Sony RX10 IV vs Canon 7D mk II & 100-400 IS mk II

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Mark in Tampa Forum Member • Posts: 71
Re: Sony RX10 IV vs Canon 7D mk II & 100-400 IS mk II

I have exactly the same gear.  Yes, it's been my impression that the image quality between the Sony RX10 IV and the Canon 7DII/100 - 400 mm IS II is similar.  I've also found that the images are often more vivid with the Sony than the Canon.  The Sony often "pops" while the Canon is often flat.  I've found that at the same f stop, the Sony is better at not blurring the background because the f stop on the Sony compared to a full frame camera is considerably higher than say f/4.  The same can be said of the Canon 7DII but not as much.  Therefore, if you want more depth of field when the f stop is the same with both cameras, you'll be much happier with the Sony than with the Canon.  True, sometimes you want the good bokeh and then you'll like the Canon better.  But, for instance, if you're trying to get an owl and two owlets in the frame and all in focus, the Sony is better all things being equal.

There is no question that the Sony RX 10 IV produces more noise than the Canon 7DII in low light situations.  It's because of the smaller sensor.  However, I just started using the TOPAZ DeNoise AI software and I am quite literally blown away by how good it is in reducing noise and keeping an image sharp.  Therefore, my reservations about using the Sony in low light situations have gone away completely.

The only drawback with the Sony compared to the Canon gear is trying to photograph birds in flight.  Even when I'm in continuous center lock-on AF (which I find best), I find the Sony to be harder to locate the subject and it takes longer to get it in focus.  Therefore, for flying birds, I like my Canon gear better.

As I've said before, the most difficult thing I have to deal with regarding the Sony is my pride.  Other photographers pretty much look down their noses when we're discussing my camera.  The 7DII, the Nikon D850 and the Olympus OM-D mirrorless wildlife photographers just don't understand how good the Sony RX10 IV really is.  I still keep saying to them that I have my Canon gear at home but I'm saying it less and less the more I use the Sony camera.

Mark

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Sony RX10 IV Canon EOS 7D Mark II Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II
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