• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 24.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Canon R3 advantages over Nikon Z 30

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.00 vs 4.22 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 760 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More dots on screen
    4150k vs 1037k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    24.1 vs 20.9 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    30.0 fps vs 11.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Z 30 advantages over Canon R3

  • Less expensive
    $710 vs $5999 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    59 mm vs 87 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    390g vs 1015g
    Lighter weight
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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The Competition

Compared to Canon R6

Canon R3
Canon R6
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • Newer
  • $2399
  • 35mm
  • Lighter weight
Nikon Z 30
Canon R6
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • Newer
  • $2399
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon EOS M50 II

Canon R3
Canon EOS M50 II
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Internal flash
Nikon Z 30
Canon EOS M50 II
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Newer
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • NFC

Compared to Leica SL2-S

Canon R3
Leica SL2-S
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $4895
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
Nikon Z 30
Leica SL2-S
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $4895
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Fujifilm X-T30 II

Canon R3
Fujifilm X-T30 II
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon Z 30
Fujifilm X-T30 II
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon R5 C

Canon R3
Canon R5 C
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • More dots on screen
  • $4499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Nikon Z 30
Canon R5 C
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $4499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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