Sony A9 targets sports snappers with 20 fps shooting

Sony Alpha a9 Camera – Finally Unveiled

The new A9 is a full-frame mirrorless camera that comes packing a load of features that should suit professional photographers looking for a great mirrorless offering.

Sony is going on the offensive in the camera market, launching its new Alpha A9 camera - the most expensive, feature-rich mirrorless camera yet.

The new Alpha 9 promises blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20fps while undertaking 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second.

The cherry on top of the Alpha 9 is a new digital 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2MP CMOS sensor. This is paired with an upgraded Bionz X image processor. It has 693 phase-detect points, which cover around 93 percent of the frame, and the company says its updated Fast Hybrid AF system is around 25 percent faster than the (already speedy) setup fitted to the A7R II. Another innovative feature is the new Sony battery (model NP-FZ100) which has 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models. It's a Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 3,686k dots and sounds like a joy to look through. It has Sony's highest resolution viewfinder ever, at least as far as the Alpha line-up is concerned. The camera primarily uses this electronic shutter, although it also features a mechanical shutter mechanism that allows a flash sync speed of up to 1/250th of a second. ZEISS T and fluorine coatings keep glares to a minimum and make the glass dust-resistant.

This all adds up to a luminance that is 2x higher than the XGA OLED Tru-Finder from the α7R II, creating a viewfinder image with a brightness level that is almost identical to the actual scene being framed, ensuring the most natural shooting experience. It's also customisable, with options for 60fps or 120fps. Touch focusing on the rear LCD screen is also supported. Low-light performance is also aided by the new in-camera stabilization system, good for a five-step shutter speed improvement when shooting handheld. This latest Alpha model offers a lot.

Additional new capabilities include the "AF Area Registration", which allows frequently used focus area to be memorized and recalled via custom button assignments. There is a control joystick on the rear along with drive and focus mode dials.

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