Sony a9 Compared to the Sony a7R II

SpecificationsSony a9Sony a7R II
  Sony a9 Sony a7R II
Year Introduced20172015
Megapixels24.242.4
Total Pixels28.343.6
Sensor Size35.6×23.8mm35.9 x 24.0mm
Pixel Dimensions6000 x 40007952 x 5304
Pixel Size5.93µm4.50µm
Diffraction-Limited Aperturef/9.6f/7.2
Aspect Ratio3:23:2
Sensor Stabilization
Sensor CleaningCharge protection coatingCharge protection coating
Lens MountSony E-mountSony E-mount
FOVCF1.0x1.0x
Image ProcessorBIONZ XBIONZ X
 
Autofocus  
TypeFast Hybrid AF(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Points693 points (phase-detection AF), APS-C mode with FF lens: 299 points (phase-detection AF), with APS-C lens: 221 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (contrast-detection AF)35 mm full frame: 399 points (phase-detection AF)
APS-C: 357 points (phase-detection AF)/25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Working RangeEV -3 – 20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)EV -2 – 20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
ModesAF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual FocusAF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
Point SelectionWide (693 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) /Expanded Flexible Spot/ Lock-on AF ( Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot)Wide (399 points [phase-detection AF], 25 points [contrast-detection AF])/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot (S/M/L/Expand Flexible Spot/Lock-on AF (Wide/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot [S/M/L]/Expand Flexible Spot)
Predictive
Assist BeamAF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.98-9.8 ft / 0.3-3m)AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.98-9.8 ft / 0.3-3m)
MicroadjustmentYesYes
 
Exposure Control  
Metering Modes1200-zone evaluative metering (Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot Standard/Large, Entire Screen Avg., Highlight)Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering RangeEV -3 – EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)EV -3 – 20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Exposure Comp+/- 5.0EV(1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable), (with exposure compensation dial: +/- 3EV (1/3 EV steps))+/- 5.0 EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable) (with exposure compensation dial: +/- 3 EV [1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps])
AEBBracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1.0 EV increments.Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1.0 EV increments.
ISO Sensitivity[Still images] Mechanical Shutter: ISO 100-51200 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 to ISO 204800 can be set as expanded ISO range), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Electronic Shutter: ISO 100-25600 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 can be set as expanded ISO range), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), [Movies] ISO 100-51200 equivalent (ISO numbers up to ISO 102400 can be set as expanded ISO range), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)Still images: ISO 100–25600 (expandable to ISO 50–102400 for shooting still images), AUTO (ISO 100–6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100–25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100–6400 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Shutter Speed[Still images, Single shot], Mechanical Shutter:1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb, AUTO: 1/32000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Electronic Shutter: 1/32000 to 30 sec, [Still images, Continuous shooting], Mechanical Shutter:1/8000 to 30 sec, AUTO: 1/3200030 - 1/8000 sec, Bulb
WB SettingsAuto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash /Underwater/ Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7(57-step), A7 to B7(29-step)) / CustomAuto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 57 steps, A7 to B7: 29 steps) / Custom / Underwater
Custom WBYes, 3 settings can be registeredYes, 3 settings can be registered
WB Bracketing3 frames, H/L selectable3 frames, H/L selectable
 
Viewfinder  
Type1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color), Quad-VGA OLEDXGA OLED, 0.5 in (1.3 cm) electronic viewfinder (color)
CoverageApprox. 100%Approx. 100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.78xApprox. 0.78x
EyepointApprox. 23mmApprox. 23mm
Focusing Screen
InformationDigital Level Gauge, Display All Info, For viewfinder, Graphic Display, Histogram, No Disp. InfoGraphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info, Digital Level Gauge, Histogram
DOF PreviewYes (via Setting Effect)
Eyepiece Shutter
 
LCD  
TypeTilt type 2.95" (3.0-type) TFT drive, approx. 1,440,000 dotsTilt type 2.95" (3.0-type) TFT drive, approx. 1,228,800 dots
CoverageApprox. 100%Approx. 100%
Viewing AngleApprox. Approx.
Coating
Brightness AdjManual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather modeManual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Display OptionsGraphic Display, Display All Info., No Disp. Info., Histogram, Digital Level Gauge, Shooting information for viewfinder mode, Focus Peaking (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow), Zebras (selectable level + range or lower limit as custom setting)Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge / Shooting information for viewfinder mode
 
Flash  
Built-in GNN/A (ISO 100, meters)N/A (ISO 100, meters)
Built-in CoverageN/AN/A
Built-in Recycle TimeN/AN/A
ModesFlash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless, Hi-speed syncOff, Auto, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction, Hi-speed sync, Wireless
X-Sync1/250sec1/250sec
Exposure Compensation+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)+/- 3EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Hot Shoe/PC TerminalYes / YesYes / Yes
External Flash CompSony α System FlashSony α System Flash
External Flash ControlVia camera setting/ flash setting menuVia camera setting/ flash setting menu
 
Shooting  
Shooting ModesAUTO(iAuto), Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, Manual, Movie, Slow & Quick MotionAperture Priority, Auto, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Picture StylesStandard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia,Style Box(1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))Standard/Vivid/Neutral/Clear/Deep/Light/Portrait/ Landscape/Sunset/Night Scene/Autumn leaves/Black & White/Sepia/Style Box
Image ProcessingPeripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off
Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, & Distortion Correction
Long exposure, High ISO & Multi Frame NR (Noise Reduction)
Drive ModesSingle Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracket: Single, Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracketSingle shooting, Continuous shooting, Self-timer, Self-timer (Continuous), Bracketing (Continuous, Single, White Balance, Dynamic Range Optimizer)
Continuous ShootingAUTO/Electronic Shutter: Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 20 fps, Mid: max. 10fps, Lo: max. 5 fps,
Mechanical Shutter: Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 5 fps, Mid: max. 5fps, Lo: max. 2.5 fps
Max. approx. 5fps up to 23 frames RAW / 24 frames JPEG Extra Fine L
Shutter Lag20ms
Viewfinder BlackoutN/AN/A
 
Live View  
TypeElectronic viewfinder with image sensorElectronic viewfinder with image sensor
CoverageApprox. 100% (horizontally and vertically)Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
FrameRate
FocusingAF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual FocusAF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
MeteringMulti-segment, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot Standard/Large, Entire Screen Avg., HighlightReal-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Display OptionsGraphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info, Digital Level Gauge, HistogramGraphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge / Shooting information for viewfinder mode
 
File Information  
Still ImageTypeJPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format) (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format) (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous RecYes, RAW + various JPEG compression possibleYes, RAW + various JPEG compression possible
Image Size[3:2] Full Frame L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 3936 x 2624 (10M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M), APS-C L: 3936 x 2624 (10M), M: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M), S: 1968 x 1312 (2.6M)
[16:9] Full Frame L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M), APS-C L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), M: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M), S: 1968 x 1112 (2.2M)
3:2 Ratio: L: 7,952 x 5,304 (42M), M: 5,168 x 3,448 (18M), S: 3,984 x 2,656 (11M), APS-C L: 5,168 x 3,448 (18M), M: 3,984 x 2,656 (11M), S: 2,592 x 1,728 (4.5M)
16:9 Ratio: L: 7,952 x 4,472 (36M), M: 5,168 x 2,912 (15M), S: 3,984 x 2,240 (8.9M), APS-C L: 5,168 x 2,912 (15M), M: 3,984 x 2,240 (8.9M), S: 2,592 x 1,456 (3.8M)
Panorama: Wide: Horizontal 12416 x 1856 (23M), vertical 5536 x 2160 (12M), Standard: Horizontal 8192 x 1856 (15M), vertical 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)
Movie TypeXAVC S:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264XAVC S:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Movie SizeNTSC: XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 (30p/100 Mbps, 30p/60 Mbps, 24p/100 Mbps, 24p/60 Mbps), XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50 Mbps, 30p/50 Mbps, 24p/50 Mbps), 1280 x 720 (120p/50 Mbps), AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28 Mbps/PS, 60i/24 Mbps/FX, 60i/17 Mbps/FH, 24p/24 Mbps/FX, 24p/17 Mbps/FH), MP4: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28 Mbps, 30p/16 Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30p/6 Mbps) [comparable PAL settings available]NTSC: XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 (30p/100 Mbps, 30p/60 Mbps, 24p/100 Mbps, 24p/60 Mbps), XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50 Mbps, 30p/50 Mbps, 24p/50 Mbps), 1280 x 720 (120p/50 Mbps), AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28 Mbps/PS, 60i/24 Mbps/FX, 60i/17 Mbps/FH, 24p/24 Mbps/FX, 24p/17 Mbps/FH), MP4: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28 Mbps, 30p/16 Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30p/6 Mbps) [comparable PAL settings available]
Movie LengthMax duration approx. 29minMax duration approx. 29min
 
Other Information  
Wireless FeaturesBuilt-in Wi-Fi, NFC and BluetoothBuilt-in Wi-Fi and NFC
GPSCan be synchronized with connected mobile device
Custom Functions43 Custom Functions
LCD Panel / IlluminationNo / NoNo / No
Water & Dust ResistanceYesYes
Sound MemoNoNo
Orientation SensorYesYes
Playback ZoomYes (unspecified)Yes (unspecified)
Display Formats(1) Single image with information (Customizable)
(2) Single image
(3) Index display (9/25 images)
(1) Single image with information (Customizable)
(2) Single image
(3) Index display (9/25 images)
 
Interface  
Computer InterfaceHi-Speed USB (Micro USB connector)Hi-Speed USB (Micro USB connector)
Other InterfaceHDMI micro connector (Type-D) out, External Microphone In / Line In (Stereo mini jack), Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack)HDMI micro out, External Microphone In / Line In (Stereo mini jack), Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack)
 
Memory  
Memory TypeMemory Stick PRO HG-Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), SD/SDHC/SDXCMemory Stick PRO HG-Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), SD/SDHC/SDXC
 
Batteries & Power  
BatteryRechargeable Battery Pack NP-FZ100Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FW50
Battery LifeApprox. 480 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 650 shots (LCD monitor)Approx. 290 shots (viewfinder)/approx. 340 shots (LCD screen)
Battery Indicator5 levels5 levels
Power SavingPower turns off after 10 sec, 1, 2, 5 or 30minsPower turns off after 10 sec, 1, 2, 5 or 30mins
Power Supply Battery ChargersAC-UUD12 AC Adapter, BC-QZ1 Battery ChargerAC-UUD11 AC Battery Charging Adapter, BC-VW1 AC Charger
 
Physical Specs  
Body MaterialsMagnesium Alloy body coversMagnesium Alloy body covers
Shutter Durability Rating
Operating Environment32–104°F / 0–40°C0 – 40° C (32 – 104°F)
Dimensions Inches5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5" (126.9 x 95.6 x 63.0mm)5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4" (126.9 × 95.7 x 60.3mm)
CIPA Weight23.7 oz (673g)22.0 oz (625g)
 
Accessories  
ViewfinderFDA-EP18 Eyepiece CupEyepiece Cup, FDA-A1AM Angle Finder
Camera Case
Wireless File TransmitterBuilt inBuilt in
Compatible LensesSony E-MountSony E-Mount
Compatible FlashSony External Flash HVL-F60M, HVL-F43M, HVL-F32M, HVL-F20MSony External Flash HVL-F60M, HVL-F43M, HVL-F32M, HVL-F20M
Battery Grip VG-C3EM  Buy ► VGC2EM  Buy ►
RemoteSony Remote Control with Multi-terminal cable, Compatible infrared remoteSony Remote Control with Multi-terminal cable, Compatible infrared remote
Other
 
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