Canon EOS 30D vs Sony a6100

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 30D and Sony a6100. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 30D is manufacturered by Canon but Sony a6100 is from Sony. Both Canon and Sony are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 30D were released 2006 and Sony a6100 was released 2019. That is a 13 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 30D 2006
Sony a6100 2019

Type of camera

Canon EOS 30D is a DSLR camera while Sony a6100 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 30D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Sony a6100 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 30D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Sony a6100 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)

Resolution

Canon EOS 30D has a 8,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a6100 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 30D 8,2 MP
8185344 pixels
3504 x 2336
Sony a6100 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Sony a6100 has a 193 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 30D. 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

Sony a6100 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 30D. Sony a6100 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 32000 while Canon EOS 30D has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 30D 100-3200
Sony a6100 100-32000

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 30D
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a6100

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 30D can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Sony a6100 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 30D 5
Sony a6100 11

Ability to record movies

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

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording movies and movie clips and that is Sony a6100. Sadly, the Canon EOS 30D does not support this.

Weight

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 30D weighs 784 gr (equal to 1.73 lb) which is 98% heavier than Sony a6100 and its 396 gr (or 0.87 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 30D 784 gr
1.73 lb
Sony a6100 396 gr
0.87 lb

Canon EOS 30D vs Sony a6100 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 30D and Sony a6100, 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.

Product
Canon EOS 30D
Sony a6100
Name Canon EOS 30D Sony a6100
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 30D
Sony a6100
Release Year 2006 2019
Release Date 2006-02-21 2019-08-28
MSRP 1499 USD 749 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 30D
Sony a6100
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Canon EOS 30D
Sony a6100
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 3504 x 2336 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 8,2 MP 24 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 2 Bionz X
Image
Canon EOS 30D
Sony a6100
ISO Range 100 - 3200 100 - 32000
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 30D
Sony a6100
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 9 425
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 30D
Sony a6100
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 2,5 3
Screen dots 230000 921600
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type N/A TFT LCD
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.9 (0.56 35mm equiv.) 1.07 (0.71 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 1440000
Photography features
Canon EOS 30D
Sony a6100
Frames per second 5 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters 6 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 30D
Sony a6100
Video recording No Yes
Video format N/A MPEG4
H.264
XAVC-S
AVCHD
Video resolution N/A 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone No Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 30D
Sony a6100
Memory Card Compact Flash
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 30D
Sony a6100
HDMI Output No Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth)
Remote Control Yes (N3 connector) with TC-80N3 remote controller
Yes (wireless or smartphone)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 30D
Sony a6100
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details BP-511A
NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 750 shots 420 shots
Width 144 mm 120 mm
Height 106 mm 67 mm
Depth 74 mm 59 mm
Weight 784 gram 396 gram