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Sony a7R IV vs Canon EOS R5 Portrait Photography Comparison: Can You Tell the Difference?

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These were the two cameras I considered endlessly before finally opting for the Canon EOS R5. Here, we see them both put side by side, taking portrait photos in an identical setting for all intents and purposes. Can you tell the difference between the two?

It’s safe to say the new Canon EOS R5 has made quite the splash in the photography world. Video issues aside, most reviewers and new owners are positively gushing about the results and performance of the EOS R5. Indeed, it has been so popular that Canon hasn’t been able to keep up with the orders — something I’m well aware of considering the recent update I received saying my new EOS R5 may not arrive until October! On the one hand, it’s torturing me having to wait so long, but on the other hand, it comforts me that I’m not alone in my desire to get one of these in my hands.

This review from Jared Polin also reaffirms my belief that I didn’t make a horrible blunder in going for the EOS R5 over the Sony a7R IV. Here, he pits the two cameras against each other in a portrait setting. Interestingly, he used the native Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 lens (shot at f/1.4) with the EOS R5, but chose to use the Sigma Art 85mm f/1.4 (shot at f/1.4) with the Sony. Why? Because he said the Sigma Art is a far better lens than the native Sony G Master equivalent, which certainly raised my eyebrows. As far as the results are concerned, I’ll let you be the judge. I came away very happy, particularly when you consider that the Sony’s sensor is more than 15 MP larger than the EOS R5’s.

Undoubtedly, both are great cameras, and you really can’t go wrong with either. I opted to stay with Canon because I’m already heavily invested in its ecosystem. That being said, I’ve had many sleepless nights wondering whether I made the right choice or not. This review has done a lot to assuage any doubts I had. Give it a look and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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