Did a7iv make it harder to decide to get the R6?

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liopleurodon Senior Member • Posts: 1,590
Re: Did a7iv make it harder to decide to get the R6?
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I'll come at this from the other end.  I'm a Sony shooter with an a7 III that drooled over the R6 when it was released; especially its video features and best electronic shutter this side of an a9.   I was very tempted to switch.  Ultimately what held me back was was the lens ecosystem.   There's nothing in Canon's lineup to compete with the Tamron 28-75 or 28-200.  The Canon RF 24-70 is bigger and heavier than my Tamron and the RF 24-240 does not deliver the speed or optical quality of the 28-200.   Additionally the RF 35/1.8 isn't nearly as good as the FE 35/1.8.

Now I have an a7 IV on order.   It gives me 95% of what I wanted from the R6: touch to focus/track in video, h265 video, 10-bit 4k, HEIF images instead of JPG, higher res and refresh EVF, flippy screen, etc.   The 4k (at 24p or 30p) quality of the a7 IV should beat the R6 as well as its downsampled from more resolution than the R6.  4k60 was compromised for the 33mp sensor.   I personally would have preferred a pixel binned option like the R5 has, but Sony decided on a damned crop.   Sony also adds a few new cool features like a fully programmable EC dial, a dedicated dial to switch from stills to video, etc.

The choice between the two amounts to resolution or speed.   Both have top shelf autofocus systems; both have a great sensor with great dynamic range; both have fantastic 4k capabilities with high bitrates and good codecs.  You can't go wrong with either.  For everyday life, events, landscapes and such I'd choose the Sony as 33MP will matter more than the extra speed.  If I was focused primarily on wildlife, birding, or sports I'd take the R6 for its superior speed, more manageable files (gonna have a lot of them at 20fps), and access to the EF lens catalog of excellent affordable telephoto glass that Sony FE can't touch.

Of course the lenses you want matter far more than the body itself.

 liopleurodon's gear list:liopleurodon's gear list
Sony a7 IV Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III VXD G2 +4 more
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