• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Sony A7R II advantages over Sony A9

  • Less expensive
    $2898 vs $4498
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Sony A9 advantages over Sony A7R II

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.93 vs 4.51 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 340 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    7 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    364 vs 23 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    240 vs 23 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb image quality; Very high resolution; Surprisingly good high ISO performance; Fast autofocus; Compact, comfortable body with lots of customization potential; Bright, roomy and clear viewfinder; Tilting LCD display; Five-axis stabilization; Intuitive Wi-Fi / NFC connectivity

  • Movie button is poorly located; No touch screen; Not as fast to start up or shoot photos as a similarly-priced SLR; Rather slow buffer clearing; No built-in flash; Single card slot; Not weather-sealed to the same degree as some rivals

  • New sensor offers incredible performance; Excellent image quality at low & high ISOs; Very good dynamic range; Phenomenal 20fps burst speed & deep buffer; Very good battery life for a mirrorless; 4K video; Dual card slots.

  • Slow buffer clearing; Only one UHS-II card slot; Touchscreen underutilized; No lossless RAW compression option; No 4K/60p option.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Sony A7R II
Sony A7R
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Sony A9
Sony A7R
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Sony A7R II
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
Sony A9
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Top deck display

Compared to Leica M (Typ 262)

Sony A7R II
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
Sony A9
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $5555
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Sony A7R II
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
Sony A9
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Rear display
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Sony A7R III

Sony A7R II
Sony A7R III
  • $2898
  • 35mm
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
Sony A9
Sony A7R III
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
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