Sony Go Full Frame Mirrorless With New α9 Camera

Posted April 20, 2017

Those of you eager to know, the Sony α9 full-frame mirror-less camera has the much talked about 4D Focus that includes 693 point AF system, covering almost 93 percent of the image area, reliable object tracking and fast-focusing speed. The A9 shoots 4K video, features 5-axis in-body stabilization, dual SD card slots, a touchscreen and an ethernet port. It launches May 25th for $4,500 in the United States.

The new 9 also features a vibration free, fully electronic, completely silent anti-distortion shutter 7 with absolutely no mechanical mirror or shutter noise, making it an extremely powerful photographic tool for any shooting situation that demands quiet operation. Most notable among its stated capabilities is perhaps the impressive blackout-free continuous shooting speed of up to 20fps for up to 241 RAW and 362 JPEG images.

When it comes to fast focusing the Alpha 9 packs in 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second. The camera features a multi-selector joystick on the back of the camera, allowing shooters to easily shift focus point within the frame by pressing the multi-selector in any direction up, down, left or right when shooting in Zone, Flexible Spot or Expanded Flexible Spot focus area modes.

Sony has announced the α9, the company's flagship full-frame mirrorless camera. Covering approximately 93% of the frame, the focusing system of the Sony A9 ensures that even the fastest moving subjects are reliably captured and tracked across the frame.

The Sony a9 features an all-new, high-resolution, high-luminance Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 3,686k dots. That means the brightness level should be equal to whatever scene you're trying to frame. The α9 can also shoot without blackout, a common issue with DSLRs, due to its fast electronic shutter while maintaining 60fps live view with minimal display lag in continuous shooting. Another innovative feature is the new Sony battery (model NP-FZ100) which has 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models. Battery life has consistently proven to be a weak point of mirrorless cameras, so it's good to see Sony working to extend how much time you can spend shooting. The Sony A9 mirrorless camera has a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 second. Sony say the α9 is a ideal fit for those looking to get high-quality 4K video footage.

Engadget reports that the new A9 camera supports 4K video recoring, but "reads out the entire full-frame sensor at 6K" and then the A9 oversamples it to produce "high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth". Below is an example of what the end result looks like.