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Canon R3 Versus Nikon Z9: Hands-on First Impressions

by Robert K Baggs

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Nikon Z 9 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body

Canon and Nikon, after a slow start, have both been consistently releasing excellent mirrorless bodies. Their respective newest cameras are more or less direct rivals, so how do they compare?

I have never been one for poring over spec sheets, hunting for every difference between cameras I’m interested in. For me, there are features I need, features that would be nice to have, and then everything else is a bonus. The new Canon EOS R3 and the Nikon Z9 are close in price ($5,999 for the former and $5,496 for the latter) and arguably close in intended use as a hybrid, full frame mirrorless body pitched at professionals. However, their spec sheets are different in almost every regard.

I spent some time going through both spec sheets line by line to compare, just to get a better understanding as I’m unlikely to buy either, and to my eye, Canon wins most battles. Nevertheless, it is far from a cut-and-dry decision on which you ought to buy, even if you’re completely brand agnostic. In these situations, I would choose to shoot with both to get a feel for it, which is exactly what Manny Ortiz and Dan Watson do in this video.

If you have no lenses or affiliation to neither Canon nor Nikon, which would you go for out of the R3 and Z9?

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