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Canon EOS R Vs Nikon Z6 - Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Comparison

Canon EOS R Vs Nikon Z6 - Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Comparison - We compare the brand-new Canon EOS R with the Nikon Z6 - how do they match up?

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EOSR FrontSlantLeft Body

 

Canon has joined the likes of Nikon and Sony by introducing a new mirrorless full-frame camera sporting a 30 megapixel CMOS sensor and Dual-Pixel AF. But how does the Canon EOS R compare with the new Nikon Z6? To find out, we've compared the specs of each camera side-by-side to see how different/similar they are. 

Nikon also announced the Z7 alongside the Z6, the Z7 is exactly the same camera apart from a larger megapixel count of 45.7 megapixels and a slightly wider ISO range. It also carries a higher price tag of £3399 compared to £2099 for the Z6 body only. 

EOSR FrontSlantDown Body      Z6

Camera Body Weight, Size & Design 

Looking at the size and weight of these two cameras, there's very little in it. The canon is 15g lighter, at 660g compared to the Nikon Z6's 675g. As for the dimensions, there are mere millimetres in it (see details in the specifications table below). 

Looking at the design, the Canon is a lot cleaner in terms of controls. On the Nikon, we have 2 function buttons near the lens and a scrolling dial where your index finger will sit on the front, and nothing for the Canon on the front of the camera. All of Canon's controls are on top or at the back of the camera.

Both offer a small LCD screen on top of the unit showing you key settings. The Nikon Z6 has a lot more buttons on the back. Both offer electronic viewfinders with 3.69million dots. 

 

Image Sensor & Resolution

The Canon EOS R features a 30 megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual-Pixel AF, and the Canon offers autofocus down to -6 EV which should give better performance when shooting in low light, compared to the Nikon Z6, which can autofocus down to -4EV (which is still very good). The Nikon Z6 has a 24.5 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. 

In terms of megapixels, the Canon sits in between the Nikon Z7 and the Z6 - which has a 24-megapixel sensor. The Canon has a slightly larger sensor, at 36x24mm, compared to the Nikon's 35.9x23.9mm. 

Z7 Z6 VR Unit(0)

Image Stabilisation 

The Nikon Z6 has 5-axis sensor-based image stabilisation which works with Z-mount lenses and Nikon F lenses with VR when the FTZ adapter is used. The Canon EOS R doesn't feature any in-camera image stabilisation, as their IS is lens based. There is, however, electronic IS for video. 

 

ISO Range

The Z6 has an ISO range of 50-204800, while the Canon EOS R has an ISO range of 50-102400, giving the Nikon the edge in terms of maximum sensitivity. 

 

Continuous Shooting

The Canon EOS R offers 8fps, with the Nikon Z6 offering 12fps, giving you access to more shots per second in continuous shooting mode. 

Z7 Z6 24 70 4 Tilt Monitor            EOS R Back Body
 

Screen & Electronic Viewfinder

Again, we see very similar sizing between the two cameras - the Canon EOS R has a 3.15-inch touchscreen and the Nikon Z6 a 3.2-inch touchscreen, and both are 2100K dot. 

The Nikon screen tilts in an up and down movement whereas the Canon screen is more versatile, and can be flipped out as well as angled. 

Moving on to the EVF, both offer 100% FOV and a high resolution of 3.69m dots, however, the Nikon Z6 offers 0.8x magnification, compared to 0.76x magnification for the Canon.  

 

Video

Both cameras will shoot in 4K video at 30fps and Full HD. The Canon EOS R also offers a lower resolution 720p option. Both the Nikon Z7 and Canon EOS R offer stereo sound and both have a mic and headphone socket. 

Canon EOS R Side Ports (1)        Nikon Z6 Z7 (1)
 

Battery 

According to CIPA test ratings, the Canon EOS R has a slightly better battery life, offering 370 shots compared to the Nikon Z6's 310 shots per charge. Of course, this will depend on how you're using the camera.

 

Price

The Nikon Z6 is available for £2099 body only, and the Canon EOS R Is set to be available for £2349.99 with a mount adapter allowing you to use EF lenses on the body. This gives a price difference at launch of around £250, however, taking into account the added mount adapter given with the Canon this makes them very similar in price. 

 

Take a look at the full line-up of specs side-by-side below. You can also read our first impressions of both cameras over in reviews

 

 

Comparison Table

Nikon Z6Canon EOS R
ManufacturerNikonCanon
Image Sensor
Pixels24.5Mp (Megapixels)30Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)60486720
Pixels (H)40244480
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)CMOS
Sensor SizeFull-frameFull Frame
Sensor Size (width)35.9mm36mm
Sensor Size (height)23.9mm24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:5
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in3.15in
Screen resolution2100K dots2.1m dots
Touch ScreenYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 20480050 - 102400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution3.6m3.69m dots
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting12fps8fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 4K
Video FPS4K 30fps, FullHD 120fps4K at 30,24fps, FullHD at 60,30,24fps
Stereo SoundYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYesNo
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB-CUSB-C
Wi-FiYesYes
Storage
Card Type
  • XQD
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL15BLP-E6N
Battery Life (CIPA rating)310shots370shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo DataNo Data
Dimensions
Weight675g660g
Width134mm135.8mm
Height100.5mm98.3mm
Depth67.5mm67.7mm
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