Canon EOS 850D vs Nikon Z30

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 850D and Nikon Z30. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 850D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon Z30 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 850D were released 2020 and Nikon Z30 was released 2022. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 850D 2020
Nikon Z30 2022

Type of camera

Canon EOS 850D is a DSLR camera while Nikon Z30 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 850D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon Z30 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 850D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon Z30 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 850D has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon Z30 has 21 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 850D 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Nikon Z30 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712

Canon EOS 850D has a 16 % larger resolution than Nikon Z30. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z30 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 850D. Nikon Z30 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS 850D has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 850D 100-25600
Nikon Z30 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 850D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z30

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 850D can shoot up to 7,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon Z30 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 850D 7,5
Nikon Z30 11

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 850D and Nikon Z30 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 850D weighs 515 gr (equal to 1.14 lb) which is 27% heavier than Nikon Z30 and its 405 gr (or 0.89 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 850D 515 gr
1.14 lb
Nikon Z30 405 gr
0.89 lb

Canon EOS 850D vs Nikon Z30 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 850D and Nikon Z30, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
Name Canon EOS 850D Nikon Z30
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
Release Year 2020 2022
Release Date 2020-02-12 2022-06-29
MSRP 749 USD 710 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 5568 x 3712 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 21 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 8 EXPEED 6
Image
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 51200
White Balance Presets 6 0
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 45 209
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 1040000 1040000
Touch screen Yes Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) No Viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.82 (0.51 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 0 0
Photography features
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
Frames per second 7,5 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 4 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth)
Yes
Built-in (802.11ac + Bluetooth)
Remote Control Yes (via wireless remote or smartphone) Yes (via smartphone)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 850D
Nikon Z30
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
EN-EL25 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 800 shots 330 shots
Width 131 mm 128 mm
Height 103 mm 74 mm
Depth 76 mm 60 mm
Weight 515 gram 405 gram