Friday, May 27, 2022

Sony a1 vs Nikon Z9 vs Canon R3: Which Camera Should You Buy? (2022)

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Ultimate battle and comparison of the canon r3 nikon z9 and sony a1 now i'd like to call it the flagship battle but canon doesn't call the r3 the flagship but for all intent and purposes it is their flagship so we're gonna call this the flagship now i'm gonna go over the different specs that these cameras offer and try to tell you which one i think .

Gets the check mark for being the best in that specific category now i've had hands-on experience with all three of these cameras i've used them extensively in the real world so i know the quirks and the ins and outs of their systems and i will try to do my best to give the right check mark to the right camera system and i'm sure if i get something .

Wrong you'll let me know down below in the comments let's kick this off with the sensors inside of these cameras starting with the r3 it has a 24.1 megapixel full-frame stacked bsi cmos sensor powered by the digic 10 processor it's 10 right not x steven yeah yeah it's the the the 10 whatever that's what they call it the nikon has a 45.7 .

Megapixel full-frame stacked bsi cmos sensor powered by an expeed 7 processor which is fantastic the sony a1 has a 50.1 megapixel full-frame bsi stacked cmos sensor powered by dual bion's xr processors now all three of these cameras are stacked that means they can do faster readouts and don't need to rely on a mechanical shutter to take the .

Pictures thus why these things are speed beasts and speed demons when it comes to taking pictures and we'll get to that in terms of how many frames per second you can get we'll get to that in just a minute when we get to that section but stack sensors are fantastic the first camera that was released up here as a flagship was the sony a1 followed almost .

A year later by the r3 and then the z9 a little after the r3 so who gets the check mark for the best sensor of all of them up here and the funny thing is i mean if i had to choose based off of sensor only i'm probably going with the nikon because i've always been drawn to the black and whites that i've gotten and the color that i've gotten out of it .

And it's 45 megapixels i love the sensor in the r3 but it's only 24 megapixels that wouldn't be my first choice but my personal choice that i'm using in the real world every day as of now at the time of recording this is still the sony a1 because of all of the factors when you add them up but i'm going to go ahead and give the check mark to the .

Nikon z9 right off the bat moving on to iso the canon gives you 100 to 102 400 natively expandable up to 200 and 4800 the nikon will do native 64 to 25 600 expandable up to 100 and 2400 and the sony will do 100 to 32 000 native expandable up to 102 400. i love that the nikon goes down to 64. i loved when i had the d850 and i .

Shot that at 64. because the colors that you pull out of it and how clean the files are are fantastic when you can shoot that low when you have enough light to allow you to do that that is incredible especially when you start throwing one two lenses on the front of this and you can go down to 64 and even throw that shutter speed all the way up .

I love the nikon for the fact that it does that that's going to be great for landscapes it's going to be great for video it's going to be great whenever you have enough light and you can do that it's going to be super clean the canon on the other hand natively goes to a much higher iso and is going to be much cleaner keep in mind this is a 24 .

Megapixel sensor so the pixel pitch is much larger which means you're gonna gather more light and it's going to generally be a cleaner file at higher isos the sony which is what i've been using for the last year is not going to be the cleanest at the higher isos because it's a 50 megapixel camera and the more megapixels you have you start .

To get less clean images at higher isos now i say that today i say higher because back in the day if we pushed it to 6400 that was a long way to go 6400 today is nothing do i think that the the a1 gives you the cleanest files at 8 000 iso the answer is no you're going to get much cleaner files with the r3 you're going to get cleaner files with the z9 .

And so even though this is my daily driver i don't push it up super high i don't think it's the cleanest at those isos but it's not that big of a deal because i'm really happy with the results that i get from it but i'm going to take the nikon and give them a check mark for the better low iso capability and then canon is going to get a check .

Mark for the cleanliness of it now remember this is just the iso specs not taking everything else into consideration so these guys get a check mark and sony the money truck is backing away let me jump in here real quick because i want to show you this image from the z9 edited with a bunch of different presets .

That we've created starting with zoolander zoolander looks pretty good then we've got november rain i love how that one looks mount airy is more light and airy it's kind of the hot thing on the streets right now that a lot of people like then we jump up to almost famous which gives you the kind of opposite of light and area gives you a .

Little bit of crunch to it followed by fifth element now those are from fro pack 3 but i want to jump into fro pack 2 and go to matte black high contrast matte black high contrast gives you a great look double stuffed oreos is like wow look at how good that works out followed by dorothy and then we've got bob ross for people i .

Just wanted to show you bob ross for people and then from fro pack one being that this was taken in kensington and philadelphia we've got kensington and that looks really good so look if you're looking to speed up your raw workflow or give yourself a great starting point i mean i just gave you a lot of great starting points with one file where we .

Created 15 all new custom lightroom presets that you can check out right now at froknowsphoto.compropac3 while you're over there you can play with the sliders to see the befores and the afters and if you decide to pick them up right now they are currently on sale or you could pick up the triple play bundle which .

Includes all the presets that you just saw me use and then some and that's with pro pack one two and three and you can save a lot more now let's get back to the video now let's talk about frame rates and shutter types starting with the canon it does have a mechanical shutter that gives you 12 frames per second in 14-bit uncompressed raw but .

You do get 30 frames per second with the electronic shutter in 14-bit uncompressed raw you only have options to shoot 3 15 or 30 frames per second with the electronic shutter what that means is if you want to set it to do 20 frames per second you can't actually do it you get three you get 15 or you get 30. when i'm shooting this camera i'm .

Shooting it with the electronic shutter the whole time that's why you have the stack sensor that's what it's built for the time that you would you would use a mechanical shutter is if you're having a major issue with flickering lights for some reason and you just need to switch back into it you can go ahead and switch back in the into the mechanical shutter .

But you're really not going to see a difference with everyday shooting other than more speed between the electronic and the mechanical you're not losing out on quality by using one or the other now the nikon did something really interesting they got rid of the mechanical shutter all together in its place they kind of put something called .

The sensor shield which i kind of love that when you turn the camera on or off the center when you turn it off sensor shield goes down when you turn the camera on sensor shield goes up you actually have to set that in the camera yourself it should be on by default but it's actually not okay you get 20 frames per second with the electronic shutter .

In 14-bit lossless compressed raw what that means is you are getting a compressed raw file the camera does not give you the option to shoot uncompressed raw now when it comes to how many frames a second you can set the camera to you can do 10 12 15 and 20 frames per second with the electronic shutter you can shoot at 30 frames per .

Second with the nikon to match what the canon is doing except for the fact that 30 frames per second when you switch into that mode is only going to be jpeg you cannot shoot raw files at 30 frames per second which means when i'm using this camera i'm leaving it at 20 frames per second to get raw files because i i mean it says it right here i shoot raw .

I'm not going to shoot jpeg except if i want to get 120 frames per second now that makes a little bit more sense to shoot just jpeg only you can turn this to 120 frames per second and you will get 11 megapixel jpeg files and they're about 3.4 megabytes each it's actually pretty interesting to be able to shoot at 120 frames per second and get a still .

File just remember it is not raw with the sony when you switch it into mechanical mode you will get 10 frames per second in 14-bit uncompressed raw now using the electronic shutter you can go as high as 30 frames per second and get raw files they're just going to be compressed now i prefer having uncompressed raw files but the fact that .

We can shoot at 30 and still get a raw file is a win over what the nikon can do which is only giving you jpegs now at 20 frames per second you can get uncompressed raw files with the sony so the big question is who wins up here well if we're just basing it off of the fact that one shoots 30 frames per second uncompressed we're gonna go with .

The canon but again that's not taking into account the 24 megapixels the 45 megapixels the 50 megapixels if i'm choosing which i've already chosen i'm still going with the a1 because i can do 30 frames per second compressed raw if i need to at 50 megapixels i generally leave this in the 20 frames per second mode so that i can .

Get 20 frames per second uncompressed raw at 50 megapixels so if i'm taking everything into consideration i'm still going with what the sony offers the nikon's fast the nikon's really good at 20 frames per second at 45 megapixels if i had to choose do i want 24 or do i want 45 and shoot 20 frames per second i'm gonna shoot the one that gives me .

More megapixels and matches the speed because i just like having that quality moving on to the mounts we have an rf mount a z mount and an e mount the oldest one here is the e-mount that's why there's more lenses available and third-party lenses to boot you can get all the different e-mount lenses that sony has ever made for this as well as .

Lenses from tamron and lenses from sigma you've got something like the tamron 35 to 150 which is a unique lens for here so the options for sony are pretty endless right now because they've been out longer and they have third-party support now the canon does not have third-party lens support yet in terms of native rf glass the rf glass that canon .

Has produced is absolutely mind-blowing we're using the 28 to 70 f2 right now on the main camera it's a 28 to 70 f2 that lens is absolutely insane now where the canon shines is if you are an ef shooter you've had canon ef lenses those lenses adapt very well with the adapter for these cameras in fact the canon is the best in my opinion when it comes to .

Adapting lenses between the nikon and the canon there's really not much to adapt here unless you had old dslr dslr lenses for the sony which most people never really had so the canon ef glass on rf bodies is is like seamless and fantastic even if you have tamron and sigma lenses it still works extremely well the nikon on the other hand you .

Have a ton of old f-mount lenses throughout the years actually going back to like the 50s that you could do you could attach it but you wouldn't have autofocus with those and you'd lose some things but there's like 90 f-mount lenses that you can mount to this and use the adapter with i've just found that it's much slower focusing .

With the adapted lenses it doesn't mean that it's not going to work you're still going to get very good results but it's just slower than putting the ef lenses on the rf adapter the lens options that you have currently for z mount are okay nikon's added to the lineup very well you've got your 14 to 24 to eight 24 to 70 two eight you've got your 70 to 200 2 .

8 a 50 1.2 a bunch of 1 8 lenses and now a 402 8 you have a lot of choices but if you're trying to decide which system might be the right one for you if you're a canon shooter and you have a lot of ef glass i mean it it's seamless when you attach it to here nikon i dumped all of my f-mount glass in preparation of going mirrorless .

With the nikon side and i've picked up z-glass that i own that i can use on this and i have a ton of sony glass i have a bunch of sigma 1.2 lenses i've got a bunch of sony lenses and i have some tamron lenses that i now have on this system so my favorite of all of them the one that i think is going to end up being the top dog at some point i .

Really think that canon's going to win with the rf glass if they keep bringing out unique glass but currently today the best choice is the one that has third-party lens support the ones that can take tamron and sigma and that's the e-mount so that's what i have to say about lens mounts i know it's quite a lot and it's a and it's a mouthful but .

Those are all the options that you have moving on to one of the most important specs with photography these days auto focus and auto focusing points the r3 has 1053 phase detect af points that go edge to edge with a hundred percent coverage now keep in mind you get 60 af calculations per second now this is dual pixel af2 which is absolutely fantastic .

You get iaf lock on tracking animal af vehicle af you can customize the size of the focus area which none of the other cameras do you can do touch and drag af you've got a focus guide in manual focus and you have a smart controller for moving focusing points around that's a lot of stuff to say we'll come back to that after i get through the rest of the .

Specs now we've got the nikon you have 493 phase detect af points that are nearly edge to edge with 90 percent coverage and it does 120 af calculations per second you've got iaf you've got 3d tracking you've got subject detection animal af as well as vehicle autofocus the sony has 759 phase detect af points that are nearly edge to edge with 92 .

Percent coverage and it does 120 af calculations per second you've got real time tracking iaf animal af and touch and drag af we know that this is the one thing that people argue the most about which auto focusing system is the best we know that in the past the nikon autofocus for their mirrorless cameras and their z system has not been up to .

Par compared to where it is today it's a thousand times better than where it was it's fully functioning the iaf works the lock-on tracking works but it's not as good yet as the canon and the sony this is really a fight between the canon and the sony but please understand that the nikon is not far behind at this point i know people get angry when i say that .

That it's not on par but it's just not there yet but if it was the only system i had to shoot with i still would get great results that i otherwise would have missed if i was using prior z cameras i would be happy if this was the only system that existed and i had to shoot with it i still would get great results in our head-to-head tests .

Between all three of these cameras the nikon did the best at finding the eye at a distance it did that the best but when it came to shooting wide open at 1.2 the canon and the sony were slightly better than the nikon like i said it's a battle between these two right here i think canon has done a fantastic job with their autofocus in the r3 in fact the r6 .

And the r5 were already spectacular and this just builds on that and makes it even better the sony a1 is fantastic with lock-on tracking and all of the auto-focusing modes it does a great job i honestly think that the r3 and the a1 are so close to each other at this point in some places the canon's going to be better in other places the sony's going .

To be better but across the board you are going to get results that you otherwise would never have gotten with a dslr or when you were shooting film they're all getting a check mark for having fantastic autofocus let me jump in here real quick and let you know that this video is brought to you by squarespace if you're looking to build .

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Has two cf express type a slots that are actually backward compatible with uhs two sd cards now let's talk about burst rate the burst rate for the canon is 150 when you're shooting with the electronic shutter at 30 frames per second so you're shooting a lot of photos quickly so you're going to fill the buffer up much quicker but keep in mind don't hold .

Your finger down forever because you generally don't need to do that the action happens get it and move on now canon likes to say you can get a thousand raw files when shooting the mechanical shutter at 12 frames per second i guess if you just needed to keep on shooting thousands of pictures at a time because you were doing .

Something and 12 frames a second was good enough then maybe that's good enough for you the nikon can do up to a thousand raw files when shooting in compressed raw i'm pretty sure that's their their specialty raw format their high efficiency one which i personally wouldn't shoot in i want the highest quality possible but i did not outrun .

This buffer at all when i was shooting in the highest raw file format that they gave me it did it did a really good job the sony can do 155 raw files when shooting in compressed raw or 82 in uncompressed raw remember you're moving 50 megapixel images they're about 103 megabytes each every time you get a picture saved to the card will you .

Outrun this buffer the answer is you can outrun it if you're just holding your finger down and shooting without consideration uh but generally speaking within a second or two burst you should be fine because when you take your finger off the button the buffer clears and you have all of that room to shoot once again now let's talk about those .

Card slots i love when you have the same card slots dual card slots in the cameras you've got two cf express type b cards in the nikon you have two a cards in here and you've got split between cf express type b and sd here if i had to choose which one i would want up here it probably would be what nikon has because it has two cf express type b cards which .

Are super extremely fast and they're less expensive than the a cards that are here in the sony the sony ones well just the slots in here they're about half the speed as the b but they are reverse compatible if you want to put sd cards in here but to be honest if you're spending 6 500 for an a1 and you're going to use sd cards you probably .

Shouldn't because that's going to slow down the amount of shots that you can get because they're much slower so again i'm gonna go with check mark on the nikon front just because i love those dual cards that are exactly the same let me just say this the reason sony goes with the smaller card is they like to miniaturize things .

And so that's why they chose to do those cards right now more expensive but they do work really well moving on to the video features now keep in mind i personally care mostly about the stills shooting aspect but some people will look at these cameras and be like oh i'm gonna shoot video i also want great video features so let's talk about this .

Starting with the r3 you have full frame 6k dci 12 bit raw video recording up to 60 frames per second or 4k up to 120 frames per second in 10 bit 422 in h265 you can do 4k oversampled from 6k with no pixel binning in all modes except 4k 120. you've got c log there's a micro hdmi port there is no overheating and unlimited record time you're not going .

To run into overheating issues with this because well it's not shooting 8k speaking of 8k the nikon will do full frame 8k uhd video recording up to 30 frames per second or 4k up to 120 frames per second in 10 bit 422 in h.265. the 4k is over sampled from 8k with no pixel binning up to 30 frames per second however there is pixel binning in 60p .

And 120p you've got pro res hq internal recording there's n-log full hdmi port no overheating once again even though you can shoot 8k you've got unlimited record time as well and with a firmware upgrade in the future you're going to get 8k up to 60p 4k up to 60p with a full pixel readout and it's going to add .

Wave forms now in terms of the 8k downsampled to 4k that is basically what we're doing right here with the r5 that we're shooting with we are getting awesome 4k hq out of this camera and we love the quality that we get out of the r5 moving on to the sony a1 you've got full frame 8k uhd video recording up to 30 frames per second which is .

Oversampled from 8.6 k or 4k up to 120 frames per second in 10 bit 422 in super 35 you get 4k oversampled from 5.8 k with no pixel binning up to 60 frames per second however there is pixel binning when you're in full frame 4k there is a full hdmi port you get 16 bit raw video externally there is no internal raw option there is no .

Overheating and there is no time limit so you're getting that unlimited record time across the board without overheating in any of these cameras probably because of the size of these cameras now as you can see they all are going to do a very nice job when it comes to video they're basically flagships they have a lot of options and .

When it comes to deciding which one based on the specs has the best results or the best features we're probably going to say and i talked with stephen about this who's in charge of all of our video we're leaning towards the z9 based on the specs and the future firmware upgrade it's fully loaded with what you can get out of it when it comes to video .

Let me jump in here real quick and say could you hit that thumbs up button down below and if you're not subscribed please subscribe so you don't miss another video now moving on to image stabilization the r3 has five axis in body stabilization up to eight stops of stabilization with certain lenses so that means some of the rf lenses will .

Give you up to eight stops now most of them will give you up to seven stops the in body the ibis in combination with the is is fantastic inside of this canon the nikon has five axis in body stabilization up to six stops of stabilization with certain lenses and the a1 has five axis in body stabilization up to five and a half .

Stops of stabilization there is an active mode for stabilizing but there will be a slight 10 crop if you turn that mode on look all these cameras are really good with stabilization if i had to choose the canon is fantastic straight out of the box it's fantastic when paired with rf lenses so i'm going to go ahead and give a check mark to the .

Canon moving on to the electronic viewfinders the r3 has a 5.76 million dot blackout free evf with 120 frames per second refresh rate and it has an eye control sensor we didn't talk about that during the auto focus area but you can use what's called eye control where the evf has sensors in there that are going to track where your eye is looking .

And that's going to help you select focusing points we've talked about this in our sample videos and our test videos on how that works and where it's useful prime example would be a track where you've got six lanes of runners and you want to get pictures of one through six you would look at one hold the button halfway down take your picture look at .

Two boom three boom boom and as you move your eye and press your finger halfway down on the shutter that's where it moves it's good in some situations it's not good in other situations i don't use it for sports i could see it being used when you don't have a lot of distractions but it's really not something that i'm going to use often .

But it does work the nikon has a 3.6 million dot blackout free evf with 120 frames per second refresh rate and the sony has a 9.44 million dot blackout free evf with a 240 frames per second refresh rate there's a new pan shot mode which will show you in the evf if you're shooting a super slow shutter speed it will actually give you the exact .

Representation of what you're seeing it's a pretty cool mode so on paper you would think that the 9.44 million dot would be the best just because it has more resolution but when you go up to 240 frames per second in the refresh rate you start to bring down the quality of the display so yes it has more dots than the others but across the board .

They are all really good and in terms of blackout free i know people like well the nikon is perfectly blackout free you don't notice a difference when you're using any of these cameras i've used all three of them they are all fantastic when it comes to the viewfinders you get what you see it's right in front of your face .

You see it you're getting the results so it's very hard to tell you that one is better than the other because they are all very bright they are very crisp very clear and it's hard to give one a check mark now this is an interesting category it's max shutter speed back in the day max shutter speed was 1 8 000 of a second .

For the pro camera sometimes 1 4 000 the canon will give you up to a 1 64 000 of a second shutter with the electronic shutter so that means if you're shooting with one of their one two lenses at 100 iso and it's super bright out and you have to go over 1 8 000 of a second you can do that you can go all the way up to 164 000 that is extremely fast they also .

Have a variable shutter option which allows you to shoot at tweener spots like one eight fifty third of a second point three if you're shooting in a concert situation or a lighting situation where there's a lot of flickering there's also a mode where it will select the exact shutter speed if you point it at the thing that's .

Flickering it will select the perfect shutter speed so that you don't get that flicker that is awesome in this camera now in terms of the nikon it maxes out at 1 32 000 of a second it does not offer you a variable shutter option at all which totally scared me because it doesn't have a mechanical shutter either but when i shot this in a concert .

Situation i did not see any major issues when it came to flickering or banding now in some situations under certain lights i did see some bands not just the ones in front of me but they weren't it wasn't something where you're like yeah this is a major issue so it does a really good job with a fast readout of the sensor and you can get up .

To 1 32 000 of a second but i still would like to see a variable shutter option added at some point it would be nice to have the a1 goes up to 132 000 of a second as well it also has a variable shutter uh but it does not have the mode where it will automatically select the shutter based off of the flicker that's in front of it so the .

Winner here in my opinion is pretty darn clear 164 000 of a second in the canon the variable shutter and the one that will select and detect the the perfect shutter speed it's the canon so they get it they get a check mark now i do want to point out that the nikon does not have a variable shutter speed option again i want to say that they do have .

Anti-flicker they all have anti-flicker which has been in cameras for years and again i'm not saying that i had any issues here we specifically questioned nikon on the variable shutter and this camera does not have one they told that to us there's nothing secret going on in the background that's like it has it and it only comes on when it needs it it .

Just has the anti-flicker mode and that's what i have to say about that moving on to the touch screens on the back of the cameras the canon has a 3.2 inch 4.1 million dot vary angle touchscreen which is absolutely fantastic now the one thing i don't like about the vari-angle screens that flip out is they never line up perfectly .

Across the back of the camera they're on a slight tilt back which means it's much harder at least for me to get my lines straight if i'm trying to shoot over my head or use that to take pictures but the panel is absolutely gorgeous the nikon is a 3.2 inch 2.1 million dot 4 axis tilting touchscreen it's a very nice screen as well nikon has always .

Done a fantastic job with the colors nice representation on the back of this a very nice way with the tilting uh screen it doesn't flip out all the way to the side but i prefer that personally that it can flip down uh and i have a much better time of keeping my lines straight now the a1 i want to play the the sound from the price is right where .

It's like that's what i want to play because they have a 3-inch 1.44 million dot tilting touchscreen and it's not the greatest for whatever reason sony who makes great tvs doesn't put great screens on the back of this the good news is you generally should be looking through the electronic viewfinder which is where .

They put more of their money but if i had to pick a winner here the winner is going to be the canon for the higher resolution it's very good the nikon's not far behind it and the sony is somewhere out there in left field because i don't know what they're thinking with a 1.44 million dot screen even though i've already given a check .

Mark here there's another negative you know what take steven dan yeah dan's editing this take away a check mark for for sony you know why because when you go vertical it does not rotate the information on the screen when you go vertical the nikon and the canon will rotate the information so your shutter speed and aperture and iso now switch to .

The bottom when you flip back around it's back on the bottom looking proper the sony doesn't do that they need to get that right let me jump in here and ask you are you looking to buy any one of these cameras or honestly any camera gear for that matter well if so i go to allen's camera why because they've been open since 1977 they are a mom and pop .

Store and they compete with the big boys head on over to allenscamer.comfro because your support of a mom and pop store helps support this channel as well so again head on over to allen's camera.com fro and let them know that the fro sent you now let's talk about the bodies themselves let the bodies hit the floor let the .

Bodies hit the floor we don't want the bodies ever to hit the floor you don't want that to happen you can see they're all pretty darn big in terms of weight the cannon clocks in at 2.1 pounds or 1015 grams the nikon comes in at a hefty 2.9 pounds or 1340 grams and the sony comes in at 1.6 pounds or 737 .

Grams the cannon looks to be the biggest one of all here but it feels really nice in the hands it feels pretty feather light it does the nikon feels like a brick house it is heavy you put a 51.2 on there it is heavy it is noticeably more heavy than the other cameras does that mean it's built better or stronger i have no way of testing .

That out to know for sure but it does feel much heavier in the hands and to say this the canon and the nikon both have integrated grips they are one body that's it it's all built in you can't take the grip off the sony you can take the grip off i've always loved a bigger feeling thing in my hands not that i know what that's like but i .

I've always preferred a bigger feeling camera i like that with the sony i can take the grip off or put the grip on if i'm traveling but i would like it all to be integrated but to have the option to take it off that's great the battery life out of all of these cameras is going to be fantastic if you have the grip for the .

Sony it's going to come much closer to the canon and the nikon but the canon and the nikon sip juice from the battery really well they have nice larger batteries where you really need to put two batteries into the sony you're going to use these batteries much much quicker a little side note i like .

To hide an apple air tag inside of the a1 body in the grip there's enough room between the door where you put the door and you slide this up and i can actually put an air tag into this camera so i can track it if something ever happens to it so i know where it is now let's talk about some of the other features that are unique to each one of these camera .

Bodies you have a digital hot shoe in the r3 you do have the built-in vertical grip you've got a ton of custom function buttons in the front you have a smart controller which i love for moving focusing points you've got a photo and video quick toggle and you have back illuminated buttons which i'll just tell you that the sony doesn't have either .

The sony needs back illuminated buttons for those dark situations moving on to the z9 you've got your built-in vertical grip you've got a lot of custom function buttons in the front you have sensor shield which i absolutely love it's also the fastest turning on camera and the quickest turning off camera it's instant it gets an instant check mark that .

Should have already been here five seconds ago because it's that fast you turn this camera on oh it's on turn it off oh it's off you turn this on oh there it goes you turn it off up there it goes jesus that was a while so yeah that takes a long time to turn off the sensor shield is awesome it's .

Protecting your sensor when the camera is off when you change the lens you have less of a chance to get dust on the sensor which we tend to get dust on all of our sensors because they are generally exposed you have the video quick toggle on the nikon you have a kensington lock and you have back illuminated buttons which look the best .

Out of all of these in terms of the sony you have a digital hot shoe you can use the vertical grip or take it off if you want it's super highly customizable you've got a lot of custom function buttons that you can map out for just about anything you would like they are all unique bodies i still love the way that the the canon feels .

The nikon feels very nice in the hands it's just heavy and the sony a1 feels a hell of a lot better than the older cameras that sony was putting out but now for the price the canon clocks in at 5 99 the nikon clocks in at 54.96 which was a major surprise and the sony .

Is 6 498 a thousand dollars more than the z9 with that being said anybody looking to buy one of these that is a pro the thousand dollars is not going to make or break them yes the a1 is expensive it's my camera of choice today for the 50 megapixels for the 30 frames the 20 frames uncompressed roll it's a beast of .

A camera i absolutely love it the z9 it's priced well it's priced to say buy me if you are still a nikon shooter and i've said this since using the z9 the first time if you are a pro and you've lasted this long and you've stuck around you buy a z9 as soon as you can because you're going to stick with the system and you're going to be blown away by by .

A real mirrorless camera not the z6 and the z62 and the z7 the z7 2. once you use this you're gonna be like ah i understand what jared's been saying for the last bunch of years he was right that's right you use this you're gonna love it uh it's interesting with this not being a flagship the canon but still being six thousand dollars it makes you .

Question how expensive will their true flagship r1 be is that gonna be an eight thousand dollar camera we don't know because there's no information on it and we don't even know when it's going to get here i don't think it's coming till 2023 so this is going to be your stand-in flagship for now so at the end of the day it comes down to which one is .

Right for you where's your money invested in glass which one's gonna give you the best results for you they all are amazing pieces of technology if you go with the canon you're going to be really happy if you go with the nikon you're going to be really happy you go with the sony you're going to be really happy at this point in time it doesn't .

Matter what you shoot with because if you don't know what you're doing you're not going to get great results i would be happy with any of these systems right here as i've said a few times i am currently shooting with the a1 that doesn't mean i wouldn't be happy with a canon system and that doesn't mean that i wouldn't be happy in time with the .

Nikon system which one are you going with and why let me know down below thank you very much for watching jared polin froknowsphoto see ya you

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