Sony A9 vs Nikon D5 Real World Comparison

On this extensive comparison photographer Max Yuryev and pro sports photographer Paul Nelson look at both the new Sony A9 and the Nikon D5 flagship cameras in different stills shooting situations to determine if the Sony can really hold its own.

The Sony A9 is the first mirrorless camera that can really compete with a full framer flagship DSLR when it comes to pro level sports shooting. It has a fantastic AF system capable of tracking subjects at least as well as a D5 (and in some respects even better as this video shows) it is faster than any DSLR and has a great EVF with no blackout at all plus a silent shooting mode.

The video mode of the A9 is also superior to the D5 (although not necessarily significantly better than a Canon 1D X MKII), although this was not tested on this video.

There are some interesting points in this comparison – low light AF seems very good on the A9 as well as focusing while zooming in – which is always difficult.

You can find more information on the A9 on our original post immediately after the camera was announced.

You can check out more of videos from our photography gear guides section here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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