Sony A9 vs Nikon D5 Comparison

Here is the quick overview and detailed specifications comparison of Sony A9 vs Nikon D5. You can take a look at the key differences between Sony A9 and Nikon D5.

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.

Nikon D5 ($6,497 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama): Revolving a 20.8MP full frame CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor, this workhorse touts an impressive 12 fps continuous shooting rate with full-time AF and AE, an expandable sensitivity range that goes up to ISO 3280000, and 4K UHD video recording at 30 fps. Matching the imaging versatility, the Nikon D5 is also characterized by its redeveloped Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system, which incorporates 99 cross-type sensors for refined precision when tracking moving subjects or working in difficult lighting conditions.

Sony a9 vs Nikon D5 Size Comparison:

  • Sony Alpha A9 is 21% (33.1 mm) narrower and 40% (62.9 mm) shorter than Nikon D5.
  • Sony Alpha A9 is 32% (29 mm) thinner than Nikon D5.
  • Sony Alpha A9 [673 g] weights 52% (732 grams) less than Nikon D5 [1405 g] (*inc. batteries and memory card).
  • Sony Alpha A9 dimensions: 126.9×95.6×63 mm (camera body only, excluding protrusion)
    Nikon D5 dimensions: 160×158.5×92 mm (camera body only, excluding protrusion)

Sony A9 vs Nikon D5 Specifications Comparison

FeatureSony A9Nikon D5
Price$4,498$6,497
AnnouncedApr 19, 2017Jan 5, 2016
Body typeSLR-style mirrorlessLarge SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloyMagnesium alloy
Effective Pixels24.2MP20.8MP
Max resolution6000 x 40005588 x 3712
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:91:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2
Sensor SizeFull frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm)Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOSCMOS
Image ProcessorBIONZ XEXPEED 5
ISOAuto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800)Auto, 100-102400 (expandable to 50-3280000)
Boosted ISO (minimum)5050
Boosted ISO (maximum)2048003280000
White balance presets1012
Image Stabilization5-Axis sensor shiftNo
Autofocus SystemFast Hybrid AF: Wide (693 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)153 points, including 99 cross-type and 15 supported to f/8
AF Points693153
Lens mountSony ENikon F
LCD Size3.0″ Articulating LCD3.2″ Rear LCD
LCD Resolution1,440,000 dots2,359,000 dots
LCD TouchscreenYesYes
Viewfinder TypeElectronicOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Magnification0.78x0.72x
Min shutter speed30 sec30 sec
Max shutter speed1/8000 sec1/8000 sec
Max shutter speed (electronic)1/32000 sec
Built-in FlashNoNo
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec1/250 sec
Continuous Shooting Speed20 fps with AF/AE12 fps w/ AF tracking; 14 fps with w/ mirror up
Buffer Size (RAW)241 images200
Buffer Size (JPEG)362 images200
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 (3840 x 2160) at 30p; full HD to 60p; 1.5x crop during 4K
Storage typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)Dual CompactFlash or dual XQD
USB VersionUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
WirelessBuilt-InOptional
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + NFC + BluetoothRequires WT-5A or WT-6A
Remote controlYes (Wired or wireless)Yes (wired, wireless, smartphone)
BatteryNP-FZ100EN-EL18a
Battery Life650 CIPA, 105 minutes video footage3780 CIPA; 110 mins HD footage
Built-in GPSNoOptional
Weight (inc. batteries)673 g (1.48 lb / 23.74 oz)1415 g (3.12 lb / 49.91 oz)
Dimensions127 x 96 x 63 mm160 x 159 x 92mm
Price$4,498$6,497