DSLR vs mirrorless: budget cameras for beginners – Canon 5D Mk II or Sony A7?

DSLR vs mirrorless: budget cameras for beginners – Canon 5D Mk II or Sony A7?


Hi I’m Pablo with MPB today we’re pitching two legends of the DSLR and mirrorless worlds against each other: the Canon EOS 5D Mk II and the Sony A7 we’re going to be using a nifty 50 on each of these setups so we can keep the comparison fair now these cameras were both ground-breaking when they came out in 2008 and 2013 and because they’ve been around a while now you can get these at a ridiculously low price which leaves you with loads of money to
invest in lots of different lenses and things so these are great ways into each
of these respective systems now, of course, with a DSLR you have an optical viewfinder and many people prefer shooting that way and with a mirrorless camera you have an electronic viewfinder and because it doesn’t have a mirror, the camera is quieter and lighter to use the real way to see how these cameras perform is to use them in the field so we’re going to head into Brighton, we’re going to put these two head-to-head and see exactly how they perform So, why are these two cameras considered legendary? well, take the Canon EOS 5D Mk II for example when this came out in 2008, not only did you have the amazing image quality from the Canon 5D Mk I but with almost double the resolution for the first time ever, you had full-HD 1080 video in a small package like this this meant that for filmmakers on a budget if they wanted to get that cinematic look that you get with a full-frame camera you could do it with this camera and that was groundbreaking. So, when the Sony A7 came out in 2013 this was also a revolutionary camera in its own way with its 24-megapixel full-frame sensor for the first time, you had a full-frame sensor in a small body like this so you got the image quality that people came to expect from DSLR technology but in a small package and this camera was the beginning of Sony’s dominance of the mirrorless market I’m the seagull stalker! I don’t think he liked me, but I don’t blame him really I’m just creeping around with these little black boxes! I mean, one immediately-obvious design feature that’s really good with the Sony is the flip-up screen you don’t have that on the Canon, you’ve just got a flatscreen on the back so if you want to get down low, be a bit more creative with your angles, it’s a lot easier with this So, how about the menus and handling of
these two cameras? Well, the Sony came out when camera manufacturers were trying to get cameras smaller and smaller and I find this a little bit difficult to hold, it’s a little bit too small so for a long period of time it can be a little bit uncomfortable to hold whereas the Canon is obviously bigger but I like how it feels in the hand and I also like the buttons and how they’re laid out on the back of the camera on the Canon I think it feels just a bit more intuitive than the Sony Thank you very much, have a good day! So, how’s the focusing on this two cameras? Well, I’m finding with the Canon the focusing is really quick and I really like shooting through the optical viewfinder you get a really good feel about whether you’re in focus or not it’s a little bit more difficult with a Sony with the electronic viewfinder it’s a bit smaller, it’s a bit darker, but what you do have with the Sony – as it’s a mirrorless camera – is focus peaking so if you’re happy to shoot manual focus then it’s quite easy to do on this camera so there are pros and cons to both systems so where we’re going to see a massive difference in these two cameras is in dynamic range if I take a shot like this with the Canon and I’m metering for the shadows and then I take the same shot with the Sony, once again metering for the shadows, you can see that you’re able to save a lot more information with the Sony in the highlights so if you’re shooting in any kind of high contrast environments I’m afraid the Sony’s going to wipe the floor with the Canon So, what do I think of these two cameras? Well, when you look at the dynamic range test that we did and also the low-light performance of this camera it’s clear that the Sony A7 is a much more powerful machine than the Canon however, the Canon still produces beautiful images straight out of the box it’s got that beautiful contrasty Canon look with those beautiful colours that people love across the whole industry so, even by today’s standards, both of these cameras hold their own Now, personally, I enjoy the feel of shooting with the Canon and just the whole experience in general, I like looking through the optical viewfinder and for my kind of shooting this is my preferred camera but I can definitely see the appeal of the Sony now the best thing about these two cameras is that they’ve both been out for quite a while now so you can now pick these up for a really
really good deal both of these cameras you can get on the link below at MPB, where you can buy sell and trade all of your camera gear thanks for watching, and I will see you next time

3 Comments

  • dp123

    January 23, 2020

    As along time 5D2 user looking to switch to mirrorless, I really enjoyed this vid. Didn't know about MPB so I'm going to look at them for my replacement camera. Possibly an EOS M50 for the flippy screen and dual pixel AF.

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  • ashek rahaman

    January 23, 2020

    Loved the video simple , to the point . Wish to see more from you Pablo. All the best

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  • Homero A. Gonzalez

    January 24, 2020

    Where is the link below?

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