Z9 a real flagship to the Canon R3 or R1?

Started Oct 31, 2021 | Discussions thread
Autoxave Regular Member • Posts: 264
Re: Z9 a real flagship to the Canon R3 or R1?

Z6User wrote:

Autoxave wrote:

In my opinion the advangates of the Canon R3 above Z9 are:

  • Canon has better image stabilization
  • Canon has a higher resolution on the LCD screen
  • Canon has higher (but maybe not better) resolution in viewfinder
  • Canon weighs approx 300 gram less
  • Canon has 30 FPS RAW capture (albeit 24 MP resolution but that is more than enough for action)
  • Probably less noise due to lower MP
  • Eye autofocus.

The advantages of Z9 in my opinion are:

  • Better video specs
  • Almost twice the pixel count. This allows the photographer to use the camera in DX mode with ~20 Mega pickles resolution, or to crop FX more aggressively. I imagine this is quite an advantage for bird photographers, government intelligence services snoopers, and many others.
  • No AA filter. I don’t think this means much but Canon posters were slamming the Z9 for having an AA even though it does not have one.
  • Probably brighter viewfinder
  • Two CF express card slots
  • Better landscape camera dure to higher MP
  • Probably more durable as it’s top of the range.
  • Illuminated buttons, does the R3 have that?

No, do not think so.

  • Potentially smaller (lossy compressed) raw files with little IQ loss. TBD.

Yes, a nice feature.

Three important aspects which we do not know yet:

  • The best tracking ability in action photography
  • The number of keepers during a session of action photography
  • The durability and the ability to withstand rough environments and handling
  • The Z9 has no VF blackout or lag. How does the R3 compare? 

As far as the review I have seen there is no lag.

  • How do the dynamic ranges compare?


  • How does the image noise compare? This is likely not a Sony sensor, and they are known for high DR and low image noise.

Usually lower MP counts means less noise and lower reads out speed means less noise, but TBD.

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