Olympic shootout: Canon vs Sony vs Nikon – which flagship camera is best?

Nikon D6 vs Canon EOS-1D X Mark III vs Sony A9 II
(Image credit: Nikon / Canon / Sony)

After being delayed by a year due to you-know-what, the Olympic Games are finally here – and so are the three latest flagship sports cameras from the big three manufacturers, which have been sent to Tokyo to capture all the action. 

Professional sports cameras are released in Olympic cycles, so it's no coincidence that the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, Sony A9 II and Nikon D6 were all released last year, in time for the original Tokyo 2020 start date.  

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.