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Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II

Portability
51
Imaging
84
Features
90
Overall
86
Nikon Z9 front
 
Sony Alpha A9 Mark II front
Portability
62
Imaging
78
Features
93
Overall
84

Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II Key Specs

Nikon Z9
(Full Review)
  • 46MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Boost to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 7680 x 4320 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 1340g - 149 x 150 x 91mm
  • Revealed October 2021
Sony A9 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 678g - 129 x 96 x 76mm
  • Revealed October 2019
  • Old Model is Sony A9
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Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II Overview

Here, we are analyzing the Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II, both Pro Mirrorless cameras by rivals Nikon and Sony. There is a noticeable difference among the image resolutions of the Z9 (46MP) and A9 II (24MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor measurements (Full frame).

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The Z9 was released 2 years after the A9 II which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before going into a full comparison, here is a concise view of how the Z9 grades versus the A9 II for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Z9 over the Sony A9 II

 Z9 A9 II 
RevealedOctober 2021October 2019More modern by 26 months
Display size3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2089k1440kClearer display (+649k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A9 II over the Nikon Z9

 A9 II Z9 

Common features in the Nikon Z9 and Sony A9 II

 Z9 A9 II 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display Easily navigate

Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry around your camera frequently, you're going to have to consider its weight and size. The Nikon Z9 provides outer measurements of 149mm x 150mm x 91mm (5.9" x 5.9" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 1340 grams (2.95 lbs) whilst the Sony A9 II has specifications of 129mm x 96mm x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 678 grams (1.49 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use at that moment. Following is a front view measurements comparison of the Z9 versus the A9 II.

Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the Z9 and A9 II is 51 and 62 respectively.

Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II top view buttons comparison

Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be difficult to envision the gap in sensor sizes only by viewing specifications. The picture here may give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the Z9 and A9 II.

Plainly, the two cameras come with the identical sensor size but not the same megapixels. You can anticipate the Nikon Z9 to provide you with greater detail as a result of its extra 22 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop images a good deal more aggressively. The more recent Z9 is going to have an advantage in sensor tech.

Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II sensor size comparison

Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon Z9
Portrait photography with Sony A9 II
90
manual focus
excellent megapixels (46MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features face detect focus
exports RAW files
86
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
has face detect focus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon Z9 Street photography features
Sony A9 II Street photography features
71
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW files
supports touch to focus
weather sealing
good high ISO (25,600)
more heavy than average (1,340 grams)
79
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
features focus by touch
environment sealing
very good ISO range (51,200)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon Z9
Sports photography with Sony A9 II
92
silent shutter (1/32,000s)
fast continuous shooting (30.0 fps)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
excellent megapixels (46 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features tracking focus
weather sealing
better than average battery power (740 shots)
supports phase detect auto focus
89
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
fast continuous shooting (20.0 frames/s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
has tracking focus
environment sealing
great battery power (690 per charge)
supports phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Z9 Travel photography factors
Sony A9 II Travel photography factors
65
better than average battery power (740 CIPA)
weather sealing
supports bluetooth
supports touch to focus
excellent megapixels (46 megapixels)
more heavy than average (1,340 grams)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
73
great battery power (690 shots)
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
features focus by touch
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon Z9
Landscape photography with Sony A9 II
88
manual focus
change lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen size is decent (3.2")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
excellent megapixels (46MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
better than average battery power (740 shots)
has dual storage slots
87
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
very good ISO range (51,200)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
great battery power (690 CIPA)
has double storage slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Z9 Vlogging factors
Sony A9 II Vlogging factors
32
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detect focus
good video quality (7680 x 4320 resolution)
comes with microphone jack
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
more heavy than average (1,340g)
36
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with mic port
screen is not selfie friendly
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Nikon Z9 vs Sony A9 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Z9 and Sony A9 II
 Nikon Z9Sony Alpha A9 Mark II
General Information
Make Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon Z9 Sony Alpha A9 Mark II
Class Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2021-10-28 2019-10-03
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - BIONZ X
Sensor type Stacked CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 23.9mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 858.0mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 46 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 8256 x 5504 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 25600 51200
Maximum boosted ISO 102400 204800
Lowest native ISO 64 100
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO 32 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 493 693
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon Z Sony E
Available lenses 29 121
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3.2 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 2,089k dot 1,440k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,686k dot 3,686k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.8x 0.78x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 900 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed - 1/8000 secs
Highest silent shutter speed 1/32000 secs 1/32000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 30.0 frames per sec 20.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash settings Front-curtain sync, Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Off Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/200 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 7680 x 4320 @ 30p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 25p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, L 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 7680x4320 3840x2160
Video format H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1340g (2.95 pounds) 678g (1.49 pounds)
Physical dimensions 149 x 150 x 91mm (5.9" x 5.9" x 3.6") 129 x 96 x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 740 pictures 690 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL18d NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes Yes (2, 5, 10 secs + continuous, 3 or 5 frames)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Dual CFexpress Type B slots Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
Storage slots Two Two
Launch pricing $5,500 $4,498