There was a time when photographers were either Canon or Nikon. But as Sony came into the game, it’s been hard to choose which one is better for your needs. There are some pretty stark differences between these two brands and it may be difficult to decide on just one camera body! The Alpha 1 has an amazing price point at $599 but comes with fewer features than its competitor from Canon that starts at about $2199 USD (body only). With both cameras having several lens options available in each brand, you can’t go wrong whichever way you lean–both offer innovative tech like 4K video recording capabilities and robust handling of high-resolution images making them ideal for professional photography workflows.
The price discrepancy between these two cameras means that buyers have to make a choice: either get all-in with an expensive system or save money by buying both separately. But which one should you choose? We pitted them head-to face against each other to see if they had anything close in common!
- Canon R5
45MP full-frame CMOS sensor
8K30 RAW and 4K120 10-bit internal video
Sensor-shift 5-axis image stabilization
Dual pixel CMOS AF II with 1053 points
0.5″ 5.76m-dot OLED EVF
3.2″ vari-angle touchscreen LCD
Subject tracking with deep learning
CFexpress & SD UHS-II memory card slots
- Sony Alpha 1
50MP full-frame Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor
8K30 and 4K120 10-bit
4.3K 16-bit RAW video output, S-cinetone
9.44m-dot EVF with 240 fps refresh rate
759-pt. fast hybrid AF, real-time eye AF
5-axis SteadyShot image stabilization
5 GHz MIMO Wi-Fi, 1000BASE-T ethernet
Dual CFexpress type A/SD card slots
Both cameras have huge full-frame CMOS sensors with the Alpha 1 coming in at a slightly larger 50 megapixels compared to the R5’s 45 megapixels. Both cameras obviously offer 8K video, along with 4K at up to 120 frames per second. You also get similar specs down the line with stabilization, auto-focus tech, electronic viewfinders, and card slots.
However, as the video above points out, the Alpha 1 will have advantages with 15+ stops of dynamic range and downsampled 8K (which should help combat potential overheating). Meanwhile. the Canon R5 will most probably be the superior option for stabilization. It also has a flip screen (which could be a pro or a con depending on preference), and its own downsampled 8K, which appears to have solved many of the first reported issues of overheating, as well.