• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800

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Advantages

Sony A7R 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
  • Fast startup
    2.00 vs 2.70 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • 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
    36.4 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    12 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.359 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
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.2 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 A7R

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos and video

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Review Excerpt

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Resolution that rivals a medium-format camera; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Decent performance bearing in mind its extremely high resolution; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Extreme resolution makes focus and lens quality critical; Modest performance; Loud shutter; Lacks hybrid autofocus of the A7; Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Slow X-sync; 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 A7

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

Compared to Fujifilm X-M1

Sony A7R
Fujifilm X-M1
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • Internal flash
Canon EOS M
Fujifilm X-M1
  • $344
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony A7R
Sony NEX-5T
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-5T
  • $344
  • APS-C
  • External Mic
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Fujifilm X-A1

Sony A7R
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • Internal flash
Canon EOS M
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $344
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sony A5000

Sony A7R
Sony A5000
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Canon EOS M
Sony A5000
  • $344
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
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