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Sony a9 II Vs. Sony a9 – Comparison

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Here is the Sony a9 II vs Sony a9 comparison that shows the highlights of the high-end FF mirrorless cameras.

Sony introduced the a9 II (Pre-order at B&H Photo Video), which adds a host of features for the working professional, along with a refined design largely borrowed from the a7R IV. Sony A9 II uses the same 24.2MP stacked CMOS sensor from the first a9, boasts the same 20fps black-out free shooting with the electronic shutter, and can perform the same 60 calculations per second with its blazing fast AF system.

In this side-by-side review, we will be comparing Sony Alpha ILCE-A9 and Sony Alpha ILCE-A9 II. Both cameras have 35mm sensors but Sony Alpha ILCE-A9 has a 24.2 MP and Sony Alpha ILCE-A9 II has a 24.2 MP resolution.

Sony a9 II full frame mirrorless camera is now available for pre-order in major stores in US. The US price is $4,498. Check availability at AmazonB&H Photo VideoAdorama

Sony Alpha ILCE-A9 Sony Alpha ILCE-A9 II
Sensor and Camera Features
Brand Sony Sony
Megapixels 24.2 24.2
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format 35mm 35mm
SLR Type Mirrorless Mirrorless
Crop Factor 1.0x 1.0x
AA Filter Fixed Fixed
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
(24.0 MP,
3:2)
6000 x 4000
(24.0 MP,
3:2)
Body Image Stabilization Yes Yes
Native ISO Min 100 – Max 51200 Min 100 – Max 51200
Full ISO Settings AUTO, ISO 100 – 51200, expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 AUTO, ISO 100 – 51200, expandable to ISO 50 – 204800
Startup Time 1.2 seconds
AF System and Shooting
Auto Focus Type Fast Hybrid AF: Wide (693 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expanded Flexible Spot / Lock-on AF (Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expanded Flexible Spot) Fast Hybrid AF: Wide (693 points (phase-detection AF), 425 points (contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expanded Flexible Spot / Lock-on AF (Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expanded Flexible Spot)
Continuous Shooting Speed / Burst Mode AUTO, ISO 100 – 51200, expandable to ISO 50 – 204800 AUTO, ISO 100 – 51200, expandable to ISO 50 – 204800
Shutter Speed Range 1/32000 – 30 sec 1/32000 – 30 sec
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 364 361
AW Buffer Size 240 239
Screen/viewfinder
LCD 3.0 3.0
LCD Resolution 1,440,000 dots
(360,000 px)
1,440,000 dots
(360,000 px)
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Articulating Screen Yes Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen No No
Selfie Screen No No
Top Deck Display No No
Focus Peaking Yes Yes
Viewfinder EVF / LCD EVF / LCD
Viewfinder Type EVF: 1.3 cm (0.5 type) 3,686K-dot Quad VGA color OLED, 100% coverage, 0.78x magnification, -4.0 to +3.0m-1 diopter, Approx. 23mm eyepoint from the eyepiece lens, 18.5mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1 (CIPA standard), STD 60fps / HI 120fps, eye sensor EVF: 1.3 cm (0.5 type) 3,686K-dot Quad VGA color OLED, 100% coverage, 0.78x magnification, -4.0 to +3.0m-1 diopter, Approx. 23mm eyepoint from the eyepiece lens, 18.5mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1 (CIPA standard), STD 60fps / HI 120fps, eye sensor
Focus Peaking Yes Yes
Video Features
Video Resolution 3840×2160 (30p/25p/24p) 3840×2160 (30p/​25p/​24p)
Video File Format XAVC S / AVCHD 2.0 / MP4; Audio: LPCM / Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, stereo XAVC S / AVCHD 2.0 / MP4; Audio: LPCM / Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, stereo
Memory Card Type MS PRO Duo / SD / SDHC / SDXC SD / SDHC / SDXC
Dual Card Slot Yes Yes
SD UHS Support Slot1:SD UHS-II; 2:MS/SD UHS-I Dual SD UHS-II
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack Yes Yes
Flash and Internal Connections
Built-in Flash No No
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/250 1/250
Internal connections Multi-Terminal Micro USB (with remote support), Type-D Micro HDMI, 1000Base-T Ethernet, 3.5mm Microphone and Headphone Jacks, Sync Terminal USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 1), Multi Micro-B USB 2.0, Type-D Micro HDMI, 1000Base-T Ethernet, 3.5mm Microphone and Headphone Jacks, Sync Terminal
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Built-In GPS No No
USB Type USB 2.0 High Speed,Ethernet,Bluetooth,WiFi USB 2.0 High Speed,USB 3.0 Super Speed,Ethernet,Bluetooth,WiFi
Physical
Battery Life (CIPA) 480 shots 500 shots
Battery Types NP-FZ100 Lithium-ion rechargeable NP-FZ100 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Weight 23.7 oz
(673 g)
includes batteries
23.9 oz
(678 g)
Size 5.0 x
3.8 x
2.5 in.
(127 x
96 x
63 mm)
5.1 x
3.8 x
3.1 in.
(129 x
96 x
78 mm)
Price
Price Buy from Amazon for $3,498.00 Buy from Amazon for $4,500.00
Release Date 2017-04-15 2019-11-15

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