Sony a1 vs Sony TX9

Sony Alpha a1 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 front

Sony a1 vs Sony TX9 Key Specs

Sony a1
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  • 50MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Expand to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 7680 x 4320 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 737g - 129 x 97 x 70mm
  • Released January 2021
Sony TX9
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  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 149g - 98 x 60 x 18mm
  • Launched July 2010
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Sony a1 vs Sony TX9 Overview

Lets look more in depth at the Sony a1 and Sony TX9, former is a Pro Mirrorless while the other is a Ultracompact and both are built by Sony. There exists a noticeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the a1 (50MP) and TX9 (12MP) and the a1 (Full frame) and TX9 (1/2.3") posses different sensor sizing.

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The a1 was launched 10 years after the TX9 which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Sony a1 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony TX9 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before diving into a in depth comparison, here is a simple view of how the a1 scores against the TX9 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony a1 over the Sony TX9

 a1 TX9 
LaunchedJanuary 2021July 2010Newer by 129 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1440k922kCrisper display (+518k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony TX9 over the Sony a1

 TX9 a1 
Display size3.5"3"Larger display (+0.5")

Common features in the Sony a1 and Sony TX9

 a1 TX9 
Manual focus More exact focusing
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Sony a1 vs Sony TX9 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you will have to think about its weight and proportions. The Sony a1 provides exterior measurements of 129mm x 97mm x 70mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") with a weight of 737 grams (1.62 lbs) and the Sony TX9 has measurements of 98mm x 60mm x 18mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have at that time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the a1 compared to the TX9.

Sony a1 vs Sony TX9 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the a1 and TX9 is 61 and 95 respectively.

Sony a1 vs Sony TX9 top view buttons comparison

Sony a1 vs Sony TX9 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's difficult to picture the contrast in sensor dimensions only by looking through specs. The picture here should give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the a1 and TX9.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The a1 featuring a larger sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Sony a1 will render more detail utilizing its extra 38 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics way more aggressively. The more modern a1 provides an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Sony a1 vs Sony TX9 sensor size comparison

Sony a1 vs Sony TX9 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony a1 vs Sony TX9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony a1 Portrait photography details
Sony TX9 Portrait photography details
manual focus
high flash sync (1/400s)
resolution is excellent (50 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
features face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
focusing manually
no manual mode
can't use external flash
low resolution sensor (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony a1 Street photography features
Sony TX9 Street photography features
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
boasts focus by touch
weather sealing
great ISO range (32,000)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has touch to focus
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
more heavy than others (149g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony a1
Sports photography with Sony TX9
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
quiet mode (1/32,000s)
fast shooting (30.0 fps)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is excellent (50 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking focus
weather sealing
good battery pack (530 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony a1 Travel photography factors
Sony TX9 Travel photography factors
good battery pack (530 CIPA)
weather sealing
has bluetooth
boasts focus by touch
resolution is excellent (50 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
has touch to focus
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than others (149 grams)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony a1 Landscape photography info
Sony TX9 Landscape photography info
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is excellent (50MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
great ISO range (32,000)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
good battery pack (530 CIPA)
2 card slots
focusing manually
reasonably wide (25mm)
lovely big screen (3.5 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
low resolution sensor (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony a1 Vlogging info
Sony TX9 Vlogging info
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detect autofocus
video resolution high (7680 x 4320 pxls)
includes mic support
display isn't selfie friendly
reasonably wide (25mm)
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have microphone jack
more heavy than others (149 grams)
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Sony a1 vs Sony TX9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony a1 and Sony TX9
 Sony Alpha a1Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha a1 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9
Type Pro Mirrorless Ultracompact
Released 2021-01-26 2010-07-08
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 35.9 x 24mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 861.6mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 50MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 8640 x 5760 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 32000 3200
Max boosted ISO 102400 -
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW files
Min boosted ISO 50 -
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 759 9
Lens support Sony E fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.5-4.6
Macro focusing range - 1cm
Available lenses 133 -
Crop factor 1 5.8
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3.5 inch
Resolution of screen 1,440k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 9,437k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.9x -
Slowest shutter speed 30s 2s
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000s 1/1600s
Maximum silent shutter speed 1/32000s -
Continuous shooting speed 30.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 3.80 m
Flash modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
External flash
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/400s -
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 7680x4320 (30p, 25p, 23.98) 1920 x 1080 (50 fps), 1440 x 1080 (50, 25fps), 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Max video resolution 7680x4320 1920x1080
Video format XAVC S, XAVC HS, H.264, H.265 AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 737 gr (1.62 pounds) 149 gr (0.33 pounds)
Physical dimensions 129 x 97 x 70mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") 98 x 60 x 18mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.7")
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
Battery life 530 images -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-FZ100 NP-BN1
Self timer Yes Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Dual SD/CFexpress Type A slots (UHS-II supported) SD/ SDHC/ SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots Two 1
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