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Product Photos by Dan Bracaglia

Both Nikon has significantly updated the Z6's capabilities since this article was written. We conducted a new comparison in April 2020, which reflects the current situation.

Click here to read our updated in-depth comparison.

A significant group of camera makers have decided that full frame mirrorless cameras are the sector most likely to remain profitable as the camera market contracts. This leaves us with a selection of cameras priced around $2000, all trying to get you hooked on a new system.

We're going to look at three 24MP full frame mirrorless cameras from Sony, Nikon and Panasonic. The other potential contender here is the Canon EOS R but, while its lens lineup is looking interesting, we think the other three cameras are stronger contenders, so will concentrate on those for now.

This leaves us with a selection of cameras, all trying to get you hooked on a new system

When it comes to their sensors, similarities go way beyond just the headline pixel count. Performance is so close across the trio that you might reasonably conclude that they had similar underlying silicon.

There are differences, of course: Panasonic hasn't topped its chip with phase detection AF masks, which reduces the (already small) risk of striping artifacts at the cost of slightly lower continuous AF performance. Meanwhile Sony restricts you either to lossy Raw compression that can slightly limit your processing flexibility, or honking-great uncompressed files. But in terms of your images, lenses are likely to make much more difference to your photos than the brand name that appears on the front of the camera.