Sony Alpha 9: price, release date, specs confirmed

Sony A9 Mirrorless Camera with G Master Lens

Sony's A9 is a powerhouse full-frame flagship camera

The new 24.2 Megapixel sensor can handle data 20X faster than the last generation sensor according to Sony, and the extra performance enables continuous shooting at 20FPS with up to 241 RAW5/ 362 JPEG6 images in this burst mode.

This announcement comes just days after Sony revealed that their continued growth has vaulted them into the number two overall position in the USA full-frame interchangeable lens camera market.

The Alpha A9 is equipped with an innovative 5-axis image stabilization system that provides a shutter speed advantage of five stops, while there's a new vibration-free, fully electronic and completely silent shutter with a maximum shutter speed of 1/32,000 sec.

Sony A9 features a OLED Tru-FinderThe Sony mirrorless camera features an all-new, high-resolution, high-luminance Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 3,686k dots for extremely accurate, true-to-life detail reproduction.

The unique design of the Alpha A9's sensor enables a broad ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50-204,800, while there's also support for uncompressed 14-bit raw files. The EVF also utilizes a ZEISS T* Coating to greatly reduce reflections, and has a fluorine coating on the outer lens that repels dirt. It'll record HD footage at 120 FPS, too, which can be edited down to create buttery-smooth super slow-motion video. An Ethernet port (wired LAN terminal) is available as well, and there is a wide variety of new settings, controls and customizability options that are essential for working pros.

The rear panel of the Sony α9.

Sony has also announced a range of new accessories to complement the α9, including: the NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Battery, VG-C3EM Vertical Grip, NPA-MQZ1K Multi-Battery Adaptor Kit (which holds four Z series batteries and as a quick charger), GP-X1EM Grip Extension, FDA-EP18 Eyepiece Cup with locking mechanism, BC-QZ1 Battery Charger and PCK-LG1 Screen Protect Glass Sheet.

The Alpha 9 will also fit a second SD card slot which will be UHS-II compatible. Additional new capabilities include the "AF Area Registration", which allows frequently used focus areas to be memorised and recalled via custom button assignments. It sports a 100-400mm zoom, at f/4.5-5.6 aperture and will be priced at $2,499 in the USA and $3,399 in Canada. Sony also unveiled the $2,500 G Master 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto lens designed specifically for the A9, set to arrive in July.

Neal Manowitz, Sony Electronics' vice president of digital imaging, said that the camera is half the size and weight of other cameras in its class.

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