Best mirrorless camera yet produced : The new Sony a9
Its been long rumoured but finally the Sony a9 a professional high end full frame mirrorless camera has broken cover.
The a9 has a full frame 24MP, stacked CMOS sensor (a world’s first) for super-fast readout, and allowing a completely silent electronic shutter. It can shoot at an amazing 20 frames per second for more 241 compressed Raw frames, that is some performance.
The new camera can perform AF/AE calculations at 60 fps, all while providing a 60 fps live feed which means no more EVF blackout during bursts. Sony claims improved subject tracking and Eye AF speeds, and focus down to -3 EV with F2 lens which is whole stop better than the a7R II.
The camera primarily uses an electronic shutter but also features a mechanical shutter mechanism to allowa flash sync speed of up to 1/250th of a second.
The camera features 693 on-sensor phase detection points (yes 693) that cover 93% of the frame. It also sports an effective five-axis image stabilization that offers 5 stops of correction.
The a9 uses anew high res EVF which has a 1280 x 960 (QuadVGA) resolution running at 120 fps with very low latency.
It has twin SD card slots (one of which supports UHS-II cards) and Sony says the battery has twice the capacity of previous models.
Useful features such as an AF joystick have been added to the body as well as a higher capacity battery.
All in all the new camera is a real powerhouse and probably the best mirrorless camera yet released?
And how much for this amazing camera? Apparantly £4500 body only… Ouch