Sony announced the new Alpha 9 flagship full-frame monstrosity with and a new G Master telephoto lens. The Alpha 9’s cherry on top is a new digital 35 mm full-frame stacked 24.2 MP CMOS sensor, with 20 fps continuous shooting. And it features the pinnacle of Sony’s sensor and photographic technology. The Sony Alpha α9 turns everything up to eleven, featuring the absolute best of Sony in a form factory that is still smaller than a traditional full-frame DSLR.
The Sony Alpha a9 is an incredibly fast camera in a compact body. This gives the new Alpha a9 data speed processing at up to 20 x faster than previous generation Sony full-frame cameras. Paired with this stacked CMOS sensor is an upgraded BIONZ X processing engine and front end LSI.
Sony Alpha α9 has also addressed some of the woes expressed by Alpha shooters, which is the abysmal battery life of the a7. so the new Alpha a9 is packed with a battery that has approximately more than twice the capacity of the Sony A7RII.
The Sony Alpha α9 camera use a full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6 K of information and oversampling it to produce highly detailed 4K footage. Video shooters can also choose to shoot in 35 mm size or full HD up to 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps.
The a9 first Sony camera to use the new Sony battery with 2.2 x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models, allowing for much longer shooting performance. On the back of the body, the Sony a9 has a multi-selector joystick for easy shift focus.
- 2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
- Sony E-Mount
- Dual SD Card Slots
- Internal UHD 4K Video up to 30fps
- HD up to 120fps up to 100 Mbps
- Video ISO 100 – 51200 expandable to ISO 100 – 102400
- Ethernet port file transfer
- Z battery (2.2 x the capacity of W batteries)
- BIONZ X Image Processor
- Blackout-Free Quad VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF
- 0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- 693-Point Phase-Detection AF System
- 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
- 241 RAW/362 JPEG image
- Silent, Vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec
- Quad-VGA 3686 m-Dot OLED EVF at 120 fps
- 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points
- Dual SD Cards (one of them UHS-II)
- Ethernet port for file transfer
- Built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
Other features include 14-bit uncompressed RAW, QVGA OLED 120 fps viewfinder, 5-axis internal stabilization, dual SD card slots, Ethernet port for file transfers over LAN, and a joystick to control AF points.
The Sony Alpha a9 certainly has the potential to have a huge impact on the high end photography market. With it is brand new stacked CMOS Full-Frame sensor, blazing fast speeds. Huge amount of AF phase detect point, AF joystick and dual card slots and more.
On the 4 K video side of things 4K DCI is missing from the spec sheet. But we do have a really nice 6K full readout down sampled to a UHD resolution in the familiar XAVC-S codec. Which is an 8 bit Long GOP codec but not overtly difficult to edit compared to the 10 bit Long GOP (IPB) codec on the Panasonic GH5.
The new Sony Alpha α9 is priced at $4,500 and will be available in May. Pre-orders start on April 21st.