Canon EOS R vs Nikon Z6 Camera Comparison

Now that Canon and Nikon have entered the full-frame mirrorless camera market many are trying to decide which one is better. Spoiler alert: if you already own a Canon, buy the Canon and if you already own a Nikon, buy the Nikon. Both companies make adapters that allow you to use legacy lenses from your existing system on the new mirrorless mounts. However, if you don’t own very many expensive lenses for your current camera it might be worth looking at this comparison more closely as there are some significant differences.

One of the bigest differences between the Canon EOS R and the Nikon Z6 is image stabilization. Nikon has opted to use in body stabilization which can be an advantage since every lens you mount on the camera is stabilized while Canon still depends on lens only stabilization. This is disappointing, especially since the first round of lenses introduced with the Canon EOS R are NOT stabilized!

Canon EOS R Pricing*

  • Canon EOS R (Body Only) - $2299.00

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Nikon Z6 Pricing*

  • Nikon Z6 Body Only - $1996.95
  • Nikon Z6 with FTZ Adapter - $2146.90
  • Nikon Z6 with 24-70mm Lens - $2596.95

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Canon EOS R Advantages

Fully articulated LCD screen
Faster autofocus
Uses standard SD cards

Nikon Z6 Advantages

Built in Image Stabilization
Faster burst rate (12 vs 8 fps)
slightly smaller and lighter
Less expensive

Conclusion

As mentioned in the beginning of this article, if you already own a Canon, get the Canon and if you already own a Nikon, get the Nikon. Both companies make adapters that allow you to use legacy lenses from your existing system on the new mirrorless mounts. However, if you don’t own a current system then I think the Nikon beats the Canon overall. It’s less expensive, slightly smaller and lighter (although not significantly so). The Nikon also has image stabilization built in. While I prefer the Canon fully articulated LCD screen and the Canon Autofocus system seems a little faster it feels like Canon didn’t want to compete against their standard DSLR cameras. I feel that Mirrorless is the future of photography and Nikon seems to have embraced this with the Z6/Z7 full frame bodies. It will be interesting to see if Canon rethinks their strategy in the mirrorless market. If not, not only will the new EOS R not outsell their DLSR offerings, but will also be outsold by Nikon.

Canon EOS R Overall User Rating

4.35 out of 5

based on 40 user reviews online.

: 70% (28)
: 15% (6)
: 3% (1)
: 5% (2)
: 8% (3)

Nikon Z6 Overall User Rating

4.88 out of 5

based on 34 user reviews online.

: 88% (30.02)
: 12% (3.98)
: 0% (0)
: 0% (0)
: 0% (0)

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Specs

Spec Canon EOS R Nikon Z6
Sensor Size Full Frame Full Frame
Megapixels 30.3 24.5
Body Construction Magnesium alloy magnesium-alloy
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.3 x 3.9 x 3.3 in. 5.3 x 4.0 x 2.7 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs. 1.29 lbs.
Weather Sealed Yes Yes
Memory Card SD SDHC SDXC XQD
Dual Command Wheels Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100 100
ISO Range 100 - 40000 (50 - 102400 extended range) 100-51200 (Extended Mode: 50-204800)
Mirror Lock Up Not Applicable Not Applicable
Burst Rate 8 fps 12 fps
LCD Size 3.15 in. 3.2 in.
LCD Resolution 2,100,000 pixels 2,100,000 pixels
Articulated LCD Screen Tilt & Swivel Tilt Only
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
Remote Shutter Release Wired Only Wired Only
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS No No
AF Points 5655 273
AF Sensitivity -3ev
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 second 30 second
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Flash Sync Speed second 1/200 second
Built In Flash No No
Wireless TTL Flash No No
Video Specs 3840 x 2160p at 23.98/24/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24/29.97/59.94 fps
1280 x 720p at 29.97/59.94/120 fps
3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (H.264)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps (H.264)
Mic In Yes Yes
Headphone Out Yes Yes
Built In Mic Stereo Stereo