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Lightest and Smallest Full Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Comparison Between Sony A7C vs Canon EOS RP

The lightest and smallest full frame, mirrorless Interchangeable lens cameras go to the following two cameras:

A full frame camera captures the most light and produce the best photos. However, such cameras have always been heavy and cumbersome to bring around everyday, unless you are a professional. So for a professional whose primarily concerned with the best photos for special occasions (say wedding, presentations) or a photo studio, then the weight and size are less important.

Thanks to Sony and Canon, there is now two (almost) fully featured, interchangeble lens, full frame camera that is lightweight and compact for traveling. These cameras will lessen the load, and is easier to pullout or stowaway in your bag for your everyday use. Besides the ever-handy smartphone which is always good for snapshots, you can now have full frame camera quality photos as well.

Conclusion

After reviewing the specifications, we have listed the key differences in the table below. The key differences that make us decide which camera to pick are:

  • Sony a7C
    • It is significantly smaller in size by 33%.
    • It is environmentally sealed whereas EOS RP is not.
    • It has almost 3 times the battery life more than Canon EOS RP.
    • Better connectivity with USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec), wireless 802.11ac (dual-band) and NFC which EOS RP does not have.
  • Canon EOS RP
    • It is lighter by only 24g or 4.94%.

Source: apotelyt

Ofcourse, there are some specs where Canon EOS RP is doing better than the Sony a7C, but they are assessed to have negligible effects for our intended usage. This may be different for different users.

As such, we have attached the full comparison between Sony a7C and Canon EOS RP below for your review as well. Everyone may have their own preference or requirements.

Differences Between Sony A7C and Canon EOS RP

Specs Description
Sony a7C Canon EOS RP Winner
Weight (+batteries) 509 g (1.07 lb / 17.1 oz) 485 g (1.12 lb / 17.95 oz) Canon EOS RP
Dimensions (LxWxH) 124 x 71 x 60 mm
(4.88 x 2.8 x 2.36″)
133 x 85 x 70 mm
(5.24 x 3.35 x 2.76″)
Sony a7C
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Body material Magnesium alloy Composite
Volume 528cm3 791cm3 Sony a7C
Environmentally sealed Yes No Sony a7C
Sensor
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 6240 x 4160 Canon EOS RP
Effective pixels 24 megapixels 26 megapixels Canon EOS RP
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels 27 megapixels Canon EOS RP
Sensor size Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Processor BIONZ X Digic 8
Image
ISO Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800) Auto, 100-40000 (expands to 50-102400) Sony a7C
Boosted ISO (maximum) 204800 102400 Sony a7C
White balance presets 7 6 Sony a7C
Image stabilization Sensor-shift No Sony a7C
Image stabilization notes 5-axis Sony a7C
CIPA image stabilization rating 5 stop(s) Sony a7C
JPEG quality levels Extra fine, fine, standard Fine, normal Sony a7C
File format JPEG (Exif v2.31)
Raw (Sony ARW v2.3)
JPEG
Raw (14-bit Canon CR3)
C-Raw (Canon original)
Sony a7C
Optics & Focus
Digital zoom Yes (2X) Sony a7C
Number of focus points 693 4779 Canon EOS RP
Screen
Screen dots 921,600 1,040,000 Canon EOS RP
Viewfinder
Viewfinder magnification 0.59× 0.7× Canon EOS RP
Photography
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/8000 sec
Subject / scene modes No Yes Canon EOS RP
Flash X sync speed 1/160 sec 1/180 sec Sony a7C
Drive modes Single Single Sony a7C
Continuous (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo) Continuous (H/L)
Self-timer (Std/Cont.) Self-timer
Bracket (Single/Cont.)
WB bracket
DRO bracket
Continuous drive 10.0 fps 5.0 fps Sony a7C
Self-timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes Multi Multi
Center-weighted Center-weighted
Highlight-weighted Spot
Average Partial
Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) Sony a7C
AE Bracketing ±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) Sony a7C
WB Bracketing Yes No Sony a7C
Videography
Modes 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Sony a7C
Connectivity
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Sony a7C
Wireless notes 802.11ac (dual-band) + Bluetooth + NFC 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth Sony a7C
Remote control Yes (via smartphone or Bluetooth) Yes (via cable or smartphone)
Power
Battery description NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery & charger LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 740 250 Sony a7C

We have also attached the full specifications for both cameras further below in case you would like to confirm other specs.

In addition, we have also included the Sony a7R IVA which is currently ranked 3rd lightest full frame camera at 665 grams. The fourth lightest is Nikon Z7 at 675g but not included in the table below.

Note that Sony a7R IVA is a more powerful camera at just 30% heavier than Sony a7C. It has more than double the resolution and some additional features. That said, we still think the a7C is a powerful mid-range, full frame camera.

Another interesting point to explore for camera is that even though their websites have stated about environmental sealed design, none of them explicitly stated that they are IP rated and certified.

Therefore, we are assuming that cameras are environmentality sealed by design only, and they might not be certified or tested work. Please feel free to inform us if this is not the case.

Specfications Sony a7R IVA Sony a7C Canon EOS RP
Form
Weight (+batteries) 665 g (1.47 lb / 23.46 oz) 509 g (1.12 lb / 17.95 oz) 485 g (1.12 lb / 17.95 oz)
Dimensions (LxWxH) 129 x 96 x 78 mm
(5.08 x 3.78 x 3.07″)
124 x 71 x 60 mm
(4.88 x 2.8 x 2.36″)
133 x 85 x 70 mm
(5.24 x 3.35 x 2.76″)
Body type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Body material Magnesium alloy Magnesium alloy Composite
Volume 965.95cm3 528cm3 791cm3
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes No
IP Ratings No No No
Sensor
Max resolution 9504 x 6336 6000 x 4000 6240 x 4160
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 61 megapixels 24 megapixels 26 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 63 megapixels 25 megapixels 27 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.7 x 23.8 mm) Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS CMOS
Processor Bionz X BIONZ X Digic 8
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB sRGB, Adobe RGB sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter Primary color filter Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, ISO 100-32000 (expands to 50-102800) Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800) Auto, 100-40000 (expands to 50-102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50 50 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) 102800 204800 102400
White balance presets 9 7 6
Custom white balance Yes Yes Yes
Image stabilization Sensor-shift Sensor-shift No
Image stabilization notes 5-axis
CIPA image stabilization rating 5.5 stop(s) 5 stop(s)
Uncompressed format RAW RAW RAW
JPEG quality levels Extra fine, fine, standard) Extra fine, fine, standard Fine, normal
File format JPEG (Exif v2.31) JPEG (Exif v2.32) JPEG
Raw (Sony ARW v2.3) Raw (Sony ARW, 14-bit) Raw (14-bit Canon CR3)
C-Raw (Canon original)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor) Contrast Detect (sensor) Contrast Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect Phase Detect Phase Detect
Multi-area Multi-area Multi-area
Center Center Center
Selective single-point Selective single-point Selective single-point
Tracking Tracking Tracking
Single Single Single
Continuous Continuous Continuous
Touch Touch Touch
Face Detection Face Detection Face Detection
Live View Live View Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes Yes Yes
Digital zoom Yes (2x – 4x) Yes (2X)
Manual focus Yes Yes Yes
Number of focus points 567 693 4779
Lens mount Sony E Sony E Canon RF
Focal length multiplier
Screen
Articulated LCD Tilting Fully articulated Fully articulated
Screen size 3″ 3″ 3″
Screen dots 2,360,000 921,600 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes Yes Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.78× 0.59× 0.7×
Viewfinder resolution 5,760,000 2,360,000 2,360,000
Photography
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec 30 sec 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec 1/4000 sec 1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes Yes Yes
Shutter priority Yes Yes Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes Yes Yes
Subject / scene modes No No Yes
Exposure modes Program Program Program
Aperture priority Aperture priority Shutter priority
Shutter priority Shutter priority Aperture priority
Manual Manual Manual
Built-in flash No No No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port) Yes (via hot shoe) Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync.
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec 1/160 sec 1/180 sec
Drive modes Single Single Single
Continuous (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo) Continuous (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo) Continuous (H/L)
Self-timer Self-timer (Std/Cont.) Self-timer
Bracketing (Ex0osure, WB, DRO) Bracket (Single/Cont.)
WB bracket
DRO bracket
Continuous drive 10.0 fps 10.0 fps 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes Yes Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes Multi Multi Multi
Center-weighted Center-weighted Center-weighted
Highlight-weighted Highlight-weighted Spot
Average Average Partial
Spot Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (3, 5 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 steps)
WB Bracketing Yes Yes No
Videography
Format MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264 MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Modes 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone Stereo Stereo Stereo
Speaker Mono Mono Mono
Storage
Storage types Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
Connectivity
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB charging Yes Yes Yes
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI) Yes (Micro HDMI) Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes Yes Yes
Headphone port Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Built-In Built-In Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 + NFC 802.11ac (dual-band) + Bluetooth + NFC 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote control Yes (via smartphone) Yes (via smartphone or Bluetooth) Yes (via cable or smartphone)
Power
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery & charger NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery & charger LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 670 740 250
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes Yes Yes
Timelapse recording Yes Yes Yes
GPS None None

References:
we have obtained the specs using a tool at dpreview and re-organised the data for our review.

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