Sony a9
A photographer examines the new Sony A9 mirrorless camera during a launch event in New York City, U.S., April 19, 2017. Reuters/Mike Segar

Sony has finally announced the α9 full-frame mirror-less camera. The flagship features only the best of Sony, in a body that is still smaller than a conventional full-frame DSLR. It will be available from May and will be priced at US$4,500 (AU$6,000 approx).

Those of you eager to know, the Sony α9 full-frame mirror-less camera has the much talked about 4D Focus that includes 693 point AF system, covering nearly 93 percent of the image area, reliable object tracking and fast-focusing speed. Users will love the camera’s joystick to control AF points, Ethernet port for file transfers over LAN, dual SD card slots, 5-axis internal stabilisation, QVGA OLED 120fps viewfinder and 14-bit uncompressed RAW. Sony has overcome a common DSLR issue with this flagship. It can shoot without blackout.

This has been made possible because of its fast electronic shutter, and at the same time maintaining 60fps live view with minimal display lag in continuous shooting. Users will be surprised to know that the electronic shutter can shoot up to 1/32000 seconds, much slower than a mechanical shutter. However, magic happens with the α9 mirror-less camera’s 24.2MP full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with integrated memory. It’s a first of its kind. Sony has the camera’s memory built into the sensor.

This clever move has allowed 20x faster readout speed, allowing the Sony α9 full-frame mirror-less camera do some pretty crazy things. As GSMArena puts it, this has made the camera capable of “20fps continuous shooting in RAW with AF/AE lock for up to 241 RAW/ 362 JPEG images.” The interchangeable lens camera products from the house of Sony are a big boon for the camera industry. This latest Alpha model offers a lot. It has Sony’s highest resolution viewfinder ever, at least as far as the Alpha line-up is concerned.

The tech company has taken competition to a whole new level with its high-luminance/high-resolution Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder. It offers a massive 3,686k-dot resolution. It is extremely accurate and offers true-to-life details. The new viewfinder’s corner sharpness is excellent. ZEISS T and fluorine coatings keep glares to a minimum and make the glass dust-resistant. Full HD videos can now be recorded at 120fps with the Sony α9 full-frame mirror-less camera. The videos can then be processed down to a slow motion rate by 5x.

The Sony α9 full-frame mirror-less camera is the latest addition to the company’s hugely popular interchangeable camera line-up. It brings with it a huge array of features.

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