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

FeatureSony A9Canon 1D X Mark II
AnnouncedApr 19, 2017Feb 2, 2016
Body typeSLR-style mirrorlessLarge SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloyMagnesium alloy
Effective Pixels24.2MP20.2MP
Max resolution6000 x 40005472 x 3648
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:93:2
Sensor SizeFull frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm)Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image ProcessorBIONZ XDual DIGIC 6+
ISOAuto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800)Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-409600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)5050
Boosted ISO (maximum)204800409600
White balance presets106
Image Stabilization5-Axis sensor shiftNo
Autofocus SystemFast Hybrid AF: Wide (693 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)61-point, 41 cross-type AF system
AF Points69361
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Lens mountSony ECanon EF
LCD Size3.0″ Articulating LCD3.2″ Rear LCD
LCD Resolution1,440,000 dots1,620,000 dots
LCD TouchscreenYesYes (for AF point selection only)
Viewfinder TypeElectronicOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Magnification0.78x0.76x
Min shutter speed30 sec30 sec
Max shutter speed1/8000 sec1/8000 sec
Max shutter speed (electronic)1/32000 sec
Built-in FlashNoNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync)
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec1/250 sec
Continuous drive20 fps16 fps
Buffer Size (RAW)241 images170 (Cfast 2.0)
Buffer Size (JPEG)362 imagesUnlimited
Video OutputXAVC S / AVCHD 2.0 / MP4MOV, MPEG-4 / H.264
Video Maximum Resolution4K (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 typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)CompactFlash + CFast 2.0
USB VersionUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetoothrequires WFT-E8
Remote controlYes (Wired or wireless)Yes
Battery Life650 shots, 105 minutes video footage1210~1020 viewfinder, 260~240 live-view CIPA
Built-in GPSNoYes
Wi-Fi / NFCWifi, NFC, Bluetoothnot built-in / WFT-E8A, IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, 2.4GHz/5GHz
Weight23.7 oz (673 g)

includes batteries

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