Canon EOS 6D Mark II vs Sony a7 IV

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 6D Mark II and Sony a7 IV. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 6D Mark II is manufacturered by Canon but Sony a7 IV is from Sony. Both Canon and Sony are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II were released 2017 and Sony a7 IV was released 2021. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 2017
Sony a7 IV 2021

Type of camera

Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a DSLR camera while Sony a7 IV is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 6D Mark II has a "Canon Full Frame"-sensor while Sony a7 IV has a "Sony Full Frame"-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 6D Mark II 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Sony a7 IV 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** 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 6D Mark II has a 26 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a7 IV has 33 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 26 MP
25958400 pixels
6240 x 4160
Sony a7 IV 33 MP
32741376 pixels
7008 x 4672

Sony a7 IV has a 26 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 6D Mark II. 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 a7 IV has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Sony a7 IV has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS 6D Mark II has 100 to 40000.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 100-40000
Sony a7 IV 100-51200

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 6D Mark II
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a7 IV

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 6D Mark II can shoot up to 6,5 pictures per seconds and Sony a7 IV can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 6,5
Sony a7 IV 10

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS 6D Mark II and Sony a7 IV can shoot movies.

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 6D Mark II weighs 765 gr (equal to 1.69 lb) which is 16% heavier than Sony a7 IV and its 659 gr (or 1.45 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 765 gr
1.69 lb
Sony a7 IV 659 gr
1.45 lb

Canon EOS 6D Mark II vs Sony a7 IV Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 6D Mark II and Sony a7 IV, 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 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
Name Canon EOS 6D Mark II Sony a7 IV
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
Release Year 2017 2021
Release Date 2017-06-29 2021-10-21
MSRP 1999 USD 2499 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Resolution 6240 x 4160 pixels 7008 x 4672 pixels
Megapixels 26 MP 33 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 7 BIONZ XR
Image
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
ISO Range 100 - 40000 100 - 51200
White Balance Presets 6 7
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Sensor-Shift (5-axis))
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 5.5 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 45 759
Lens Mount Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier Full frame
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Full frame
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 1040000 1036800
Touch screen Yes Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 98% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71 0.78x
Viewfinder Resolution 0 3686400
Photography features
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
Frames per second 6,5 fps 10 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash No No
Built-in Flash Range N/A N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Average
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
H.265
XAVC-S
XAVC-HS
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash Express
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Built-In 802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth
Yes
Built-in (802.11ac (dual band) + Bluetooth)
Remote Control Yes (wired, wireless or smartphone) Yes (wireless or smartphone)
GPS Yes
Built-in
No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Sony a7 IV
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E6N lithium-ion battery & charger
NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1200 shots 580 shots
Width 144 mm 131 mm
Height 111 mm 96 mm
Depth 75 mm 80 mm
Weight 765 gram 659 gram