A full-frame mir­ror­less for pro­fes­sional pho­togs

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Tech­nol­ogy - — Lee Kah Leng

SONY’S new a9 full-frame mir­ror­less cam­era which made its de­but world­wide in April is fi­nally avail­able in Malaysia.

Aimed at pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers who are look­ing for top notch speed and per­for­mance, the a9 is Sony’s most ad­vanced mir­ror­less cam­era to date.

Key to the a9 is Sony’s new stacked 24.2-megapixel Ex­mor RS image sen­sor along with the Bionz X pro­ces­sor.

The stacked Ex­mor sen­sor, the first of its kind in the world ac­cord­ing to Sony, en­ables data speed pro­cess­ing of up to 20 times faster than pre­vi­ous Sony full­frame mir­ror­less cam­eras.

Not only that, the sen­sor is back-il­lu­mi­nated, al­low­ing it to cap­ture more light and pro­duce true-to-life image qual­ity.

The sen­sor has an ISO range of 100-51,200, ex­pand­able to 50204,800 for op­ti­mum image qual­ity.

Sony says that the pro­cess­ing power from the new com­po­nents used al­low for faster AF/AE (aut­o­fo­cus and auto-ex­po­sure) cal­cu­la­tions at up to 60fps (frames per sec­ond) while also re­duc­ing EVF (elec­tronic viewfinder) dis­play la­tency.

In short, the cam­era shoots re­ally fast – the com­pany claims it’s one of the fastest full-frame mir­ror­less cam­eras you can get your hands on at the mo­ment.

It’s also capable of shoot­ing black­out-free con­tin­u­ously at up to 20fps for up to 241 RAW or 362 JPEG im­ages straight.

“The a9 of­fers a new shoot­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for pro­fes­sion­als and hob­by­ist,” said Sony Malaysia dig­i­tal imag­ing mar­ket­ing se­nior man­ager Chou Bing Han.

“De­spite its com­pact body that is less than 680g, the a9 packs heavy­weight fea­tures such as 20fps con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing, 60fps aut­o­fo­cus and au­to­ex­po­sure, black­out-free im­ages and silent vi­bra­tion-free shut­ter.”

Speed is not its only forte. The a9 also fea­tures a fo­cus­ing sys­tem with 693 phase de­tec­tion AF (aut­o­fo­cus) points.

With cov­er­age of ap­prox­i­mately 93% of the frame, Sony says that the fo­cus­ing sys­tem en­sures that even the fastest mov­ing sub­jects are re­li­ably cap­tured and tracked across the frame.

Sony also claims that a9’s Fast Hy­brid tech­nol­ogy means that aut­o­fo­cus per­for­mance is 25% faster com­pared to the pre­vi­ous a7R II model, mak­ing it easy to cap­ture fast-mov­ing sub­jects.

Other new fea­tures in­clude a five-axis image sta­bil­i­sa­tion sys­tem, full-frame 4K video cap­ture sup­port, dual mi­croSD card slot and a new larger battery with up to 2.2 times more ca­pac­ity than pre­vi­ous mod­els.

The Sony a9 is avail­able now at RM21,799 (body only).

The su­per-tele­photo Zoom Lens (SEL100400) is priced at RM12,699, while the wide-an­gle zoom lens (SEL1635GM) and com­pact widean­gle lens (SEL1224GM) are priced at RM10,899 and RM7,899 re­spec­tively.

— AZLINA AB­DUL­LAH/The Star

Sony Malaysia man­ag­ing direc­tor Sa­toru Arai with the dif­fer­ent lenses avail­able for the a9.

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