Sony shakes up sports photography with new A9 mirrorless camera

Sony Philippines rolled up the curtains for the A9 – a full-frame mirrorless camera capable of shooting up to 20 frames per second at 1/32,000 shutter speed.

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It is integrated with 35mm full-frame Exmor RS CMOS sensor that processes data up to 20 times faster than the previous Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Combined with the new BIONZ X processor and front-end LSI, this catapults a record-breaking speed of the new A9 taking up the larger continuous shooting buffer to enable the 20fps AF/AE tracking up to 362 JPEG or 241 RAW images. The sensor also enables the camera to extend the ISO range from 100 to 51200.

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The full-frame mirrorless shooter has a radar of 693 phase detection AF points covering approximately 93% of the frame, ensuring the photographers to capture and track every moving subjects across the frame.

Compared with the A7R II, the A9’s Fast Hybrid AF System achieves 25% faster performance and has excellent tracking speed and precision of contrast AF. It tracks motion with higher accuracy, calculating AF/AE at 60 times per second regardless of the shutter release and frame capture.

When the shutter is released while shooting still images, the electronic viewfinder will show seamless live view of the captured subject.

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Sony also incorporates Tru-Finder to the A9 giving the camera the highest resolution viewfinder in any Sony A products with approximately 3,686k dots for true-to-life detail reproduction.

The electronic viewfinder utilizes a ZEISS T Coating to reduce reflections and repel dirt. Half-pressing shutter, the camera monitors the image stabilization to allow high-accuracy focus even in challenging lighting.

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It houses the new NP-FZ100 battery – 2.2 times the capacity of W batteries for prolonged shooting. The latest Sony A shooter also offers two separate media card slots with the same data simultaneously recorded to both cards – or let the other save the RAW while the other saves the JPEG.

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The new A9 shoots 4K (3840 x 2160p) video, using full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information to produce high quality 4K footage with defined details and depth. It can also record Full HD videos at 120fps for slow motion effects.

Rolling out on July 1, 2017, the Sony A9 interchangeable lens camera will be available for P239,999 (body only).

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