Sony A9 announced
A new mirrorless camera has been unveiled, available from June 2017
Sony has today announced a new full-frame mirrorless camera, with the world’s first full-frame stacked, 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor.
The alpha 9 houses a new generation BIONZ X processor and has the capability of shooting at up to 20fps with no blackout and an impressive 693 focal plane phase detection AF points covering approximately 93% of the frame, with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second.
5-axis in-body image stabilisation (with the purported benefit of a 5.0-stop shutter speed advantage), a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 second, new high-resolution, high-luminance Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 3,686k dots and silent, vibration free, anti-distortion electronic shutter are also included.
The ISO range on offer is 100 – 51200, which is expandable to 50 – 204800, with the BIONZ X processor designed to keep noise at high ISO values at bay.
Sony seems to have placed quite a lot of emphasis on the focusing capabilities of the A9.
There’s multi-selector joystick on the back of the camera, making it easier to easily shift focus within the frame by pressing the multi-selector up, down, left or right when photographing in Zone, Flexible Spot or Expanded Flexible Spot focus area modes, while touch focusing on the rear LCD screen enables selection of a suitable focus point.
The A9 includes the addition of separate drive mode and focus mode dials, which is a first for Sony E-mount cameras, and a AF-ON button that can be pressed to activate autofocus when capturing still images or movies.
Various additional functions for focusing enhancement include the “AF Area Registration”, which allows frequently used focus areas to be memorised and recalled via custom button assignments. There is also the ability to assign specific settings (exposure, shutter speed, drive mode, etc) to a custom button to be instantly recalled when needed.
The camera can memorise and automatically recall the last focus point used in a vertical or horizontal orientation, instantly switching back to it when that specific orientation is used again.
A new battery is said to offer 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models.
The A9 boasts two separate media card slots, including one for UHS-II media. The same data can be written simultaneously to both cards, or the photographer can choose to separate RAWs from JPEGs or still images from movies. Movies can also be recorded simultaneously to two cards for backup and more efficient data management.
Speaking of movies, the A9 offers 4K (3840x2160p) video recording.
The A9 will be available from June 2017 priced at at approximately £4,500.
We look forward to testing the camera properly in Digital Photographer magazine, but for further information please visit the Sony website.