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Sony A9 vs Canon 5D Mark IV


Sony A9 vs Canon 5D Mark IV – Specification comparison between two of the most popular camera of all time.

Feature/Models Sony A9
Canon 5D Mark IV
Megapixel 24 megapixels
30.4 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor  Bionz X
Low pass Filter No No
AF system Contrast detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect+ Phase detect
AF points 693 61
ISO ISO 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800) 50-102400
Shutter speed 1/32000 to 30 sec
1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization 5-axis  None
Continuous shooting speed  20fps 7fps
Video 4K @30 fps (3840 x 2160) 4K Video at 30 fps (3840 x 2160)
Display 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Optional
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 650 shots 900 shots
Weight 673 g 890 g
Size 127 x 96 x 63 mm 151 x 116 x 76 mm

Sony A9 is one of the best mirrorless camera Sony every minute till date that is also one of the best DSLR available

Sony A9 vs Canon 5D Mark IV.  both camera are made for professional  users , however the design of both the camera is entirely different,  Canon 5D Mark IV is slightly bigger, heavier and bulkier where is Sony A9 is more compact and easy to handle for longer periods of time due to 200 grams of less weight.

Once you install the battery grip in Canon 5D Mark 4 or Sony A9 then the overall size of both the camera becomes twice as big compared to the Sony Alpha A9 mirrorless camera.

No Top LCD in Sony A9: If you are a professional DSLR user from a long time then for sure you are going to miss the top LCD display screen in Sony A9 full frame mirrorless. Whereas as the Canon 5D Mark 4 camera do have top LCD panel display as it can be found in professional DSLR Canon and Nikon.

The images you say never give your idea that how would the DSLR and mirrorless will look in front of each other.

1. Sensor resolution

Let’s talk about this answer about the camera the Canon 5D Mark IV offers you a 13 megapixel full frame sensor that features dual pixel CMOS AF Technolog. DPAF  technology helps you to acquire AF in no time.

Sony A9 will going to give you 24mp resolution where as the Canon 5D Mark IV offers 6 megapixels more that is 30 Mp resolution sensor.  we do know that resolution doesn’t matter at some extent but it is helpful when you have some extra megapixels in your hand.  One of the biggest advantage I have seen by having higher resolution That you get more details in the image when viewed at 100%.


2. Auto focusing system

Not only dual pixel CMOS AF sensor the camera also features a dedicated Phase AF module with 61 AF points that enable dual auto focusing system in Canon 5D Mark 4 camera. The Sony A9 on the other side features 693 AF points, hence you get 632 more AF points with Sony A9 camera.

Having more number of photo focusing point is definitely a big advantage when you are shooting a sports event. The more AF point you have and the more screen coverage you get. Hence you never miss a shot.

3. 20.0fps vs 7.0fps

One of the biggest advantage of Sony A9 camera is its continuous shooting a speed of 20 frames per second with auto focusing support. Canon 5D Mark IV continuous shooting speed remains limited to 7 frames per second only

Having 13 frames per second continuous shooting speed is really a great advantage If you shooting a sports event just imagine you are getting 13 frames extra every second the amount of extra shots you are getting is insane. Sony A9 is definitely perfect machine and highly recommended to sports Shooters.


4. ISO Range

The Canon 5D Mark IV sensor pixel is bit smaller compared to Sony A9,  theoretically the Canon 5D Mark 4 camera will going to show bit inferior noise management at high ISO range when compared to Sony A9.

204.800 vs 102.400

As you can notice the ISO range of Sony A9 is  204.800 vs 102.400 of 5D Mark IV. Hence you are getting larger pixels with A9 as well as more ISO range, so we assure you that you will get better noise performance at high ISO range.


5. sensor image stabilization

The biggest advantage in getting Sony A9 camera is your getting on sensor images stabilization system that will going to work very effectively.  A9 features Industry best 5 Axis shake correction mechanism inside it. Not only that if you insert image stabilization based lenses then the camera will going to synchronized with that lenses and you are getting image stabilization upto 5.5 stops In some specific lenses

Unfortunately the Canon 5D Mark 4 doesn’t have any built-in image stabilization system and for that you have to use Image stabilization based lenses. but keep in mind that Canon image stabilization work only in x and y axis.  where is the Sony camera based image stabilization system works in 5 axis so it is more effective and helpful during low light condition.

Conclusion: is left for you, do write your own conclusion in the comment box.

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5 comments to Sony A9 vs Canon 5D Mark IV

  • Odin

    The 5D4 matches the A7RII at high ISO, just download some RAWs and try it for yourself (and I’m talking images at same pixel size). The A9 is not better than the A7RII at high ISO, so it doens’t matter if it goes to ISO 1 billion, it’s not usable at all above 51200 and even 51200 is crap, so the A9 is not better than the 5D4 at high ISO and as we now know the low ISO DR is not better either.

  • I.Muñoz-Seca

    It depends on what for. Without having to change the optics outdoors, since the sensor is more unprotected ………………………………………………………., White and in bottle. Always, always the a9 of SONY.

    Depende de para qué. Sin tener que cambiar la óptica en exteriores, ya que el sensor está mas desprotegido………………………………………………………blanco y en botella. Siempre,siempre la a9 de SONY.

  • rose

    I don’t think Sony A9 can compete with the 5D Mark IV in any way. Having a good specification sheet doesn’t mean A9 is the best camera.

    I am using Canon 5D Mark IV for 6 months and I also own a Sony A7R II camera. Yes, the A7R II is a excellent camera but at the same time 5D Mark IV offers look more suitable professional use. Who actually need a 399 or a 600+ AF points based camera ? why we are running behind number game ?

    If Sony A9 have 693 AF points then Canon 5D Mark IV have xxxx Million AF points. We have two understand here that Canon is using entirely different tech. the DPAF tech uses every two sub pixel to calculate the amount of lens drive required and to lock AF. Hence in Canon every pixel in involved in Auto focusing and you don’t have 693 dead pixels inside the sensor.

  • Dimon

    Yet again canonboys got worried. DPAF was developed because Canon live view used for video sucks. To mitigate this problem they put extra AF pixels on main sensor just like Sony whatever’s they dual or not it lmore ooks like a damage limitation to me. And dynamic range on Canons was always a joke

  • How come on the earth Canon didn’t put usable 4K into Mk IV, I mean the codec they use it is just a joke, it is just unusable.
    Canon is retired and only few things hold it up: people like colors come from a sensor and cheap available lenses.
    20 frames vs 7?, game changer.
    Also live preview is mega feature, you can see what will be before you push the button. Using Canon been in many cases when had do a several pictures becomes right.

    I am started shifted no have 2 Sony and 2 Canon bodies, used to be 4 Canons.
    We need affordable lenses for Sony and Canon will be gone. 5 years waiting MK IV and it was outdated on release.

    Shooting weddings in New Zealand is my full time job and we really need something without compromising features.

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