Sony A9 released - Specs and first impressions

The new Sony A9

Sony has blown other camera manufacturers out the water recently with there variety of camera lineups that push the verge of technology. Now, they have just announced their new addition the A series the Sony A9.

Sony again has produced another camera that is state of the art and ludicrously fast. With a new 24.2, MP full-frame stacked Exmor RS image sensor, a shatteringly fast 20fps electronic shutter and in-camera 4K recording abilities, the A9 packs a punch.

- Sony A9 Full Specifications -

Sony A9 5-Axis IS

Sony A9 has 693 phase detection Af points

Sony A9 has 693 phase detection Af points

  • 24.2 MP full-frame stacked Exmor RS image sensor
  • 20fps shooting ability with AF
  • 5-axis in body image stabilisation with effectiveness equivalent to 5.0-stop 
  • ISO range 50 - 51200 (expandable to 204800)
  • 693 phase detection AF points (93 VF coverage)
  • 1/32,000 max shutter speed 
  • 2 SD card slots 
  • Full Frame 4K in camera recording
  • `touch screen LCD (only tilting)
  • New batteries ( 2,2x better than previous)
  • High-resolution 3.6 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • Enhanced Eye AF
  • Water and dust resistance 
  • High-speed BIONZ X image processing engine

Sony A9 new batteries (In vertical grip sold apart) 


- My Thoughts on the new Sony A9 -

Sony A9 Image processor 

The new Sony A9 is going to be a game changer in my opinion in the camera industry as manufacturers like Nikon and Canon fail to regularly adapt and update their cameras with newer, improved technology.  Whilst I have never shot on a Sony body, these specs alone would make any photographer consider jumping ship to Sony.

The 693 Af points allow for pin sharp focus and Sonys focusing system is rated extremely highly. Alongside this, the in-body stabilisation allows for smooth video and slower shutter speeds but also the use of lenses with no IS. Whilst many people have seen the problem with the A line up to be the battery life, Sony has said to have of increased battery performance in the new A9 by 2.2x. And finally, at 20fps, the A9 is crazy fast. Put that with the no blackout and constant AF, this camera is going to pop for photographers that shoot a lot of action. 

I think the A9 is a huge step for Sony as they have crushed the market with their cameras that push camera technology to the limit. This blazingly fast camera allows photographers to push the limits of their creativity and it is crazy to see how technology in photography adapts and changes. This camera almost seems too good to be true and is a huge step forwards for Sony.

- Release Date and Price -

The Sony A9 has been said to be released in May for around £3500 which if you compare to other high-End bodies like the Nikon D5 and Canon 1Dx which tend to sell at around £5000, this camera seems like a lot of bang for your buck.

What do you guys think of this camera ? its a real game changer! 

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