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Learn about the lat­est gear and ac­ces­sories

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

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