Canon R6 II Versus Sony a7 IV: A Battle of Two Well-Rounded Cameras

In Calgary, Alberta, there’s a large annual truthful referred to as the Calgary Stampede. A once-a-year celebration dubbed “The Best Outside Present on Earth”. Filled with rides, video games, and plenty of rodeo occasions, this present attracts 1.5 million guests annually. One in all these company was the illustrious Ted Forbes and we thought, why not have a very good old school showdown, wild west fashion?

You’ll doubtless know Ted Forbes from his YouTube channel “The Art of Photography” and he was additionally a daily host with our very personal editor-in-chief Jaron Schneider on a podcast present of the identical identify a few years in the past. He has been a very good pal of mine personally for nearly a decade as effectively; I at all times sit up for seeing him on the press circuit.

Ted Forbes with Sony A7IV
Ted Forbes raises the Sony a7 IV so as to add one other picture to our competitors.

This 12 months although, Ted flew as much as see us right here in Calgary and we had a good time ingesting craft beer and catching up. It additionally offered us with a wonderful alternative to sort out certainly one of our newest video concepts. You see, the Sony a7 IV has already grow to be a extremely sought-after digicam and it guarantees stiff competitors within the full-frame mirrorless market; Notably towards the Canon EOS R6 Mark II. I might battle Ted to see which digicam comes out on high. He, with a Sony a7IV in hand, and myself with the Canon.

Canon EOS R6 mkII
That includes glorious ergonomics and state-of-the-art autofocus, the Canon R6 II is a severe photographer’s instrument.
Sony A7 IV
The Sony a7 IV represents a perfect all-around digicam that’s excellent for fanatics and professionals alike.

To maintain issues truthful, each of us had been outfitted with 24-105mm f/4 zooms however we had been additionally allowed to decide on one further lens with which to do battle. Ted selected a trusty Sony 50mm f/1.4 G Master and I made a decision to combine issues up and take the Canon 600mm f/11. Though Ted figured he would have a bonus with shallow depth-of-field pictures I knew I might have the attain with the 600mm to create distinctive photos.

Friendly smile Canon EF 600mm f/11
I needed to stand farther away, however this gentleman gave me a beautiful smile to seize with the 600mm f/11.

As we proceeded to battle it out in varied classes it was apparent that each cameras made a powerful displaying. The Canon R6 II would edge out the Sony by way of ergonomics and dealing with, however then the a7 IV fought again and took the picture high quality class. Though each cameras characteristic glorious eye detection and topic detection capabilities, the Sony gained the autofocus problem on account of its glorious real-time monitoring.

Sony A7 IV street portrait
Ted captures a superbly framed second in time.

Each cameras tied by way of ruggedness, totally articulating LCD screens, and three.69 million dot EVFs. Nonetheless, the Canon R6 II broke the stalemate with a vastly superior 8-stop in-body picture stabilization (IBIS) system which offers far more stability than the Sony a7 IV and its 5-stop IBIS. The R6 II additionally dominated when it got here to burst charges and the usage of the digital shutter — it may push to 40 pictures per second and nonetheless have much less rolling shutter than the Sony.

Canon EOS R6 mkII
I most well-liked to heart on individuals pictures and the R6 mkII delivered correct concentrate on the eyes.
Sony A7 IV Bow Building Face
Ted captured a moody scene of certainly one of Calgary’s extra common artwork installations.

It didn’t finish there, as a result of the Canon R6 II additionally has the sting in video. With its glorious C-Log 3 profile and no crop in 4K 60p modes, it was the clear winner. The Sony battled again although, barely taking the battery life class, regardless of each cameras having comparable CIPA scores.

The place Sony clearly gained was within the subsequent class: lens selection. Sony has executed an incredible job permitting third-party producers to construct lenses for the E-mount, in stark distinction to Canon who’ve minimize off all assist for a similar firms. Sony has additionally created an unlimited line of lenses themselves leaving Canon within the mud — a problem we introduced up in our “Worst Thing About Every Camera Brand” video.

Canon R6 mkII Flowers
The R6 mkII continues the Canon custom of offering vibrant colours.
Sony A7 IV fire escape
Ted goals the Sony a7 IV to seize the play of sunshine and shadow on the constructing.

Ultimately, we’ve got two cameras which might be evenly matched and equally priced. Which one wins? Watch our above video and also you be the decide.

Big because of Ted Forbes for serving to us out with this video. He positively made our “pleasant” battle humorous and pleasurable.

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