Canon EOS Rebel T6 vs Sony a1

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Rebel T6 and Sony a1. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS Rebel T6 is manufacturered by Canon but Sony a1 is from Sony. Both Canon and Sony are well known brands though.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 were released 2016 and Sony a1 was released 2021. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS Rebel T6 2016
Sony a1 2021

Type of camera

Canon EOS Rebel T6 is a DSLR camera while Sony a1 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS Rebel T6 has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Sony a1 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 Rebel T6 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Sony a1 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 Rebel T6 has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a1 has 50 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS Rebel T6 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Sony a1 50 MP
49766400 pixels
8640 x 5760

Sony a1 has a 178 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel T6. 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 a1 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel T6. Sony a1 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 32000 while Canon EOS Rebel T6 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Rebel T6 100-6400
Sony a1 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 Rebel T6
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a1

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS Rebel T6 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Sony a1 can shoot up to 30 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Rebel T6 3
Sony a1 30

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS Rebel T6 and Sony a1 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.

Sony a1 weighs 737 gr (equal to 1.62 lb) which is 52% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel T6 and its 485 gr (or 1.07 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS Rebel T6 485 gr
1.07 lb
Sony a1 737 gr
1.62 lb

Canon EOS Rebel T6 vs Sony a1 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS Rebel T6 and Sony a1, 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 Rebel T6
Sony a1
Name Canon EOS Rebel T6 Sony a1
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS Rebel T6
Sony a1
Release Year 2016 2021
Release Date 2016-03-10 2021-01-26
MSRP 549 USD 6499 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS Rebel T6
Sony a1
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Canon EOS Rebel T6
Sony a1
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS Stacked CMOS
Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 8640 x 5760 pixels
Megapixels 18 MP 50 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4+ Dual Bionz XR
Image
Canon EOS Rebel T6
Sony a1
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 32000
White Balance Presets 6 7
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 Rebel T6
Sony a1
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 9 759
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
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 Rebel T6
Sony a1
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 920000 1440000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.) 0.9
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 9437184
Photography features
Canon EOS Rebel T6
Sony a1
Frames per second 3 fps 30 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 9 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
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 Rebel T6
Sony a1
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
H.264
H.265
XF-AVC
XAVC-S
XAVC-HS
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
7680 x 4320
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS Rebel T6
Sony a1
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash Express
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS Rebel T6
Sony a1
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n with NFC)
Yes
Built-In 802.11ac (Dual Band)
Remote Control Yes (wired or wireless) Yes (via Bluetooth or tethered PC)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS Rebel T6
Sony a1
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 500 shots 530 shots
Width 129 mm 129 mm
Height 101 mm 97 mm
Depth 78 mm 81 mm
Weight 485 gram 737 gram