Canon EOS 1D X vs Sony a6000

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1D X and Sony a6000. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS 1D X is manufacturered by Canon but Sony a6000 is from Sony. Both Canon and Sony are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 1D X were released 2011 and Sony a6000 was released 2014. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 1D X 2011
Sony a6000 2014

Type of camera

Canon EOS 1D X is a DSLR camera while Sony a6000 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1D X has a "Canon Full Frame"-sensor while Sony a6000 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 1D X 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Sony a6000 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)


Canon EOS 1D X has a 18,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a6000 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 1D X 18,1 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Sony a6000 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Sony a6000 has a 34 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D X. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 1D X has a larger ISO-range than Sony a6000. Canon EOS 1D X has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Sony a6000 has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1D X 100-51200
Sony a6000 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D X
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a6000

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1D X can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds and Sony a6000 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1D X 12
Sony a6000 11

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 1D X and Sony a6000 can shoot movies.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 1D X weighs 1340 gr (equal to 2.95 lb) which is 290% heavier than Sony a6000 and its 344 gr (or 0.76 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 1D X 1340 gr
2.95 lb
Sony a6000 344 gr
0.76 lb

Canon EOS 1D X vs Sony a6000 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 1D X and Sony a6000, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
Name Canon EOS 1D X Sony a6000
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
Release Year 2011 2014
Release Date 2011-10-18 2014-02-12
MSRP 6799 USD 799 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm) APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 18,1 MP 24 MP
Image Processor DUAL DIGIC 5+ Bionz X
Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
ISO Range 100 - 51200 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 6 10
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 61 179
Lens Mount Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier Full frame
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 3.2 3
Screen dots 1040000 921600
Touch screen No No
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.76 1.05 (0.7 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
Frames per second 12 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 6 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
Memory Card Compact Flash
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Optional with LC-5
Built-in (802.11b/g/n with NFC)
Remote Control Yes (N3 connector) Yes (wired or PC)
Optional with GP-E1 and GP-E2
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 1D X
Sony a6000
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E4N rechargeable battery & charger
NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1120 shots 360 shots
Width 158 mm 120 mm
Height 164 mm 67 mm
Depth 83 mm 45 mm
Weight 1340 gram 344 gram