Nikon vs. Canon: Which is Better? | See Our Top 8 Cameras for Wedding Photography

You've heard the question many times-- which is better?  Nikon or Canon?  Purchasing the best camera for an adventure wedding or elopement is a top asset to photographers capturing the most epic and breathtaking scenery.  This is especially true in the West where incredible scenery is abundant wherever you go.  The question is: "Which kind of camera should I buy for weddings?"  These cameras below get high marks from both casual and professional users, with some of them being used first-hand by ZB-recommended vendors

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Photo by Ashley and Justin Photography (uses Nikon)

Canon or Nikon? It’s the eternal question with photographers. But which one is better? The truth is that both Canon and Nikon offer excellent options when it comes to adventure elopement photography, and the photographers on our list use both.   Nikon users like the convenience that all lenses match every camera body, meaning you have a wide selection available regardless of which Nikon camera you have.  Canon users have their lenses they love and feel it's not an issue.   

Regardless of which way you go, we always recommend full frame cameras. While there are some awesome crop sensor cameras available on the market, in order to catch the sweeping wide views and venues shots, a full sensor camera is highly recommended.

With that out of the way, here are the top professional Canon and Nikon cameras for wedding photography compared below.


1. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Summary: When it comes to capturing those wildlife details, this one packs a big punch! Photos taken on this will blow up huge, and when it comes to the incredible scenery of Zion, bigger is always better! This model is also very straightforward and user friendly for even beginners.  

Still Res: 30.4 MP           
Weight:  1.76 lbs   

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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Compare: Nikon Z9 FX-Format Mirrorless

Summary: The Z9 is an absolute powerhouse of a camera with every function you could want. It shoots in 8k video and can record for 2 hours, an unprecedented amount!  Certainly a must-have for the serious photographer.  At the price tag of $5,619, it's not your cheapest option, but it is one of the best and our top choice.

Nikon Z9

Still Res: 45.7 MP           
Weight:  2.95 lbs   

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2. Canon 7D Mark II

Summary: This was voted the top Canon camera several years in a row, and it’s easy to see why. This camera has it all! It can take photos in almost any light which easily sets it apart, combined with its lightning fast frame rate, you won’t miss a beat on adventure! 

Still Res: 20.2 MP           
Weight:  2.01 lbs   

Included: Lithium Ion Battery, Charger... (more)

Canon 7D Mark II

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Compare: Nikon D850 Digital SLR

Summary: This model is older, but it still boasts one of the best focusing systems on market, and the picture quality is phenomenal!  Because it is an older camera, it won’t set you back like some of the newer ones will. This one was built for image quality, and it shows!   

Nikon D850

Still Res: 45.7 MP           
Weight:  2.02 lbs   

Included: Lithium Ion Battery... (more)

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3. Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Summary: If video is your passion, look no further than this camera. While this boasts incredible image quality, videography is where this camera really comes to play!

Still Res: 22 MP           
Weight:  2.09 lbs   

Included: Lithium Ion Battery... (more)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Compare: Nikon Z 7II-Mirrorless

Summary: This camera is Nikon’s most popular mirrorless camera that still boasts a full-frame sensor. More and more adventure photographers are making the jump to mirrorless because they're known to be lighter than the traditional DSLR.

Nikon Z7II Mirrorless

Still Res: 45.7 MP           
Weight:  1.9 lbs   

Included: Lithium Ion Battery... (more)

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4. Canon EOS 6D Mark II (Top Budget Choice)

Summary: This camera may come in under budget, but it still has all the extreme power of some of its bigger, badder competitors. With an impressive focus system and image quality, this camera is also compatible with the best lenses on the market making it an excellent pick for any wedding professional!

Still Res: 26.2 MP           
Weight:  3.45 lbs   

Included: Lithium Ion Battery, Battery Charger... (more)

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Compare: Nikon D750 (Top Budget Choice)

Summary: This camera was released in 2014, but this model still remains one of the top-performing full frame cameras on the market today. While it may not have the bells and whistles of more recent additions, its image quality will rival any other on the market. If you are looking to capture stunning images for less money, look no further than the Nikon D750!

Nikon D750

Still Res: 24.3 MP           
Weight:  1.65 lbs   

Included: Lithium Ion Battery, Battery Charger... (more)

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If you're planning to be a photographer for destination weddings in Southern Utah, Arizona, Nevada, or anywhere in the West with an epic venue (indoors or out), you'd be hard-pressed to find better cameras than the models mentioned above.  Both Nikon and Canon will do a great job providing you the equipment you need to capture those amazing and epic shots, as well as handling some unexpected weather conditions-- that means it just comes down to preference.   

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Photo by Niki Baldwin Photography (uses Canon)

Do you have a preference?  Know of any other amazing camera recommendations?  Drop them in the comments below!


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