Canon EOS R vs Nikon Z6 – Differences and Specs Comparison

Both Nikon and Canon are completely new to the world of full frame mirrorless cameras, having released their mirrorless system two weeks apart from each other. Canon released just one camera, while Nikon released two – the Z6 that is aimed towards most customers and the Z7 – a 45MP beast. In this article, we’ll be comparing the EOS R with Z6. First, let’s look at some of the specs they have in common and then we’ll look at the differences. Both cameras have:

  • Full-frame sensor
  • 4K video recording at up to 30 fps
  • Weather-sealed body
  • 3.69 million dot EVF
  • Headphone and microphone jack
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • USB charging
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image source: Canon / Nikon

Now that we’ve taken a look at what Canon EOS R and Nikon Z6 have in common, let’s discuss some of the main differences:


Canon has a 30MP full frame sensor, which is essentially an updated version of the sensor found in Canon 5D Mark IV. The sensor on the Nikon has less resolution (24MP), but for most people that won’t make a big difference.


Both companies introduced completely new mounts along with their mirrorless cameras. Since both systems are new, they have a limited number of lenses at the moment, but more lenses are in the pipeline from both Canon and Nikon. With that said, mirrorless cameras from both companies support their DSLR lenses as well, via official adapters.

Autofocus Points

Canon EOS R has 5,665 (!) phase detection points and 88 percent coverage of the sensor, while the Z6 features 273 phase detection point. AF on both of these cameras should be pretty good, but Canon’s autofocus should be a bit better thanks to the support for Dual AF this company is well known for.

Burst Shooting

The Canon EOS R can shoot up to 8fps, while the Nikon Z6 can shoot up to 12fps.

Rear Screen

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image source: Canon

The difference is quite minimal when it comes to the resolution and size of the rear touchscreen. Both screen feature the same resolution (2.10 million dots), but Nikon’s screen is slightly larger (3.2 vs 3.15 inches). With that said, Canon has a fully articulating screen, which is great for filmmakers, while the Z6 screen can only tilt up or down.


One of the biggest differences between these cameras is the fact that Nikon Z6 has in-body image stabilization, while Canon EOS R does not. IBIS can be helpful when taking photos at slower shutter speeds, but it is even more useful for videos. However, if you’re planing on using a gimbal, then IBIS will not make that much of a difference.

Body Size and Weight

Size wise, these cameras are nearly identical, with the Nikon being slightly slimmer. When it comes to weight, the Canon comes in at 1.45 lb (660 grams), compared to 1.49 lb (675 grams) of the Nikon.

Video Recording

Both of these cameras can record in 4K at up to 30 fps. However, Nikon can only shoot at 100 Mbit/s, while the Canon has a wider selection of codecs. The EOS R can shoot in 120 Mbit/s or 480 Mbit/s.

We should also mention another big difference between these cameras when shooting in 4K. Nikon will allow you to shoot using the entire sensor or with a 1.5x crop, but Canon doesn’t give you this option. The only way you can record in 4K on the EOS R is with a pretty heavy crop of 1.7x.

When it comes to 1080p, Nikon has the edge as it can record in 120fps, while the Canon is limited to 60fps.

Memory Cards

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image source: Sony

Canon has one SD card slot, which supports speedy UHS-II cards. If you want to learn more about compatible EOS R cards, feel free to check out our article on best memory cards for Canon EOS R.

Nikon Z6 has only one memory card slot as well, but it uses XQD cards, which are a bit faster, but also more expensive and harder to find. However, if you opt for the Z6, these cards are your only choice so don’t forget to check out our article on best memory cards for Nikon Z6.

Battery Life

The EOS R has a rating of about 350 shoots per charge, while the Z6 is rated about 310 shots, which means Canon has a slight edge.


Price difference between these two cameras is about $300. Canon EOS R retails for $2,299, while the Z6 has a retail price of $1,999.

We hope this article helped you understand some of the main differences between the Canon EOS R and Nikon Z6.