Canon EOS R vs Sony Alpha a7CR

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS R and Sony Alpha a7CR. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS R is manufacturered by Canon but Sony Alpha a7CR is from Sony. Both Canon and Sony are well known brands though.

Canon EOS R were released 2018 and Sony Alpha a7CR was released 2023. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS R 2018
Sony Alpha a7CR 2023

Type of camera

Both these cameras are Mirrorless cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS R has a "Canon Full Frame"-sensor while Sony Alpha a7CR 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 R 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Sony Alpha a7CR 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 R has a 30 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony Alpha a7CR has 60 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS R 30 MP
30105600 pixels
6720 x 4480
Sony Alpha a7CR 60 MP
60217344 pixels
9504 x 6336

Sony Alpha a7CR has a 100 % larger resolution than Canon EOS R. 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 R has a larger ISO-range than Sony Alpha a7CR. Canon EOS R has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 40000 while Sony Alpha a7CR has 100 to 32000.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS R 100-40000
Sony Alpha a7CR 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.

Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS R belongs to the Canon EOS R-system and needs an adapter to work with Canons EF, EF-S, MP-E, and TS-E lenses. You can read more about this adapter here:
Canon Lens Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS R
Lens compatibility chart for Sony Alpha a7CR

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS R can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds and Sony Alpha a7CR can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS R 8
Sony Alpha a7CR 8

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS R and Sony Alpha a7CR 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 R weighs 660 gr (equal to 1.46 lb) which is 28% heavier than Sony Alpha a7CR and its 515 gr (or 1.14 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS R 660 gr
1.46 lb
Sony Alpha a7CR 515 gr
1.14 lb

Canon EOS R vs Sony Alpha a7CR Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS R and Sony Alpha a7CR, 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 R
Sony Alpha a7CR
Name Canon EOS R Sony Alpha a7CR
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS R
Sony Alpha a7CR
Release Year 2018 2023
Release Date 2018-09-05 2023-08-29
MSRP 2299 USD 2999 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS R
Sony Alpha a7CR
Camera Type Mirrorless Mirrorless
Sensor
Canon EOS R
Sony Alpha a7CR
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Resolution 6720 x 4480 pixels 9504 x 6336 pixels
Megapixels 30 MP 60 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 8 BIONZ XR
Image
Canon EOS R
Sony Alpha a7CR
ISO Range 100 - 40000 100 - 32000
White Balance Presets 6 9
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 7 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS R
Sony Alpha a7CR
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 5655 693
Lens Mount Canon RF

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 R
Sony Alpha a7CR
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fully articulated
Screen size 3.2 3
Screen dots 2100000 1030000
Touch screen Yes Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.76 0.7x
Viewfinder Resolution 3690000 2359296
Photography features
Canon EOS R
Sony Alpha a7CR
Frames per second 8 fps 8 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No No
Built-in Flash Range N/A N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Average
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS R
Sony Alpha a7CR
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
H.265
XAVC-HS
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS R
Sony Alpha a7CR
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS R
Sony Alpha a7CR
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port Yes Yes
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.1 LE)
Yes
Built-in (802.11ac 2x2 MIMO + Bluetooth 5.0)
Remote Control Yes (via smartphone) Yes (via smartphone)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS R
Sony Alpha a7CR
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) 370 shots 520 shots
Width 136 mm 124 mm
Height 98 mm 71 mm
Depth 84 mm 63 mm
Weight 660 gram 515 gram