Sony Alpha 9 or simply A9 is a high speed, full frame mirrorless camera. Sony designed this model to go head to head with Nikon and Canon’s DSLR. It shoots perfect 20 frames per second which is a huge advantage. It is a 24 megapixel camera that can shoot 4K videos seamlessly. This is hugely successful in capturing swift moments in wedding and events, because of its speed and silent shooting, these features are certain to have a strong impact on capturing the perfect moment without the clacking of a conventional shutter. This time Sony is offering lightning fast readout and full frame pictures, complimented with an expansion of its pro support scheme. All these features are supported by a stacked CMOS image sensor, that helps in processing the circuitry, near the pixels and it also comes with a built-in memory to deliver data to off board processors.
Strong Built & Design :
It is the structure that helps the camera to shoot at 20 frames per second, with an electronic shutter that is fast enough to decrease the rolling shutter effect. The magnesium alloy body has dust and moisture resistance around most of its controls and buttons, allowing the camera to be used in demanding situations, although note that it is not guaranteed to be 100 percent dust and moisture proof despite its seals and tongue-and-groove joints. The Sony A9 can be used longer between charges as well, as the new NP-FZ100 battery provides twice the life of the previous NP-FW50 battery, CIPA-rated at approximately 480 still frames and 650 shots with the LCD monitor. It comes with an optional VG-C3EM vertical battery grip, which can double battery life, and the NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adaptor Kit, that holds up four batteries and act as an external power source.
Sony has included wired gigabit LAN support for FTP file transfer. Further workflow improvements include new PC remote storage options, faster start up, copyright information embedding, a flash sync terminal, the ability to have the camera automatically shut off at certain temperatures and the ability to edit the first three characters of file names. Additional wired connectivity includes a Multi Micro USB 2.0 data port which also supports a wired remote, tethering, USB power and in-camera charging, a Micro (Type-D) HDMI port, 3.5mm headphone and external mic jacks, and a Multi Interface hot shoe. The Sony A9 also has an IR receiver in the grip with support for the RMT-DSLR1 and RMT-DSLR2 Wireless Remote Commanders.
Stabilization & Touch Screen :
With a newly-developed 5-axis optical image stabilization unit built into the body, the Sony A9 is stated to offer up to five stops of vibration reduction. And since stabilization is applied to the live view image, it helps keep your shots properly composed even when shooting in low light or using a long, heavy lens. The Sony A9 includes a 440K-dot touch screen LCD. It is the first Sony pro camera with touch screen display and allows Touch AF function. The monitor tilts till 107° upward and 41° downward. Being able to capture images quickly doesn’t mean much to sports shooters in particular if you don’t have a good viewfinder experience. Looking at the viewfinder, it is a 0.5-inch OLED with 3686K dots, and it deals with a 120 fps refresh rate.
Image Sensor & Autofocus :
The Sony A9 utilizes the Sony Exmor RS back-illuminated image sensor with a stacked structure, for the very first time. It offers faster readout. Even Sony tells that the new sensor is 20 times faster, than their earlier front illuminated, CMOS image sensor, used in the A7 II. The Sony A9 offers more customization to Auto ISO. You can set the shutter speed above which the ISO changes when the camera is set to P or A shooting modes. You can specify a low ISO Auto limit for minimizing motion blur when shooting a moving subject as well. The Sony A9 uses Sony’s latest hybrid 4D Focus autofocus system. This autofocus system includes 693 phase-detection points which cover 93% of the image area. In addition to these 693 PDAF points, there are also 25 contrast-detection autofocus points. The end result is a hybrid autofocus system which Sony claims is 25% faster than the autofocus system in the Sony A7R II.
Speed & 4K :
Speed is clearly the primary focus for Sony with the A9 and its specifications are impressive. According to Sony, the camera can capture up to 241 full-resolution compressed RAW images (or 362 max-quality JPEG images) at a blazing fast 20 frames per second. It shoots 4K UHD video with full pixel readout and no pixel pinning which allows the camera to condense up to 2.4 times the required data for 4K video into 4K output. Sony has rearranged its menu, with options now split between five colours coded tabs. There are 35 screens allowing you to customise almost any aspect of the camera, though some have very opaque abbreviations.
Sony has marketed a professional class, full frame, flagship, mirror-less camera. The Sony Alpha 9 or A9 targets to remove the DSLR, as the preferable choice for professional games and action photographers, launching a new 24MP stacked sensor, a ultra fast processor, and burst speeds up to 20 fps with C-AF, the Alpha 9 is unimaginably fast and accurate. Only time will tell if professionals make the switch, but for now we can say that they have another choice to check.
Image quality is top notch, and its burst rate and C-AF chops are some of the best we've ever handled. With a strong build, better battery life, more controls and a price that undercuts flagship cameras from the likes of Canon and Nikon, the Sony A9 looks promising in every aspect.
- Shoots at 20fps with superb autofocus tracking
- 93 percent focus coverage
- Full frame 24MP picture sensor
- Tilting touch LCD
- Outstanding handling and controls
- Excellent autofocus tracking
- Ultra speed shooting with minimum distortion
- Great electronic viewfinder with zero blackout
- Dual SD slots
- 4K video
- Wi-Fi and Ethernet
- Amazing battery life
- Auto Focus area not highlighted in viewfinder, when moved via the joystick
- High Price
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- World's first Full-frame stacked CMOS sensor w/ integrated memory
- World's first blackout-free continuous shooting up to 20 fps
- Silent, vibration-free, anti-distortion shutter up to 1/32,000 sec.
- 693 Phase Detection AF points over 93% frame coverage
- Cont. view blackout free OLED Tru-Finder w/ 100% frame coverage