New Sony A9 camera revealed [with sample photos]

Chris Burns - Apr 19, 2017
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New Sony A9 camera revealed [with sample photos]

This morning Sony showed off a new flagship 24-megapixel camera in the Sony A9, able to shoot photos very, very fast. This camera is able to shoot up to 20 frames per second with no blackout – that’s intense. It’s also able to capture at 1/32,000 of a second with vibration-free shooting using “Silent Shooting.” This is also the first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with integral Memory “for 20x faster data readout speed” according to Sony.

The Sony A9 camera is able to fire off 241 Compressed RAW photos before hitting a buffer. This camera is also able to shoot 362 Jpeg photos before hitting a buffer. That’s also quite intense – right alongside AF/AE tracking up to 60 measurements per second.

The Sony A9 also goes by model number ILCE-9, if you’re wanting to look for it that way. This camera has a whole lot of specs to go over – the lot of them coming up to a camera that’a made for speed. The following bits make up a short need-to-know list of features on this machine.

Sony A9 Specs:
• World’s first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, 24.2 MP resolution (35mm full frame (35.6×23.8mm), Exmor RS CMOS sensor)
• BIONZ X processing engine
• Battery Life: Approx. 480 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 650 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
• 95.6mm tall, 126.9mm long, 63mm deep
• Blackout-Free Continuous Shooting
• Up to 20fps for up to 241 RAW/ 362 JPEG images
• Silent, Vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec
• 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second
• Ethernet port for file transfer
• Dual SD card slots
• 5-axis in-body image stabilization

The photos you see below are Sony A9 sample photos – proper photos captured by that device by professional photographers.. They are made a bit smaller – compressed by Photoshop – before uploading to the internet. To see full-sized shots, head to Sony and their own gallery with a few more details. You’ll need a lens like the Vario-Tessar T FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS or the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS to accomplish this sort of set of shots.

Above you’ll see a few features and/or accessories that can work with the Sony A9. The double-battery image shows two batteries in an attached optional vertical grip. The image with the circular arrows demonstrates (1) Yaw (2) Pitch (3) Roll in the total of 5-axis stabilization. The other white x-ray image shows the Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder. Below you’ll see an example of 4K video captured by the A9 and uploaded to YouTube (so there’s some compression, but still – that’s the same venue most video goes to anyway.)

This camera is priced such that the Sony A7II will be the least expensive in the Sony fullframe mirrorless collection. The Sony A9 will cost users a cool $4,499 USD, right out the box. This camera will become available for pre-order on the 21st of April, 2017.


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