Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Canon EOS R belongs to a Pro Mirrorless category, the other model, Canon EOS R is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera. Canon EOS R is equipped with a 30.0 MP CMOS sensor, while Sony Alpha a6000 comes with a 24.0 MP CMOS sensor.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Canon EOS R and Sony Alpha a6000 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Canon EOS R Key Features:
Sony Alpha a6000 Key Features:
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Sensor Resolution||30.0 MP vs 24.0 MP||20% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||864 mm2 vs 366.6 mm2||57.6% larger pixel area|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||5655 vs 179||5476 more focus points|
|Screen Size||3.2″ vs 3″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Screen Resolution||2,100k dots vs 922k dots||56.1% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Battery Life||370 shots vs 360 shots||10 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Viewfinder Resolution||3,690k dots vs 1,440k dots||61% higher resolution|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.76 vs 0.7||0.06 better magnification|
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Timelapse Recording||No vs No||Creative shooting|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 8 fps||3 fps faster|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||6 vs No||6 better flash range|
|Weight||344 g vs 660 g||316 g lighter|
|Screen Size||3.2″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Sensor Resolution||30.0 MP | 24.0 MP||Bigger prints and more details|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||8.0 fps | 11.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Timelapse Recording||No | Yes||No timelapse recording|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon EOS R and Sony Alpha a6000 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Alpha a6000 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 316g less than the Canon EOS R. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon EOS R and Sony Alpha a6000 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon EOS R features a 30.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor . Sony Alpha a6000, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon EOS R and Sony Alpha a6000 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Canon EOS R has a sensor area 0.4x bigger compared to Sony Alpha a6000. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon EOS R and Sony Alpha a6000 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon EOS R||Sony Alpha a6000|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon EOS R or Sony Alpha a6000, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon EOS R and Sony Alpha a6000 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon EOS R deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony Alpha a6000. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon EOS R||Sony Alpha a6000|
|Model||EOS R||Alpha a6000|
|Announced||Sep 05, 2018||Apr 23, 2014|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||APS-C|
|Sensor Dimensions||36 x 24 mm||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||864.00 mm2||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||30.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6720 x 4480||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||40,000||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||102,400||51,200|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Canon RF||Sony E|
|Number of Lenses||4||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||5655||179|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||2,100k dots||922k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||3,690k dots||1,440k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||8.0 fps||11.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash||Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction, hi-speed sync, wireless control|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 480 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|USB||USB Yes (with LP-E6N only)||USB 2.0|
|Weight||660 g||344 g|
|Physical Dimensions||136 x 98 x 84 mm||120 x 67 x 45 mm|
|Battery Life||370 shots||360 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD card (UHS-II supported)||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|