And then there were three…
Sony led. Canon and Nikon followed.
The great news for Sony shooters is now that Canon and Nikon have officially embraced fullframe mirrorless as the future – the competition is on.
Where Canon EOS R & Nikon Z Hit:
Canon EOS R claims the World’s fastest autofocus with over 5.000 AF points! That’s a LOT!
Nikon grabbed the headlines with their $6,000 manual focus 50mm F0.95 lens – but you could buy both Canon’s $2,300 50mm F1.2 and $3,000 28-70mm F2 for $700 less…and get AF…
Both Canon and Nikon will release a 35mm F1.8, which hits the sweet spot many Sony users have requested. The exceptional FE 85mm F1.8 is the biggest bargain of the Sony lens line-up. Can we please get a FE 35mm F1.8?
Nikon Z Built-in 8K Intervalometer
Love this and really hope it appears in future Sony Cameras! Now that Sony dumped their camera apps – just build the Intervalometer into the camera and be done with it!
10 bit 4:2:2 output to External Recorder
Both Canon EOS R & Nikon Z feature 10 bit 4:2:2 video output to External Recorder
Multiple Aspect Ratios
Adding 1:1 and 4:3 Aspect Ratios to Sony a7 Series has long been near the top of my Wish List – hope this is another nudge in that direction.
This is really cool. Sony could use an LA-EA3 with a drop-in filter holder.
Where Canon EOS R & Nikon Z Missed:
No Eye AF – or Limited Eye AF
Eye AF is a godsend if you shoot people. Nikon Z doesn’t have it. EOS R has limited Eye AF but with AF-S which is not nearly as useful as AF-C Eye AF.
Crappy Battery Life
Canon EOS R and Nikon Z batteries seem to be clones of the much-maligned Sony W battery used in a7 Series Mark I & II cameras – rather than the much improved Sony NP-FZ100 Lithium-Ion Battery used in a9 and a7 Mark III cameras.
Single Card Slots
Canon EOS R and Nikon Z somehow missed the memo that pros want two card slots! Once again this feels more like a Mark II clone than a Mark III competitor.
Sony a7 Mark III have a MUCH larger buffer than Nikon Z (not sure yet about Canon EOS R.)
Compromised Continuous FPS
Sony a7 III/ a7R III allow full AF/AE up to top 10FPS frame rates – Canon EOS R and Nikon Z only offer full functions at 3 FPS and 5.5 FPS respectively.
No IBIS on Canon EOS R
Canon EOS R relies upon lenses to provide image stabilization yet it’s missing on their 28-70mm F2 and their RF primes. This also mean no image stabilization for a wide range of adapted lenses like Leica glass or even Canon FD.
4K Video on Canon EOS R Requires 1.8x Crop
While Sony offers 4K from the full width of the sensor, Canon EOS-R 4K recording requires a MASSIVE 1.8x Crop – just like Canon 5D IV.
Closed Lens Mount
One of the best things Sony did was to open E-mount to third-parties. Nikon Z and Canon EOS R are not open which means all third-party lenses and adapter will have to be reverse-engineered.
Limited Native Lens Line-up
Canon & Nikon spotted Sony a five year head start during which Sony has built an impressive line-up of 30 lenses. Canon & Nikon have a LOT of catching up to do. Don’t expect Sony to let off the gas…
No compatibility with EOS-M or Nikon 1 lenses
While Canon EOS R offers EF/EF-S lenses adapters with and Nikon Z has adapter providing AF with certain F-mount lenses – both slammed the door on their previous mirrorless lens lines.
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