Nikon Z9 vs Canon EOS Ra

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

Nikon Z9
Canon EOS Ra


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

Nikon Z9 were released 2021 and Canon EOS Ra was released 2018. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon Z9 Nikon 2021
Canon EOS Ra Canon 2018

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 effected. There is no crop factor on any of these cameras and sensors.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon Z9 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Canon EOS Ra 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

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 Z9 has a 46 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Ra has 30 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 Z9 46 MP 45441024 8256 5504
Canon EOS Ra 30 MP 30105600 6720 4480

Nikon Z9 has a 51 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Ra. 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 Z9 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Ra. Nikon Z9 has an ISO range that stretches from 32 to 102400 while Canon EOS Ra has 100 to 40000.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z9 32-102400
Canon EOS Ra 100-40000

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.

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

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

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon Z9 can shoot up to 30 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Ra can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z9 30
Canon EOS Ra 8

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon Z9 and Canon EOS Ra can shoot movies.


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.

Nikon Z9 weighs 1340 gr (equal to 2,95 lb) which is 103% heavier than Canon EOS Ra and its 660 gr (or 1,46 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Z9 1340 gr 2,95 lb
Canon EOS Ra 660 gr 1,46 lb