Nikon D850 vs Sony A9 – Comparison


Our Nikon D850 vs Sony A9 comparison article is ready and you can check the details of these high-end cameras with full-frame image sensors.

Nikon D850 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 camera offers a high-resolution sensor, a tilting LCD screen, superior battery life and a lower price tag.

On the other hand, 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.

The price of Sony Alpha a9 is almost $1,000 more than the Nikon D850 DSLR. The A9 costs $4500 while the D850 is currently seeling for $3,299.

If you’re looking to upgrade to a camera with full frame sensor, the Nikon D850 vs Sony A9 comparison covers all the important specifications of each camera.

Differences between the Nikon D850 vs Sony A9

Nikon D850 vs Sony A9 – Comparison

Here is the comparison of the Nikon D850 vs Sony A9 cameras. Some differences like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc.. detailed as bold on the table.

Features Nikon D850 Sony A9
Sensor Resolution 45.7 MP 24 MP
Sensor Type BSI CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size 35.9×23.9mm 36.0×24.0mm
Low-Pass Filter No No
Sensor Pixel Size 4.35µ 5.93µ 
Image Size 8,256 x 5,504 6,000 x 4,000
Image Processor EXPEED 5 BIONZ X
Raw Buffer 51 241
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 64-25,600 ISO 100-51,200
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 32, ISO 51,200-102,400 ISO 50 – 204800
Dust Reduction / Sensor Cleaning Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism EVF / LCD
Viewfinder Coverage and Magnification 100%, 0.75x EVF: 1.3cm (0.5-inch) 2.4M-dot XGA color OLED, 100% coverage, 0.78x magnification
Built-in Flash No No
Storage Media 1x QXD, 1x SD (UHS-II) Slot1:SD UHS-II; 2:MS/SD UHS-I
Continuous Shooting Speed 7.0 fps, 9.0 fps with MB-D18 20 fps with AF/AE
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 30 – 1/32000
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV ±6 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
Flash Sync Speed 1/250 1/250
Shutter Durability 200,000 cycles 500,000 cycles
Exposure Compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps) ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Number of AF Points 153 AF points, 99 cross-type Fast Hybrid AF: Wide (693 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Video Maximum Resolution 3,840 x 2,160 (4K) @ up to 30 fps 3,840 x 2,160 (4K) @ up to 30 fps
Video Crop Factor 1.0x 1.0x
Audio Recording Built-in stereo microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in stereo microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Headphone Jack Yes Yes
LCD Size and Type 3.2″ Tilting Touchscreen LCD 3.0″ Articulating Touchscreen LCD
LCD Resolution 2,359,000 dots 1,440,000 dots (360,000 px)
Built-in GPS No No
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Battery Life 1840 shots (CIPA) 650 shots (CIPA)
Weather Sealed Body Yes Yes
USB Version 3.0 3.0
Weight (Body Only) 915g 673g
Dimensions 146.0 x 124.0 x 78.5mm 127 x 96 x 63 mm
MSRP Price $3,299 (as introduced) $4,500 (as introduced)


  • Chakib

    Interesting.. I think they forgot to add the in-body stabilization system the A9 comes with and the Nikon does not have.