New Sony A9 Camera With 24.2 Megapixel Sensor Announced

The α9 interchangeable lens camera will will join the pro Alpha E-mount series and is aimed at the high-end sports photographers. This unique sensor is paired with a brand new, upgraded BIONZ X processing engine and front-end LSI that maximises overall performance. The α9 also boasts dual SD media card slots, including one that supports UHS-II cards, along with an Ethernet port (wired LAN terminal).

The α9 features an electronic shutter which enables shutter speeds of up to 1/32000th of a second.

Said one panelist, noting the plethora of features on the 9 and its companion lens, "this camera is one-stop shopping".

Sony A9 Mirrorless Camera with G Master Lens

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.

Mac users, we're pleased to announce Macphun's all-in-one photo editor Luminar is now available for just $69£52, and now comes with 12 portrait presets created by Scott Kelby, plus 1 month of access to KelbyOne photography training. With no less than 693 points that cover an impressive 93% of the frame, you're certainly spoilt for choice! Sony also claims improved subject tracking. It also uses the new NP-FZ100 battery which promises to deliver around 480 shots, roughly 2.2x the life of previous Sony full-frame cameras. It has Sony's highest resolution viewfinder ever, at least as far as the Alpha line-up is concerned. ZEISS T and fluorine coatings keep glares to a minimum and make the glass dust-resistant. The frame rate of the Tru-Finder is even customizable, with options to set it for 60fps or 120fps to best match the action. The LCD screen on the back can be touch-controlled and tilted. It also supports uncompressed 14-bit RAW capture as well as 4K (3840x2160p) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor. There is a sync terminal as well, enabling external flash units and cables to be connected directly for convenient flash sync. The new sensor/processor combination is up to 20-times faster than the unit in previous mirrorless Sony models.

In terms of pricing, at £4,500 / $4,500 body only the Sony A9 is the most expensive model in the Alpha range, but it's cheaper than the comparable Nikon D5 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. Sony say the α9 is a flawless fit for those looking to get high-quality 4K video footage. Additional new capabilities include the "AF Area Registration", which allows frequently used focus areas to be memorised and recalled via custom button assignments. There is a control joystick on the rear along with drive and focus mode dials.

Vanessa Coleman

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