The Clash of the Titans!

A head-to-head comparison of the three flagships from Canon, Nikon and Sony at the time of writing this note. Both Canon and Nikon specifications are based on speculation and may be different when the actual one comes out. Thought this be interesting to see.

The Clash of the Titans. Akhil Vinayak Menon Photography
The Clash of the Titans. Akhil Vinayak Menon Photography
The Clash of the Titans. Akhil Vinayak Menon Photography

Nikon Z9 

  • SENSOR: 45 megapixels, stacked BSI CMOS
  • LENS MOUNT: Nikon Z (full-frame & APS-C mirrorless)
  • STILL IMAGES: 8256×5504-pixel full-res,
  • VIDEO: Up to 8K 30p
  • ISO: 64-25,600, Hi1, Hi2
  • AUTOFOCUS: Allegedly much-improved; addition of cars & motorcycles to AF tracking
  • SHOOTING SPEED (FPS): Up to 30 FPS RAW still capture @ full-resolution, up to 120 FPS or 160 FPS @ lower resolution
  • SHUTTER SPEEDS: Unknown
  • STABILIZATION: Unknown
  • VIEWFINDER: 5.76-megapixel, blackout-free EVF, 120 Hz
  • LCD: Improved LCD, fully-articulating
  • CONNECTIVITY: Built-in GNSS, Gigabit LAN, USB-C, Wifi
  • STORAGE: Dual XQD/CFX card slots
  • BATTERY: Same form factor as Nikon D6; new battery will allow USB-PD charging
  • BODY CONSTRUCTION: Same level of durability as Nikon D6
  • SIZE: Unknown
  • WEIGHT: Unknown
  • PRICE: Unknown; best guess: ~$6.5K

Canon R3

  • SENSOR: 24 megapixels, BSI, stacked CMOS
  • LENS MOUNT: Canon RF (full-frame mirrorless)
  • STILL IMAGES: 6000×4000-pixels,
  • VIDEO: Up to 4K RAW
  • ISO: Unknown
  • AUTOFOCUS: Allegedly much-improved, low-light capable down to EV -7; addition of cars & motorcycles to AF tracking, now with “Deep Learning” and Eye Control
  • SHOOTING SPEED (FPS): Up to 30 FPS RAW still capture
  • SHUTTER SPEEDS: Unknown
  • STABILIZATION: Up to 8 stops w/ optical IS and IBIS
  • VIEWFINDER: Unknown
  • LCD: Unknown, touchscreen
  • CONNECTIVITY: 5GHz wifi, accessory shoe
  • STORAGE: Dual CFE/SD
  • BATTERY: Same as Canon 1DX III
  • BODY CONSTRUCTION: Same level of durability as Canon 1D-series
  • SIZE: Exact dimensions unknown
  • WEIGHT: Unknown
  • PRICE: Unknown; best guess: ~$6.5K

Sony A1

  • SENSOR: 50 megapixels, stacked BSI CMOS
  • LENS MOUNT: Sony E (full-frame)
  • STILL IMAGES: 8640×5760-pixel full-res, 14-bit raw ARW
  • VIDEO: 8K 30p, (H.265/XAVC HS 4:2:0 10-Bit) 4K 120p (H.265/XAVC HS 4:2:2 10-Bit)
  • ISO: 100-32000, expandable to 50-102400
  • AUTOFOCUS: 759-point AF, face/eye detection, Real-Time tracking
  • SHOOTING SPEED (FPS): 30 FPS w/ electronic shutter, 10 FPS mechanical shutter
  • SHUTTER SPEEDS: up to 1/8000 sec mechanical, 1/32000 electronic
    Flash sync up to 1/200 sec electronic & 1/400 mechanical
  • STABILIZATION: Yes, sensor-based, up to
  • VIEWFINDER: 9.4M-dot EVF, 0.9x magnification, up to 240 FPS refresh rate, blackout-free
  • LCD: 3-inch, 1.44M-dot touchscreen TFT LCD
  • CONNECTIVITY: HDMI, (full-size) 1Gb ethernet, 10Gb USB-C/PD, USB-2 (micro), PC sync, headphone, microphone, dual-band 2.4 / 5GHz MIMO wifi
  • STORAGE: Dual SD (UHS-II) / CFexpress Type A slots
  • BATTERY: NP-FZ100, 530-shot rating, in-camera USB charging
  • BODY CONSTRUCTION: metal body, fully weather-sealed
  • SIZE: 5.07×3.81×2.74 in (128.9×96.9×69.7 mm)
  • WEIGHT: 1.6 lb (737 g)
  • PRICE: $6,498 (B& H)

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