Nikon Z fc vs Canon EOS R

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

Manufacturing

Nikon Z fc is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS R is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon Z fc were released 2021 and Canon EOS R was released 2018. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon Z fc 2021
Canon EOS R 2018

Type of camera

Both these cameras are Mirrorless cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon Z fc has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Canon EOS R has a "Canon Full Frame"-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 **
Nikon Z fc 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS R 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 (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Nikon Z fc has a 21 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS R has 30 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon Z fc 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712
Canon EOS R 30 MP
30105600 pixels
6720 x 4480

Canon EOS R has a 46 % larger resolution than Nikon Z fc. 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 Z fc has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS R. Nikon Z fc has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS R has 100 to 40000.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z fc 100-51200
Canon EOS R 100-40000

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 R 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 Nikon Z fc
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS R

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon Z fc can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS R can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z fc 11
Canon EOS R 8

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon Z fc and Canon EOS R 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 R weighs 660 gr (equal to 1.46 lb) which is 48% heavier than Nikon Z fc and its 445 gr (or 0.98 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon Z fc 445 gr
0.98 lb
Canon EOS R 660 gr
1.46 lb

Nikon Z fc vs Canon EOS R Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon Z fc and Canon EOS R, 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
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
Name Nikon Z fc Canon EOS R
Manufacturer Nikon Canon
Release Date and Price
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
Release Year 2021 2018
Release Date 2021-06-29 2018-09-05
MSRP 959 USD 2299 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
Camera Type Mirrorless Mirrorless
Sensor
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5568 x 3712 pixels 6720 x 4480 pixels
Megapixels 21 MP 30 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 6 DIGIC 8
Image
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
ISO Range 100 - 51200 100 - 40000
White Balance Presets 8 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
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 209 5655
Lens Mount Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Canon RF

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier 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
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
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3.2
Screen dots 1040000 2100000
Touch screen Yes Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.02 (0.68 35mm equiv.) 0.76
Viewfinder Resolution 2360000 3690000
Photography features
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
Frames per second 11 fps 8 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 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 No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11ac + Bluetooth)
Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.1 LE)
Remote Control Yes (via smartphone) Yes (via smartphone)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon Z fc
Canon EOS R
Enviromentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL25 lithium-ion battery & charger
LP-E6N lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 300 shots 370 shots
Width 135 mm 136 mm
Height 94 mm 98 mm
Depth 44 mm 84 mm
Weight 445 gram 660 gram