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Sony a9 DxOMark Review: “One of the Best Sensors We’ve Tested” (92 Points)

DxOMark published their Sony a9 sensor review and test results – The Sony a9’s 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor achieved an excellent overall DxOMark sensor score of 92 points, with a combination of 24.9 bits color sensitivity, 13.3 EV dynamic range, and 3517 ISO low-light score, ranking it as one of the best sensors DxOMark has tested.

The Sony a9 ranks 2nd overall for ISO just behind the A7S, and although its Portrait and Landscape scores at base ISO are a little behind the top performers, they’re still very good.

Sony a9 vs Sony a7RII vs Sony a7II:

Sony a9 vs Canon EOS-1D X Mark II vs Nikon D5:

Conclusion from DxOMark:

The Sony a9’s sensor ranks as one of the best we’ve tested at base ISO, with consistently good scores for dynamic range and color depth, and exceptional results for noise. At those crucial mid to high ISO sensitivities for action photographers, image quality is also excellent and on par with flagship Nikon and Canon sports DSLRs.

For the very best image quality, the A7R II offers better results for color, as well as almost twice the sensor resolution, but it isn’t a sports camera and can’t compete for performance against the a9, so they’re intended for different markets.

With a big body-only price tag of $4,500, the Sony a9 is squarely in the pro category, going head-to-head with the top-end Canon and Nikon DSLRs. With many pros already heavily invested in lenses and accessories for those systems, it’s going to be a tricky (not to mention expensive) to switch, but the Sony a9 has both the performance capabilities and image quality that make it a seriously tempting proposition.

Store links:

Sony a9 body: $4,498 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens: $2,498 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

$200 off on Sony a7RII: $2,698 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

Read more: Best Lenses for Sony a9.

Read the full review at DxOMark.

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