New Sony A9 breaks the continuous speed record

Sports snappers, this camera shoots 20fps continuous shots with no blackout

Looks like Sony is in the flagship full-frame camera race for the long run.

The new Sony A9 aims to wins gold in the 100m dash - blackout free 20fps continuous shooting for up to 241 successive RAW photos, or 362 JPEGs. That’s with high frequency AF/AE tracking too. 

With that much speed, it’s going to blow

At a maximum shutter speed of 1/32000sec, and the ability to calculate AF/AE up to 60 times per second over 693 phase-detect AF points - that’s 93% of the whole frame (even during shutter release and frame capture), I’d say it’s certainly blown the competition.

So what’s the secret?

It’s all in the A9’s full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, allowing for data processing 20x faster than the A7II. Pair this 24.2MP sensor with its built-in RAM and a new Bionz X engine and the A9 is a camera that races past the finish line with ease. 

This reads like a sports photographer’s dream

And with 5-axis in-body stabilization, a 3,686k-dot EVF running at up to 120fps (2x higher than the A7RII), a silent electronic shutter that’s vibration and distortion-free (no more bendy golf clubs in motion), dual SD card slots, and an ethernet port for quick file transfers, it’s looking to take the top spot where the Canon 1DX Mark II and Nikon D5 currently reside.  

But it’s mirrorless, so the battery is going to be crap

Not quite true this time around. Sony has listened to the battery troubles we have, adding that the new A9 batteries have 2.2x the capacity of previous A7 full-frame shooters. That roughly translates to about 480 shots on a single charge. And there’s an optional battery grip that holds two of these batteries for a total of 950 shots.

Are there any new goodies for videographers?

If you’ve been using the A7 for video, then you’ll be glad to hear Sony’s bumping up the 4K video quality on the A9 – think 6K equivalent videos in full pixel readout with no pixel binning, condensed into 3840 x 2160 4K movies. Watch the video below and don’t forget to set it to 4K. 

This looks interesting, but I want to give it a spin first

It releases globally 25 May for US$4500 (RM19800 approx), but we’ll let you know when it makes it way here.