Canon 6D Mark II vs Sony A7 II: Which Affordable Full Frame Camera You Should Buy?

Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II are affordable full frame cameras. In the market, these cameras are available with the price of less than $2,000. They can be an alternative if you want to buy a full frame camera but have a limited budget. Be it Canon 6D Mark II or Sony A7 II is not designed to be a professional camera, but the specs of these cameras are more than enough to run your photography hobby and can handle more photography needs than the cameras with crop sensor you have.

Physically, there is massive enough difference between Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II because they basically different systems. As a DSLR camera, Canon 6D Mark II certainly has a larger body than Sony A7 II which adopts the mirrorlessly system.

Another key difference between these cameras is the video recording capability. Despite its large sensor, Sony A7 II is not capable of recording 4K videos. The maximum resolution this camera can record is 1920 x 1080 (full HD). On the other hand, Canon 6D Mark II is capable of recording 4K videos (3840 x 2160) with the frame rates of 30. Other than body size and video recording capability, there are several other things differing Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II.

Let’s start the comparison between Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II by taking a look at the specs they have via the table below.

Specs comparison: Canon 6D Mark II vs Sony A7 II

 Canon 6D Mark IISony A7 II
AnnouncedJune 2017November 2014
Sensor26.97-Mpix CMOS24.24 -Mpix CMOS
DxOMark score8590
Color filter arrayRGBRGB
Resolution6384 x 42246024 x 4024
ISO50 - 10240050 - 51200
Fastest - Slowest speed (s)1/4000 - 30.01/8000 - 30.0
Frame rate (fps)6.55.0
Mount typeCanon EFSony FE
Weight685 g599 g
Battery typeLi-ion, LP-E6N, 7.2V, 1865mAhLi-Ion, NP-FW50, 7.2V, 1020mAh, 7.3Wh
Number of autofocus points45117
Autofocus modesOne-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AFAF-S, AF-C
StorageSD, SDHC, SDXCMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Image formatJPEG, RAW (CR2)JPEG, RAW (ARW)
Other featuresLive view, mirror lockup, articulated screen, touch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sound recording, external micro, histogram, GPS, live autofocusLive view, stabilization, dust cleaning, tropicalization, articulated screen, exposure bracketing, Wi-Fi, sound recording, external micro, histogram
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When you are comparing a DSLR camera and a mirrorless camera, you will always see a massive difference on the battery life section. It’s no secret that mirrorless cameras have a shorter battery life than DSLRs. This also applies to Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II. Both cameras adopt the technology of Li-ion for the battery. The battery of Canon 6D Mark II has the capacity of 1865 mAh while the battery of Sony A7 II has the capacity of 1020 mAh.

On a single charge, the battery of Canon 6D Mark II can be used to take about 1200 photos. This is far more than Sony A7 II which only capable of taking about 300 photos per charging.

Let’s take a switch to the technical aspects of photography.

Photography is all about catching the light. The larger the sensor of a camera, the better it in catching the light, even in a low-light condition. In addition, the proper settings will also affect the end results of the photos you take. The settings we meant is the exposure triangle, which involves the ISO setting, aperture and shutter speed. Aperture setting depends on the lens you use. Each lens has different widest aperture, depending on its type. ISO and shutter speed, on the other hand, are depending on the specs on your camera.

Canon 6D Mark II has a longer ISO range than Sony A7 II. It offers the ISO range of 50 – 102400, compared to 50 – 51200 belong to Sony A7 II. Conversely, Sony A7 offers longer shutter speed range. On Sony A7 II, you can set the shutter speed up to 1/8000 while on Canon 6D Mark II the maximum shutter speed you can set is 1/4000. Sony A7 II offers more autofocus points than Canon 6D Mark II, but it has fewer frame rates. Meaning that it captures less photos than Canon 6D Mark II on the single shutter press on the continuous shot mode.

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Both Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II offer an articulated screen, but the screen is of Sony A7 II doesn’t support touch operation while the screen of Canon 6D Mark II does.

The screen of Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II have the same size, 3-inch. But Sony A7 II is better in delivering image preview since it has more a tighter pixel density. The screen of Sony A7 II has 1228800 dots while Canon 6D Mark II has only 1040000 dots.

On the connectivity section, both Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II offer Wi-Fi for wireless photo transfer to smartphone or tablet. Especially Canon 6D Mark II, you can also select Bluetooth for wireless photo transfer via Canon Camera Connect other than Wi-Fi. As briefly described above, Canon 6D Mark II is better than Sony A7 II when it comes to recording videos. This camera is capable of recording 4K videos while Sony A7 II has no same capability. Sony A7 II itself is one of the mirrorless camera that has a viewfinder feature. Worth noting that the mirrorless cameras use an electronic viewfinder instead of optical viewfinder like DSLRs. The electronic viewfinder of Sony A7 II has the magnification of 0.71. Same as Canon 6D Mark II.

Sensor comparison: Canon 6D Mark II vs Sony A7 II

There is relatively no significant difference in terms of sensor size between Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II because these cameras use a full frame sensor. The sensor of Canon 6D Mark II, however, is slightly larger than Sony A7 II. The difference is about 1 percent. The sensor of these cameras have the same crop factor of 1.0 with the aspect ratio of 3:2.

Speaking of sensor, this component also contains photo detectors (resolution). Again, the sensor of Canon 6D Mark II is slightly higher than Sony A7 II: 26.97 MP compared to 24.24 MP belong to Sony A7 II. As a result, the maximum image resolution generated by Canon 6D Mark II is higher as well. Take a look at the image below to see the difference between the sensor size of Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II.

Body comparison: Canon 6D Mark II vs Sony A7 II

As a DSLR camera, Canon 6D Mark II certainly has a larger body than Sony A7 II which is a mirrorless camera. But, how far is the gap between the body of these cameras?

The body of Canon 6D Mark II is about 24 percent larger than Sony A7 II. Take a look at the images we created below to see the difference of body size between both cameras.

Photo results comparison: Canon 6D Mark II vs Sony A7 II

Next, after you have analyzed the specs of Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II above you are probably curious about the quality of the photos taken using both cameras. We have picked up some photos from Pixabay that were taken using both Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II. In order to allow you see the applied settings on each photo, we have also added the EXIF data. You can also inspect the used lens type via the EXIF data.

  • Canon 6D Mark II
  • Sony A7 II

Conclusion

Both Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II are great solution if you haven’t had a full frame camera and curious how it feels to use a camera with a large sensor. They are affordable full frame cameras with the price of below $2,000, although their specs are not as high as other more expensive full frame cameras like Canon 5D Mark IV and Sony A9.

Thanks to the larger sensor, both Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II are capable of fulfilling more photography needs. For instance, if you want to take the pictures of Milky Way, you — supposed to — use a camera with a large sensor and Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II are the cameras you can use of doing so. Remember this: a large sensor has a better low-light sensitivity.

Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II are different systems. Canon 6D Mark II is a DSLR camera while Sony A7 II is a mirrorless camera. These two of camera types have their respective characteristics. Typically, DSLR cameras have a longer batter life while mirrorless is superior in terms of autofocus points — which will be helpful in taking pictures of moving objects. Both Canon 6D Mark II and Sony A7 II are great cameras with a high enough score on DxOMark. If your tendency is to choose a camera with a compact design then Sony A7 II should be your choice. Conversely, if you prefer a camera with a longer battery life — regardless its larger body — then Canon 6D Mark is the camera you should choose.

One thing to remember, Sony A7 II doesn’t have the capability of recording 4K videos while Canon 6D does.

Written by Editorial Staff

Editorial staff of Bettertechtips.com



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