Although both cameras look very similar, they each have their own unique differences. The S can do 120fps at 1080p while the R can only do it at 720p. The S has way better low-light performance, then the R. The S has a s-log 3 while the R can only go up to 2. The R can do 4k in crop mode, while the S can only do it in full frame. The R’s low-light performance can be enhanced by applying a Metabones Speed Booster, what that will do is when you shoot in crop mode, the booster will force it back to full frame mode and now the R has better low-light performance, but yet it still doesn’t compete to the S.
From using both these cameras I can easily tell you that when you shoot in 4K and edit in 1080p, which is a very common thing to do, – when you crop in on the R the image looks a little soft, while the S stays in focus whether you crop in or not.
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The R has 42.4 megapixels while the S only has 12.2. The reason behind this the R was made with the idea of having pictures first and then video second, the S is the opposite, video first with pictures second, hence the namesakes R for Resolution and S for Sensitivity in low-light.
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Some of the similarities include peaking, zebras, different picture profiles, and even the same drive mode on both models. They both include a 35mm full frame sensor, both carry Sony E-Mounts, and have steady shot inside the camera, so it doesn’t matter if your lens doesn’t have IS (Image Stabilization), it will automatically have IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) because the body has it. They both have custom key settings – just because it says ISO, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Both these cameras can shoot up to 4K in full frame, no pixel bending or full pixel read out, and the camera won’t crop in and for the price range, these are the only cameras on the market that will shoot constant 4k without cropping in or bending. It’s also important to include that if you’re coming from the Canon side or just have a few Canon lens, Metabones makes a pretty cool adapter so you can put whatever Canon L lens you want on either the S or the R. Good thing to keep in consideration when you’re tight on a budget.
In conclusions both of these cameras are excellent pieces of equipment. Whether you’re shooting video for a wedding or stills in low-light, both will get the job done for you, so consider renting one of these cameras here from us here at The LensPal.