Sony A99 II vs Canon 1DX Mark II

sony-a99-ii-vs-canon-1dx-maSony A99 II’s high-end specifications can steal the attention of pro-photographers easily and it looks like users will ready to spare extra cash (than its list price) to get this brilliant A99 II camera without even thinking twice. Sony is offering their users a package full of extraordinary specifications including the acclaimed 4D Focus system along with 79-point dedicated phase detection AF sensor with 399 focal plane phase detection AF points for blazing fast AF performance and then its 12 fps of continuous drive. Well, Sony A99 II is obviously a mouthwatering camera, but the real question is that if this high-end Sony mirrorless camera is capable to beat already existing Canon 1DX Mark II DSLR camera in overall performance. To know the answer of this question, look at our specifications comparison between these Sony A99 II vs. Canon 1DX Mark II…

Feature/Models Sony A99 II
Canon 1DX Mark II
Megapixel 42 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 399 61
ISO Auto, 100-25600 (expandable to 50-102400) Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-409600)
Shutter speed 1/8000 to 30 sec
1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization 5-axis No
Continuous shooting speed  12fps 14fps
Video 4K @30 fps (3840 x 2160) 4K Video at 60 fps (4096 x 2160)
Display 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Optional
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 490 shots 1210 shots
Weight 849 g 1530 g
Size 143 x 104 x 76 mm 158 x 168 x 83 mm

Sony A99 II vs Canon 1DX Mark II

Image quality– Professional photographers must love the full -frame back-illuminated full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor fabricated in Sony A99 II camera, allowing maximum light to enter into the sensor as a result, the A99 II will be able to produce high-resolution images in almost every shooting condition. Moreover, the Sony A99 II camera doesn’t incorporate low pass filter, ensuring that rich details and textures can be grabbed easily. In terms of image quality, Sony A99 II is beating hardly to Canon 1DX Mark II that also features Full-frame sensors, but employs only 20 Mp resolution (can’t snap the images like Sony A99 II).

AF system– Sony A99 II boasts a powerful Hybrid Phase Detection AF system that that features 79-point dedicated phase detection AF sensor, ensuring that the high-speed moving subjects across the frame will be captured precisely an accurately, 399 focal plane phase detection AF points for wider coverage. When  79 Points phase detection AF sensor and 399 phase detection AF points merged together produces 79-point Hybrid Cross AF that effectively captures the high-speed moving subjects, that a human eyes can’t detect.

AF system of Canon 1DX Mark II- It features a new 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points. One thing that pushes Canon 1DX II is its 61-phase detection AF points, which is lesser than 79-Point phase detection AF points of Sony A99 II. However, Canon Usually do not mention the number of plane phase points, but the 1DX Mark II features exceptional Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, which is great for shooting videos.

The AF system of Sony A99 II is surely better than Canon 1Dx Mark II.

ISO– Most of the photographers get upset when they are unable to capture high quality shots at lowlight. However, it is true that lowlight photography is one of the daunting tasks for almost all the photographers, but still a camera with high ISO can capture best shots, even at lowlight with maximum details and lesser noise. And here, in this comparison, Canon 1DX Mark II is dominating the area of lowlight by offering an expandable ISO range of 409600. On the other hand, Sony A99 ii is offering us the highest ISO range of 102400 and probably lagging behind than Canon 1DX Mark II.

Image stabilization– We will prefer Sony A99 ii for crisp and blur- free images since the camera engineers 5-Axis I.S that significantly detects and suppressed the poor effect of camera shakes, which automatically arises while shooting. Sadly, no vibration reduction mechanism has been implemented into the core specs of Canon 1DX Mark II.

Continuous shooting drive– Better to know one thing before we move further; you can see that Sony A99 II offers maximum shooting speed of 12fps, whereas Canon 1DX Mark II offers maximum frame rates of fps, but you can get to use the total fps only when you use a battery-grip externally; otherwise, you are also limited to 12 fps maximum continuous drive, same as Sony A99 II. The sports shooters should pick Canon 1DX Mark II.

Video– Though, both the camera offers 4K video feature, but the Canon 1DX Mark II is superb since it supports DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution recording at up to 60 fps at 800 Mbps, along with Full HD 1080p shooting at 120 fps at 360 Mbps for slow motion playback. But, the A-mount mirrorless, Sony A99 II can record internal UHD 4K video recording at 30 or 24 fps.

Display- The EOS-1D X Mark II camera integrates 3.2-inch touch panel TFT LCD monitor, which is ideal for reviewing settings and images, as well as for shooting in Live View mode.

Shots– Just by charging one time the Canon 1DX Mark II can allow you to take 1210 shots, whereas Sony A99 II camera lets you to take 490 shots only at a single time charge.

Price factor

Verdict– Canon 1DX Mark II features robust AF system, excellent lowlight performing sensor and a video mode better that A99 II. Above all, due to the SLT technology more than 10% of light absorbed by the fixed mirror of A99 II camera. Hence we recommend you to go with 1DX Mark II and if you are Mount users, then A99 II is also a good camera for you.


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