Sony A9 Pro Mirrorless Camera Announced!
Capture the previously uncatchable. Track the action with an uninterrupted view. Silence that expands photographic potential. Mobility which leads to unprecedented opportunities.
Introducing the A9, the most technologically advanced, innovative digital camera Sony’s ever created. Along with the new body Sony also announced a full frame 100-400mm G Master zoom lens.
The new A9 offers a level of imaging performance that is simply unmatched by any camera ever produced – mirrorless, SLR or otherwise.
“What excites us most about the A9 – more than its extensive product specs – is that it allows professionals to see, follow and capture the action in ways that were never before possible, unlocking an endless amount of new creative potential.” – Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics
24.2 MP full-frame stacked CMOS sensor
In addition to being the first full-frame CMOS image sensor to feature a stacked structure and integral memory designed for speed, this 24.2 effective megapixel sensor includes a number of features that contribute to outstanding image quality. High sensitivity, a back-illuminated configuration, gapless on-chip lens architecture, and other Sony innovations deliver stunning images in a wide range of photographic situations. The standard ISO range is ISO 100~51200, expandable to ISO 50~204800 with minimum noise.
The A9’s enhanced BIONZ X image-processing engine which includes refined processing algorithms that reduce noise in the medium-to-high sensitivity range while enhancing subjective resolution and image quality. Advancements in Sony’s detail reproduction technology improve detail rendering for lifelike reproduction of textures, while corresponding innovations in area-specific noise reduction maintain high resolution in dark areas and reduce noise in images shot at high ISO. Uncompromised image quality is ensured whether shooting single images or high-speed bursts.
Focusing system features an incredible 693 phase detection AF points that cover approximately 93% of the frame
693 phase-detection autofocus points in a high-density focal plane phase-detection AF system cover approximately 93% of the image area. Increased phase-detection AF image coverage and density ensures improved precision and unfailing focus in scenes where focus would be difficult to achieve with smaller coverage.
Blackout-Free Continuous Shooting at up to 20fps for up to 362 JPEG or 241 RAW images
Ever since the film era, cameras have been designed with shutter and mirror mechanisms that interrupt the incoming light when creating a photographic image. It is time for a change. The A9’s electronic viewfinder offers a liberating experience for all types of image making with blackout-free shooting. You have a continuous, uninterrupted view of the subject with a 60 fps live-view refresh rate and minimal display lag while shooting continuous bursts.
60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second and a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 second
The A9 never rests. It employs an ingenious blend of mirrorless construction and new speed enhancing technologies to allow autofocus and auto-exposure calculations to continue even between the frames. Unprecedented sensor readout speed means that subject motion and exposure changes can be tracked without interruption during continuous shooting, regardless of release timing. Up to 60 calculations are made per second, providing accurate tracking of complex, erratic subject motion and brightness changes.
Silent, Vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec
The evolved electronic shutter in the A9 operates silently, without mechanical noise that can be disruptive when shooting sports or events in a quiet environment. The fact that the electronic shutter is vibration-free also minimizes the likelihood of vibration-induced blur, further contributing to superior resolution and image quality. What’s more, its maximum 1/32000 sec. speed exceeds the limits of mechanical systems for vastly expanded exposure freedom as well as the ability to maintain shallow depth of field in bright conditions without having to use ND filters. The high speed of the electronic shutter also helps to minimize distortion of moving subjects.
The mechanical shutter is also quiet, and has been tested for durability in excess of 500,000 cycles. Vibration has been reduced to an absolute minimum with a low-vibration design and precision brake system so that shutter operation has minimum effect on image quality.
New, 2.2x More Powerful Battery
A newly developed NP-FZ100 battery offers approximately 2.2 times the life of the previous NP-FW50. Up to approximately 480 still frames can be captured on a single charge. But that’s just with the body alone. The optional VG-C3EM vertical grip houses two batteries that let you shoot up to 950 images* in continuous mode. And when you need serious stamina for long sessions there’s the NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adaptor Kit that can hold up to four batteries.
Dual Media Slots
Two media slots are provided for still and movie storage: one for SD cards and one for SD cards and Memory Stick. The lower card slot is UHS-II compatible for fast write speed. Still or movie data can be simultaneously recorded to both cards for backup, or RAW images can be recorded to one card while JPEG images are recorded to the other. It is also possible to record stills and movies to different cards. Data can be copied between cards while in the camera, so you don’t have to use a computer. Sony SF-G series UHS-II SD cards are ideal for situations where maximum transfer speed is required, allowing up to 362 JPEG images or 241 compressed RAW images to be captured in a continuous burst.
OLED Electronic Viewfinder
The Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with 120 fps refresh rate has a high-luminance and reproduces the finest details, and incorporates advanced optics for 0.78x magnification with outstanding cornerto-corner clarity. The legendary ZEISS T* coating greatly reduces reflections. A 120 fps frame rate provides a smooth viewfinder image with minimum display motion blur when shooting moving subjects, and high luminance keeps the brightness of the viewfinder image close to that of the actual scene for natural, seamless viewing. There’s even a fluorine coating on the outermost viewfinder lens that repels fingerprints, dust, water, oil, and dirt.
5-axis Image Stabilization
A newly developed 5-axis optical image stabilization unit and high-precision gyro sensors provide a 5.0-step shutter speed advantage for full-frame images. Camera shake is effectively compensated for in 5 axes: pitch and yaw that have the largest overall impact on image quality, X and Y shift that is most apparent at high magnification, and roll that can ruin night shots and movies. Stabilization is applied to the live-view image, making it easier to frame fast-moving subjects. Effective stabilization is provided for movies as well as stills, and for A-mount lenses attached via a mount adapter.
Multi-selector “Joy Stick”
The multi-selector provides a fast, efficient way to shift focus points: simply press the up, down, left, or right button. When reviewing shots in playback mode the multi-selector is used to select the previous or next image.
Durable Magnesium Alloy Chassis
Body construction features a lightweight, high-rigidity magnesium alloy for the top cover, front cover, internal frame, and rear cover. The grip area has also been reinforced with an integrated magnesium alloy grip and front cover. Although about the same size and weight as the 7 series, the 9 body is packed with unprecedented functionality and performance.
Reliable Dust & Moisture Resistance
All major buttons and dials are provided with seals, while media jack cover and enclosure edges feature tongue-and-groove joints for double protection. Sealing is provided throughout the body to minimize dust and moisture ingress, allowing it to function reliably in challenging environments. Maximum dust and moisture resistance is maintained at lens, vertical grip, and flash unit joints too, providing excellent system reliability.
High resolution 4K Movies & Clean HDMI Output
Full pixel readout with no pixel binning makes it possible to condense approximately 2.4 times* the amount of data required for 4K (the equivalent of the amount of data required for 6K) into 3840 x 2160 4K output. This oversampling process plus fullframe pixel readout without binning results in the highest possible 4K movie image quality.
Clean HDMI output for 4K and full-HD recording provides uncompressed video output that can be fed to an external recorder or monitor. HDMI output can be used simultaneously with internal recording.
FTP File Transfer
In addition to wireless LAN capability, a new terminal for wired LAN connection allows convenient transfer of high-volume still image files to a specified FTP server where they can be viewed and managed via a local computer. A wired LAN connection provides high stability and transfer speeds for large image files, and is an ideal solution for situations where large amounts of data must be transferred quickly and reliably.
And this list goes on
- Touch Focus
- Physical Drive & Focus Mode Dials
- AF-On Button
- Reinforced rigid lens mount
- Physical flash sync terminal
- Custom file naming
- Automatic copyright notice can be embedded in still files
- Comes with Capture One Express from Phase One
- Bluetooth location coordinates embedding
The below samples were all captured with the new Sony A9.
Sony also introduced a new G Master 100-400mm full frame lens
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens Key Features
- E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/4.5-5.6 to f/32-40
- One Super ED Element and Two ED Elements
- Nano AR Coating and Fluorine Coating
- Direct Drive SSM Focus System
- Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
- Zoom Torque Adjustment Ring
- Internal Focus, Focus Range Limiter
- Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
- Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm