Sony A9 full-frame mirrorless camera launched: Price, features and more

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

And there it is! Let's have a brief look at the fresh-from-the-oven Sony Alpha a9!

Sony is now holding a multi-day press event in New York City, showing off the a9 and letting photographers and photo press try it out in a variety of scenarios. It's a first of its kind. The a9 features the world's first stacked full frame BSI image sensor with 24MP and BIONZ X image processor.

The high-end 24.2mp stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor has been designed with speed in mind and is capable of high-speed readout.

The camera features 693 phase detection AF points covering approximately 93 percent of the frame, which should ensure much faster tracking of moving subjects. This Sony Alpha 9 accessory comes with two packs of NP-FZ100 rechargeable batteries.

Sony's new full-frame camera is equipped with a variety of enhanced capabilities that give it a true professional operational style.

There's also an all-new, high-resolution, high-luminance Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder with approximately 3,686,000 dots, which should deliver extremely accurate, true-to-life detail reproduction. That means the brightness level should be equal to whatever scene you're trying to frame. And finally, at long last, the screen is also touch sensitive, which can be used for some elements of operation, including operating the auto-focus in Live View. With a simple half press of the shutter button, you can see the effect of the image stabilization in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen, allowing framing and focus to be accurately checked and continually monitored. The "My Menu" feature allows up to 30 menu items to be registered in a custom menu. It also supports uncompressed 14-bit RAW capture as well as 4K (3840x2160p) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor. Alpha A9 can shoot up to 241 RAW, full-frame images at 20FPS - courtesy of Sony making the A9 up to 20x faster at processing speeds over previous models. That's a step up from past Sony full-frame models, which only oversampled a smaller, Super-35mm chunk of the frame, though the A9 can do that, too.

The huge processing power from these new components allows for faster AF/AE calculation while also reducing EVF display latency. The camera is not quite ready for shipping just yet, but you can enter your email address over at B&H in order to get notified.

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