• 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.5 megapixels
  • 7.30mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony A9 advantages over Ricoh Theta V

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    105 vs 80 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 14.5 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Ricoh Theta V advantages over Sony A9

  • Less expensive
    $394 vs $3998
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 63 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    121g vs 673g
    Lighter weight
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video

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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter

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)
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Top deck display
Ricoh Theta V
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $396
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Leica M (Typ 262)

Sony A9
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $4863
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Ricoh Theta V
Leica M (Typ 262)
  • $396
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $4863
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Sony A9
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Ricoh Theta V
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $396
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A7 III

Sony A9
Sony A7 III
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $1965
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More dynamic range
Ricoh Theta V
Sony A7 III
  • $396
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1965
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon EOS R

Sony A9
Canon EOS R
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Ricoh Theta V
Canon EOS R
  • $396
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Rear display
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