Canon and Nikon have been at all times considerably reluctant to hitch the full-frame mirrorless get together, and their respective EOS M and 1 programs by no means fairly made the identical dent available in the market as rival programs.
It’s all change this yr, nonetheless, as each corporations have caved into the large demand for full-frame alternate options to their DSLR strains, with Canon releasing the EOS R and Nikon kicking off its Z system with the Z6 and Z7.
Each programs are more likely to have many early adopters, however how precisely do the flagship fashions evaluate on the spec sheet? Right here, we pit the Canon EOS R towards the Nikon Z7 to search out out the place every has the sting over its rival.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: decision
The 31.7MP sensor contained in the EOS R, which produces photographs with an efficient 30.3MP, is little question completely sufficient for a lot of consumer’s wants, however on paper it’s considerably behind the Z7’s 45MP sensor (pictured under). It’s, nonetheless, a bit of greater in pixel rely than the 24.5MP Nikon Z6, and so it finally ends up sitting someplace between the 2.
One other distinction between the 2 is that Canon has opted to suit the sensor contained in the EOS R with a optical low-pass filter, whereas Nikon has gone with out for the Z7. This latter design has develop into extra fashionable lately, given the additional crispness it may give photographs, so on prime of the added sensor decision, the Z7 is extra interesting from the off on this respect.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: lens mount and flange depth
Nikon has been eager to emphasize the 55mm diameter of its new lens mount, and extra particularly what such a big mount permits on the subject of wide-aperture lens design and picture high quality. Dimension-wise, Canon has virtually managed to match this, with its RF mount measuring 54mm.
A extra important distinction is that the flange depth of the EOS RF mount is 20mm, whereas on the Z7 it’s simply 16mm. This permits for the physique to be a bit of extra compact, and provides the Nikon one other benefit over its rival.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: stabilization
One of many key benefits of the Nikon Z7 over the EOS R is the presence of sensor-based stabilization, significantly because it means that you can profit from the know-how even when utilizing older lenses. This guarantees as much as 5 stops of compensation, and offers five-axis compensation when used with F-mount lenses through the FTZ adapter (and three-axis stabilization for non-VR lenses).
Picture stabilization has been constructed into two of the 4 lenses launched alongside the EOS R, specifically the Canon RF 35mm f/1.eight IS STM Macro and Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, however it’s clearly extra handy to have stabilization out there through the physique always – so one other win for Nikon.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: autofocus
Whereas not fairly class-leading in quantity, the 493 phase-detect AF factors on the Z7’s sensor certain sounded spectacular when that digital camera was introduced. The EOS R, nonetheless, trounces this on paper with a most 5,655 factors.
Not solely that, however the working vary’s decrease measurement of -6EV is considerably decrease than the Z7’s -3EV, and this could theoretically allow it to detect topics higher in low lighting circumstances. We’ve but to check this, however Canon’s system actually seems to have a big benefit right here on paper.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: ISO vary
The Z7’s normal ISO vary runs from ISO64 to 25,600, whereas Canon’s begins from a barely greater ISO100 and tops out at ISO40,00zero. Extension settings on both aspect of those ranges see the Z7 capturing at settings as little as ISO32 equal and as excessive as ISO102,400 equal, whereas the EOS R has ISO50 and 102,400 extremes. So, whereas the 2 cameras are barely totally different in what they provide right here, in use it is unlikely to have a big impression.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: LCD display
Each fashions have 2.1 million-dot LCD screens on their rears, though the Z7’s is marginally bigger, at three.2 inches vs three.15 inches. Nikon has opted to have the display tilt up and down, whereas Canon has gone for a similar vari-angle design that graces fashions just like the EOS 6D Mark II. This allows the display to face the entrance, which makes it extra usable for selfie aficionados, and people intending to make use of the digital camera for vlogging, than the Nikon Z7.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: EVF
Each fashions have been furnished with digital viewfinders, and each have OLED panels with a decision of three.69 million dots.
The zero.80x magnification of the Nikon Z7’s viewfinder (pictured under) is considerably greater than the zero.71x magnification of the EOS R.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: Burst charge
With steady capturing you’ll discover that the Nikon Z7 has a 1fps benefit over the EOS R, with 9fps (with publicity locked to that of the primary body) versus the EOS R’s 8fps.
Swap to steady focus and the Z7 can preserve a its 9fps burst pace, whereas the EOS R drops to 5fps. In order for you each autofocus and auto-exposure enabled, the Z7 can achieve this at 5.5fps.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: Reminiscence card
Nikon’s resolution to equip its Z7 physique with only a single XQD reminiscence card slot (pictured under) has been the supply of a lot controversy, however Canon’s resolution to go along with only a single SDHC/SDXC slot might show to be much more of some extent of rivalry.
Whereas many present Canon customers might have a group of SD playing cards, Nikon’s selection of XQD playing cards might show to be the higher choice in the long term, significantly because it has promised help for the CFexpress format which is ready to succeed XQD.
The truth that the cardboard slot contained in the EOS R solely helps the usI normal might additional disappoint, though most will little question want UHS-II help – and it’s totally seemingly that future fashions will see an improve right here.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: Lenses
Nikon has formally unveiled three lenses alongside the brand new Z7, specifically the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/four S, NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.eight S (under) and NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.eight S, however it has promised many extra over the following few years.
Canon has arguably acquired off to a stronger begin, not solely by releasing 4 lenses but additionally but additionally this quarter having extra wide-aperture choices amongst these. They’re the RF 28-70mm f/2L USM, RF 50mm f/1.2L USM, RF 35mm f/1.eight IS STM Macro and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.
Each programs can be utilized with current optics designed for DSLRs by way of adapters too.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: Battery life
Right here, the EOS R has a small benefit, no less than in accordance with CIPA requirements.
Whereas the Z7 presents 330 frames per full cost, the EOS R manages 350 frames with the EVF and 370 with the LCD. In case you allow the Energy Saving mode, nonetheless, you possibly can enhance this to 430 and 450 respectively, and with the Eco Mode this may be elevated even additional to a most 560.
Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R: Dimension and weight
There’s not a terrific deal to separate the 2 cameras in the case of weight, with the EOS R weighing 660g with its battery and reminiscence card in place and the Z7 weighing 675g.
Equally the 135mm width and 98.3mm top of the Canon EOS R is virtually the identical because the 134mm and 100.5mm measurements of the Nikon Z7, however the EOS R is greater general because of it being 84.4mm deep towards the Z7’s 67.5mm.
Briefly, with a higher-resolution sensor, a smaller physique and the benefit of sensor-based picture stabilisation, Nikon’s Z7 appears to have a extra strong core than the EOS R. That mentioned, the specs of the EOS R’s autofocus, mixed with the handful of lenses introduced to date present that there’s no clear winner, and probably not sufficient to tempt anybody tied to 1 system to leap to the opposite.