Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera vs Nikon D810 DSLR

Nikon D810 DSLR vs Sony a9 Mirrorless review


With Sony’s release of their mirrorless speed-demon it has rehashed my interest in their lineup. On paper this leaps up to beast levels however paper and reality are two different things.  While the Sony a9 is aimed at the sports photographer, as a wedding photographer I see some key benefits which kickstarted this comparison with my D810 lineup.

I’ve spent the past year reading, watching and cramming my head with all things mirrorless without actually dipping my toe in the water.  The big stumbling blocks preventing me were focus speeds, dual card slots (non-starter for weddings), battery life and of course – cost + pain of changing out all of my current gear.

Sony’s a9 entry appears to be more than a reasonable spark to bring me back to the table.  I don’t think there’s any question that I’ll be a mirrorless shooter in the future – the question is, when and with whom?  At the moment I love my Nikon D810 and D800 DSLR cameras and while I don’t own every Nikkor lens available, I do have enough invested to give me pause.

With that, I think comparing the Sony a9 Mirrowless vs the Nikon D810 DSLR is warranted.  Maybe getting this all down on paper will ease my current position on the edge of this here seat.

Sony a9 Mirrorless review

Sony a9 Mirrorless

Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera Spec Review

Price: $6,000 Canadian (Body Only)
Lens Mount: Sony E
Camera Format: Full-Frame
Pixels Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
Max Resolution 6000 x 4000
Autofocus Points: 693 Phase Detection
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100-51,200 (Expandable to 50-204,800)
Speed: 30 to 1/32,000 Second
Metering Range: EV -3.0 to EV 20
Weight: 673g w/ battery
Dimensions (WxHxD): 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5″
Continuous Shooting: up to 20 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 241 frames RAW format
Battery: 1 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Sensor Size and Type: 36 x 24 mm CMOS
Memory Card Type: Dual SD Card Slots
Wi-Fi Capable: Yes
3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD Monitor
4K UHD Video Recording at 24/30 fps

Nikon D810 DSLR vs Sony a9 Mirrorless

Nikon D810 DSLR Camera Spec Review

Price: $3,699 Canadian (Body Only)
Lens Mount: Nikon F
Camera Format: Full-Frame
Pixels Effective: 36.3 million
Max Resolution 7360 × 4912 pixels
Autofocus Points: 51 point Autofocus System
Continuous Shooting: 5 frames per second
Sensor Size and Type: 35.9mm x 24mm CMOS
Speed: 30 – 1/8000 Second
Metering Range: 0 to 20 EV
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, ISO 64 – 12,800 (Extended: Hi-2 51,200)
Memory Card Type: SD and CompactFlash
Wi-Fi Capable: No
Dimensions (W/H/D): 5.8″ (146 mm) x 4.9″ (123 mm) x 3.3″ (81.5 mm)
Weight: 880g (camera body only)
Battery: 1 x EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
Full HD 1,920×1,080 / 60 fps
3.2 in. diagonal, 1,229,000 Dots

Nikon D810 DSLR vs Sony a9 Mirrorless review

Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera vs Nikon D810 DSLR
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Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera vs Nikon D810 DSLR
With Sony's release of their mirrorless speed-demon it seems it's time to compare the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera vs Nikon D810 DSLR.
Vaughn Barry
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Vaughn Barry

Wedding Photographer at Vaughn Barry Photography
Outdoor Muskoka, Barrie, Collingwood and international destination wedding photographer based in Severn, Ontario (lower Muskoka). When I put my camera down you'll find me with my beautiful wife and 2 daughters or behind the bench as a local hockey coach.
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