Sony Alpha A9 announced

Sony has announced the full-frame mirrorless Alpha A9, with a 24.2MP sensor and blackout-free 20fps continuous shooting


Sony A9


Key features:

  • Full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with 24.2 MP resolution
  • Blackout-Free continuous shooting at up to 20fps for up to 241 RAWs or 362 JPEG images
  • Silent, vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000sec
  • 693-point focal plane phase detection AF system, with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second
  • Ethernet port for file transfer, dual SD card slots and extended battery life thanks to new battery
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilisation providing a 5-step shutter speed advantage





Sony describes its Alpha A9 as a revolutionary new camera, offering imaging performance “unmatched by any camera ever created – mirrorless, SLR or otherwise.”

This includes such features as high-speed blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20fps for up to 241 RAWs or 361 JPEGs, with no shutter blackout.

This combines with vibration-free shooting at speeds of up to 1/32,000sec, ensuring the Sony a9 should prove to be an exceptional camera for shooting fast action. The shutter is fully electronic and completely silent.


Sony A9


The fast shooting is further complemented by a focusing system with 693 phase detection AF points, covering approximately 93% of the frame. Sony says this innovative AF system will be able to track complex and erratic motions with superb accuracy, making up to 60 calculations a second. The Fast Hybrid AF system achieves approximately 25% faster performance than that of the A7R II The a9 also carries a new Z battery offering approximately 2.2x the capacity of W batteries, and comes packing dual SD card slots.

Housed within the A9 is a stacked 24.2MP Exmor RS sensor, new Bionz X processor and front end LSI. This combination is what provides the processing power necessary for the a9’s blistering speeds. The sensor is also back-illuminated for maximum light capture. It carries an ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50-204,800.


Sony A9


An all-new 3,686k-dot Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder is the highest-resolution viewfinder ever incorporated into a Sony camera, and features a double-sided aspherical element in its optical design that enables superb sharpness and detail. It also utilises a Zeiss T*coating to reduce reflections and fluorine coating to repel dirt, and it can be set to 60 or 120fps depending on the scene’s requirements.

The camera carries 5-axis image stabilisation which Sony says will provide a shutter-speed advantage of up to five stops. Its effects can also be monitored in the EVD and on the LCD, allowing the user to get a realistic preview of their final image before capture.


Sony A9


Moving on to video: the Sony A9 offers 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording across the full width of its sensor, and uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information, oversampling to produce high-quality 4K footage. It can also record super-slow-motion Full HD footage at 120fps.

It’s expected from June 2017.


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Sony A9



G Master 100-400mm Super Telephoto E-Mount Zoom


100-400 G Master


Sony has also extended its G Master lens range with the FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS Super Telephoto Zoom, the furthest-reaching E-mount lens yet.

Producing outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the entire zoom range, the lens has a complex construction consisting of 22 elements in 16 groups, including one Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and two ED glass elements. It also has Nano coating.

For autofocus, the lens uses a combination of a double linear motor and a Direct Drive SSM actuator, allowing it to keep pace with fast action.

It also features a new zoom torque adjustment ring, allowing the user to vary the speed of the zoom depending on their shooting needs. It's also resistant to dust and moisture, and has a fluorine coating on its front element to aid with removal of dust or grease.

The new 100-400mm features built-in optical image stabilisation, weighs just 1,395g and offers a minimum focusing distance of 0.98m.

It's expected in June, with an approximate price of £2,500.


Click here to pre-order the Sony FE 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 OSS G Master Lens