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Sony a7 vs Canon 7D – Extensive review

Welcome to this Sony a7 Vs Canon 7D comparison. Both cameras are praised for their functionality, but how do you pick the right one?

Sony a7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm LensCanon EOS 7D Digital Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit

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Don’t worry, we’re here to help. By the end of this article, you’ll know everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision on which camera you should choose.

Ready or not, here we go!

 

 

Sony a7 Vs Canon 7D – Comparison overview

The Sony a7 is a Pro-Mirrorless camera, while the Canon 7D is an Entry-Level DSLR. While both cameras are of different types, they also have quite a lot of features in common.

For instance, both cameras have high sensor resolutions. However, that of the Sony a7 is higher. Furthermore, both cameras have weather sealing.

Thanks to this, both cameras can be used in harsh weathers and environments, without getting damaged.

Another feature which both the Sony a7 and the Canon 7D have in common is, a viewfinder. However, their viewfinders are different.

The Sony a7 has an electronic viewfinder, while the 7D has an optical one. with an electronic viewfinder, you can see the results of your settings, and how you image will look even before the shot is taken. An optical viewfinder on the other hand, displays what the camera sees.

Now on to their unique features. The Sony a7 has a sensor resolution of 24 megapixels, which is a lot better than the Canon 7D’s 18 megapixels.

Furthermore, the Sony a7 has a tiltable LCD screen, which enables you to shoot in more flexible positions. It also has 117 focus points. This gives you wider frame coverage when focusing, and improves tracking performance.

The Canon 7D on the other hand, has longer battery life than the a7. But then, this isn’t a surprise, as the Canon 7D is a DSLR. Generally, DSLR’s have better battery life than mirrorless camera. The Canon 7D also has a decent frame rate of 8fps.

When it comes to the price/value ratio, both cameras seem to be equal. It all depends on your budget. The Sony a7 is more expensive than the Canon 7D, but its features make up for that.

The Canon 7D on the other hand, is more affordable, but doesn’t really seem to give value worth the price. So at the end, it all depends on you and what you want.

 

 

Sony a7 Vs Canon 7D – Comparison table

 

Sony a7

Canon 7D

Date announcedJanuary 22, 2014November 6, 2009
TypePro – MirrorlessSemi – Pro DSLR
Weight474g860g
ViewfinderElectronicOptical
Sensor typeFull frame CMOSAPS-C CMOS
Sensor resolution24 megapixels18 megapixels
Screen typeTiltable 3-inch screenFixed 3-inch screen
Weather sealingYesYes
Battery life340 shots800 shots
Continuous shooting speed5 frames per second8 frames per second
Wireless connectionYesNo
Focus points11719
Headphone portYesNo
NFCYesNo
Face detection focusYesYes
Image stabilizationNoNo

 

 

Sony a7 Vs Canon 7D – What situation is each best for?

Sony a7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm LensCanon EOS 7D Digital Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit

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Sony a7

Canon 7D

Sports photography

The Sony a7 can be used for sports photography. However, this would not be possible without certain features.

The first feature which makes the a7 good for sports photography is, the frame rate.

Admittedly, 5fps is not much, you can still capture a decent number of points in your subject’s movement.

The next feature which makes the Sony a7 good for sports photography is, the high number of focus points.

The Sony a7 has 117 focus points, which give you wider area coverage when focusing.

Environmental sealing also plays an important role in sports photography.

Sports are held in all types of weather, but not all cameras work in them. That’s why weather sealing is important.

With it, elements such as moisture and dust won’t damage the camera. Fortunately, the Sony a7 has weather.

 

Sports photography

 

Same as the a7, but has a lower frame rate.

Portrait photography

 

One feature which makes the Sony a7 good for portraits is, the large sensor.

The Sony a7 has a 35.5 x 23.9 mm sensor. This gives your images a nice blurry background, and shallower field depth.

The high sensor resolution also plays an important part in portrait photography.

The Sony a7 has a sensor resolution of 24 megapixels. High sensor resolutions give your portraits a lot of detail.

Portrait photography

 

Same as the a7, but has a sensor resolution of 18 megapixels, and a 22.3 x 14.9 sensor.

 

 

 

Sony a7 Vs Canon 7D – Common features

High sensor resolution

Both the Sony a7 and the Canon 7D have high sensor resolutions. The Sony a7 has 24 megapixels, while the Canon 7D has 18 megapixels.

With sensor resolutions this high, your images will have a lot of detail in them. You can get beautiful enlargements, and crop your photos without losing a lot of detail.

 

Viewfinder

As mentioned in the comparison overview, the Sony a7 and the Canon 7D have viewfinders. Viewfinders help you minimize camera shake. “How?” you might ask. When using a viewfinder, the camera is held close to the body. This helps you keep the camera steady.

Weather sealing

This feature comes in very handy, especially when shooting outdoors. If for example, you are doing sports photography, your camera needs to have weather sealing.

Sports are held in various weather conditions, but cameras don’t work in all of them. That’s why weather sealing is important.

With weather sealing, you don’t need to worry about dust and moisture damaging your camera.

 

Face detection focus

With face detection, your camera scans the frame for faces. This helps the camera focus better on the subject.

 

 

Sony a7 Vs Canon 7D – Unique features

Sony a7

Sony a7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens

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24 megapixel sensor resolution

A high sensor resolution can play a major part sometimes, in determining the overall quality of your photos. The Sony a7’s 24 megapixel sensor gives you a lot of detail in your photos.

With this, you can get beautiful enlargements, and crop your images further without losing much detail.

 

117 focus points

With this many focus point, you have wider area coverage when focusing. This helps you stay focused on your subject as it moves around the frame.

 

Articulating screen

The Sony a7 has a tiltable screen. With it, you can shoot in various positions which you would not be able to with a fixed screen.

 

Weighs 474g

Considering the fact that this is a mirrorless camera, we’ve got to admit that it’s quite heavy. However, compared to the Canon 7D, it’s very light.

You will be able to carry this camera around comfortably.

 

 

Canon 7D

Canon EOS 7D Digital Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit
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8fps continuous shooting speed

Admittedly, this isn’t the best out there. However, you’ll still be able to capture a decent number of points in your subject’s movement.

 

Battery life of 800 shots

The battery life of this camera isn’t surprising, since it’s a DSLR. With the Canon 7D, you get almost a thousand shots. As a result, you won’t need to worry about your camera running low in the middle of a shoot.

 

 

Sony a7 Vs Canon 7D – Unique pros

Sony a7

Flexible shooting positions.

 

Wider area coverage when focusing.

 

Easier to carry.

 

More detail in images.

 

Easy wireless connectivity.

 

 

Canon 7D

Higher frame rate.

 

Longer battery life.

 

 

Sony a7 Vs Canon 7D – Unique cons

Sony a7

Shorter battery life

 

Slower frame rate.

 

 

Canon 7D

Heavier.

 

Fewer focus points.

 

Lower sensor resolution.

 

No wireless connection.

 

 

Sony a7 Vs Canon 7D – Common pros

Sony a7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm LensCanon EOS 7D Digital Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit

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Better image quality.

 

Water and dust resistant.

 

Better framing and control.

 

 

Sony a7 Vs Canon 7D – Common cons

No image stabilization.

 

 

Sony a7 Vs Canon 7D – How users feel about both

Sony a7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm LensCanon EOS 7D Digital Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit

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Sony a7

Users were quite impressed with the features of this camera. They loved the weight and ergonomics of the Sony a7. The positioning of the buttons and dials made it a lot easier to comfortably change settings when shooting.

Many users also loved how clear and sharp the a7’s images were. A lot of Sony’s cameras are notorious for having hard-to-navigate menus, so you can imagine how surprised users were to discover the Sony a7’s simple menu.

There were also a couple of things which users didn’t really like. The first most obvious one was, the price. For the value it gave, the Sony a7’s price was understandable. However, buying this was a problem for those on a tighter budget.

Another thing which users didn’t like was the average battery life. This wasn’t really a surprise, but it was still disappointing.

Overall, users think that the Sony a7 is an amazing Pro-Mirrorless camera, which is definitely worth the price.

 

Canon 7D

 Users praised how solid and ergonomically friendly the Canon 7D was. They liked the fact that it was well sealed, but still comfortable to hold. They also loved the 7D’s menu layout. It was very easy for any Canon users to navigate.

Other things which users loved were, the outdoor performance, video performance, and frame rate. It’s no wonder this camera was popular among Canon users.

However, there were a couple of things which users didn’t like. They weren’t really happy with the camera’s results in low-light conditions. They also didn’t like the fact that that the battery grip didn’t match the ergonomics of the 7D.

Overall, users think that the Canon 7D is a wonderful camera, which both beginners and pros can use.

 

 

Final note

And that brings us to the end of this comparison. To wrap it up, let’s do a quick recap. The Sony a7 is a Pro-Mirrorless camera, while the Canon 7D is an Entry-Level DSLR. Both cameras have high sensor resolutions, which give your images a lot of detail.

Both cameras also have weather sealing which enables you to use the them in unfavorable weather conditions.

Every camera has its unique features, and the Sony a7 and Canon 7D are no different. The Sony a7 has an electronic viewfinder, while the Canon 7D does not.

Furthermore, the Sony a7 has 117 focus points, which give you wider frame coverage when focusing. The Canon 7D on the other hand, has a higher frame rate, and longer battery life than the Sony a7.

Both cameras have no image stabilization, so you risk getting blurry images. Overall, the Sony a7 and the Canon 7D are amazing cameras which can be used for many types of shooting.

Sony a7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm LensCanon EOS 7D Digital Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit

Click here to get the Sony a7.

Click here to get the Canon 7D.