Sony A99 II vs Canon 5D Mark IV

sony-a99-ii-vs-canon-5d-mar The most attracting part of Sony A99 II is its mouthwatering 399 AF points and there are few other extraordinary specs included into the core of Sony A99 II. But, is Canon 5D Mark IV really looking modest infront of Sony A99 II camera? Let’s see…

Feature/Models Sony A99 II
Canon 5D Mark IV
Megapixel 42.4 megapixels
30.4 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor  Bionz X
AF system Contrast detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect+ Phase detect
AF points 399 61
ISO Auto, 100-25600 (expandable to 50-102400) Auto, 100-32000 (expands to 50-102400)
Shutter speed 1/8000 to 30 sec
1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization 5-axis No
Continuous shooting speed  12fps 7fps
Video 4K @30 fps (3840 x 2160) 4K Video at 30 fps (4096 x 2160)
Display 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 490 shots 900shots
Weight 849 g 890 g
Size 143 x 104 x 76 mm 151 x 116 x 76 mm

Sony A99 II vs Canon 5D Mark IV

Image quality– Sharp and crystal-clear images can take the attention of anyone immediately and a photographer has plus point when he is able to capture details portion of the subjects, even in the lowlight. Here, in this comparison both Sony A99 II as well as Canon 5D Mark IV utilize the advantages of full-frame sensor, but Canon employ lesser resolution (30.4MP) than Sony (42.4mp) will able to produce high resolution shots. Moreover, Sony A99 II doesn’t integrate low-pass filter that benefits the users to enjoy the stunning details of the subjects.

AF system– Just miraculous! Yes, the AF system of Sony is extraordinary that features the Hybrid Phase Detection AF System consisting of two AF sensors. One is 79-point phase detect AF sensor — for high-precision focusing and depth detection (horizontal) and the next is 399-point focal-plane AF sensor for wider coverage as well as for vertical detection. Furthermore, the focal-plane phase-detection AF sensor coverage area includes 79-point Hybrid Cross AF for fast and precise focusing of the subjects that moving in high-speed.

Well, Canon 5D Mark IV AF system is comparatively weaker than Sony A99 II, but it uses Canon’s fast and intelligent Dual Pixel CMOS AF can deliver fast and accurate AF of the subjects across the frame. Moreover, Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables continuous automatic AF and AF tracking the inventive things that a camera needs to produce sharp still images and smooth, accurate focus transitions in movies. However, the Canon 5D Mark IV also incorporates a 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system that features 41-cross type points and the points are sensitive to f/8 for excellent low-light performance.

Image stabilization– When do we exactly need image stabilization? Almost every time we go for shooting. Still Canon 5D Mark IV doesn’t have image stabilization or vibration reduction mechanism which means that the camera body would probably fail to give us crisp and blur-free images if used with non-IS lenses. Actually, the basic work of Image stabilization is that it reduces the appearance of unwanted camera shakes, which is truly not good for images that leaves blur to the images. Excitingly, we have 5-axis image stabilization in Sony A99 II camera.

Continuous shooting speed- The sports photographers and movie-makers who want to attain consistently high performance in almost every shooting situation must go with Sony A99 II, since the camera offers 12fps of continuous shooting speed, ensuring that fast actions of the desire subjects can be captured easily, even at full resolution. On the other side, the Canon 5D Mark IV offers continuous frame rates of 7fps, probably insufficient for capturing faster moving subjects.

Display- The EOS 5D Mark IV camera integrates a 1.62 million dot, low-reflection 3.2-inch Clear View LCD II monitor for bright, sharp display in a wide variety of shooting situations.

Shots– Maximum, 900 shots at a time is possible with Canon 5D Mark IV, whereas Sony A99 II allows you to take 490 shots only at a time.

Verdict- Sony offers you high resolution sensor, intense 399 Phase AF points inside the sensor, continuous shooting mode is also very impressive approx 12shots a second and we shouldn’t forget that it also offers 5-axis image stabilization system. Canon 5D Mark IV is also a excellent package of that carries revolutionary Dual-Pixel CMOS AF sensor inside it.  Both camera features same ISO range but due to the use of SLT / fixed mirror technology inside the A99 II camera we won’t expect it’s low-light performance will match with 5D Mark IV.

Sports shooters looking for fast and outstanding camera should go with Sony A99 II. And if you want a camera for all-round performance then Canon 5D Mark IV is recommended for you.

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2 comments to Sony A99 II vs Canon 5D Mark IV

  • Interesting review, do you actually use professional level cameras? I have no idea what the a99II is capable of, but your review leaves a lot to be desired. Canon has some of the best image stabilization in the business, but it’s in the lens, not the camera and that’s a good thing since on a tripod, you don’t want it, but can’t get rid of it if it’s in the camera. It would be nice if the review mentioned if it could be turned on and off. Not sure where you get 900 shots versus 490 shots. Usually “shots” is a function of storage devices and power. Canon can be hooked to AC power and a connection to an 8 TB HDD which equate to a lot more than 900 or 490 shots. However, if such a limitation exists, certainly a sports shooter is going to want all they can get. As far as shooting speed, a frame rate of 7 FPS is faster than 95% of all sports/action shooters have ever had. The fact that Sony is faster is good, but let’s face it, they both exceed anything anyone has ever used. Certainly Sony’s choice of not using a low pass filter is a point in their favor, why Canon is still including one is beyond reason in a modern camera. The 399 AF points is also going to have to be field tested to see how well it works, but generally this is also a place where more is usually better. AF is still going to have to go to the dual pixel technology, but Sony is catching up in this phase. Again, going to need performance tests to determine if Sony can approximate the AF speed, accuracy and tracking dual pixel has proven to have. The 4K video of both cameras is still cropped and unsuitable. I guess we’ll just have to live with the fact neither company wants to give users good 4K performance without spending 3-4 times the price for one of their video cameras (even though all the technology is in the existing DSLRs, as a minimum through a clean HDMI output, both companies continue to deliberately hobble their products so users can’t use what the camera is capable of producing.

  • Thanks for giving me a great run down on the actual reality in photography, not just megapixels and 399 AF points and the rest. I wonder what lenses they use to test the cameras, or is it just what they look like on paper. Any camera will take great shots .. Depending who’s using it. I see loads of people using high end DSLRS on auto mode.???? Canon offers a great variety of lenses .. No match for the L series lenses once you’ve used them. The rest can try but .. Can’t even get close.. I fail to understand these so called comparisons when dual pixel raw is fleetingly mentioned. And Oh Sony is number 1 I forgot to mention that.

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