Canon and Nikon have still not caught on as to why journalists, who haul lots of photo equipment and gear around all day, prefer the Sony A1 to the Canon EOS R3 or the Nikon Z 9. All three cameras will get the quality and award-winning pictures and videos their news organizations demand — and capture them silently. We compare the Sony A1 to the Canon EOS R3 and the NIKON Z 9 in the picture above. Only one is small and light — much smaller and lighter than the other two.
Will Canon and Nikon let this situation persist? Or, will we soon see a Canon EOS R2 and Nikon Z 8 (if that’s what they’ll be called) that match the Sony A1 in size, weight and features? The original purpose of going mirrorless was to get rid of the mirror box and viewfinder prism — and hence allow for more compact and lightweight camera designs. Of the three flagship full-frame mirrorless cameras (we are still awaiting the EOS R1), only the Sony A1 adhere to that very important design philosophy. Here, we compare the Sony A1 to the Canon EOS R5 and the Nikon Z 7. Come to think of it, all they really need to do is to get rid of the vertical grip (make it optional) and chop off a few mm here and there, and voilà the Canon EOS R2 and Nikon Z 8! Oui? (They might also have to miniaturize some of their AF and IBIS mechanisms, like Sony did, to make them fit into a smaller form factor.)