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Canon EOS R vs Nikon D850

We compare the Canon EOS R to the Nikon D850: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

The EOS R is a Mirrorless, while the D850 is categorized as a Professional DSLR.

Here are both models side by side. The Canon EOS R is on the left, the Nikon D850 on the right:

EOS R vs D850 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Canon EOS R vs Nikon D850: Specifications at a glance

EOS R

  • Introduced in September 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 31 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 100 - 40000 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount R Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm³ (5.3" x 3.9" x 3.3")
  • 660g (21.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS R

D850

  • Introduced in August 2017
  • Professional DSLR
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 46 megapixel
  • 7 frames/second
  • 64 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Optical (Penta prism)
  • 82.00mm (3.2") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount F
  • WiFi built-in
  • 146 x 124 x 79mm³ (5.7" x 4.9" x 3.1")
  • 1015g (32.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for D850

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for EOS R and D850

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

EOS R vs D850: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: Full frame. This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: EOS R an D850 sensor comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

The Full frame sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 856mm² (33.7 sq.in.).

EOS R vs D850: The viewfinders

The EOS R uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.76x.

The D850 features an optical viewfinder with a penta prism that also covers 100% of the field of view, its magnification is c. 0.75x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

EOS R (0.76x)

D850 (0.75x)

Simulated viewfinder of the EOS RSimulated viewfinder of the D850

Advantage: Tie - the difference is hardly noticable

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon EOS R on the left, the Nikon D850 in the right column:

Advantage Canon EOS R...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS R

D850

More AF points (4)5955153
Sensitivity (4)100 - 40000 ISO64 - 25600 ISO
Weighs less (2)660g
(21.3 oz.)
1015g
(32.7 oz.)
More portable (2)1127cm³
(71 cu.in.)
1430cm³
(90 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS R are the faster and more accurate auto focus, the larger sensitivity and the lower weight than the D850. Another advantage over the D850: the more compact size.

The EOS R scores 12 points.

...and here's where the Nikon D850 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS R

D850

Higher resolution (5, megapixel)31.3045.70
Faster (4, frames/second)57
Larger lens selection (3)4200
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)2.102.36
Longer battery life (3, photos)3701840

Conclusion: Advantages of the D850 are the higher resolution, that the camera is faster and the larger selection of lenses. We also like that the display has a higher resolution and that the battery has more stamina.

Yields 17 points for the D850.

...and here's what both have in common

EOS R

D850

Sensor formatFull frameFull frame
Sensor cleaning
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
External microphone
WiFi
Environmentally sealed

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon EOS R again on the left, Nikon D850 on the right:

Front view of the EOS R and the D850...

EOS R und D850, front viewEOS R und D850, front view

...and here we see the Canon and the Nikon from above:

EOS R und D850, view from aboveEOS R und D850, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Canon EOS R

Nikon D850

12
17

CameraCreativ recommends the Nikon D850.

Our rating of the Canon EOS R

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Our rating of the Nikon D850

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