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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