Sony A6700 vs A7C: full-frame and mirrorless cameras go head to head

Sony A6700 vs A7C
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The Sony A6700 is the company's flagship APS-C camera, while the A7C is its cheapest full frame model. Both are hybrid stills/video cameras designed for content creators who need to shoot both types of content. 

The Sony A6700 is packed with power but uses a smaller sensor, while the Sony A7C has less sophisticated video features but a bigger full frame sensor. It's a tricky decision! Our Sony A6700 vs A7C comparison drills down into all the key features and differences to help you decide which camera might be best for you.

Hybrid cameras are big news these days, and the new Sony A6700 has all the qualifications to be amongs the best hybrid cameras you can buy right now. Alternatively, the Sony A7C, while not our favorite camera for handling or cutting edge tech, is still one of the best Sony cameras for beginners and, with its retracting 28-60mm kit lens, is worth considering amongst the best cameras for travel.

The reason we're comparing them, and why we think many buyers will too, is quite simple – price. The Sony A7C is only a little more expensive than the A6700, but brings all the benefits of a full frame sensor – better sensitivity and dynamic range, less noise and the potential for shallower, more 'cinematic' depth of field. 

There are also many more full frame Sony FE mount lenses than there are APS-C E-mount optics, and while you can of course fit full frame lenses on the A6700, this will bring a 1.5x crop factor which restricts their angle of view.

So let's take a much closer look at these cameras' key features and how they compare in order to see where their strengths lie and which might be best for different types of users.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at