• 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony A7S II advantages over Canon G5X

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 215 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Less shutter lag
    0.19 vs 0.27 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    63 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.0 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon G5X advantages over Sony A7S II

  • Less expensive
    $699 vs $2198
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~2.00 vs 2.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    44 mm vs 60 mm
    Thinner
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Lighter weight
    377g vs 627g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.6 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 28 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Comfortable and surprisingly compact camera body; Improved low light performance; Built-in image stabilization; Wide range of usable ISOs; More sophisticated autofocus performance; Excellent video capabilities.

  • Relatively low resolution; Mediocre continuous shooting performance; No built-in flash; No losslessly compressed RAW option.

  • Photographer-friendly controls; Good OLED viewfinder; Good image quality with sharp detail especially with RAW; Vari-angle touchscreen display.

  • Only 31 autofocus points; Subpar continuous shooting performance; Soft corners at wide-angle; Flare issues and fringing shooting wide-open; No 4K video; Poor battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Leica M-E (Typ 220)

Sony A7S II
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4749
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • More pixels
Canon G5X
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $4749
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A7S

Sony A7S II
Sony A7S
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon G5X
Sony A7S
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon G7X

Sony A7S II
Canon G7X
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $597
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Canon G5X
Canon G7X
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $597
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Canon G7X Mark II

Sony A7S II
Canon G7X Mark II
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $649
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Canon G5X
Canon G7X Mark II
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $649
  • 1 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 24p video

Compared to Sony A9

Sony A7S II
Sony A9
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Canon G5X
Sony A9
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
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