Nikon D850 vs Sony A9

Nikon D850 vs Sony A9

Sony A9 is powerhouse of astounding specifications and the most one is its staggering AF system that comes with heavily 693 AF points ( AF points offered maximum by any camera). On the other hand, Nikon D850 does also have some excellent specs, but its looks like Sony A9 is surely making its way. The high-Resolution of Nikon D850 is something that creates a marginal difference but overall Sony A9 doesn’t compromise.

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Have a look at the detail comparison of Nikon D850 and Sony A9

Nikon D850 vs Sony A9

Feature/Models Nikon D850
Sony A9
Megapixel 45.75 megapixels
24 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor Expeed 5 Bionz X
Low pass Filter No No
AF system Contrast detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect+ Phase detect
AF points 153 693
ISO 64 – 102400 ISO 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800)
Shutter speed  1/8000 to 30 sec 1/32000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization No 5-axis
Continuous shooting speed  9fps 20fps
Video 4K @ 30fps 4K @30 fps (3840 x 2160)
Display 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor 3″ Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (1,228,800)
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-In
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life  1840 shots 650 shots
Weight 915 g 673 g
Size  146 x 124 x 78 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm

Image quality

Full-Frame sensor of same sized used by two cameras but A9 has maximum pixels area that increases light gathering ability so that one can expect sharp images with greater details. Moreover, Sony A9 implements Bionz X, stacked 24MP CMOS sensor and front end LSI hardware inside the core of the camera take the responsibility to capture  tack sharp images, even in lowlight. Meanwhile, Nikon D850 can give you large print of the subject and have wider Dynamic range since it implements high-resolution of 45.7 MP. Nikon D850, on the other hand, also uses a back-side illuminated (BSI) FX-format full-frame CMOS image sensor so that we can expect almost similar quality of images from both cameras.

AF Syatem

Nikon D850 utlizes Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module (Same as D5). It uses 153 focus points with 99 cross-type sensors and a fully dedicated AF processor, and it works in near darkness (EV -4). On the other hand, Sony A9 has incomparable AF system that pecks down almost every other DSLR and Mirrorless of current time. Though Sony implements Hybrid AF system – Contrast as well phase detect sensor that are great to track the fast moving subjects very precisely and instantly. But it is Sony’s ambitious 693 AF points that breaks almost all past records, letting the camera cover 93% of the frame with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second.


Even the ISO range carried by Sony A9 is more than that of Nikon D850. Sony A9 comes with 204800 of maximum ISO range whereas Nikon D850 finishes with 102400, hence the lowlight shooting will be much better with Sony A9 that also lets you capture very detailed images in dimlight areas with minimal noise.

Shutter speed

Sony A9 avails the faster shutter speed of 1/32000 s, capturing fast moving subjects without creating blur. And other advantage of faster shutter speed is that its produces very sharp images by reducing distortion from the images. But, Nikon D850 keeps its shutter speed remain limited to 1/8000 s only.

Image stabilization

Vibration reduction mechanism is highly needed in a camera and you can see that Sony A9 incorporates 5-axis Image stabilization inside the core that will effectively reduce the unwanted camera shakes and produces crisp and blur free images and videos. On the other hand, you have no vibration reduction mechanism inside Nikon D850 so you need a lens with O.I.S to get blur free and crisp images

Continuous drive

The Sony A9 offers the impressive capability including high-speed, blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20fps, 60 AF/AE tracking for up to 362 JPEG or 241 RAW images. On the other hand, Nikon D850 is not a camera for sports since it offers continuous shooting of 9fps only.


With Nikon D850 you can capture Maximum 1840 shots at a time, whereas Sony A9 lets you take around 650 shots at a single time charge.


Price is a big factor between these two cameras, but Sony A9 is purely amazing camera that gives you marvelous specs to boast overall imaging performance. Nikon D850 is FX-Format DSLR that is specifically made for the professionals also offers creative and outstanding specs, such as its 8K time-lapse movies feature etc.

So it is totally depending on you! If you want DSLR with wonderful specs within the good price range the Nikon D850 for you. Otherwise Sony A9 is glorious!

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