Sony’s mirrorless shooters are currently its most-popular products around and the latest A9 mirrorless camera is the culmination of all the knowledge and experience the company has earned so far.
The camera takes every conceivable number you can think of, and amps it up a notch. On the front is a 24.2 megapixel 35 mm Exmor RS CMOS sensor, which is paired by a new BIONZ X image processor to offer up to 2 times the data speed of previous generation.
There are a total of 693 autofocus points with 93% coverage, 20fps continuous “blackless” shooting for up to 241 consecutive RAW files (or 362 JPEGs), shutter speed of 1/32,000s and ISO range between 100-51,200.
The continuous shooting can go up to 20FPS “blackless” so you miss fewer moments. It comes along with 14-bit RAW support. There’s 5-axis image stabilization for more stable output as well as AF/AE calculations of up to 60 fps.
The A9 scores full points on video as well featuring full frame 4K video capture, collecting 6K resolution worth of data and oversampling it to produce 4K. It supports 35mm recording format with 4x and 5x slow-motion videos at 1080p, as well as 1080p at 120 fps.
Best EVF Yet?
On the back is Sony’s best Electronic View Finder yet, a Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with 3686k dots. Above it are two dials for changing settings quickly while alongside it is a joystick for manually toggling the focus. Keeping up with the times, there’s also a tilting touchscreen, measuring 3-inch in size and featuring a 1440k display.
The battery life is up to 2.2 times that of the previous generation, offering up to 480 shots on a single charge. There’s room to expand it further with an optional grip that houses two further batteries. There’s support for Ethernet, as well as two SD card slots (one UHS-II compatible).
Only For The Rich
Mirrorless cameras have hardly ever been for price-conscious buyers, and the A9 is not going to change that. At $4500, it sits atop its category in terms of pretty much every spec one can have.