Sony A6700 vs Canon R7 - which APS-C mirrorless camera comes out on top?

Sony a6700 vs Canon R7 - the two flagship APS-C mirrorless cameras side by side on a white reflective backdrop
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Sony and Canon are both targeting a new generation of hybrid photographers who want to capture both still images and video. Our Sony A6700 vs Canon EOS R7 pits their two latest and best APS-C cameras against each other to see which one comes out on top.

It looks like a close-run contest. Both cameras are candidates for our list of the best hybrid cameras right now, and are among the best cameras for filmmaking on specification alone. The Sony A6700 is one of the best Sony cameras so far, while the Canon EOS R7 in turn counts among the best Canon cameras to buy... though here there is a snag. Lenses.

This is where there is perhaps the biggest difference between these two cameras, and we'll go into more detail on that below.

In other respects, however, this looks like a close match. Both of these cameras have new, higher resolution APS-C sensors, state-of-the-art AI subject recognition AF systems, and video capabilities that would have put them among the best cinema cameras just a few years back.

Perhaps more important, these cameras use the APS-C format, which brings them well within range for keen beginners and enthusiasts. They offer many of the capabilities of full-frame cameras but at a much more affordable price.

So let's get to it, and see how the Sony A6700 and Canon R7 compare…

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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