This Sony a6300 vs Canon 7D comparison is a battle between two semi-pro cameras; at least that is how they were introduced to the market. However, because both of them were introduced a couple of years ago (the a6300 was introduced in 2016 and the 7D is about 7 years older than), things might have changed.
That and more is what we get to find out in this detailed comparison. At the end of this article, we bet you’ll be able to decide which of these two cameras the better fit is for you based on your specific needs.
If you need to make a quick decision though, you could check out the comparison overview and comparison table sections. Those two sections contain the basic ideas of this article, howbeit in bite sizes. However, we recommend that you go through the entire article, especially if the camera scene is a new one for you.
Finally, to broaden your range of options, you could check out some of our other Sony-Canon comparison like the Sony a5000 vs Canon T5. Now let’s get down to things.
Comparison Overview — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
Here is a quick rundown of the basic ideas in this review:
Overall Rating Of The Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
We think both cameras are actually impressive in their own way. However, rating them according to the professional class they were said to cater to, the Sony a6300 is the better camera.
But then again, we might have to make concessions for the Canon 7D because it is a really old camera and might have fit the bill as at when it was created.
Rating Of The Features Of The Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
While the Sony a6300 generally performs better than the Canon 7D, there are actually a number of features that they have in common. They both have Auto Exposure Bracketing, external flash, inbuilt flash and a microphone port.
Also, they are both dust and water resistant, can shoot in RAW and can detect faces. They both also do not have in body image stabilization but have a number of optical stabilization lenses. And that’s about that.
The Sony a6300 has inbuilt wireless connection, Near Field Connection and a tilting screen. Furthermore, this camera can be controlled with a smartphone, can take up to 11 frames per second (as against the Canon 7D’s 8 frames) and can also record 4K videos.
Also, the Sony a6300 has an impressive sensor resolution (24 as against 18 megapixels), number of focus points (425 as against 19) and maximum ISO (25600 as against 6400). You’ll also like that this camera is small and lightweight.
On the side of the Canon 7D, you get a top LCD screen, flash synchronization port, better maximum speed (1/8000 second as against 1/4000 second), better battery life (800 as against 400 shots per second) and flash coverage (12 as against 6 meters).
Price/Value Ratio — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
Both cameras are actually really affordable and we believe that whichever camera you decide to go for, you’ll be getting value for your money. However, in our opinion, the Sony a6300 offers better value for the money because with all the interesting features, it is still pretty affordable.
About The Brands
This brand is popular because it has its hands in a number of different ventures including entertainment, electronics and gaming. It has different levels of popularity for the different sectors. However, for cameras, Sony happens to be the leading producer of mirrorless cameras.
Performance wise, Sony cameras have been known for their impressive sensors and not so impressive battery life.
This brand, on the other hand, is one of the leading producers of DSLR cameras; the other being Nikon. Canon only produces cameras and other optical and imaging products. And its cameras are known for having an impressive battery life and equally impressive lenses. However, they could cost quite a bit.
Comparison Table — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
|Weight||0.9 pound||1.9 pounds|
|Dimensions||4.7 by 2.6 by 1.9 inches||5.8 by 4.4 by 2.9 inches|
|Sensor Resolution||24 megapixels||18 megapixels|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 second||1/8000 second|
|Video Resolution||3840 by 2160||1920 by 1080|
|Continuous Shooting||11 frames per second (fps)||8 frames per second (fps)|
|Battery Life||400 shots per charge||800 shots per charge|
|Near Field Connection||Yes||No|
|Top LCD Screen||No||Yes|
|Flash Sync Port||No||Yes|
|ISO Range||100 to 25600 and can expand to 51200||100 to 6400 and can be expanded to 12800|
|Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Camera: Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with APS-C, Auto Focus & 4K Video - ILCE 6300 Body with 3” LCD Screen - E Mount Compatible - Black (Includes Body Only)||Prime||Buy Now|
|Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera Body Only (discontinued by manufacturer)||Prime||Buy Now|
A Comparison Video — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
Which Is Better For What? — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
|The Sony a6300 is the better camera for recording videos and that because of the singular reason that it records 4K videos.||On the other hand, this camera happens to be the faster of the two. While the Sony a6300 has a slightly more impressive continuous shooting rate, this camera has a more impressive maximum shutter speed and that is actually what speed is when it comes down to it.|
|Also, this camera is the better camera when it comes to connectivity. It has an inbuilt wireless connection and also has Near Field Communication connection.||Also, you’ll be able to use this camera for longer periods at a time because it has the more impressive battery life.|
Common Features — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
On a camera, the viewfinder is used in framing shots. Basically, what it means to frame shots is to get an idea of what the photo will look like after it has been shot and then make the necessary adjustments. So, the viewfinder is what you look at the subject to be shot through and get the idea.
Now, the alternative to using a viewfinder is usually using the LCD screen. And this happens when a camera (usually the mirrorless kind) comes without a viewfinder. We do not like the idea of the viewfinder because it does fine until you have to use it in bright light.
That said, it’s a good thing that both the Sony a6300 and the Canon 7D have a viewfinder each. However, we should point out that they do not have the same kind of viewfinder. There are basically two kinds of viewfinders and while the Sony a6300 has the electronic kind, the Canon 7D has the optical kind.
The optical viewfinder shows images the way the lens sees it and usually doesn’t use up so much battery power. On the other hand, the electronic viewfinder shows images the way the sensor sees things which is digital.
It offers the closer representation of what the actual photo will look like seeing as photos are digital. However, it does use up battery power a lot and real quick.
2. Auto Exposure Bracketing
This one will come in handy at those times when you cannot be certain of what the right exposure for your photo is. How exposed a photo is basically refers to how bright or dark said photo is. And exposure is set by a combination of features including the ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
Now, what you set as your exposure is determined by the effect you’re going for, what kind and how much light is available where you shoot. That said, while you might always know what effect you’re going for, you might not be able to determine what the right exposure is.
At those times, you could engage the Auto Exposure Bracketing mode and the camera will take the same shot in more than one exposure. You are saved the stress of going through the cycle of trial and error before you hit upon the right exposure.
Thankfully, both the Sony a6300 and the Canon 7D have this feature.
The flash is actually an important part of the camera as there are times when you’ll want to or have to shoot in the dark. Now, irrespective of the effect you’re going for, your sensor needs to be able to see the image it is shooting so it needs light. The flash is that quick light source that produces a burst of light as you shoot.
That said, there are basically two kinds of flashes. The inbuilt kind is useful in that you can be sure that it is always available. Also, it doesn’t use up as much battery power as the external kind. In fact, because of how much battery power the external flash uses, it requires a separate power source for it to run.
However, we do prefer the external flash as we consider it a better light source than the inbuilt flash. Why? Well, first off, the external flash has a better range and so you can use it from a longer distance than the inbuilt flash.
Also, the external flash has a quicker response time than the inbuilt flash which has something to do with the former having a separate power. Anyway, because of its fast response time, it is the better flash for flash photography.
Altogether though, we like that the Sony a6300 and the Canon 7D have both the inbuilt flash and the external flash.
4. Continuous Shooting
When we say continuous shooting, we refer to how many shots a camera can take consecutively in just one second. The idea of this is for the photographer to be able to squeeze in as many shots as possible in as little time as possible.
As a result, this mode is favored by photographers who have a limited time to shoot or shoot subjects who move around a lot including wildlife photographers, sports photographers and that photographer at a kid’s birthday party.
That said, both the Sony a6300 and the Canon 7D have an impressive continuous shooting rate. The Sony a6300 can take 11 frames per second while the Canon 7D can take 8 frames per second.
5. Microphone Port
This one is important because the inbuilt microphone that cameras come with does not usually perform optimally. If your camera has a microphone port, you’ll be able to attach an external microphone that will give you the audio quality you’re going for.
This feature will obviously only appeal to you if you have any intention of recording videos with your camera. That said, both cameras have a microphone port each.
6. Weather Sealed
Both the Sony a6300 and the Canon 7D are weather sealed. However, weather sealing is something that one ought to be really careful about as there are different kinds of weather sealing.
A weather sealed camera could be dust resistant, dustproof, water resistant, waterproof or a combination of a number of those. Both cameras in this review are only dust and water resistant which is very different from being dust and or waterproof.
Granted, both cameras have a form of protection against dust and water. However, because they are not fully protected one has to be wary when and where one uses either camera. They could do just fine in some mild dusty and wet situations but you do not want to use either camera in a sand storm or take them swimming.
7. RAW Support
More professionals are choosing to shoot in RAW for the singular reason that it allows for photos to be saved in their original quality. Jpeg, which is the other format, compresses photos before they are saved.
While this compression reduces the size of the photo so that it doesn’t take so much space in storage, it also reduces the image quality. And if you’ll be editing those already compressed photos, there will be more quality reduction.
RAW photos are better for professional purposes. They retain their original quality which gives you room to edit, crop and even blow up your photos.
Basically every camera shoots in jpeg but not all shoot in RAW. Thankfully though, both the Sony a6300 and the Canon 7D shoot in both jpeg and RAW.
8. Face Detection
With face detection, a camera isn’t only able to detect human faces, it also locks down on said face(s), stabilizing the lens and reducing the possibility of having blurry portraits. Bear in mind though, that this feature works only when you shoot portraits.
A Canon 7D Demonstration Video — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
Unique Features — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
1. Mirrorless Vs DSLR
Here is a fundamental difference between the Sony a6300 and the Canon 7D and basically every other camera and every other camera. There are different kinds of cameras, however, the two most popular kinds among professionals are DSLR and mirrorless.
The basic difference between these two kinds is that DSLRs have mirrors while mirrorless cameras, obviously, do not. As a result, light is transported throughout these two kinds of cameras in different ways.
For DSLRs, when light passes through the lens, it gets bounced unto the optical viewfinder and the sensor by the mirrors.
On the other hand, when light passes through the lens of a mirrorless camera, it goes on straight to the sensor and the sensor then sends a digital image which will be seen on the electronic viewfinder or the LCD screen.
Furthermore, aside the way light is distributed, DSLRS and mirrorless cameras usually also differ in weight and battery life. Mirrorless cameras are usually lighter than DSLRs because of the absence of mirrors while DSLRs usually have the longer battery life.
This one isn’t exactly a feature. However, we consider it an important factor to consider as you decide between cameras. It’s up to you to decide what the right weight is, we’ll just help things by telling you what each camera weighs.
In keeping with the DSLR being heavier than mirrorless camera thing, the Canon 7D is significantly heavier than the Sony a6300. While the Sony a6300 weighs 0.9 pound, the Sony a6300 weighs 1.9 pounds. The Sony a6300 is a pretty lightweight camera while the Canon 7D is pretty heavy.
Furthermore, when a lens (or any other accessory) is attached to a camera, the weight of that camera increases significantly. However, because both the Sony a7 and the Canon 7D have an APS-C sensor, they both will require lenses of the same size and weight so it doesn’t really affect the weight difference.
3. Sensor Resolution
Aside being one of the factors responsible for the quality of images your camera is can produce, the sensor resolution is the principal factor responsible for what the quality of the image is after it has been cropped or blown up.
Here is how things work. When you crop or blow up your photo, that photo loses some of its details which reduces the photo’s quality. However, if your camera has an impressive sensor resolution, whatever it loses from being cropped or blown up won’t be enough to negatively affect the quality of photos.
That said, we actually consider both cameras as having an impressive sensor resolution. However, that of the Sony a6300 which is 24 megapixels is definitely more impressive than that of the Canon 7D which is 18 megapixels.
4. Wireless Connection
Of the two cameras in this review, only the Sony a6300 has any form of wires connection. Then we remember that the Canon 7D was introduced to the market in 2009 and we think we might be able to make a concession for it.
The thing is that having some form of wireless connection is really necessary for transferring files off your camera. Unless, of course, you have no issues with transferring stuff using wires and adapters and such.
Anyway, with the inbuilt Wi-Fi connection the Sony a6300 can gain access to the internet and that can be an avenue for you to immediately upload your photos and videos to your social media pages. It could also be an avenue for you to transfer your files to an off-camera location.
Furthermore, the Sony a6300 has the Near Field Communication connection. This is another means of transferring your files to an off-camera location, howbeit, without internet connection.
To be able to do this, you’ll have to connect the camera to the other device by placing both devices one almost on the top of the other to secure a connection.
Finally, the Sony a6300 can be controlled using a smartphone. This feature allows you take shots in places that are not really comfortable or safe without having to be there.
To connect the camera to the smartphone, you’ll have to download the camera app on the smartphone. Once the connection is established, you can place your camera where it will capture the image and then go somewhere comfortable to shoot from your smartphone.
Basically, ISO tells you how sensitive a camera is to light. That is, it determines how much light the camera will let in at a particular point in time. The higher the ISO, the more light the camera will let in and vice versa.
Now, it is up to you to determine how much light you want the camera to get based on the effect you’re going for. However, generally the ISO is usually dependent on how much light is available in the shooting location.
So, if there is a lot, you don’t need all that light in your photo so you’ll want to go for a low ISO. Not enough light and you’ll want to go for a high ISO to make up for the lack. That’s how things are.
Now that all that’s cleared up, you’ll probably agree with us that it makes sense to have a wide ISO range. You know, so that you have a lot of options.
That said, the Sony a6300 has a more impressive ISO range than the Canon 7D. The Sony a6300 has an ISO range that is between 100 and 25600 while that of the Canon 7D is between 100 and 6400.
Furthermore, both cameras can have their ISO expanded. And while that of the Sony a6300 can be expanded up to 51200 that of the Canon 7 D can only go as high as 12800.
6. Articulating Screen
Whatever the kind, the basic idea of an articulating screen is for it to be moved in certain directions to afford the photographer the opportunity to take shots from some interesting angles without having to be contorted or stretched uncomfortably.
The Sony a6300 has a tilting screen which can only be moved upward and back down. But then again, that is always better than the fixed screen which you’ll have to make do with if you go for the Canon 7D.
7. Maximum Shutter Speed
Shutter speed is also about speed but in a different way from the continuous shooting mode. Continuous shooting is about how many photos you can squeeze into one second but shutter speed is about how quickly you can take a photo.
If you camera’s shutter is really fast, you’ll be able to shoot subjects that move around really quickly in great detail. That is, the camera will shoot so fast that it would seem like the time froze still when you took the photo and the subjects will not look blurry.
But then again, if what you are going for is an illusion of motion or speed, you’ll want to slow down your shutter speed. Shooting with a slow shutter would make your photos look blurry and that blur could give that illusion of motion for wheels, cars and those kinds of stuff.
That said, while both cameras have an impressive shutter speed in our books, that of the Canon 7D is definitely more impressive. The Sony a6300’s maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 second while the Canon 7D’s maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 second.
8. Video Resolution
In addition to taking better photos, the Sony a6300 is also able to record better videos. The Canon 7D has a 1920 by 1080 video resolution which is actually impressive if we looked at things.
However, the Sony a6300’s 3840 by 2160 video resolution is definitely better quality. We have to say, though, that it is possible that with a 1920 by 1080 video resolution, one might not miss the 4K video recording thing. But then again, why take chances?
9. Top LCD Screen
This one is a small LCD screen or panel placed at the top of the camera. Because of where this screen is placed, you’ll be able to check out what’s going on with your camera functions without having to bend over to look at the main screen.
And if it is a panel, you’ll actually be able to make quick settings changes right there in the top of the camera. That said, of the two cameras in this review, only the Canon 7D has a top LCD screen.
10. Flash Synchronization Port
This is a nice touch for people who are looking to do a bit of professional work. The flash synchronization port allows you connect that kind of huge flash that cannot be hung on the camera.
With the flash synchronization port, you can synchronize the flash to the shutter such that when you click the shutter button, the flash gives off that burst of light. This is another feature that you’ll find on the Canon 7D but not the Sony a6300.
11. Available Lenses
Finally, while the Sony a6300 has only 102 lenses available with it, the Canon 7D has 319. However, it is worthy of note that mirrorless cameras are really flexible and can accommodate lenses from other cameras with the use of adapters.
One last thing. Both cameras also have optical stabilization lenses; the Sony a6300 with 23 and the Canon 7D with 91. The reason you’ll need some of these is that neither camera has in body image stabilization.
In body image stabilization is supposed to prevent your camera from producing blurry photos even if the camera gets jostled. The optical stabilization lenses will do the same thing, for a fee though.
A Canon 7D Demonstration Video — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
Unique Pros — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
Pros Of The Sony a6300 — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
- First off, the Sony a6300 has the more impressive sensor resolution. So, it will offer you more room to crop and blow out your photos without compromising the quality.
- Furthermore, this camera has an inbuilt wireless connection which could serve as a means of uploading your photos to your social media platforms or sending your files to another device.
- This camera also has a Near Field Communication connection that could be a means of transfer too, howbeit, offline.
- The Sony a6300 has more focus points (425) than the Canon 7D (19). As a result, the Sony a6300 will be able to focus better and faster.
- Furthermore, we have to mention that this camera can record 4K videos.
- Also, this camera can be controlled from a smartphone.
- The Sony a6300 has the more impressive ISO range of the two cameras.
- Furthermore, this camera has a more impressive dynamic range (13.7) than the Canon 7D (11.7).
- It also has a more impressive color depth (24.4) than the Canon 7D (22.0).
- Finally, the Sony a6300 is considerably smaller and lighter than the Canon 7D.
Pros Of The Canon 7D — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
- First off, the Canon 7D has a more impressive battery life (800 shots per charge) than the Sony a6300 (400 shots per charge).
- Furthermore, this camera has the more impressive maximum shutter speed of the two cameras.
- Also, this camera has a top LCD screen which allows you ease of change with the settings.
- The Canon 7D has a flash synchronization port so you’ll be able to use those huge flashes with this camera.
- Furthermore, this camera has a wider sensor pixel area than the Sony a6300.
- Also, the inbuilt flash of this camera has a longer range (12 meters) than that of the Sony a6300 (6 meters).
- Finally, the Canon 7D has more lenses available with it than the Sony a6300.
Unique Cons — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
Cons Of The Sony a6300 — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
- The Sony a6300 doesn’t have a very impressive battery life.
- Also, this camera doesn’t have many lenses available with it. But then again, it is a mirrorless camera so you can use the lenses from other cameras with it with the aid of adapters.
Cons Of The Canon 7D — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
- First off, the Canon 7D doesn’t have any form of wireless connectivity. As a result, transfer of files will always have to involve the use of wires and/or adapters.
- Also, because it doesn’t have an articulating screen, you might find it difficult to shoot from certain angles like overhead and below the waist.
Common Pros — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
|Viewfinder||Because this camera has a viewfinder, you’ll be able to frame your shots better than if it didn’t. And just to be clear, this camera has an electronic viewfinder.||Same as the Sony a6300. However, that of this camera is an optical viewfinder.|
|Auto Exposure Bracketing||You can engage the Auto Exposure Bracketing modes at those times when it is difficult to determine what the right exposure is. This way you won’t waste so much time guessing and shooting until you get it right.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
|Continuous Shooting||The Sony a6300 happens to have an impressive continuous shooting rate. In this mode, this camera can take up to 11 continuous shots in just one second.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
|Flash||The Sony a6300 has the inbuilt flash which is a nice thing in that you can always be sure of its availability. Also, you can attach an external flash to this camera and that is nice in that the external flash is generally the better light source.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
|Microphone Port||You can also attach an external microphone to this camera which is nice in that the external microphone is better than the inbuilt microphone and will offer you more room to record without having to be real close to the camera.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
|Weather Sealing||The Sony a6300 is both dust resistant and water resistant. While that isn’t exactly complete protection, it sure gives you a bit of leeway to use this camera in mild dusty and wet situations.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
|RAW Support||The Sony a6300 can shoot RAW photos which is a nice thing because RAW saves photos in their original quality. However, bearing in mind that RAW photos are large files, you’ll have to invest in memory cards as your storage will fill up real quick.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
|Face Detection||Finally, the Sony a6300 can detect and lock on human faces making it a good idea for shooting portraits.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
Common Cons — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
|Image Stabilization||The Sony a6300 doesn’t have in body image stabilization. So, photos shot could come out looking blurry if the camera is jostled as it shoots. Thankfully though, that can be prevented by getting optical stabilization lenses.||Same as the Sony a6300.|
What People Think About Both — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
|A good number of people have expressed their satisfaction with the Sony a6300. There are a couple of features that seem to be recurring when people talk about things that they love about this camera. One of them is the camera’s focusing ability. This camera has 425 focus points that are apparently properly spread across the sensor. A number of people have also given props to the camera’s viewfinder because, apparently, the viewfinder has an impressive resolution. Then there is the fact that the camera takes good photos and videos too. In fact, one customer referred to it as a “Jack of all trades”.||The Canon 7D has also gotten a lot of positive feedback. One of the most talked about things is the build of it. Apparently, people love the material the camera is made of and consider it something that will stand the test of time. A number of people have also expressed their content with the camera’s continuous shooting and battery life. The image quality that this camera offers also seems to be quite satisfactory for a good number.|
|However, same customer didn’t think it is a perfect “Jack of all trades”. A few other customers have also complained about the lack of in body image stabilization and a headphone port.||However, a few people have complained that this camera doesn’t perform well enough in low light. The lack of any form of connectivity seems to be a problem for a few other people.|
Our Take — Sony a6300 Vs Canon 7D
|We like this camera and think it makes for an impressive semi-pro or even a pro’s backup. And what’s not to like? It has an impressive sensor resolution, video resolution and continuous shooting rate. Add all that to the fact that the camera is small and lightweight and you get why we like this camera.||We actually consider the Canon 7D an impressive camera. But for semi-professional use? Not so much. Maybe when it was released in 2009 it had the right features for a semi-pro camera. But in this time and age, a camera that doesn’t have any wireless connectivity and still doesn’t have the most impressive sensor resolution is not a hot pick.|
|Are there a number of things that could have been added and/or improved on? Maybe? Are those deal breakers? That’s for you to decide. Interested? Get the Sony a6300 now!||But then again, it doesn’t cost much and it still takes good photos. So, if you are starting out, you might actually like this camera. Interested? Get the Canon 7D!|