Sony Electronics will make available via pre-orders beginning Friday for delivery next month its new Alpha 9 full-frame mirrorless digital camera (model ILCE-9; $4,500), geared at the professional imaging market.
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. Sony says that in addition to the 20fps continuous shooting speed with continuous AF/AE tracking for up to 241 RAW images or 262 JPEG images, its new AF system has the ability to calculate AF/AE at up to 60 fps, all while giving you seamless live view using the electronic viewfinder without any blackout during continuous shooting.
Sony just announced its most advanced full-frame camera for professional photographers yet. This unique sensor is paired with a brand new, upgraded BIONZ X processing engine and front end LSI that maximizes overall performance.
This announcement comes just days after Sony revealed that their continued growth has vaulted them into the number two overall position in the US full-frame interchangeable lens camera market. The OLED Tru-Finder now comes with a higher resolution of Quad-VGA with up to 120fps framerate. The 693 phase-detect AF points cover near 93 percent of the frame. This lets the camera perform some insane things, such as high speed 20fps continuous shooting in RAW with AF/AE lock for up to 241 RAW/ 362 JPEG images. The frame rate of the Tru-Finder is customisable, with options to set it for 60 fps or 120 fps to best match the action. Users will be surprised to know that the electronic shutter can shoot up to 1/32000 seconds, much slower than a mechanical shutter. The lens also has Sony's proprietary Nano AR coating. Low-light performance is also aided by the new in-camera stabilization system, good for a five-step shutter speed improvement when shooting handheld. 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.
Sony's new 9 has several new and updated focus functions that support faster, easier focusing in a variety of situations.
The rear panel of the Sony α9.
Additional new capabilities include the "AF Area Registration", which allows frequently used focus area to be memorized and recalled via custom button assignments.