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Sony’s become a linchpin of the ‘new school’ of ’graphers, pioneering mirrorless camera manufacture, and marching out impressive high-end mirrorless cameras such as the much-loved A7S II.
Now, its latest entry into the mirrorless line-up, the A9, is being received with a greater buzz than ever — and it’s being championed as the manufacturer’s most advanced full-frame camera for professional photographers yet.
The mirrorless camera focuses on speed over resolution, and poses a formidable challenge to industry giants, Canon and Nikon, as it takes a shot at what’s often considered the DSLR’s areas of greatest strength.
Boasting a 24.2-megapixel 35mm sensor, and a mirrorless shutter that keeps things silent and vibration-free, the Sony A9 offers incredible imaging performance under pressure. The camera enables photographers to shoot at a blazing 20-frames-per-second with continuous autofocus and autoexposure tracking for up to 241 RAW images.
This surpasses even the fastest shutter speeds of our favourite DSLRs — such as the Nikon D5’s 12 frames per second, and 16 frames per second with the Canon 1D X II. Not only that, it is also without the thick, audible ‘clack’ from the mirror and/ or shutter flapping up and down (while using the electronic, instead of mechanical, shutter).
Just as importantly, Sony’s newest darling shoots with very low viewfinder lag. When the shutter is released while shooting stills, the electronic viewfinder functions with absolutely no blackout, giving the user a seamless live view of their subject at all times, and ensuring they never miss a moment.
With Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF system, the A9 pairs the speed of phase detection AF with the precision of contrast AF, ensuring
unfailing focus in scenes where it might otherwise be difficult to achieve. And if that’s not persuasive enough, Sony’s newest flagship boasts a massive 693 phase detection points covering 93 per cent of the imaging area — the A9 trumps the A7 II’s 117 phase detection point system.
Further aiding focus in difficult shooting scenarios, the A9 excels in low light, and is equipped with ISO sensitivity of up to 204,800. Again, it’s far more than what the average ’grapher needs for nature or wildlife shots, but is a huge perk when working in the soft, nuanced light of dawn and dusk.
It all comes together by way of the model’s Bionz X processor and stacked full-frame CMOS sensor, which Sony’s notes say deals with data lighting fast — at least 20 times faster than its prior full-frame line-up.
Together, the features of the Sony A9 ensure you’ll never lose sight of your subjects — even if they’re the fast or feathered kinds.
SONY A9, SONY FE 100–400MM F4.5-5.6 GM OSS, 274MM, 1/1250S, F/5.6, ISO 200
SONY A9, SONY FE 100–400MM F4.5-5.6 GM OSS, 232MM, 1/800S, F/5.6, ISO 3200