Sony Alpha 9: price, release date, specs confirmed

Isaac Cain
April 21, 2017

The α9 interchangeable lens camera is available in Australia from 2nd June, with local pricing to be confirmed. Not only does it describe it as the "most technologically advanced, innovative digital camera" it has ever created, the press release touts the A9 as delivering a "level of imaging performance that is simply unmatched by any camera ever created - mirrorless, SLR or otherwise".

The high-end 24.2mp stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor has been designed with speed in mind and is capable of high-speed readout.

Sony has officially unveiled their latest series of mirrorless full-frame camera called the a9 that packs some impressive specifications, specifically tuned for fast action and sports photography.

The new 9 also features a vibration free, fully electronic, completely silent anti-distortion shutter 7 with absolutely no mechanical mirror or shutter noise, making it an extremely powerful photographic tool for any shooting situation that demands quiet operation. The camera also features 5-axis in-body image stabilisation with a claimed 5-step shutter speed advantage.

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The α9 features an electronic shutter which enables shutter speeds of up to 1/32000th of a second. For a start, there's 4K (3840 x 2160p) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor.

Additionally, the camera can record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps, which allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking. It will be available next month for $4,500 in the United States and $5,299 in Canada.

The new α9's AF system features 693 on-sensor phase detection points covering about 93 percent of the frame. Sony is promising 2.2x the battery life of the previous-gen A7 models, while giving us 2 x media slots with one of them being high-speed UHS-II SD compliant. There's also a QVGA, 3686K dot OLED viewfinder, which is the highest-res, and brightest model Sony has ever used. ZEISS T and fluorine coatings keep glares to a minimum and make the glass dust-resistant. The luminance is 2x higher than the XGA OLED Tru-Finder from the a7R II, and you can even set the frame rate manually from 60fps to 120fps.

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