• 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Sony A9 advantages over Nikon D780

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.70x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 12.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 12.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon D780 advantages over Sony A9

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 2260 vs 650 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    19 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    786k vs 360k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

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
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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 HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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 card slot is UHS-II compatible; Touchscreen underutilized; No lossless RAW compression option; No 4K/60p option.

The Competition

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Sony A9
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $4346
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Top deck display
Nikon D780
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $4346
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Sony A9
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2821
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D780
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $2821
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Sony A7R III

Sony A9
Sony A7R III
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • High resolution composite
  • More dynamic range
Nikon D780
Sony A7R III
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $2798
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • High resolution composite

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Sony A9
Pentax K-1 II
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon D780
Pentax K-1 II
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A9 II

Sony A9
Sony A9 II
  • $2998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Newer
Nikon D780
Sony A9 II
  • $2297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • NFC
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