Canon EOS Ra vs Sony Alpha a330

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Ra and Sony Alpha a330. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS Ra is manufacturered by Canon but Sony Alpha a330 is from Sony. Both Canon and Sony are well known brands though.

Canon EOS Ra were released 2018 and Sony Alpha a330 was released 2009. That is a 9 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS Ra 2018
Sony Alpha a330 2009

Type of camera

Canon EOS Ra is a Mirrorless camera while Sony Alpha a330 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS Ra has a "Canon Full Frame"-sensor while Sony Alpha a330 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 Ra 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Sony Alpha a330 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 Ra has a 30 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony Alpha a330 has 10 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS Ra 30 MP
30105600 pixels
6720 x 4480
Sony Alpha a330 10 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592

Canon EOS Ra has a 200 % larger resolution than Sony Alpha a330. 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 Ra has a larger ISO-range than Sony Alpha a330. Canon EOS Ra has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 40000 while Sony Alpha a330 has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Ra 100-40000
Sony Alpha a330 100-3200

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 Ra 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 Ra
Lens compatibility chart for Sony Alpha a330

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS Ra can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds and Sony Alpha a330 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Ra 8
Sony Alpha a330 2,5

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS Ra. Unfortunately Sony Alpha a330 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

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 Ra weighs 660 gr (equal to 1.46 lb) which is 25% heavier than Sony Alpha a330 and its 529 gr (or 1.17 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS Ra 660 gr
1.46 lb
Sony Alpha a330 529 gr
1.17 lb

Canon EOS Ra vs Sony Alpha a330 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS Ra and Sony Alpha a330, 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 Ra
Sony Alpha a330
Name Canon EOS Ra Sony Alpha a330
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS Ra
Sony Alpha a330
Release Year 2018 2009
Release Date 2018-11-05 2009-05-18
MSRP 2499 USD 649 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS Ra
Sony Alpha a330
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS Ra
Sony Alpha a330
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm) APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CCD
Resolution 6720 x 4480 pixels 3872 x 2592 pixels
Megapixels 30 MP 10 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 8 Bionz
Image
Canon EOS Ra
Sony Alpha a330
ISO Range 100 - 40000 100 - 3200
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS Ra
Sony Alpha a330
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
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 5655 9
Lens Mount Canon RF

See Compatible Lenses
Sony A

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
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 Ra
Sony Alpha a330
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Tilting
Screen size 3.2 2.7
Screen dots 2100000 230400
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD N/A
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.76 0.74 (0.49 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 3690000 N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS Ra
Sony Alpha a330
Frames per second 8 fps 2,5 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 10 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS Ra
Sony Alpha a330
Video recording Yes No
Video format MPEG4
H.264
N/A
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
N/A
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Canon EOS Ra
Sony Alpha a330
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS Ra
Sony Alpha a330
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port Yes No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.1 LE)
No
Remote Control Yes (via smartphone) Yes (Wireless (Optional))
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS Ra
Sony Alpha a330
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E6N lithium-ion battery & charger
Lithium-Ion NP-FH50 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 370 shots 529 shots
Width 136 mm 128 mm
Height 98 mm 97 mm
Depth 84 mm 71 mm
Weight 660 gram 529 gram