• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800

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Advantages

Sony A7 over Canon EOS M

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.30 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs rear LCD only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    12 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.227 vs 0.742 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    1.3 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.5 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon EOS M over Sony A7

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Lighter weight
    503g vs 769g
    Lighter weight
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    3.1x vs 2.5x
    Zooming is easier than walking

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Review Excerpt

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Very high resolution; Hybrid autofocus is reasonably fast and confident; Significantly better burst-shooting performance than A7R; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Faster x-sync than A7R; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Grass-is-greener syndrome when compared to its higher-res sibling; Moderate performance; Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Weak low-light autofocus considering its price; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

  • Excellent image quality similar to Rebel T4i, T5i and SL1 DSLRs, with 18-megapixel APS-C-type sensor delivering considerable resolution for a mirrorless camera; Solid build and sleek design; Bright, high-resolution 3-inch LCD touchscreen monitor; Full 1080p HD video recording that's virtually silent with an STM lens.

  • Barely acceptable autofocus speed still lags far behind most mirrorless cameras despite firmware update fix; Limited physical controls and buttons, including no Program, Priority, or Manual on Mode dial; Lacks built-in flash or electronic viewfinder option; Only two compact EF-M mount lenses currently available.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lighter weight
Canon EOS M
Sony A7R
  • $344
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Sony A7
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1019
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • GPS
Canon EOS M
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $344
  • APS-C
  • External Mic
  • Lighter weight
  • $1019
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony A7
Sony NEX-5T
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Lighter weight
Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-5T
  • $344
  • APS-C
  • External Mic
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sony A5000

Sony A7
Sony A5000
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • Internal flash
Canon EOS M
Sony A5000
  • $344
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Sony A7
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
Canon EOS M
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $344
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • 24p
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
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