Canon EOS 5D Mark IV vs. Nikon D850 vs. Sony a7R III

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Aug 25, 2016
Jul 25, 2017
Oct 25, 2017
 
$3499 (body only), $4399 (w/24-70 F4L lens), $4599 (w/24-105 F4L IS USM lens)
$3299
$3199 (body only)
 
Mid-size SLR
Mid-size SLR
SLR-style mirrorless
Magnesium alloy
Magnesium alloy
Magnesium alloy
 
6720 x 4480
8256 x 5504
7952 x 5304
1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
1:1, 5:4, 3:2, 16:9
3:2, 16:9
30 megapixels
45 megapixels
42 megapixels
32 megapixels
47 megapixels
44 megapixels
Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)
Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
sRaw suppoorted in all aspect ratio. Size between 5 and 7.5 megapixel.
 
BSI-CMOS full-frame sensor. No optical low-pass filter
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
Digic 6+
Expeed 5
Bionz X
sRGB, AdobeRGB
sRGB, Adobe RGB
sRGB, AdobeRGB
Primary color filter
Primary color filter
Primary color filter
 
Auto, 100-32000 (expands to 50-102400)
Auto, 64-25600 (expands to 32-102400)
Auto, 100-32000 (expands to 50-102400)
50
32
50
102400
102400
102400
6
14
10
Yes
Yes (6 slots)
Yes
No
No
Sensor-shift
 
 
5-axis
 
 
5.5 stop(s)
RAW
RAW + TIFF
RAW
Fine, normal
Fine, normal, basic
Extra fine, fine, standard
  • JPEG (Exif v.2.3)
  • Raw (Canon CRW, 14-bit)
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • TIFF (RGB)
  • Raw (Nikon NEF, 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed)
  • JPEG (DCF 2.0, EXIF v2.31)
  • RAW (Sony 14-bit ARW v2.3)
 
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Yes
No
Yes
 
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
61
151
399
Canon EF
Nikon F
Sony E
1×
1×
1×
 
Fixed
Tilting
Tilting
3.2
3.2
3
1,620,000
2,359,000
1,440,000
Yes
Yes
Yes
TFT LCD
TFT LCD
TFT LCD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optical (pentaprism)
Optical (pentaprism)
Electronic
100%
100%
100%
0.71×
0.75×
0.78×
 
 
3,686,400
 
30 sec
30 sec
30 sec
1/8000 sec
1/8000 sec
1/8000 sec
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Bulb
  • Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
No
No
No
Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
 
Front-curtain sync (normal), Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync
Off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync
1/200 sec
1/250 sec
1/250 sec
  • Single shooting
  • Continuous hi/lo
  • Silent single shooting
  • Silent continuous
  • 2/10 sec self-timer / remote control
  • Single-frame
  • Self-timer
  • Quiet shutter
  • Quiet continuous
  • Mirror-up
  • Continuous low
  • Continuous high
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer (single/continuous)
  • Bracketing (single/continuous)
  • WB bracketing
  • DRO bracketing
7.0 fps
7.0 fps
10.0 fps
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs)
Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
Yes
Yes (2-9 exposures in 1, 2, or 3EV increments)
Yes
 
4096 x 2160 (29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (59.94p, 29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1280 x 720 (119.9p)
 
 
MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
MPEG-4
MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
8.8MP stills can be grabbed from 4K video; camera supports ALL-I, IPB and IPB Light compression.
 
 
 
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 25 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 16 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Mono
Stereo
Stereo
Mono
Mono
Mono
 
CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I enabled)
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + XQD
Two SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II support on one)
 
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
 
No
 
Yes (mini-HDMI)
Yes (mini HDMI)
Yes (micro HDMI)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Built-In
Built-In
Built-In
802.11b/g/n + NFC
802.11b/g + NFC + Bluetooth 4.1 LE
802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth
Yes (wired, wireless, or smartphone)
Yes (wired, wireless, smartphone)
Yes (wired, wireless, smartphone)
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
LP-E6N lithium-ion battery & charger
EN-EL15a lithium-ion battery & charger
NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery and charger
900
1840
650
890 g (1.96 lb / 31.39 oz)
1005 g (2.22 lb / 35.45 oz)
657 g (1.45 lb / 23.17 oz)
151 x 116 x 76 mm (5.94 x 4.57 x 2.99)
146 x 124 x 79 mm (5.75 x 4.88 x 3.11)
127 x 96 x 74 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.91)
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes (4K movies or '8K' stills)
No
Built-in
None
None