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Canon vs Sony – Which Camera is a Better Investment?


It’s a whole new world for cameras. The past few years have ushered in a practically endless release cycle with new models coming out constantly. Still, some of the biggest brands have retained their place at the top – namely Canon and Sony if you need some blend of stills and video specs. So, if you are in the market for a new camera, you’ll want to make sure your investment is worth it.

Creator Matti Haapoja takes a look at these two brands and the main options available today. It’s not a definitive answer since everyone has their own particular preferences, but it’s worth getting an overview from someone who has worked extensively with the various options.

Matti has a lot of both Canon and Sony in his kit. Like, a lot. So he has some opinions on what the key differences are and which might matter the most. While he has a bunch of cameras, the ones he shows off are the Canon R5 and Sony FX3.

One of the first things to consider is the lenses. You might only buy one or two cameras, but you will likely have a boatload of lenses over time.

Canon historically has a ton of lenses, which is great. Unfortunately, since they are newer to mirrorless, the stellar RF lineup for their newer cameras is still growing and might be missing some key options. Sony, on the other hand, has been with mirrorless for a while and has a ton of native options for their cameras.

Image Credit: Canon

If Matti had to make a quick call on the cameras, he does give Canon a clear win on the photography front. Canon is just better at the photo-shooting experience.

Matti is putting more stock in video performance as many platforms are heading that way. And for video, the Sony cameras are in the lead when it comes to features across the board (and they don’t overheat as much as Canon).

Doubling down on Sony’s camera tech is that Sony makes the sensors for plenty of other devices, including many iPhones. Sony sensors are almost an industry standard for other brands. Canon has also been fairly quiet with banner releases, with the R5 being the latest big hit. Sony just keeps the release cycles going with fun stuff.

Image Credit: Sony

Where do we land after all that? Matti thinks that Sony is the more reasonable investment these days. I honestly would disagree today since Canon has been making some serious changes recently and could be just as good if not better very soon. It’s looking good for Canon – plus the photo advantage is huge if you need that.

What do you think? Would you pick Canon or Sony if you were starting from scratch?

[source: Matti Haapoja]

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