As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha a9 is also often compared to boutiques, pro DSLRs and entry-level DSLRs. The Sony Alpha a9's top rivals come from Sony (such as the a7R III and the A7) and Nikon (such as the D5 and the D750)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a9 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (1,440k dots vs 1,036k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (204,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (20 fps vs 5 fps).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 42.2 MP), doesn't have a built-in GPS and is less popular.

Sony a7R III

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6 months newer
$2,685 - $2,798 (body only)
$3,456 - $3,596 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7R III (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Much higher true resolution: 42.2 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the a7R III (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 204,800 ISO
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 399 vs 693

common strengths of the a7R III and Alpha a9

  • Very high resolution screens: 1,440k dots vs 1,440k dots
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.78x vs 0.77x
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

Leica M10-P

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1 year newer
$7,777 - $7,995 (body only)

Significant advantages of the M10-P (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the M10-P (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 1,036k dots vs 1,440k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 50,000 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

common strengths of the M10-P and Alpha a9

  • None found

Sony A7

Sony A7
3 years older
$798 (body only)
$965 - $998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Significantly lighter: 417 g vs 673 g

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No touch screen
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

common strengths of the A7 and Alpha a9

  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 1,440k dots
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony a7 III

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10 months newer
$1,876 - $1,998 (body only)
$2,116 - $2,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7 III (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the a7 III (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,440k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

common strengths of the a7 III and Alpha a9

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.78x vs 0.77x
  • Weather sealed
  • Lots of focus points: 693 vs 693

Sony Alpha 7R II

Sony Alpha 7R II
1 year older
$1,595 - $1,798 (body only)
$2,600 - $2,696 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7R II (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Much higher true resolution: 42.2 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 7R II (vs the Alpha a9)

  • No touch screen
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 204,800 ISO
  • Lower resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 1,440k dots

common strengths of the 7R II and Alpha a9

  • High resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 1,440k dots
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.78x vs 0.77x
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

Sony Alpha 7S II

Sony Alpha 7S II
1 year older
$2,073 - $2,198 (body only)
$3,000 - $3,228 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7S II (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the 7S II (vs the Alpha a9)

  • No touch screen
  • Many fewer focus points: 169 vs 693
  • Lower resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 1,440k dots

common strengths of the 7S II and Alpha a9

  • High resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 1,440k dots
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.77x vs 0.77x
  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 204,800 ISO

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a9 compared to boutique competitors include: it significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (204,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), shoots faster continuously (20 fps vs 3 fps), has a much longer battery life (650 shots vs 330 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,440k dots vs 2,100k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 45.4 MP), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and slightly smaller viewfinder (0.77x vs 0.94x).

Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm GFX 50S
7 months older
$5,499

Significant advantages of the GFX 50S (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,360k dots vs 1,440k dots

Significant disadvantages of the GFX 50S (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 20 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 650 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the GFX 50S and Alpha a9

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 650 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon Z7

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1 year newer
$3,397 - $3,547

Significant advantages of the Z7 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,440k dots
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 45.4 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Z7 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 650 shots
  • Shoots much slower: 9 fps vs 20 fps
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Z7 and Alpha a9

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm GFX 50R

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1 year newer
$4,499

Significant advantages of the GFX 50R (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,360k dots vs 1,440k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 51.1 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the GFX 50R (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 20 fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 650 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the GFX 50R and Alpha a9

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 650 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS R

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1 year newer
$1,994 - $2,299

Significant advantages of the EOS R (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Many more focus points: 5,655 vs 693
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,440k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS R (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 650 shots
  • Shoots much slower: 8 fps vs 20 fps
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the EOS R and Alpha a9

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 650 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon Z6

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1 year newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,440k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 650 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Shoots much slower: 12 fps vs 20 fps

common strengths of the Z6 and Alpha a9

  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 204,800 ISO
  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 20 fps
  • Flip-out screens

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
1 year older
$5,995

Significant advantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Has a GPS
  • Thinner: 1.5" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the Alpha a9)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 650 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 50,000 ISO vs 204,800 ISO
  • Shoots much slower: 11 fps vs 20 fps

common strengths of the SL (Typ 601) and Alpha a9

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 650 shots
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Nikon D5

Nikon D5
1 year older
$4,860 - $6,497 (body only)
$6,714 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5 and Alpha a9

  • None found

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years older
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

common strengths of the D750 and Alpha a9

  • None found

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
1 year older
$4,518 - $5,499 (body only)
$5,403 100mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS-1D X Mark II (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EOS-1D X Mark II (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

common strengths of the EOS-1D X Mark II and Alpha a9

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
7 months older
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and Alpha a9

  • None found

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
2 years older
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

common strengths of the D810 and Alpha a9

  • None found

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
8 years older
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

common strengths of the D700 and Alpha a9

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Pentax KP

Pentax KP
similar age
$797 (body only)
$914 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the KP (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the KP (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

common strengths of the KP and Alpha a9

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700
9 years older
$262 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A700 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A700 (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A700 and Alpha a9

  • None found

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
1 year older
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the Alpha a9)

  • None found

common strengths of the EOS 80D and Alpha a9

  • None found