DA: Sony A1 vs Canon R3 – You Can’t Go Wrong With Either, But Sony Has a Better Ecosystem For Now

Dustin Abbott posted his Sony A1 vs Canon R3 shoot out which you can watch above or read our bullet point summary below:

  • Canon R3 is a little cheaper
  • Canon R3 has a built-in grip that makes it larger
  • Canon R3 might feel like more for your money
  • Canon R3 has redundant controls and more battery storage
  • Sony A1 is more compact even stealthy
  • Sony A1 can be used for more applications
  • Both cameras do 30fps electronic shutter
  • Canon R3 does 12fps mechanical shutter
  • Sony A1 does 10fps mechanical shutter
  • The mechanical shutter is an afterthought really since the electronic shutter has gotten so good
  • Canon R3 can do 1/64,000th of a second while the Sony A1 can only do 1/32,000th
  • Both have good anti-flicker an 1/180th electronic shutter flash sync
  • Sony A1 has double the resolution of the Canon R3 with 50MP vs 24MP
  • Canon R3 has a slightly better high ISO
  • Sony A1 might have a slight dynamic range advantage, but they are similar
  • Sony A1 has the better sensor
  • Both have amazing AF and tracking
  • DA slightly favors the Canon R3 tracking because the visual process is a little more engaging
  • Both cameras are so good at AF that they feel like cheating
  • Canon R3 has a deeper buffer for shooting continuous compared to the Sony A1 due to the resolution difference
  • Canon R3 540 JPG and 150 full RAW and 420 lossless compressed before the buffer fills
  • Sony A1 400 JPG and 238 compressed lossless RAW before the buffer fills
  • Canon R3 feels a little more responsive emptying the buffer
  • Sony A1 high resolution is a little more resolution than Canon R3 due to the cropping flexibility or shooting APS-C mode
  • Canon R3 9.3mp vs Sony A1 22mp when cropping to APS-C
  • Sony has a better lens ecosystem at the moment
  • Sony G Master is every bit as good as Canon L glass but it is smaller and cheaper and Sony has a lot of great third party lenses at the moment
  • Canon R3 has a better rear LCD
  • Canon eye control is unique
  • Sony A1 has a higher resolution EVF
  • Both cameras will be a delight for sports
  • Body style and resolution are really what your choice comes down too
  • These are the best cameras that either company has produced

Sony A1: B&H Photo / Amazon / Moment / Adorama
Canon R3: B&H Photo / Adorama

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