Sony debuts the new Alpha 9 mirrorless camera with 20fps continuous shooting

21 April, 2017, 03:56 | Author: Kristi Walker
  • Sony Alpha a9 Camera – Finally Unveiled

Sony claimed the A9's 35mm full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor is "the world's first of its kind" and delivers 24.2-megapixel still images and a new standard for continuous shooting capabilities for sports and action photography - "black-out free" shooting at 20 frames per second for up to 241 consecutive RAW file format shots (or 362 JPEGs).

"This camera breaks through all barriers and limitations of today's professional digital cameras, with an overall feature set that simply can not be matched considering the restrictions of mechanical SLR cameras", said Neal Manowitz in a press release.

Tricking journalists by inviting us to a masterclass, Sony used today's London event to announce the Sony Alpha 9, price tag £4,500 with a release date set for June 2017.

This clever move has allowed 20x faster readout speed, allowing the Sony α9 full-frame mirror-less camera do some pretty insane things.

Resource is now attending the Sony launch event for this gear, and will update this post with more information. Sony also said the camera performs silently and is completely free of vibrations even at a maximum shutter speed - if you use the electronic shutter.

To further support the speed, Sony has also packed the camera with phase detection autofocus with a massive 693 focus points, covering over 93% of the full-frame image sensor. According to Sony, the system achieves approximately 25% faster performance when compared with the α7R II.

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 LCD screen on the back can be touch-controlled and tilted.

A new multi-selector joystick on the rear panel provides an easy way to shift focus within the frame when shooting in Zone, Flexible Spot or Expanded Flexible Spot focus area modes. Due out in July at $2,500 will be the companion G Master FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS Super Telephoto Zoom Lens.

Said one panelist, noting the plethora of features on the 9 and its companion lens, "this camera is one-stop shopping". It is also dust and moisture resistant and has fluorine coating on the front element that makes it easy to keep clean.

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