Sony A7Canon 80D

Sony A7 vs Canon 80D Comparison Overview

Here we are comparing two cameras with different body types: Sony A7 is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a 24.0MP Full frame sensor whereas Canon 80D is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a 24.0MP APS-C sensor.
Despite some fundamental differences of these two body types, Mirrorless cameras are becoming serious altenatives to DSLR cameras thanks to their size/weight advantages and recent improvements in their focus speeds , which makes this comparison even more interesting.

Let’s have a brief look at the main features of Sony A7 and Canon 80D before getting into our more detailed comparison.

Sony A7 Key Specs

  • Announcement Date: 2014-01-22
  • 24MP – Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 – 25600
  • Sony E Mount
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • 2359k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-in Wireless
  • 474g. 127 x 94 x 48 mm
  • Weather Sealed Body

Canon 80D Key Specs

  • Announcement Date: 2016-02-18
  • 24MP – APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 – 16000 ( expands to 25600)
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder
  • 7.0 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-in Wireless
  • 730g. 139 x 105 x 79 mm
  • Weather Sealed Body
  • Replaced Canon EOS 70D Compare 
Reasons to choose Sony Alpha A7 over Canon EOS 80D

9 advantages

 Max ISO 25.600vs16.000
 Number of Focus Points 117vs45
 LCD Screen Resolution 1.230k dotsvs1.040k dots
 Weight 474 gvs730 g
 Color Depth 24.8vs23.6
 Dynamic Range 14.2vs13.2
 Low Light ISO 2248vs1135
 Sensor Pixel Area 35.65µm2vs14.06µm2
 Price $798vs$999
Reasons to choose Canon EOS 80D over Sony Alpha A7

9 advantages

 Built-in Flash YesvsNo
 Touch Screen YesvsNo
 Number of Cross Type Focus Points 45vs25
 Continuous Shooting 7.0fpsvs5.0fps
 Battery Life 960 shotsvs340 shots
 Timelapse Recording YesvsWith optional app
 Top LCD YesvsNo
 Autofocus at f/8 aperture Center pointvsnone
 Support for UHS Memory Cards UHS-Ivsnone
Common Strengths of Sony Alpha A7 and Canon EOS 80D

13 common advantages

 Wireless Connection YesvsYes
 Articulating Screen YesvsYes
 External Flash Shoe YesvsYes
 Viewfinder Yes (Electronic)vsYes (Optical)
 RAW Support YesvsYes
 Face Detection Focus YesvsYes
 Max Resolution 24 MPvs24 MP
 Microphone Port YesvsYes
 Headphone Port YesvsYes
 Environmental Sealing YesvsYes
 AE Bracketing YesvsYes
 NFC Connection YesvsYes
 Smartphone Remote Control YesvsYes
Common Weaknesses of Sony Alpha A7 and Canon EOS 80D

1 common disadvantage

 Image Stabilization NovsNo
Sony A7 vs Canon 80D: Physical Specs Comparison

Below you can see the front view size comparison of Sony A7 and Canon 80D. Sony A7 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 12mm narrower, 11mm shorter and 31mm thinner than Canon 80D.

Sony A7 vs Canon 80D Camera Size Comparison - Front View
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Sony A7 and Canon 80D.
Sony A7 vs Canon 80D Camera Size Comparison - Top View

Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day. Sony A7 is significantly lighter (256g ) than the Canon 80D which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.

Also keep in mind that body weight is not the only deciding factor when comparing two interchangeable camera bodies, you have to also take into account the lenses that you will be using with these bodies. Since Sony A7 has a Full frame sensor and Canon 80D has a smaller APS-C sensor, Canon 80D’s lenses for a similar focal length and aperture will generally be lighter and smaller than the Sony A7 lenses.

Weight Comparison

DSLR Cameras


474 G

80D730 G

140 G


394 G

MAX847 G
Thickness Comparison

DSLR Cameras


48 MM

80D79 MM

23 MM


45 MM

Sony A7 vs Canon 80D: Sensor Comparison

Both Sony A7 and Canon 80D have 24.0 MP resolution sensors but Sony A7’s sensor is Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm ) and Canon 80D’s sensor is APS-C (22.5 x 15 mm ).

Since Sony A7’s has a larger sensor area with the same resolution, this means that it also has a larger pixel area hence better light collecting capacity for a given aperture compared to Canon 80D.Below you can see the A7 and 80D sensor size comparison.

Sony A7 vs Canon 80D Sensor Size Comparison

As seen above, Sony A7 has a 2.5x Larger sensor area than Canon 80D. Larger sensors give photographer more control on the depth of field and blurry background compared to smaller sensor when shot in same focal length and aperture.

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