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Canon R3 vs Sony ZV-E1

Portability
52
Imaging
78
Features
93
Overall
84
Canon EOS R3 front
 
Sony ZV-E1 front
Portability
80
Imaging
67
Features
89
Overall
75

Canon R3 vs Sony ZV-E1 Key Specs

Canon R3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Increase to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 6000 x 3164 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 1015g - 150 x 143 x 87mm
  • Launched September 2021
Sony ZV-E1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Push to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 483g - 121 x 72 x 54mm
  • Introduced March 2023
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Canon R3 vs Sony ZV-E1 Overview

On this page, we are reviewing the Canon R3 versus Sony ZV-E1, both Pro Mirrorless cameras by brands Canon and Sony. There is a substantial difference among the sensor resolutions of the R3 (24MP) and ZV-E1 (12MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizing (Full frame).

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The R3 was manufactured 18 months prior to the ZV-E1 making them a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Canon R3 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony ZV-E1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go into a full comparison, here is a brief summary of how the R3 matches up versus the ZV-E1 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon R3 over the Sony ZV-E1

 R3 ZV-E1 
Display dimensions3.2"3.00"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution4150k1037kSharper display (+3113k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony ZV-E1 over the Canon R3

 ZV-E1 R3 
IntroducedMarch 2023September 2021Newer by 18 months

Common features in the Canon R3 and Sony ZV-E1

 R3 ZV-E1 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Canon R3 vs Sony ZV-E1 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to travel with your camera, you have to factor its weight and volume. The Canon R3 enjoys outside dimensions of 150mm x 143mm x 87mm (5.9" x 5.6" x 3.4") having a weight of 1015 grams (2.24 lbs) whilst the Sony ZV-E1 has sizing of 121mm x 72mm x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1") accompanied by a weight of 483 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are using during that time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the R3 vs the ZV-E1.

Canon R3 vs Sony ZV-E1 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the R3 and ZV-E1 is 52 and 80 respectively.

Canon R3 vs Sony ZV-E1 top view buttons comparison

Canon R3 vs Sony ZV-E1 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to see the gap in sensor dimensions just by viewing a spec sheet. The pic below will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the R3 and ZV-E1.

As you can see, the two cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same MP. You can anticipate the Canon R3 to result in extra detail due to its extra 12MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The more aged R3 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon R3 vs Sony ZV-E1 sensor size comparison

Canon R3 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R3 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon R3 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony ZV-E1 as a Portrait photography camera
86
has manual focus
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
includes face detection focusing
supports RAW files
72
manual focus
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Canon R3 Street photography info
Sony ZV-E1 Street photography info
70
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW files
has touch focus
weather proof
very good ISO range (102,400)
more heavy than competitors (1,015 grams)
84
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
boasts touch focus
environment proofing
lighter than competition (483 grams)
very good ISO range (102,400)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon R3
Sports photography with Sony ZV-E1
89
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
silent shooting (1/64,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
good battery pack (760 per charge)
has phase detect AF
72
silent mode (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
environment proofing
better than average battery life (570 shots)
sensor has phase detect AF
max shutter speed is low (1/s)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Canon R3 Travel photography factors
Sony ZV-E1 Travel photography factors
70
good battery pack (760 CIPA)
weather proof
has bluetooth
has touch focus
MP count decent (24MP)
selfie friendly screen
more heavy than competitors (1,015g)
79
better than average battery life (570 CIPA)
lighter than competition (483g)
environment proofing
connects via bluetooth
boasts touch focus
selfie friendly screen
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon R3 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony ZV-E1 as a Landscape photography camera
86
has manual focus
change lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen size is decent (3.2 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
very good ISO range (102,400)
supports RAW files
weather proof
good battery pack (760 CIPA)
has double storage slots
79
manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a decent size (3.00")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
very good ISO range (102,400)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
better than average battery life (570 per charge)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon R3 Vlogging information
Sony ZV-E1 Vlogging information
70
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection focusing
video resolution high (6000 x 3164 pixels)
has external microphone port
more heavy than competitors (1,015g)
85
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect focusing
high quality video (3840 x 1920 pixels)
includes mic port
lighter than competition (483 grams)
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Canon R3 vs Sony ZV-E1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R3 and Sony ZV-E1
 Canon EOS R3Sony ZV-E1
General Information
Brand Canon Sony
Model type Canon EOS R3 Sony ZV-E1
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Launched 2021-09-14 2023-03-29
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type Stacked CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 4240 x 2832
Max native ISO 102400 102400
Max enhanced ISO 204800 409600
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Lowest enhanced ISO 50 40
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 1053 759
Lens
Lens support Canon RF Sony E
Total lenses 27 195
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 3.2 inch 3.00 inch
Screen resolution 4,150k dot 1,037k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 5,760k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds -
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/64000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings no built-in flash no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/250 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 6000x3164 (60p/​50p/​30p/​24p/​23.98p) 4096x2160 (120p/​60p/​30p/​24p/​23.98p) 3840x2160 (120p/​60p/​30p/​23.98p) 1920x1080 (60p/​30p/​23.98p) 3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XA3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 6000x3164 3840x1920
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
GPS Yes None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1015 gr (2.24 lb) 483 gr (1.06 lb)
Physical dimensions 150 x 143 x 87mm (5.9" x 5.6" x 3.4") 121 x 72 x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 96 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 25.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 14.7 not tested
DXO Low light rating 4086 not tested
Other
Battery life 760 photos 570 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LP-E19 NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Storage media SD/ SDHC/ SDXC (UHS-II supported) + CFexpress Type B SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots 2 1
Cost at release $6,000 $2,198