August 23, 2018 at 11:26AM


Sony mirrorless vs Canon DSLR?

After years of filmmaking on a D3200, I'm past due for my first "real" camera. I want something good on-location in low light that'll last me a while. Unfortunately, my budget caps at about 1k for a body (but I have some wiggle room for lenses.)
I've been searching and researching for a while now, and I've boiled my options down to two lead contenders: The Sony A6300 and the Canon T7i. I'm also throwing around the idea of buying a used EOS 80D.

Honestly, the A6300 looks really good on paper. Almost everything seems about on par with the T7i, and comparable to the 80D... plus, that sweet, sweet 4k. But it's not a Canon-- Canon's lens system beats Sony's by far, won't overheat, and has the benefit of a more established lineage (I've never used a mirrorless before). But it just doesn't have that 4k.

I want to hear from people who have used the cameras, because stats can only say so much. What's the image quality like? What's it like to spend a day on set with either one? Would the conversation change if we were talking about the EOS 80D instead of the T7i? And how important is 4k?

Thank you!


Have you thought about the Panasonic G85 or the Fujifilm X-T20? The G85 is a really good camera for filmmaking. The images are really nice, there's internal stabilization, fully articulating screen and it shoots 4k.
The low light isn't as good as the a6300 but I think it makes up in functionality in other places like solid auto focus and it doesn't overheat.
I'm super into Panasonic though so it's pretty biased.

If you were going to go with Sony though I would dish out the extra couple buck for the A6500 though.

August 23, 2018 at 1:44PM

Alex Alva

Thanks for the tip, I'll take a look! They both seem like decent cameras from the quick search I just did. (Irrelevant but what draws you to Panasonic?)

What makes you recommend the A6500? It's definitely a better camera but $400 is a lot, I'm not sure if I could get a better, say, DSLR for that price?

Dave Sulk

August 23, 2018 at 6:22PM

I really like Panasonics IQ. Mainly the color science. Also with the GH5 it's nice having the 10 bit video, amazing IBIS, and good battery life. I switched from the Sony A7II to the GH5 and it's inspired me to shoot more. Sometimes a camera system just clicks with you and it motivates you to shoot. That's how I feel about Panasonic at the moment. My reasons are obviously not all based on tech.
I mean you could also get a used GH4 for less than a 1000. The battery life is better than Sony and it doesn't overheat. The only thing is it's not the best in low light so it would be more for narrative work oppose to doc stuff.

Here's an article that explains the difference. The IBIS would be the main thing for myself if I had to spend the extra $400.

August 24, 2018 at 12:02PM

Alex Alva

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