Sony Alpha a9 II vs Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Comparison

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Alpha a9 II image
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Sony Alpha a9 II Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Megapixels
24.20
30.10
Image resolution
6000 x 4000
6720 x 4480

Sensor

Sensor type
CMOS
CMOS
Sensor size
35.6 x 23.8 mm
36 x 24 mm
Sensor resolution
6026 x 4017
6720 x 4480
Diagonal
42.82 mm
43.27 mm
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Sensor Size

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Sony Alpha a9 II Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Surface area:
847.28 mm² vs 864.00 mm²
Difference: 16.72 mm² (2%)
5D Mark IV sensor is slightly bigger than Alpha a9 II sensor (only 2% difference).
Note: You are comparing cameras of different generations. There is a 3 year gap between Sony Alpha a9 II (2019) and Canon 5D Mark IV (2016). All things being equal, newer sensor generations generally outperform the older.
Pixel pitch
5.91 µm
5.36 µm
Difference: 0.55 µm (10%)
Pixel pitch of Alpha a9 II is ~10% higher than 5D Mark IV's.
Pixel area
34.93 µm²
28.73 µm²
Relative pixel sizes:
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Pixel area difference: 6.2 µm² (22%)
Pixel on Sony Alpha a9 II sensor is ~22% bigger than Canon 5D Mark IV's.
Pixel density
2.87 MP/cm²
3.48 MP/cm²
Difference: 0.61 µm (21%)
Canon 5D Mark IV has ~21% higher pixel density than Sony Alpha a9 II's.

Specs

Sony Alpha a9 II
Canon 5D Mark IV
Crop factor
1.01
1
Megapixels
28.30
31.70
Optical zoom
 
 
Digital zoom
ISO range
Auto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-204800)
Auto, 100-32000 (expands to 50-102400)
RAW support
Manual focus
Focus range
n/a
Macro focus range
n/a
Focal length
n/a
Aperture priority
Max. aperture
n/a
Metering types
Multi, Center-weighted, Highlight-weighted, Average, Spot
Multi, Center-weighted, Spot, Partial
Exposure compensation
±5 EV (in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±5 EV (in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Shutter priority
Shutter speed (min)
30s
30s
Shutter speed (max)
1/32000s
1/8000s
Built-in flash
External flash
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Optical (pentaprism)
White balance
9
6
Screen size
3"
3.2"
Screen resolution
1,440,000 dots
1,620,000 dots
Video available
Max. video resolution
3840x2160 (30p/​25p/​24p)
4096x2160 (30p/25p/24p)
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC/SDXC/CompactFlash
USB
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI
Wireless support
GPS
Battery model
NP-FZ100
LP-E6N
Battery type
lithium-ion
lithium-ion
Weight
678g
890g
Body size
128.9 x 96.4 x 77.5 mm
150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9 mm
Released
2019
2016


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Diagonal

Diagonal is calculated by the use of Pythagorean theorem:
Diagonal =  w² + h²
where w = sensor width and h = sensor height

Sony Alpha a9 II diagonal

w = 35.60 mm
h = 23.80 mm
Diagonal =  35.60² + 23.80²   = 42.82 mm

Canon 5D Mark IV diagonal

w = 36.00 mm
h = 24.00 mm
Diagonal =  36.00² + 24.00²   = 43.27 mm


Surface area

Surface area is calculated by multiplying the width and the height of a sensor.

Alpha a9 II sensor area

Width = 35.60 mm
Height = 23.80 mm

Surface area = 35.60 × 23.80 = 847.28 mm²

5D Mark IV sensor area

Width = 36.00 mm
Height = 24.00 mm

Surface area = 36.00 × 24.00 = 864.00 mm²


Pixel pitch

Pixel pitch is the distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the next measured in micrometers (µm). It can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel pitch =   sensor width in mm  × 1000
sensor resolution width in pixels

Alpha a9 II pixel pitch

Sensor width = 35.60 mm
Sensor resolution width = 6026 pixels
Pixel pitch =   35.60  × 1000  = 5.91 µm
6026

5D Mark IV pixel pitch

Sensor width = 36.00 mm
Sensor resolution width = 6720 pixels
Pixel pitch =   36.00  × 1000  = 5.36 µm
6720


Pixel area

The area of one pixel can be calculated by simply squaring the pixel pitch:
Pixel area = pixel pitch²

You could also divide sensor surface area with effective megapixels:
Pixel area =   sensor surface area in mm²
effective megapixels

Alpha a9 II pixel area

Pixel pitch = 5.91 µm

Pixel area = 5.91² = 34.93 µm²

5D Mark IV pixel area

Pixel pitch = 5.36 µm

Pixel area = 5.36² = 28.73 µm²


Pixel density

Pixel density can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel density =  ( sensor resolution width in pixels)² / 1000000
sensor width in cm

One could also use this formula:
Pixel density =   effective megapixels × 1000000 / 10000
sensor surface area in mm²

Alpha a9 II pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 6026 pixels
Sensor width = 3.56 cm

Pixel density = (6026 / 3.56)² / 1000000 = 2.87 MP/cm²

5D Mark IV pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 6720 pixels
Sensor width = 3.6 cm

Pixel density = (6720 / 3.6)² / 1000000 = 3.48 MP/cm²


Sensor resolution

Sensor resolution is calculated from sensor size and effective megapixels. It's slightly higher than maximum (not interpolated) image resolution which is usually stated on camera specifications. Sensor resolution is used in pixel pitch, pixel area, and pixel density formula. For sake of simplicity, we're going to calculate it in 3 stages.

1. First we need to find the ratio between horizontal and vertical length by dividing the former with the latter (aspect ratio). It's usually 1.33 (4:3) or 1.5 (3:2), but not always.

2. With the ratio (r) known we can calculate the X from the formula below, where X is a vertical number of pixels:
(X × r) × X = effective megapixels × 1000000    →   
X =  effective megapixels × 1000000
r
3. To get sensor resolution we then multiply X with the corresponding ratio:

Resolution horizontal: X × r
Resolution vertical: X

Alpha a9 II sensor resolution

Sensor width = 35.60 mm
Sensor height = 23.80 mm
Effective megapixels = 24.20
r = 35.60/23.80 = 1.5
X =  24.20 × 1000000  = 4017
1.5
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 4017 × 1.5 = 6026
Resolution vertical: X = 4017

Sensor resolution = 6026 x 4017

5D Mark IV sensor resolution

Sensor width = 36.00 mm
Sensor height = 24.00 mm
Effective megapixels = 30.10
r = 36.00/24.00 = 1.5
X =  30.10 × 1000000  = 4480
1.5
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 4480 × 1.5 = 6720
Resolution vertical: X = 4480

Sensor resolution = 6720 x 4480


Crop factor

Crop factor or focal length multiplier is calculated by dividing the diagonal of 35 mm film (43.27 mm) with the diagonal of the sensor.
Crop factor =   43.27 mm
sensor diagonal in mm


Alpha a9 II crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 42.82 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 1.01
42.82

5D Mark IV crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 43.27 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 1
43.27

35 mm equivalent aperture

Equivalent aperture (in 135 film terms) is calculated by multiplying lens aperture with crop factor (a.k.a. focal length multiplier).

Alpha a9 II equivalent aperture

Aperture is a lens characteristic, so it's calculated only for fixed lens cameras. If you want to know the equivalent aperture for Sony Alpha a9 II, take the aperture of the lens you're using and multiply it with crop factor.

Crop factor for Sony Alpha a9 II is 1.01

5D Mark IV equivalent aperture

Aperture is a lens characteristic, so it's calculated only for fixed lens cameras. If you want to know the equivalent aperture for Canon 5D Mark IV, take the aperture of the lens you're using and multiply it with crop factor.

Since crop factor for Canon 5D Mark IV is 1, the equivalent aperture is aperture.

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