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Sony A9 vs Canon 1D X II – Comparison

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Our Sony A9 vs Canon 1D X II comparison article is ready and you can check the details of these fast cameras with full-frame image sensors.

Sony has updated the a7 series with a new sensor, faster burst-shooting capability, blackout-free electronic viewfinder, dual card slots, and other enhancements. This makes the Sony A9 an ideal camera for sports, wildlife, action, and even news photography.

Sony has jumped into the PRO Camera market to beat Canon and Nikon. The price of Sony Alpha a9 is $1,500 less than the 1D X Mark II. The A9 costs $4500 while the 1D X II is currently seeling for $5,999.

If you’re looking to upgrade to a professional camera with full frame sensor, the Sony A9 vs Canon 1D X II comparison covers all the important specifications of each camera.

Differences Between the Sony A9 vs Canon 1D X II Cameras

Differences Between the Sony A9 vs Canon 1D X II Cameras


Let’s have a brief look at the main features of Sony A9 vs Canon 1D X II. So what may be the main differences when consider their specs list? Our comparison table below covers all the important specifications like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc..

Feature Sony A9 Canon 1D X Mark II
Effective Pixels (megapixels) 24 Million 20.2 Million
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 24 mm CMOS, 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Pixel Size ~5.93 microns ~6.5 microns
Image Size 6000 x 4000 5472 x 3648
Image Processor BIONZ X Dual DIGIC 6+
Image Stabilization 5-Axis sensor shift No
Viewfinder Type EVF / LCD Pentaprism
Viewfinder Magnification 0.78x 0.76x
Built-in Flash No No
Storage Media Slot1:SD UHS-II; 2:MS/SD UHS-I 1x CF + 1x Cfast 2.0
Continuous Shooting Speed 20 fps with AF/AE 14 fps (16 mirror-up)
Buffer Size (RAW) 241 images 170 (Cfast 2.0)
Buffer Size (JPEG) 362 images Unlimited
Max Shutter Speed 30 – 1/32000 1/8000 to 30 sec
Base ISO ISO 100 ISO 100
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-51,200 100-51200
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50 – 204800 ISO 50, ISO 409,600 (power 12, H3)
Autofocus System Fast Hybrid AF: Wide (693 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF) 61-point, 41 cross-type AF system
Video Output XAVC S / AVCHD 2.0 / MP4 MOV, MPEG-4 / H.264
Video Maximum Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30p; full HD up to 120 fps; full sensor readout. 4K (4096 x 2160) at 60p; full HD at 120p; 1.3x crop during 4K
LCD Size 3.0″ Articulating LCD 3.2″ Rear LCD
LCD Resolution 1,440,000 dots (360,000 px) 1,620,000 dots
LCD Touchscreen Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No Yes
Wi-Fi / NFC Wifi, NFC, Bluetooth not built-in / WFT-E8A, IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, 2.4GHz/5GHz
Battery NP-FZ100 LP-E19
Battery Life 650 shots, 105 minutes video footage 1210~1020 viewfinder, 260~240 live-view CIPA
USB Version 3.0 3.0
Weight 23.7 oz (673 g)
includes batteries
1,530g (With Battery + Media)
Dimensions 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5 in.
(127 x 96 x 63 mm)
158 x 167.6 x 82.6mm
MSRP Price $4,500.00 (as introduced) $5,999.99 (as introduced)

The Alpha a9 offers 20 fps blackout-free burst shooting with uninterrupted viewing and AF/AE tracking. A larger buffer allows up to 241 compressed RAW images or 362 JPEG images to be captured in one continuous burst. Additionally, 693 phase detection AF points covering 93% of the frame track even the most erratic and fastest-moving subjects across the frame.

The Sony A9 is a lot cheaper so you could spend that money on a bunch of good lenses. It’s also smaller and lighter, which is so much important in action, sports shooting scenes.

Size Comparison of Sony A9 vs Canon 1D X II

CameraSize has already add Sony Alpha a9 to their database. So let’s see the size comparison of Sony A9 vs Canon 1D X II cameras.

comparison of Sony A9 vs Canon 1D X II cameras

  • Sony Alpha A9 is 20% (31.1 mm) narrower and 43% (72 mm) shorter than Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
  • Sony Alpha A9 is 24% (19.6 mm) thinner than Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
  • Sony Alpha A9 [673 g] weights 56% (857 grams) less than Canon EOS-1D X Mark II [1530 g]

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