• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 33.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Canon 7D Mark II advantages over Sony A7 IV

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $1849 vs $2698
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 70 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos

Sony A7 IV advantages over Canon 7D Mark II

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.12 vs 4.11 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    Brand new vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    3680k vs 1040k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    33.0 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    828 vs 103 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

User reviews

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Buy the Canon 7D Mark II

Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; High ISO performance improved over predecessor; Excellent burst speeds (up to 10fps); Significantly improved buffer depths; 65-pt AF system; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Can focus down to f/8 (great for teleconverters); 1080/60p video; Headphone and mic jacks; Rugged build quality.

  • Autofocus speed (AF shutter lag) slower than 7D and 70D; Mediocre battery life for a pro DSLR; Dynamic range at low to moderate ISOs not as good as competitors; Phase-detect AF did not perform as well as expected in our low-light AF tests; No built-in Wi-Fi; No autofocus for 1080/60p video.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 7D
  • $1649
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag
Sony A7 IV
Canon 7D
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Canon 6D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D
  • $1649
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7 IV
Canon 6D
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $1699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 70D

Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 70D
  • $1649
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A7 IV
Canon 70D
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A77 II

Canon 7D Mark II
Sony A77 II
  • $1649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A7 IV
Sony A77 II
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Nikon D7200

Canon 7D Mark II
Nikon D7200
  • $1649
  • APS-C
  • Built-in GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Sony A7 IV
Nikon D7200
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1097
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
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