• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 30.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark IV advantages over Sony A6500

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.36 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,995 vs 1,405 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 900 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    30.4 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 231 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A6500 advantages over Canon 5D Mark IV

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $1498 vs $3849
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    53 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    453g vs 890g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    110 vs 19 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb image quality from RAW files; Improved dynamic range; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 7fps burst rate with unlimited JPEG buffer; High-quality cinema 4K video; Built-in Wi-Fi; Dual Pixel CMOS AF is very good.

  • JPEG files look soft at default settings; 1/200s flash sync; 4K video codec is cumbersome; 29:59 continuous video recording limit.

  • Comfortable, premium body with good controls; Touch-screen for subject selection; Hybrid image stabilization system; Excellent image quality; Better high ISO JPEGs than the A6300; Extremely fast 11.1 fps burst capture; Very deep buffers for raw and JPEG alike; 4K video capture with no pixel binning

  • Pricey for an APS-C camera; JPEG colors aren't the most accurate; Very slow buffer clearing; Laggy touch-pad AF function; Poorly-placed movie button; No headphone jack; Mediocre battery life

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2774
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A6500
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $2774
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D810

Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D810
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Sony A6500
Nikon D810
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Canon 5D Mark IV
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Sony A6500
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Sony A6300

Canon 5D Mark IV
Sony A6300
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony A6500
Sony A6300
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive

Compared to Pentax K-1

Canon 5D Mark IV
Pentax K-1
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony A6500
Pentax K-1
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
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