Sony A9 vs Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Comparison

Here is the quick overview and detailed specifications comparison of Sony A9 vs Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. You can take a look at the key differences between Sony A9 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.

Sony A9 ($4,498 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama): Making use of a 24.2MP full-frame Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the new Sony a9 is capable of shooting at up to 20 fps, recording UHD 4K video internally, and shooting with an expanded sensitivity range to ISO 204,800. Balancing the quickness of the processor is a well-matched 693-point phase-detection autofocus system that covers 93% of the image area for accurate and quick subject tracking in a variety of lighting conditions.

Canon 1DX Mark II ($5,999 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama): At the heart of the imaging system is a full-frame 20.2MP CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, which contribute to fast continuous shooting rates up to 16 fps in live view, 14 fps with full-time AF and AE, and an expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50-409600. The sensor and processor combination also avails DCI 4K video recording at 60 fps and Full HD 1080p recording at 120 fps, along with the ability to record on-board to a CFast 2.0 memory card, or uncompressed Full HD video can be saved via HDMI to an optional external recorder.

Sony a9 vs Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Size Comparison:

  • Sony Alpha A9 is 20% (31.1 mm) narrower and 43% (72 mm) shorter than Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
  • Sony Alpha A9 is 24% (19.6 mm) thinner than Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
  • Sony Alpha A9 [673 g] weights 56% (857 grams) less than Canon EOS-1D X Mark II [1530 g] (*inc. batteries and memory card).
  • Sony Alpha A9 dimensions: 126.9×95.6×63 mm (camera body only, excluding protrusion)
    Canon EOS-1D X Mark II dimensions: 158×167.6×82.6 mm (camera body only, excluding protrusion)

Sony A9 vs Canon 1DX Mark II Specs Comparison

Feature Sony A9 Canon 1D X Mark II
Price $4,498 $5,999
Announced Apr 19, 2017 Feb 2, 2016
Body type SLR-style mirrorless Large SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy Magnesium alloy
Effective Pixels 24.2MP 20.2MP
Max resolution 6000 x 4000 5472 x 3648
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9 3:2
Sensor Size Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Image Processor BIONZ X Dual DIGIC 6+
ISO Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800) Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-409600)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) 204800 409600
White balance presets 10 6
Image Stabilization 5-Axis sensor shift No
Autofocus System Fast Hybrid AF: Wide (693 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF) 61-point, 41 cross-type AF system
AF Points 693 61
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Sony E Canon EF
LCD Size 3.0″ Articulating LCD 3.2″ Rear LCD
LCD Resolution 1,440,000 dots 1,620,000 dots
LCD Touchscreen Yes Yes (for AF point selection only)
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Magnification 0.78x 0.76x
Min shutter speed 30 sec 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec 1/8000 sec
Max shutter speed (electronic) 1/32000 sec
Built-in Flash No No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port) Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync)
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec 1/250 sec
Continuous drive 20 fps 16 fps
Buffer Size (RAW) 241 images 170 (Cfast 2.0)
Buffer Size (JPEG) 362 images Unlimited
Video Output XAVC S / AVCHD 2.0 / MP4 MOV, MPEG-4 / H.264
Video Maximum Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30p; full HD up to 120 fps; full sensor readout. 4K (4096 x 2160) at 60p; full HD at 120p; 1.3x crop during 4K
Storage types Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) CompactFlash + CFast 2.0
USB Version USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Wireless Built-In Optional
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth requires WFT-E8
Remote control Yes (Wired or wireless) Yes
Battery NP-FZ100 LP-E19
Battery Life 650 shots, 105 minutes video footage 1210~1020 viewfinder, 260~240 live-view CIPA
Built-in GPS No Yes
Wi-Fi / NFC Wifi, NFC, Bluetooth not built-in / WFT-E8A, IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, 2.4GHz/5GHz
Weight 23.7 oz (673 g)

includes batteries

1,530g (With Battery + Media)
Dimensions (127 x 96 x 63 mm) 158 x 168 x 83mm