Sony A9 vs Canon 1DX Mark II

Sony A9 vs Canon 1DX Mark II

In this comparison, you can see how effortlessly Sony A9 is outperforming the high-end and one of the most favorite cameras for the professionals – Canon 1DX Mark II. Sony wrote a new letter in the field of technology advancement with introducing the monster, Sony A9. The burning features of Sony A9 including massive 693 AF points, continuous shooting drive of 20FPS might make it a Hobson’s choice for the professional shooters. Lesser expensive than other high end DSLRs is versatile mirrorless digital camera that is very spontaneous and fast enough to offer you the intended imaging results that you might have never ever experienced in any other cameras. Plus it captures stunning sharp and crystal clear images even in lowlight. On the other hand, Canon 1DX Mark II is superior but this excellent Sony A9 makes it mysteriously fade by giving you the next level performance.

Feature/Models Sony A9
Canon 1DX Mark II
Megapixel 24 megapixels
20 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor  Bionz X
Dual DIGIC 6+
AF system Contrast detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect+ Phase detect
AF points 693 61
ISO ISO 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800) Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-409600)
Shutter speed 1/32000 to 30 sec
1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization 5-axis No
Continuous shooting speed  20fps 14fps
Video 4K @30 fps (3840 x 2160) 4K Video at 60 fps (4096 x 2160)
Display 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Optional
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 650 shots 1210 shots
Weight 673 g 1530 g
Size 127 x 96 x 63 mm 158 x 168 x 83 mm
Price $4500 $5,499.00

Sony A9 vs Canon 1DX Mark II

Image quality

Both are high end cameras. One is Mirrorless and other is DSLRs and both use Heavy Full Frame sensors with almost equal size for producing very sharp images. But Sony A9 has been fabricated with latest stacked 24.2 MP Exmor RS image sensor, new BIONZ X processor and front end LSI and the combination cleanly surpass the image quality of Canon 1DX Mark II by producing stunning detailed images with massive clarity, even at high ISO speed. On the other hand, Canon 1DX Mark II comes with 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and we expect its image quality may not be as sharper as Sony A9. Remember, maximum number of effective pixels also helps getting large prints and you can see Sony A9 has 24 MP resolution whereas Canon employs 20.2MP.

AF system

Yes, the actual challenge is here! As you all know Canon 1DX Mark II gives Sky level AF performance since it uses Canon’s own trademark Dual Pixel CMOS AF that significantly improves the AF performance of the camera helps users get blazing fast AF response and also makes 4K video recording more easy and comfortable. But despite of having brilliant Dual Pixel AF in 1DX Mark II, Sony is silently overlapping it in terms of AF performance. You can see Sony offers Hybrid AF system that contains both contrast as well Phase for quick and precise focusing of the subjects, but the big difference in their AF points. Sony A9 keeps massive 693 AF points whereas 1DX Mark II lets you utilize only 61 AF points, which is much lesser. Honestly, 693 AF points inside A9 really add aggressiveness to the market and may slow down the selling rate of these kinds of high-end DSLRs. Anyway, with innovative 693 AF points Sony A9 can cover around 93% of the frame. Moreover, the processor and front end LSI enable larger continuous shooting buffer, allowing photographers to shoot at a blazing 20 fps with continuous AF/AE tracking for up to 362 JPEG or 241 RAW images.


It is very difficult task for a shooter to acquire better images in lowlight and the most challenging is how to get images with minimal noise. Well, the camera with maximum ISO range surely gets the preference, such as 1DX Mark II. 409600 the highest ISO range avails by 1DX Mark II clearly suggest you that you can be more consistent in lowlight shooting by offering you optimum image quality. On the other hand, Sony A9 can reach the maximum ISO level of 204800.

Image stabilization

The α9 is equipped with an innovative 5-axis image stabilization system that provides a shutter speed advantage of 5.0 step. A vibration reduction mechanism inside any camera has great advantage that dramatically reduces the appearance of camera shakes and provides crisp and blur free videos and stills and most helpful in lowlight conditions. Unfortunately, Canon 1DX Mark II doesn’t feel the need to add any vibration reduction mechanism so you need Canon O.I.S lens while shooting handheld to capture sharp and blur free images.

Continuous shooting speed

Sony A9 offers Blackout-Free Continuous Shooting at up to 20fps for up to 241 RAW/ 362 JPEG images. On the other hand, Up to 14 fps (up to 16 fps in Live View mode) can be captured at a burst rate of up to 170 RAWs with a CFast card with Canon 1DX Mark II.


Unfortunately, Sony A9 is lagging behind from Canon 1DX Mark II in terms of video. Though both the two cameras support 4K video recording, but Canon 1DX Mark II is superior that supports DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution recording at up to 60 fps at 800 Mbps. On the other hand, Sony A9 lets you records 3840 x 2160p @ 30fps only.


The 3.2-inch touch panel TFT LCD monitor of Canon 1DX Mark II has approximately 1.62 million dots, which is ideal for reviewing settings and images, as well as for shooting in Live View mode and also comparatively bigger than that of 3.0″ screen of Sony A9.


Sony A9 lets you take around 650 shots at a time, which is quite more in numbers than its family member Sony A99 II and A7R II, but unfortunately this number is not enough to beat Canon 1DX Mark II which can capture around 1210 shots at a single time charge.


Sony A9 is totally a professional level camera and it worth every penny you splurged on buying it. Don’t stop or think further if you have already decided to go for it then we must must you are going to see miracle in the photography with Sony A9. Packs sky-level specs and its AF points… Really Massive! On the other side, the price of Canon 1DX Mark II is much more than Sony A9 but doesn’t emulate it, apparently.

4 comments to Sony A9 vs Canon 1DX Mark II

  • Mr645

    Hard to compare two different types of cameras like this. Also image quality is unknown. Sure you can boast maximum ISO but the 2 and 4 million ISO settings offered are useless to almost everyone. What do the files look like at 3200, 6400, 12,800 ISO?

  • I went astro shooting with a friend who has the Sony A7S while I shoot Canon. The EVF on the A7S shows exactly what your shot will be and in pitch black darkness it looks like you’re in almost full daylight as you move the ISO up and up and the results are tack sharp and clean even at ISO’s in the 32,000 to 51,000 range. Whereas my Canon is really noisy at only ISO 1600. I can only imagine the new A9 will be even more impressive in image quality.

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