Canon EOS R3 vs Nikon Z9

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS R3 and Nikon Z9. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS R3 is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon Z9 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

These two camera models were both released 2021.

Camera Released
Canon EOS R3 2021
Nikon Z9 2021

Type of camera

Both these cameras are Mirrorless cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Even though the camera sensors might be called differently they are both considered Full frame which means that the focal length of the lenses is not affected. There is no crop factor on any of these cameras and sensors.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS R3 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Nikon Z9 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** 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 R3 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon Z9 has 46 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS R3 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Nikon Z9 46 MP
45441024 pixels
8256 x 5504

Nikon Z9 has a 89 % larger resolution than Canon EOS R3. 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 Z9 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS R3. Nikon Z9 has an ISO range that stretches from 32 to 102400 while Canon EOS R3 has 100 to 102400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS R3 100-102400
Nikon Z9 32-102400

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.

Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS R3 belongs to the Canon EOS R-system and needs an adapter to work with Canons EF, EF-S, MP-E, and TS-E lenses. You can read more about this adapter here:
Canon Lens Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS R3
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z9

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS R3 can shoot up to 30 pictures per seconds and Nikon Z9 can shoot up to 30 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS R3 30
Nikon Z9 30

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS R3 and Nikon Z9 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.

Nikon Z9 weighs 1340 gr (equal to 2.95 lb) which is 32% heavier than Canon EOS R3 and its 1015 gr (or 2.24 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS R3 1015 gr
2.24 lb
Nikon Z9 1340 gr
2.95 lb

Canon EOS R3 vs Nikon Z9 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS R3 and Nikon Z9, 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 R3
Nikon Z9
Name Canon EOS R3 Nikon Z9
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS R3
Nikon Z9
Release Year 2021 2021
Release Date 2021-04-14 2021-10-28
MSRP 5999 USD 5500 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS R3
Nikon Z9
Camera Type Mirrorless Mirrorless
Sensor
Canon EOS R3
Nikon Z9
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type Stacked CMOS Full Stacked CMOS
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 8256 x 5504 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 46 MP
Image Processor DIGIC X EXPEED 7
Image
Canon EOS R3
Nikon Z9
ISO Range 100 - 102400 32 - 102400
White Balance Presets 6 9
Custom White Balance No Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
Yes
(Sensor Shift (Synchro VR with selected lenses))
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 6 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS R3
Nikon Z9
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 1053 493
Lens Mount Canon RF

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier Full frame
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS R3
Nikon Z9
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Tilting
Screen size 3.2 3.2
Screen dots 4150000 2088960
Touch screen Yes Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.76 0.8x
Viewfinder Resolution 5760000 3686400
Photography features
Canon EOS R3
Nikon Z9
Frames per second 30 fps 30 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 900 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/32000 seconds
Built-in Flash No No
Built-in Flash Range N/A 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 R3
Nikon Z9
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
H.265
H.264
H.265
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
4096 x 2160
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
7680 x 4320
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS R3
Nikon Z9
Memory Card Compact Flash Express
SD/SDHC
Compact Flash Express
XQD
Connectivity
Canon EOS R3
Nikon Z9
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port Yes Yes
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11ac + Bluetooth)
Yes
Built-in (IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac/Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy)
Remote Control Yes (via smartphone) Yes (Via app)
GPS Yes
Built-in
Yes
Built-in (GPS, GLONASS, QZSS)
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS R3
Nikon Z9
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Built-in Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E19 lithium-ion battery & charger
EN-EL18d (backwards compatible with EN-EL18/a/b/c batteries)
Battery Life (CIPA) 760 shots 740 shots
Width 150 mm 149 mm
Height 143 mm 150 mm
Depth 87 mm 91 mm
Weight 1015 gram 1340 gram