Sony A7IV – 6 Month Review (vs Canon R6)

Are you in the market for a new mirrorless camera and having a hard time deciding between the Sony A7IV and the Canon R6? Look no further! In this 6-month review, we will compare the two top contenders in the mirrorless camera game to help you make an informed decision. We will discuss the key features, performance, and overall user experience of both cameras to help you determine which one is the best fit for your photography needs. So, whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur enthusiast, this review will provide valuable insights into these two powerful cameras. Let’s dive in and see how these mirrorless heavyweights stack up!

Sony A7IV – 6 Month Review (vs Canon R6)

So I just got the A74 back from being repaired after a mishap in Europe. It’s been at the shop for the last two or three weeks due to the camera being blown over by a gust of wind, shattering the LCD screen. Now that it’s back, I’m ready to share a more long-term review of the A74, comparing it to the Canon R6, which I’ve been using long-term for the last year and a half to two years. If you saw the last video about the A74, you’ll know that I was really happy with the Canon system overall. However, switching over to the Sony system for the last six months has allowed me to carry a portable kit of fast and sharp lenses at a lower cost.

Getting Used to the Camera

It took some time to get used to the camera, the menu system, and handling, but after six months, most things on this camera are second nature to me now. One of my biggest worries with the A74 was the video codec and color profiles in video. However, over time, the colors out of the A74 have started to grow on me, and I’ve learned how to handle the color gamut and profile conversion after shooting footage.

Video Quality

While the A74 still doesn’t look as good as the Canon R5 and R6 in terms of color, I’ve learned to appreciate the colors from the A74 after some post-production tweaking. The 422 10-bit codec looks great, and the footage turns out well when I’m color grading and putting it all together in a video.

Gyro Stabilization

A huge win for the A74 has been the gyro stabilization. This feature has allowed me to get silky smooth footage without the need for a gimbal, making it perfect for travel and on-the-go shooting.


When it comes to photography, the 33 megapixels on the A74 give it an advantage over the 20 megapixels on the Canon R6. The sharpness of images on the A74 allows for heavy cropping without losing quality.

Autofocus Accuracy

One drawback I’ve observed is that the A74 isn’t as accurate with autofocus as the R6, even after Sony claimed to have fixed this with a firmware update. While there is a slight improvement, it still falls short compared to the R6.

Dynamic Range

The dynamic range on the A74 is fantastic, allowing for the recovery of plenty of shadow detail. In real-world situations, there’s little difference in dynamic range between the R6 and the A74.

Overall, the A74 has been a great addition to my gear, despite the initial concerns. The exposure settings and outstanding image quality have made it a reliable tool for my photography and videography needs, even through mishaps like breaking the LCD screen while overseas.

FAQ about Sony A7IV – 6 Month Review (vs Canon R6)

Q: How does the Sony A7IV compare to the Canon R6 in terms of image quality?

A: The Sony A7IV offers stunning image quality with its 33-megapixel sensor, while the Canon R6 has a 20-megapixel sensor. In general, the Sony A7IV produces sharper images with better dynamic range, especially in low-light conditions.

Q: Which camera has better video capabilities – the Sony A7IV or the Canon R6?

A: Both cameras excel in video capabilities, but the Sony A7IV has the edge with its 4K recording at 60fps and 10-bit 4:2:2 color depth. The Canon R6, on the other hand, is limited to 4K at 60fps with 10-bit 4:2:0 color depth.

Q: How do the autofocus systems of the Sony A7IV and Canon R6 compare?

A: The Sony A7IV features a highly advanced and reliable autofocus system, with improved real-time eye and subject tracking. The Canon R6 also has an impressive autofocus system, but the Sony A7IV offers more accuracy and speed in challenging shooting conditions.

Q: Which camera is more user-friendly for beginners – the Sony A7IV or the Canon R6?

A: Both cameras are user-friendly, but the Canon R6 offers a more intuitive menu system and control layout for beginners. However, with its customizable buttons and well-designed menu system, the Sony A7IV is also beginner-friendly after a short learning curve.

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