HEAD TO HEAD: Sony A7 III Vs Nikon Z6 Vs Canon EOS R
Can CaNikon rock Sony’s dominance?
The Sony A7 III made a huge splash in the industry, redefining the expectations from a £2000 camera. Not only does it include a solid 24.2MP BSI sensor, but it also boasts 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, a massive 100-51,200 ISO range and the outstanding focusing system from the A9 - affectionately know as the DSLR killer. With so many outstanding features, it was no shock to see it becoming such a popular product, causing many to switch allegiance.
Of course, neither Canon or Nikon are accustomed to being turfed out of the camera market, so both companies set to work releasing their own offerings. Nikon dropped the Z7, a high resolution 45.7MP beast that retails for £3,399, body only. However, it also introduced the more humble 24.5MP Z6. Coming in at £2099 at launch, this is a natural rival to the A7 III, and boasts some impressive specs. The 24MP sensor features a BSI design, and also boasts a huge 100-51,200 ISO range. There’s 273 points of phase detection AF, and a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system. It also boasts some of the finest ergonomics we’ve seen in any camera to date. However, as the internet will always remind you, it omitted dual card slots, opting for a single XQD card instead.
Canon also had an announcement of its own, in the form of the EOS R. Aiming to up its innovation game, the EOS R featured a 30.3MP sensor, as found in the 5D MKIV, and a massive 5,655 AF points. There’s also Dual Pixel AF, 4K video, though with a 1.7x crop, and brand new Multi-Function capacative touch bar. You’ll also find a native 100-40,000 ISO range and a deep grip, which gives the Nikon a run for its money. However, like the Z6, it lacks dual card slots. It' also favoured omitting an image stabilisation system and focus point selection joystick.
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You can read our full head to head in the March 2019 issue, available here