α9 Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera
In one game-changing leap the revolutionary image sensor and high-speed processing of the α9 reaches performance levels far beyond the incremental improvements gained through decades of mechanical refinement. There is no viewfinder blackout2. Continuous shooting speeds exceed those possible with mechanical shutters. Higher shutter speeds are available, and all without noise or vibration. The ability to keep an eye on moving subjects at all times leads to faultless AF and AE tracking, and the photographer’s view is consistently up-to-date with an absolute minimum of lag. In short, the digital promise has been realized at last.
Robust magnesium alloy body w/ dust and moisture resistant design
The α9 body construction features a lightweight, high-rigidity magnesium alloy for the internal frame as well as the top, front, and rear covers. The grip area has also been reinforced with an integrated magnesium alloy grip and front cover. Although about the same size and weight as the α7 series, the α9 body is packed with unprecedented functionality and performance. The number of screws securing the lens mount has been increased to six in order to maximize rigidity and durability even when using heavy telephoto lenses. Sealing is provided throughout the body to minimize dust and moisture ingress, allowing it to function reliably in challenging environments12. All major buttons and dials are provided with seals, while media jack cover and enclosure edges feature tongue-and-groove joints for double protection. Maximum dust and moisture resistance is maintained at lens, vertical grip, and flash unit joints too, providing excellent system reliability.
World’s first1 Full-frame stacked CMOS sensor
From the world’s largest sensor manufacturer comes the world’s first1 35mm full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with integrated memory and includes a number of features that contribute to outstanding image quality. High sensitivity, a back-illuminated configuration, gapless on-chip lens architecture, and other Sony innovations deliver stunning images in a wide range of photographic situations. This unique 24.2 megapixel sensor, when combined with the refined BIONZ X image processing engine and front-end LSI, delivers approx. 20x faster data readout speed Sony full-frame mirrorless α7 II cameras. The result is unmatched by any DSLR or Mirrorless camera before it.
Ethernet port for FTP file transfer
In addition to wireless LAN capability, a new Ethernet terminal for wired LAN connection allows convenient transfer of high-volume still image files to a specified FTP server where they can be viewed and managed via a local computer. A wired LAN connection provides high stability and transfer speeds for large image files, and is an ideal solution for situations where large amounts of data must be transferred quickly and reliably as in studio photography, high-profile news, sporting events and more.
Meticulously crafted controls
Controls are refined for intuitive operation and immediate adjustment even while looking through the viewfinder. The α9 features front and rear dials for easier, more efficient handling and turning. A mode dial locking mechanism prevents inadvertent changes of shooting mode at all times and a stacked independently operable dials allow fast selection of drive and focus modes. Quickly select the single or continuous drive mode, or the single AF or continuous AF focus mode, for example, without having to scroll through menus. Both dials are lockable, preventing unwanted mode changes during use.
The camera features a multi-selector joystick on the back of the camera, allowing shooters to easily shift focus within the frame by pressing the multi-selector in any direction up, down, left or right when shooting in Zone, Flexible Spot or Expanded Flexible Spot focus area modes.
AF-ON button (back focus button)
The α9 has several new and updated focus functions that support faster, easier focusing in a variety of situations including the AF-On button (back focus button) which activates autofocus when pressed while shooting stills or movies.
Up to 20fps3 continuous shooting
Capture fleeting moments and the highest speed subjects with incredible continuous shooting of up to 20fps3 at full 24.2MP resolution in RAW+JPEG with continuous AF/AE (autofocus and auto exposure) tracking and no EVF or LCD blackout2. The large high speed buffer allow for up to 241 RAW images or 362 JPEG images. With camera set to ‘Hi’ continuous shooting mode, UHS-II memory card. Sony tests, compressed RAW or JPEG respectively.
Dual media slots (UHS-II SD Card compatible)
Two SD media card slots are provided for still and movie storage (one slot for SD cards or Memory Stick) with the lower card slot being UHS-II compatible for faster write speed. Still or movie data can be simultaneously recorded to both cards for backup, or RAW images can be recorded to one card while JPEG images are recorded to the other. It is also possible to record stills and movies to different cards. Data can be copied between cards while in the camera, for convenient back-up. Sony SF-G series UHS-II SD cards are ideal for situations where maximum transfer speed is required, allowing up to 362 JPEG images or 241 compressed RAW images to be captured in a continuous burst.
Silent4, vibration-free anti-distortion shutter
Shooting wide open in brightly lit conditions or freezing a fast moving object in a moment without distorting the image due to slower shutter speeds is made possible with a fully electronic, high-speed, anti-distortion shutter that can achieve speeds as high as 1/32,000 sec.5, way beyond the limits of a mechanical system. In addition, the electronic vibration-free shutter delivers sharp images and is completely silent4, without mechanical noise that can be disruptive when shooting sports or events in a quiet environment.
Full-frame 4K11 video10 w/ full-pixel readout and no pixel binning
The new α9 is very capable as a video camera as well, as it offers 4K11 (3840x2160p) video10 recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor. When shooting in this format, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information, oversampling it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Recording is also available in the popular Super35 size. Additionally, the camera can record Full HD11 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.
Compatible Accessories for the a9 Full Frame ILC Camera
- Sony NPAMQZ1K Multi Battery Adaptor Kit.
- Sony NPFZ100 Z-series Rechargeable Battery Pack.
- Sony BCQZ1 Z-series Battery Charger.
- Sony FDAEP18 Eyepiece Cup.
- Sony GPX1EM Grip Extension.
- Sony PCKLG1 Screen Protector Glass Sheet.
- Sony VGC3EM Vertical Grip.