• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • 75.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Sigma DP3 Merrill advantages over Nikon Z6

  • Less expensive
    $899* vs $2597
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Nikon Z6 advantages over Sigma DP3 Merrill

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
    ~ 5.94 vs 5.00 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 380 vs 97 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    1 month vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    2100k vs 922k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.5 vs 14.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    47 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    35 vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

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The Competition

Compared to Sony A7 II

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Sony A7 II
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $898
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon Z6
Sony A7 II
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony A9

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Sony A9
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon Z6
Sony A9
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Top deck display
  • $3498
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Longer video battery life

Compared to Sony A7 III

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Sony A7 III
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon Z6
Sony A7 III
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • More dots on screen
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon Z7

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Nikon Z7
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon Z6
Nikon Z7
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3397
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Canon EOS R

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Canon EOS R
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon Z6
Canon EOS R
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
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