Sony has unveiled the full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera A9. It has a very fast auto focus, a silent shutter and two slots for memory cards. Is it enough to conquer the market?
A9 is the Sony model, which was said for a long time and it was only a matter of time, when you finally come to market. Today, doubts were dispelled – the camera was officially unveiled and presented really well. We are on the international premiere of Sony A9 and live we have the opportunity to admire the work of the Japanese premiere.
The most important features:
- Matrix: 24.2 megapixels, FF
- ISO 200 – 204 600
- Burst mode: 20 megapixels
- Movie Mode: 4K 30 fps
- 2 SD card slots
- silent shutter
- AF system: 693 points
The beginning of a new series?
Sony A9 theoretically is the successor series A7, but rather the beginning of a new line – we do not know, however, whether this will be developed for models analogous to the cameras marked with letters "S" and "R", as is the case in the series A7. What characterizes a new camera? First of all, speed. At a press conference stressed that the camera model is ideal for sports photography and just for sports photographers and event organizers addressed.
20 frames per second!
Apparatus in all aspects is characterized by high speed operation. In burst mode can shoot at 20 frames per second with full resolution of 20 megapixels. In this case, the camera works almost like a machine gun, and the instantaneous pressing the shutter gives us a dozen or even dozens of photos, most of which are well-honed team. The new model is also characterized by very fast and accurate autofocus. AF Focus 4D 693 is equipped with the focus points, and covers more than 93 percent of the frame. Excels at the continuous mode, although, interestingly, the camera was deprived of "levers" that allowed to change the sharpening mode with AF to Manual. In the new model also appeared sharpening function of the "eye" form of the picture, which will help us in situations when photographing people.
The new, larger battery
Among the changes in housing will also pay attention to the presence of joystick allows you to set the focus point, as well as additional knob, which set the autofocus modes. In terms of the same great ergonomics of the camera falls, because it holds up very comfortably and uses it very nicely. A7 terms not to feel too much to the camera gained in size and weight, which is so interesting that even increased battery – and it more than twice, because now has over 2 thousand. mAh and allows you to take approximately 480 pictures on a single charge. Short time working was the Achilles heel of previous models, so a big plus for the fact that the manufacturer decided to do something about it.
But this is not the only physical changes on the housing. The camera also gained a new entry. One is the LAN input, through which the cable quickly send a large number of online images. Another new entry is an additional memory card slot – the solution also awaited by users. The interior camera also changed, because it has gained a new menu. It has to be more user-friendly, because it will allow for greater personalization. At first glance it does not seem so easy – is different even in the A7 series models and allows you to choose the order in which individual items will appear. Despite this, the service still is not as instinctive as you would expect.An important change in the new model is a snapshot. This was completely "muted". This means that it does not seem any sound during the shooting. This is a very important function just from the point of view of sports photographers (in the case of sports such as golf and tennis), but also useful for wedding photographers, who during the ceremony should pay each other the least attention. Indeed, the shutter no sound and can shoot in such a way that no one will know that we did the photo. This news I really like and I think that in many applications proves to be indispensable.
Screen and viewfinder
The camera also received a new display of very high quality and 0.78-times magnification, providing clear images. The refresh rate is of the order through 120 frames per second, which in effect provides a very comfortable view. Especially since the new viewfinder does not include the so-called. "blackouts" when shooting in burst mode. In the new model the manufacturer has applied the new type of matrix, as well as the next generation of powerful BIONZ processor X. The result? Picture quality is phenomenal – are crisp, well saturated with a wide tonal range.
High quality, high price
During a press conference in London, I had the opportunity to use the camera just for half an hour, so it is difficult to me to write a lot about its usage, but first impressions suggest that Sony A9 can be a hit – it is convenient to use, incredibly fast and has many solutions, which we missed in previous models, about which many dreamed. Therefore, Sony A9 has a chance to become a very popular model among professional photographers, especially those dealing with sports photographers and all kinds of events, the new model Sony also beat the record range. For Sony A9 apłacimy 5300 euros, so more than 20 thousand. The camera will hit sales in June this year and April 27 will be able to see in our sample photos taken with the camera.