Sony a330 vs Canon EOS Ra

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

Manufacturing

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

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

Camera Released
Sony a330 2009
Canon EOS Ra 2018

Type of camera

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

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony a330 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Canon EOS Ra has a "Canon 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 **
Sony a330 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS Ra 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 (Sony)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Sony a330 has a 10 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Ra has 30 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

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

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

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

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 Sony a330
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Ra

Pictures per second

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

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

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

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

Sony a330 vs Canon EOS Ra Specs

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

See Compatible Lenses
Canon RF

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