Photonstophotos: Sony a9 vs Nikon D5, Canon 1D X Mark II, Sony a7 Mark 2, Sony a7R Mark 2


Photonstophotos updated their Sony a9 results with final data and it performs very well against its competitors up till 3200 ISO, where the Nikon D5 just edges it out. It’s good to see that the electronic shutter of the Sony a9 doesn’t affect the dynamic range of the a9 much according to Photonstophotos’ results. The Sony a9, beats the Canon 1D X Mark II across the board, but falls just behind the Nikon D5 in low light, while besting it in maximum dynamic range. You can manipulate the chart above here.

Camera Model ▾ Maximum
PDR
Low Light
ISO
Low Light
EV
Sony ILCE-9 10.47 6612 11.05
Sony ILCE-9(ES) 10.64 5709 10.84
Nikon D5 9.42 7178 11.17
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 10.46 5189 10.70

Maybe more interestingly the Sony a9 is bested by both the Sony a7 Mark 2 and a7R Mark 2 in dynamic range, but beats the Sony a7 Mark 2 in low light. The Sony a7 Mark 2 lineup of cameras still contains some of the best full frame sensors on the market, with the Sony a7R Mark 2 continuing to dominate, but the a9 does very well while using it’s standard shutter. You can manipulate the results here.

Camera Model ▾ Maximum
PDR
Low Light
ISO
Low Light
EV
Sony ILCE-9 10.47 6612 11.05
Sony ILCE-9(ES) 10.64 5709 10.84
Sony ILCE-7RM2 11.42 6800 11.09
Sony ILCE-7M2 11.16 3863 10.27

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Sony a9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a7RII: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a7IIB&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Nikon D5: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Canon 1D X Mark II: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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  • Joe Freedom

    I hear they double as toasters and have a cool red band “feature” to enhance every photo under lights…

  • This article misses the point, if the Sony camera/sensor isn’t significantly better than the competition then it sucks, always a double standard for Canikon fanboys.

    • Missed what point? I’m simply sharing the facts. I don’t sensationalize cameras. Frankly I’ll be happy if the a9 hangs with the D5 and 1D for less money. For years mirrorless has been seen as inferior by many. This year is the first year that no one can make that argument in any segment.

      Sony knocked Nikon down a peg in the full frame market and will likely take out Canon in the coming years. Nether company is showing signs of innovation, while I could infer plenty from what Sony has revealed so far.

      Here’s the thing I could beat the Sony drum by drawing logical inferences like other sites and I could do it better than them due to my background, but I think it’s better to stick close to the facts. Almost all the Sony a9 rumors were wrong and now almost all the hype is being proven wrong. It looks like a great camera, but I’m just not ready to call it good or bad yet. So for now let’s stick to the facts…

      Sony does have to win over night and neither does any other company. Slow and steady wins the race.

      • I agree with your statements 100%, my comment was an attempt at irony resulting from all the rants that the dynamic range on the A9 sucks. Those rants resulted from the complainers not having a technical understand of the report filed by Dpreview. The fact of the matter is the A9 equals the performance of its competitors while capturing more resolution at a much higher speed.

  • Duncan Dimanche

    well done Sony 😉
    I really want to see Canon And Nikon trying their luck in the bigger sensor mirrorless…. A pro Nikon 1 with an amazing autofocus would be awesome

  • so many third party lenses with lower aperture and with cheap price that you dont really need a higher iso more than 3200