Sony A9 vs Nikon D5

Sony A9 vs Nikon D5

Here is the explosive Sony A9 and the Dark night king Nikon D5 for comparison. Though, through the table it is almost cleared that the flagship Sony A9 comfortably beats Nikon D5 since Sony implements best AF system of the current time, Stacked CMOS sensor with 24 MP for tack sharp images etc. On the other hand, Nikon D5 implements maximum ISO range 3280000, which is most in any camera. Nikon D5 is High-end professional camera but Sony is superior that is compact, lightweight and lesser expensive than D5. Well, let’s see the specifications comparison of two professional level cameras – one is Mirrorless Digital camera (Sony A9) and other is DSLR (Nikon D5).

Feature/Models Sony A9
Nikon D5
Megapixel 24 megapixels
21 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor  Bionz X
AF system Contrast detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect+ Phase detect
AF points 693 153
ISO ISO 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800) Auto, 100-102400 (expandable to 50-3280000)
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 30 fps (3840 x 2160)
Display 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Optional
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 650 shots 3780
Weight 673 g 1415 g
Size 127 x 96 x 63 mm 160 x 159 x 92 mm
Price $4500 $6,496.95

 Image quality

Sony A9 and Nikon D5 both the two cameras can snap sharp images, no doubt, but Sony A9 comes with latest stacked 24.2 MP Exmor RS image sensor, new BIONZ X processor and front end LSI, ensuring you sharper and crystal clear like images than Nikon D5, even in lowlight. On the other hand, the FX-format Nikon D5 comes with  20.8MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor that might not give you high resolution images as of Sony A9.

AF system

If we compare both cameras according to their AF system then we could see that Sony A9 may go one step ahead of Nikon D5, however, both have contrast as well as Phase detection sensor inside. But Nikon D5 uses Multi-CAM 20K AF module that dramatically improves AF performance while shooting subjects. But the problem is the Multi-CAM 20K module is active only when you are using viewfinder of Nikon D5 and once you switched to live view mode or you record a video Nikon D5 uses contrast detect AF system and entire AF system gets slow and sluggish. Now the place where Sony A9 is making a huge jump is the implementation of innovative 693 AF points in its Stacked CMOS FF sensor, which is obviously much more than Nikon D5’s 153 AF system and this 693 AF points cover 93% of the frame with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second, and remains always active in live view, viewfinder as well as video recording modes.  The Fast Hybrid AF system – blending the speed and excellent tracking performance of phase detection AF with the precision of contrast AF.


So, which one will be a better lowlight performer? Most of your fingers indicate Nikon D5 of course? That is fair because Nikon D5 comes with 3.28 M of maximum sensitivity. On the other hand Sony A9 uses maximum ISO of 204800, but we admire Sony for planting newer technology like new front-end LSI hardware that stunningly reduces the noise that usually occurs while shooting at larger pixels value. By the way, this is specification comparison so we should give more ratings to Nikon D5 for its remarkable ISO range that lets you take better pictures in dimlight areas without using the flash and also without letting other know that you are snapping their pictures.

Shutter speed

The faster shutter speeds have great use in camera that significantly eliminate the motion blur of the fast moving subject by freezing motion  much more quickly to give you crisp images. Sony A9 avails faster shutter speed 1/32000 s electronic shutter that supremely minimizes the “rolling shutter” effect that photographers commonly experience with fast moving subjects to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture. On the other hand, Nikon D5 avails the mechanical shutter of 1/8000 that may not be as superior as of Sony A9.

Image stabilization

The 5-axis I.S adds solid confident among the photographers while shooting handheld. Actually, this 5-axis I.S is vibration reduction mechanism that powerfully controls the appearance of uncontrolled camera shakes and provide you crisp, sharp and blur free images and videos, even very handy while shooting in the lowlight areas. Moreover, 5-axis image stabilization incorporated inside Sony A9 offers a 5.0-stop shutter speed advantage, plus this also helps you stabilize the live-view monitor image , allowing you  compose image easily while shooting fast moving subjects. Unfortunately, on the other hand, Nikon D5 doesn’t incorporate any Vibration reduction mechanism.

Continuous shooting drive

Sony A9 offers you higher frame rates of 20FPS helps you capture much more activities and actions of the desired subjects and reduces the chance for action to blur in any single frame. As a result, Sony A9 will be the camera to capture much sharper images compared to 14FPS of Nikon D5. Sony A9’s enhanced capacity to shoot at 20 frames per second with no blackout wonderfully supersedes Nikon D5. Furthermore, the blending of  processor (Bionz X) and front end LSI produce larger continuous shooting buffer, enabling photographers to shoot at a blazing 20 fps with continuous AF/AE tracking for up to 362 JPEG or 241 RAW images.


Thankfully, Nikon D5 integrates large screen of 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor, letting the user to easily pinch, zoom, swipe and scrub in playback. On the other hand, Sony uses 3.0″ screen size which is comparatively lower than Nikon D5.


Nikon D5 allows you continuous shooting for around 3780 shots at a time. On the other side, Sony A9 lets you take around 650 shots only in a single time charge.


Sony A9 is giving an excellent reason to professional photographers around the globe to switch their systems (Either they belong to Nikon or Canon) to A9 Mirrorless camera. Since this marvelous Sony A9 offers you all the awesome features that you want to see in any professional level camera and the most innovative part is its unassailable capacity to shoot at 20 frames per second with no blackout. Frankly, Sony A9 almost eats Nikon D5’s lunch but it is the ISO range where Nikon D5 still holds it position.

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