 6D Mark II4/5+80/1004.5/54/5 Jun 2017 1,999 i
4.
 
Canon 1D X Mark II....89/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2016 5,999 i
5.
 
Canon 80D4/5+ +84/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2016 1,199 i
6.
 
Canon 5DS..+83/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 3,699 i
7.
 
Canon 5DS R5/5+83/1005/54.5/5 Feb 2015 3,699 i
8.
 
Canon 5D Mark III..+ +82/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2012 3,499 i
9.
 
Canon 6D5/5+ +83/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 2,099 i
10.
 
Canon 5D Mark II4/591/10079/1004/5.. Sep 2008 3,499 i
11.
 
Nikon D8504.5/5+ +89/1004.5/55/5 Jul 2017 3,299 i
12.
 
Nikon D8105/5..86/1005/54.5/5 Jun 2014 3,299 i
13.
 
Olympus E-M1 II5/5+ +85/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2016 1,999 i
14.
 
Sony A95/5+ +89/1005/55/5 Apr 2017 4,499 i
15.
 
Sony A65005/5+ +85/1004.5/54.5/5 Oct 2016 1,399 i
16.
 
Sony A7 II5/5+82/1004.5/55/5 Nov 2014 1,999 i
17.
 
Sony A75/5+ +80/1005/55/5 Oct 2013 1,699 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 rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. 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 5D Mark IV vs Sony A7C

    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 5D Mark IV Sony A7C
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Sony E mount lenses
    Launch Date August 2016 September 2020
    Launch Price USD 3,499 USD 1,799
    Sensor Specs Canon 5D Mark IV Sony A7C
    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 30.1 Megapixels 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6720 x 4480 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.36 μm 5.94 μm
    Pixel Density 3.48 MP/cm2 2.83 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 32,000 ISO 100 - 51,200 ISO
    ISO Boost 50 - 102,400 ISO 50 - 204,800 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 6+ BIONZ X
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 91 95
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 24.8 25.0
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 13.6 14.7
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 2995 3407
    Screen Specs Canon 5D Mark IV Sony A7C
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.71x 0.59x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k 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 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Swivel screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 5D Mark IV Sony A7C
    Focus System Phase-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/8000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 7 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy150 000 actuations200 000 actuations
    Electronic Shutterno E-Shutterup to 1/8000s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Image StabilizationLens stabilization onlyIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CF or SDXC cards MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs Canon 5D Mark IV Sony A7C
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket no PC Sync
    USB Connector USB 3.0 USB 3.2
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket Headphone port Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Geotagging GPS built-in no internal GPS
    Body Specs Canon 5D Mark IV Sony A7C
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed bodyWeathersealed body
    Battery Type LP-E6N NP-FZ100
    Battery Life (CIPA)900 shots per charge740 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 151 x 116 x 76 mm
    (5.9 x 4.6 x 3.0 in)
    124 x 71 x 60 mm
    (4.9 x 2.8 x 2.4 in)
    Camera Weight 890 g (31.4 oz) 509 g (18.0 oz)

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