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What should be clear is that you now have a choice of very capable full-frame cameras for under $1500. The Nikon will look more expensive at first but its MSRP suggests it'll settle to a price around that of the EOS RP if you can be a little patient.

Our initial impression is that the Nikon looks like the strongest choice: unlike the Sony it benefits from all of Nikon's latest UI and performance improvements, but its specs haven't been quite as aggressively pared-back as those of the Canon.

That said, this is a decision that should hinge on lens systems rather than individual bodies. So it's worth looking both at the lenses bundled with the cameras and the options available if you look beyond that before you make pick a team. Sony has the most extensive selection of lenses but what matters most is whether the lenses you want are available. Things will look even more competitive once Nikon introduces its promised 'S-Line 24-105mm' zoom, as these lenses can make excellent additions to entry and mid-level bodies.

There's enough that's familiar in the Nikon that we're not expecting any nasty surprises, but we'll look at this comparison again once we've had a chance to fully review the Z5.

Nikon Z5 Canon EOS RP Sony a7 II Sony a7 III
MSRP $1400 $1300 $1000
($1700 at launch)
Pixel count 24MP 26MP 24MP 24MP
Image stabilization In-body
(5.0 stops)
In-lens only In-body
(4.5 stops)
(5.0 stops)
Storage Dual UHS-II SD Single UHS-II SD Single UHS-I SD / Memory stick Dual SD (one UHS-I, one UHS-II)
Burst speed 4.5 fps 4.0 fps 5.0 fps 10 fps
Flash sync 1/200 1/180 1/200 1/200
Max shutter speed 1/8000 1/4000 1/8000 1/8000
3.69M-dot OLED
2.36M-dot OLED
2.36M-dot OLED
2.36M dot OLED
Rear screen

3.0" 1.04M-dot
tilting touchscreen

3.0" 1.04M-dot
fully articulating touchscreen
3.0" 1.23M-dot tilting 3.0" 0.92M dot tilting touchscreen
Video resolution UHD 4K/30p UHD 4K/24p 1080/60p UHD 4K/30p
Video crop 1.7x 1.7x 1.0x 1.2x 30p
1.0x 24p
Mic/Headphone? Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Connectivity Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Wi-Fi (+NFC) Wi-Fi (+NFC)
Battery life
470 / 390 250 / 250 350 710 / 610
Weight 675g 485g 600g 650g
Dimensions 134 x 101 x 70mm 133 x 85 x 70mm 127 x 96 x 60mm 127 x 96 x 74mm

*Sony uses Bluetooth only for syncing GPS data, not speeding up the connection process