Sony a9

$6,999, sony.com.au

Australian T3 - - HYPE -

Woah, that’s a pricey cam­era!

Yes, but it’s oh so worth it. The a9 is Sony’s epic new mir­ror­less cam­era, pack­ing the world’s first full-frame Ex­mor RS 24.2MP CMOS sen­sor, able to shoot up to 20fps bursts. This beauty is built for in­tense speed thanks to its huge sen­sor, mak­ing it a no-brainer for sports and na­ture photography… Though that’s if you have the need and the bud­get, of course.

What else is go­ing on here?

It’s ab­so­lutely packed with cut­ting-edge tech, start­ing with that stacked sen­sor and a high-speed pro­cess­ing cir­cuit and Bionz X im­age pro­cess­ing en­gine, with imag­ing data sent through the sen­sor rather than around it. The sen­sor pro­duces a 20 times faster data read­out, help­ing it shoot at 20fps. A black­out-free shoot­ing ex­pe­ri­ence can be en­joyed when view­ing the ac­tion through the 3,686k-dot Quad-VGA Tru-Fin­der, so you can fo­cus on the ac­tion.

Does it shoot 4K, too?

Yup. The Sony a9 has an im­proved 4K video record­ing func­tion, mak­ing use of the full pixel read­out of the en­tire back-il­lu­mi­nated CMOS sen­sor. The cam­era can also record Full HD at up to 120fps. This mag­ne­sium al­loy-body cam­era is built for sim­pler han­dling, too, with a multi-selec­tor joy­stick on the back, en­abling you to shift fo­cus eas­ily within the frame. There’s also touch fo­cus­ing on the rear, three-inch LCD screen.

Im­pres­sive! When is this out?

You can buy the Sony a9 right this minute, along with a suite of tai­lored ac­ces­sories and lenses.

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