Sony A9 vs Canon 5D Mark IV – Comparison


Let’s have a brief look at the main features of Sony A9 vs Canon 5D Mark IV. So what may be the main differences when consider their specs list?

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.

On the other hand the 5D Mark IV from Canon is an outstanding still photography option and an able 4K-capable video machine. It has to be one of the most well-rounded and complete DSLR in the market today.

The price of Sony Alpha a9 is almost $1,000 more than the 5D Mark IV DSLR. The A9 costs $4500 while the EOS 5D Mark IV is currently seeling for $3,499.

If you’re looking to upgrade to a camera with full frame sensor, the Sony A9 vs Canon 5D Mark IV comparison covers all the important specifications of each camera.

Differences between the Sony A9 vs Canon 5D Mark IV

Sony A9 vs Canon 5D Mark IV - Comparison

Let’s see how the latest Sony A9 compares to the Canon 5D Mark IV.  Some differences like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc.. detailed as bold on the table.

Feature Sony A9 Canon 5D Mark IV
Effective Pixels (megapixels) 24 megapixels 30.4 megapixels
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 24 mm CMOS, 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Pixel Size ~5.93 microns ~5.36 microns
Image Size 6000 x 4000 6720 x 4480
Image Processor BIONZ X DIGIC 6+
Image Stabilization 5-Axis sensor shift No
Viewfinder Type EVF / LCD Optical
Viewfinder Magnification EVF: 1.3cm (0.5-inch) 2.4M-dot XGA color OLED, 100% coverage, 0.78x magnification 100% coverage, 0.71x magnification
Built-in Flash No No
Storage Media Slot1:SD UHS-II; 2:MS/SD UHS-I 2 slots supports UHS-I & UDMA7
Continuous Shooting Speed 20 fps with AF/AE 7fps
Buffer Size (RAW) 241 images 19
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 – 32,000
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50 – 204800 50 – 102,400
Autofocus System Fast Hybrid AF: Wide (693 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF) Phase Detect: OVF: 61-point (up to 41 cross-type points);
Video Output XAVC S / AVCHD 2.0 / MP4 MOV / MPEG4 AVC / H.264
Video Maximum Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30p 4096×2160 (30/25/24p)
LCD Size 3.0″ Rear Articulating LCD 3.2″ Fixed 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 Wifi, NFC, No Bluetooth
Battery NP-FZ100 LP-E6N
Battery Life 650 shots, 105 minutes video footage 900 shots
USB Version 3.0 3.0
Weight 23.7 oz (673 g)
includes batteries
31.4 oz (890 g)
includes batteries
Dimensions 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5 in.
(127 x 96 x 63 mm)
5.9 x 4.6 x 3.0 in.
(151 x 116 x 76 mm)
Price $4,500.00 (as introduced) $3,499 (current)

Size Comparison of Sony A9 vs Canon 5D Mark IV

CameraSize has already add Sony Alpha a9 to their database. So let’s see the size comparison of Sony A9 vs Canon 5D Mark IV cameras.

Conclusion

The Sony A9 is more expensive than the Canon 5D Mark IV. It is lower in megapixel count but has many advanced features for professionals.

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. Its native ISO range is also better than the 5D Mark IV.

We have to remind you that all these advanced features are almost half as light and ergonomic. Overall if you’re shooting photos of action and wildlife, then the Sony A9 stands out in every way and worth every dollar.



  • Henning Ras

    Comparing these two cameras is like comparing the D610 to the D750….it is not even on the same level of noise performance in lowlight….