HANDS-ON BY THEANO NIKITAS
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SONY A9
This full-frame barn burner offers more than just incredible speed.
PICTURED: The Sony a9 is a superstar
among mirrorless cameras thanks
to its performance, feature set and
superior image quality.
With the release of the full-frame a9, Sony continues to push
technology to the edge. Built around a 24-megapixel, stacked
CMOS sensor (a first for full-frame cameras), the a9 delivers
stunningly fast continuous shooting of up to 20 frames per second of full
resolution JPEGs. Thanks to its sensor technology and almost 700 AF
points (count ‘em) covering about 93 percent of the frame, autofocus
keeps pace with the camera’s high-speed shooting. What’s even more
impressive is that the a9 does so noiselessly, with virtually no blackout in
the EVF. And, thankfully, Sony delivers what Alpha owners have been
pining for—a huge increase in battery life.
Other notable features include internal 4K video recording, albeit
without picture profiles. The camera also features improvements to
physical controls over the a7 series cameras. Priced at $4,500, the
Sony a9 is a serious investment.
I tested the camera under a variety of conditions with a number of
different lenses, including the new FE 100-400mm f/3. 5-5. 6 GM OSS
(also announced with the a9), the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM and the FE
70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS.