Nikon Z30 vs Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z30 and Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon Z30
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography


Nikon Z30 is manufacturered by Nikon but Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography is from Canon. Both Nikon and Canon are well known brands though.

Nikon Z30 were released 2022 and Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography was released 2005. That is a 17 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon Z30 Nikon 2022
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography Canon 2005

Type of camera

Nikon Z30 is a Mirrorless camera while Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon Z30 has a "DX"-sensor while Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography has a "APSC"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon Z30 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)

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)


Nikon Z30 has a 21 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography has 8,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon Z30 21 MP 20668416 5568 3712
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography 8,2 MP 8185344 3504 2336

Nikon Z30 has a 153 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z30 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography. Nikon Z30 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z30 100-51200
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography 100-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z30
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon Z30 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z30 11
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography 5

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon Z30. Unfortunately Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography does not support recording movies and movie clips.


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

Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography weighs 770 gr (equal to 1,7 lb) which is 90% heavier than Nikon Z30 and its 405 gr (or 0,89 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Z30 405 gr 0,89 lb
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography 770 gr 1,7 lb