After 6 years of shooting with Canon I’ve decided it’s time for something new.
My first camera ever was a 7D then I upgraded to the 5D3 when I started getting serious. I then bought the 5DS and 5DSR then stopped at the 5D4. Canon had so many opportunities to innovate and push ahead of the competition especially with the dual pixel technology but they decided to be too conservative. They have a ton of awesome patents but who knows if they’ll ever see the light of day.
My main reasons for switching:
- Dynamic range on the Sony is 3+ stops better, especially in the highlights.
- ISO performance on the Sony is 3+ stops better.
- Higher pixel count with no AA filter on the Sony.
- Lighter and smaller overall.
- Better photo focus system.
- Silent shutter.
- USB-C charging, even while shooting.
- Eye AF is super accurate and perfect for portraits.
- The EVF is the coolest thing ever.
- 1.7x crop in 4K, lack of 120FPS on the 5D.
- Customized button layout with almost every button & 3 user profiles.
- Sensor stabilization, every lens is stabilized.
- Pro lenses are finally available and new ones are always getting released.
- Dual SD cards, no more CF cards.
- Every iteration of the A7 cameras keep getting better.
- Canon just isn’t innovating anymore. (maybe they’ll surprise us?)
Of course there’s downsides to switching camera systems:
- Lesser lens selection, even though they make the main ones I need.
- Lenses aren’t as good as Canon.
- Lenses are more expensive.
- Weather sealing is most likely not as good as Canon, would recommend a rain cover.
- Limited touch screen capabilities compared to Canon.
- No internal time-lapse.
- Not comfortable in the hands without an L bracket or battery grip.
- Canon color science is generally better, especially for skin tones.
- Canon live-view is better.
- Lost a good amount of money from switching.
- Battery life is improved but still not at a DSLR level, the EVF eats up battery life.
- Still not a fan of the tilt-screen.
- Sony menu system is gigantic and confusing.
- Dual Pixel video AF can’t be beat.
It seems that there are certain standards every pro camera needs to hit now to be considered “good”. 40+MP, no AA filter, 100+ AF points, 14/15+ stops DR, 120fps @ 1080p, FF 4k with no crop, 4K HDMI out and continuous AF for video. The 5D4 didn’t have any of these except DPAF. I did try the A7R3’s video AF before buying it and I’m gonna have to say its about 90% as good as DPAF, if you’re not shooting some crazy fast action movements it’s 100% usable. Video is also secondary for me so it’s not as big of a deal.
With all that being said Sony wasn’t always a good go to. I had the Sony A7II when it first came out and literally everything about it was bad, so naturally I sent it back. Mirrorless cameras have made leaps and bounds in tech and reliability in the short time they’ve been popular. Since the A7RIII was released it got me thinking about switching so much I just decided to do it. When a friend of mine got his A7R3 and I did some basic testing between the two and aside from the lens sharpness difference the A7RIII (sadly) destroyed the 5D4 in every way. I was trying to hold out for a Canon pro mirrorless but it’s looking like were a couple years away from the Sony equivalent of that.
Between the big 3, Canon, Sony and Nikon, Sony is the clear winner. Canon has the best lenses and color science but the worst sensor and hardware tech. Nikon is on par with Sony but they lack on the video side of things. Sony has the best overall tech with awesome dynamic range/ISO performance and also does pretty good on the video side and colors have gotten a big upgrade from the R2 to the R3. If you’re shooting portraits, events or anything with skin tones then you might want to stick with Canon or Nikon. Since travel/landscape is my main thing the color accuracy isn’t going as problematic as someones skin. However, my main concern with switching to Sony is the weather sealing/rigidity vs a DSLR, it’s going to be a tough one to beat, we’ll see how it goes.
With the whole traveling the world thing this year my photos need to be as good as possible because this opportunity won’t happen again. My kit also needs to be pretty light because my back is slowly breaking from the heavy DSLR gear. I personally can’t wait for a Canon pro mirrorless, so Sony is the next go to option which I’ll probably stick with for a while. I do have to say Nikon was a very, very close second. If it weren’t for the weight difference I probably would of joined them instead. If I ever wanted to get super serious about video I’d probably just a C200/C700 or FS5II.
I’m pretty excited for the switch as I’ve been shooting with Canon for 6 years which has literally been the same experience and to an extent same features for that time, it was starting to get old. It was 100% reliable though and not once did I ever had a single failure or glitch in those 6 years so that’s a gigantic upside. I wouldn’t hesitate to shoot with any of the 3 camera companies professionally and get amazing results, the switch is just something I’ve been contemplating for a while now. I do feel that mirrorless is the future of camera technology and its finally at the point where we can take it seriously / surpass DSLR’s. If I were to ever go back to a DSLR I honestly probably wouldn’t join Canon again unless my jobs were very video oriented. I’d probably get a Nikon since 90% of my work is photo, they killed it with the D850 and no doubt future models are going to be awesome. Given the current situation Canon is in I’m really curious to see what they’ll come out with in the next couple years.
My brain is still trying to comprehend switching to a mirrorless camera after using a DSLR for so long. So many cool features packed in a tiny body, almost doesn’t seem real.
I’ll be in New Zealand at the end of May for two weeks to properly test out this mirrorless system, which might call for a real world review post-Canon DSLR.
To end this off:
There’s no such thing as a “bad camera” anymore, every camera can take amazing photos now, the only difference is the person behind the camera. Don’t get caught up what gear you’re using or what other people are using, focusing on shooting and taking amazing photos. At the end of the day the camera is just a tool for your creative vision.
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