Flagship Cameras from Nikon, Canon and Sony

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Flagship Cameras Compared from Canon, Nikon and Sony

Today Nikon announced their new flagship DSLR the Nikon D6. Alongside the Canon EOS 1DX mark III and the Sony A9 II this means that the “big three” camera manufacturers have each released a flagship full frame camera body in the past six months. In this article we compare the main specifications of all three bodies.

The Nikon D6, Sony A9 II and EOS 1Dx mark III compared

We have not yet had our hands on a Nikon D6 so cannot do a working comparison of the cameras. However, now the specifications are released, we can put the stats of each camera side by side. There are some similarities as the manufacturers compete for the same audience: The cameras all feature built in wifi connectivity as well as Ethernet ports for Wired LAN connections. The resolution is low across all bodies, they are made for fast and high quality image recording, and fast transmission which a low file-size helps with. Mirrorless technology is the main differentiation in the bodies with those brands adopting newer technologies achieving higher burst rates for continuous shooting – significant for sport photography in particular.

Full write ups on the cameras are on our blog for further reading:

Nikon D6: Feb 12th 2020 Canon EOS 1DX mark III: Jan 7th 2020 Sony A9 II : Oct 3rd 2019


Nikon D6 Sony A9 II Canon EOS 1DX mark III
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless DSLR
Launch Price £6,299 £4,799 £6,499
Sensor Size Full Frame Full Frame Full Frame
20.8 24.2 20.1
Video (Max) 4K UHD 30p
XAVC S 4K 30p
4K Raw 59.94fps
ISO Range 100 – 102,400 100 – 5,1200 100 – 102,400
Extended ISO 50 – 3,280,000 50 – 204,800 50 – 819,200
AF Points 105 693 191
Shooting Rate 14fps 20fps 16fps
Memory Cards Dual XQD / CFexpress Dual SD UHS-II Dual CFexpress
Lens Mount Nikon F Sony-E Canon EF
USB Port USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type C) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type C) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type C)
HDMI Port Mini HDMI Micro HDMI Mini HDMI
LAN Terminal 1000BASE-T Ethernet 1000BASE-T Ethernet 1000BASE-T Ethernet
Wireless LAN built-in Yes Yes Yes
Weight (g) 1270 678 1440
Size WxHxD mm 160 x 163 x 92 129 x 96 x 76 158 x 168 x 83
Battery life (CIPA rating) 3580 690 2850
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