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Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1

Portability
62
Imaging
76
Features
93
Overall
82
Sony Alpha A9 Mark II front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 front
Portability
79
Imaging
70
Features
57
Overall
64

Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1 Key Specs

Sony A9 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 678g - 129 x 96 x 76mm
  • Launched October 2019
  • Succeeded the Sony A9
Sony RX1
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0-22.0) lens
  • 482g - 113 x 65 x 70mm
  • Announced February 2013
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Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1 Overview

Lets look much closer at the Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1, one is a Pro Mirrorless and the latter is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both produced by Sony. The sensor resolution of the A9 II (24MP) and the RX1 (24MP) is relatively close and both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (Full frame).

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The A9 II was announced 6 years after the RX1 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Sony A9 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony RX1 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before going right into a full comparison, here is a concise view of how the A9 II grades against the RX1 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony A9 II over the Sony RX1

 A9 II RX1 
AnnouncedOctober 2019February 2013More modern by 81 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1440k1229kSharper screen (+211k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony RX1 over the Sony A9 II

 RX1 A9 II 

Common features in the Sony A9 II and Sony RX1

 A9 II RX1 
Manual focus More precise focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Sony A9 II features outer measurements of 129mm x 96mm x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0") and a weight of 678 grams (1.49 lbs) and the Sony RX1 has dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") having a weight of 482 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have attached at that moment. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the A9 II versus the RX1.

Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A9 II and RX1 is 62 and 79 respectively.

Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1 top view buttons comparison

Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its tough to see the contrast in sensor sizes just by looking through specs. The pic here might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the A9 II and RX1.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras come with the identical sensor size and the same megapixels so you should expect comparable quality of pictures but you will want to consider the release date of the cameras into account. The younger A9 II is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1 sensor size comparison

Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A9 II as a Portrait photography camera
Sony RX1 as a Portrait photography camera
85
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
has face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
82
has manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/4,000 seconds)
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with face detection focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony A9 II Street photography information
Sony RX1 Street photography information
78
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
has focus by touch
weather proofing
good ISO range (51,200)
66
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW files
very good high ISO (25,600)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than average (482 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A9 II Sports photography factors
Sony RX1 Sports photography factors
88
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet shutter (1/32,000s)
fast continuous shooting (20.0 frames/s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
has tracking focus
weather proofing
good battery life (690 CIPA)
has phase detect AF
53
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with tracking autofocus
focal length is fixed (35mm)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
low battery (270 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A9 II Travel photography information
Sony RX1 Travel photography information
73
good battery life (690 per charge)
weather proofing
connects via bluetooth
has focus by touch
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
62
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
very good max aperture (f2.0)
missing Timelapse mode
low battery (270 shots)
more heavy than average (482 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A9 II Landscape photography information
Sony RX1 Landscape photography information
86
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good megapixels (24MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
good ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
good battery life (690 per charge)
has dual storage slots
65
has manual focus
very good max aperture (f2.0)
good sized screen (3")
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
does not have image stabilization
low battery (270 per charge)
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A9 II as a Vlogging camera
Sony RX1 as a Vlogging camera
36
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect focusing
high video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has microphone jack
display isn't selfie friendly
34
very good max aperture (f2.0)
comes with face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external microphone port
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than average (482 grams)
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Sony A9 II vs Sony RX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A9 II and Sony RX1
 Sony Alpha A9 Mark IISony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha A9 Mark II Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Type Pro Mirrorless Large Sensor Compact
Launched 2019-10-03 2013-02-19
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by BIONZ X -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 35.6 x 23.8mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 847.3mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 51200 25600
Max boosted ISO 204800 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Lowest boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 693 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Sony E fixed lens
Lens focal range - 35mm (1x)
Largest aperture - f/2.0-22.0
Number of lenses 121 -
Crop factor 1 1
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,440k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech - Xtra FineTFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic and Optical (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 3,686k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.78x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/32000 secs -
Continuous shooting speed 20.0 frames per sec 5.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 6.00 m
Flash modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/4000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 678g (1.49 lbs) 482g (1.06 lbs)
Physical dimensions 129 x 96 x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0") 113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 93
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.1
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.3
DXO Low light score not tested 2534
Other
Battery life 690 pictures 270 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FZ100 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs + continuous, 3 or 5 frames) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 2 One
Retail pricing $4,498 $2,798