Tony & Chelsea Northrup published their Sony A9 camera review and they compared the Sony A9 with Sony a7RII, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Nikon D5 and Nikon D500. They tested “image quality, high-ISO image quality, dynamic range, video quality, handling, sports, action, portraits, eye-detect focusing, battery life, buffering, slow motion, lock-on AF, silent shutter, rolling shutter, electronic vs mechanic shutter, weather proofing, and more”. Check out!
This is a 18+ minutes video, if you don’t have the time or don’t feel like going through this video, you can see the recap from reddit:
Summary: Camera focuses at least as good as 1DX & D5, but lags behind D500/D5 in terms of lock-on AF/selecting a subject. Tony thinks this isn’t an issue thanks to joystick & eye-AF/face detect that performs the best out of any camera he’s ever used (namely a7rii, a6500, & XT-2). Silent shutter and zero-blackout is a revelation. Buffer is nice a big, but when it fills it will take time to clear which can be frustrating. Battery life not a particularly large issue for a day’s worth of shooting. Vs. A7rII, IQ is not as sharp, but A9 is better in literally every other way. Video capability isn’t quite as revolutionary, however, and is in line with what’s available in an a6500.
The new Sony A9 mirrorless camera and FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS are now available for pre-order at most US stores: