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, Sony Alpha A7 III belongs to a Pro Mirrorless category, the other model, Sony Alpha A7 III is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Sony Alpha A7 III comes with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 24.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Canon EOS RP features a 26.0 MP CMOS sensor.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Sony Alpha A7 III and Canon EOS RP and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Sony Alpha A7 III Key Features:
Canon EOS RP Key Features:
Sony Alpha A7 III substituted Sony A7 II.
|NFC||Yes vs No||Easy wireless connectivity with compatible devices|
|Timelapse Recording||No vs Yes||Creative shooting|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 5 fps||5 fps faster|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Battery Life||610 shots vs 250 shots||360 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.78 vs 0.7||0.08 better magnification|
|Sensor Resolution||26.0 MP vs 24.0 MP||7.7% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||861.6 mm2 vs 852.04 mm2||1.1% larger pixel area|
|Number Of Focus Points||4779 vs 693||4086 more focus points|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Tilting||Flexible shooting positions|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 922k dots||11.3% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||485 g vs 650 g||165 g lighter|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,360k dots vs 2,359k dots||0% higher resolution|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Fully Articulated||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP | 26.0 MP||Bigger prints and more details|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes | Yes||Better video control|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Built-In Flash||No | No||No built-in flash|
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 Sony Alpha A7 III and Canon EOS RP 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, Canon EOS RP is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 165g less than the Sony Alpha A7 III. 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 Sony Alpha A7 III and Canon EOS RP 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. Sony Alpha A7 III features a 24.0 MP Full frame sized BSI-CMOS sensor and boasts of a Bionz X processor . Canon EOS RP, in its turn, comes with a 26.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Alpha A7 III and Canon EOS RP by the size of their sensors.
Sony Alpha A7 III and Canon EOS RP are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
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 Sony Alpha A7 III and Canon EOS RP 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||Sony Alpha A7 III||Canon EOS RP|
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, Sony Alpha A7 III or Canon EOS RP, 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 Sony Alpha A7 III and Canon EOS RP 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 RP deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony Alpha A7 III. 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:
|Sony Alpha A7 III||Canon EOS RP|
|Model||Alpha A7 III||EOS RP|
|Announced||Feb 27, 2018||Feb 14, 2019|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||35.8 x 23.8 mm||35.9 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||852.04 mm2||861.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP||26.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6000 x 4000||6240 x 4160|
|Max Native ISO||51,200||40,000|
|Max Boosted ISO||204,800||102,400|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Sony E||Canon RF|
|Number of Lenses||83||10|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||693||4779|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,359k dots||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||96||n/a|
|DxO Color Depth||25.0||n/a|
|DxO Dynamic Range||14.7||n/a|
|DxO Low Light ISO||3730||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p) 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)||3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 1||USB 1|
|Weight||650 g||485 g|
|Physical Dimensions||127 x 96 x 74 mm||133 x 85 x 70 mm|
|Battery Life||610 shots||250 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)|