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Today Sony announced their new α9 camera, and it’s going to give sports cameras like the Canon 1DX Mark II and the Nikon D5 a run for their money.

Sony is regarded by many as the king of mirrorless cameras, which have become increasingly popular with travelers and adventurers for their light weight, small size and interchangeable lenses.  Sony’s mirrorless cameras achieve superior image quality with half the size and weight of a standard DSLR.  Now they’ve combined the full frame body of their popular a7 model with the faster speed of their a6000 series to produce the ultimate sports camera for professional photographers.

According to Vice President of Digital Imaging, Neal Manowitz;

“What excites us most about the a9…is that it allows professionals to see, follow and capture the action in ways there were never before possible, unlocking an endless amount of new creative potential.”

It’s anticipated that demand will be high when the camera is finally released on May 25, and stores have already started taking pre-orders.  With a $4,500 price tag, this Sony’s fastest and most expensive camera to date.

 

Key Features

  • 24 MP Full Frame 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • 100-51,200 Native ISO
  • 20-204,800 Extended ISO
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • Tilting touch-screen
  • 20 fps continuous shooting
  • 4K video resolution
  • 120 frames per second 1080p video
  • Built-in wireless
  • Weather-sealed body
  • 1/32000 shutter speed

Pros

  • Built-in wifi
  • Image stabilization
  • 4K video
  • Touch screen
  • 24 MP sensor
  • 204,800 max ISO
  • 693 focus points
  • 20 fps continuous shooting
  • Long battery life
  • 2 SD slots
  • 120 fps video
  • Wide AE bracketing

Cons

  • Heavy weight: 23.7 oz (673 g)
  • Cost: $4,500 for the body

Sony is calling this camera “the most technologically advanced, innovative digital camera that [ we have ] ever created.”

The A9’s non-mechanical, electronic shutter is blackout free, allowing for an un-interrupted view of the subject and silent operation without the vibration issues of a standard shutter.   This camera also boasts 693 auto-focus points, can calculate autofocus and autoexposure 60 times per seconds, and is capable of shooting 20 frames per second in continuous shooting mode.

Additional features include the ability to shoot 241 RAW files, storage for 2 SD cards, 1/32,000 shutter speed, 4K video, 120 fps video when shooting 1080p and 93% auto-focus coverage.

The 24.2 megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor is touted as the first of it’s kind, processing data 20 times faster than previous cameras and the 5-axis image stabilization means that any lens you put on it will be stabilized.

The battery has also been upgraded to last through 480 shots, 2.2x the capacity of previous full frame cameras and without including the available battery grip/

The combined speed and superior image quality of the new Sony Alpha α9, this camera will prove to be in high demand. You can pre-order yours in advance by clicking this link.

For full specs and features, click here.

 

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