Nikon Z6 vs Panasonic S1 vs Canon EOS R vs Sony a7 III Comparison by DPReview

 

Nikon Z6, Panasonic S1, Canon EOS R and Sony a7 III, which one do you prefer? DPReview has compared these four full frame mirrorless cameras, and it seems that there is no clear overall winner, but “the Sony a7 III remains our generic recommendation, simply because it’s good at just about everything.

Nikon Z6 vs Panasonic S1 vs Canon EOS R vs Sony a7 III Comparison

Canon EOS RNikon Z6Panasonic S1Sony a7 III
MSRP (body)$2299$1999$2499$1999
Pixel count30MP24MP24MP24MP
Sensor techCMOSBSI-CMOSBSI-CMOSBSI-CMOS
AF systemDual Pixel
(On-sensor PDAF)
On-sensor PDAFDepth from Defocus
(Contrast Detection-based)
On-sensor PDAF
Image stabilizationLens only5-axis5-axis + sync with lens IS5-axis
Maximum frame rate8 fps (AF-S)
5 fps (AF-C)
12 fps
(12-bit Raw)
9 fps (AF-S)
6 fps (AF-C and live view)
10 fps
Flash Sync speed1/200 sec1/200 sec1/320 sec1/250 sec
High Res modeNoNoYesNo
Viewfinder
res / mag
3.68M dots
/ 0.76x
3.68M dots
/ 0.80x
5.76M dots
/ 0.78x
2.36M dots / 0.78x
Rear screen2.1M-dot fully articulated touchscreen2.1M-dot tilting touchscreen2.1M-dot two-way tilting touchscreen921k-dot tilting touchscreen
AF joystickNoYesYesYes
Top-plate settings displayYesYesYesNo
Backlit buttonsNoNoYesNo
Video captureUHD 4K 30p
(1.83x crop)
UHD 4K 30p
(full sensor)
UHD 4K 30p
(full sensor)
UHD 4K 60p (1.5x crop)
UHD 4K 24p
(full sensor)
UHD 4K 30p
(1.2x Crop)
Log modesC-Log
8-bit (internal)
10-bit (HDMI)
N-Log
10-bit (HDMI)
HLG
10-bit
S-Log2 / 3 / HLG
8-bit
Paid video upgradeRaw HDMI to Atomos Ninja VV-Log + tools
10-bit 4:2:2 30p (internal)
10-bit 4:2:2 60p (HDMI)
Memory cardsSingle SDSingle XQD1 XQD + 1 SDDual SD
Battery life (CIPA) LCD/EVF370 (LCD)380 / 310400 / 380*710 / 610
USB-chargingYesYesYesYes
Shutter life rating200k cycles200k cycles400k cycles200k cycles
Dimensions136 x 98 x 84 mm134 x 101 x 68 mm149 x 110 x 97 mm127 x 96 x 74 mm
Weight (CIPA)660 g675 g1017 g**650 g

Conclusion from DPReview:

Having considered all these factors, and looked at how they apply to different types of photography, there is no clear, overall ‘winner.’ It’s certainly not as simple as adding up how many times we’ve recommended each model, since it’s unlikely any one person is going use their camera for every one of these types of shooting.

With that critical caveat, the Sony a7 III remains our generic recommendation, simply because it’s good at just about everything. But it’s a much narrower margin over the Nikon Z6 than when we last pondered this question, and they’re close enough that one of the others may be better for you.

Sony a7 III body: $1,998 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Canon EOS R body: $1,799 at AmazonB&HAdorama

$200 off on Nikon Z6 body: $1,796.95 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

$500 off on Panasonic S1 body: $1,997.99 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

Read the full review at DPReview.