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Sony Alpha A9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of Sony Alpha A9. The average rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and sensor. The viewfinder and image quality also get good reviews. There are some mixed reviews about the battery. Many are negative about the durability.

performance, image quality, viewfinder, sensor, portability

durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha A9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Sony a9

 

The Sony a9 camera packs an incredible autofocus system, full-frame image sensor, and 4K video, all in a body that's smaller than most SLRs.

Shoots at 20fps with subject tracking. Full-frame 24MP image sensor. 93-percent focus coverage. Electronic shutter eliminates blackout. Also supports traditional mechanical shutter. Large, crisp EVF. Tilting touch LCD. In-body 5-axis stabilization. New...

Pricey. Only one slot UHS-II compliant. Dense menu system. Uncompressed Raw capture cuts speed to 12fps. Doesn't include external battery charger. Lens library missing wide aperture super telephoto options.

The Sony a9 is a big step forward for mirrorless technology. It betters the fastest, most expensive SLRs in capture rate, spreads its autofocus system across almost the entirety of a full-fame image sensor, and has a really fantastic EVF—one that, in...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Sony Alpha 9 (a9)

 

Sony started this morning looking for WOWS and, in announcing their newest full-frame flagship ILC, I think they earned 'em.

Apr, 2017

Essential

Expert review by: Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sony A9 Review

 

The Sony A9 is the company's new flagship full-frame compact system camera for professionals. Aimed predominantly at sports, action and event photographers, the new Sony A9 can shoot continuously at 20fps for up to 241 RAW / 362 JPEG images with no...

The A9 is the third Sony mirrorless camera designed to appeal to professional photographers. Whereas the A7R II targeted landscape photographers with its huge 42 megapixel resolution and the A7S II clearly appealed to videographers, the Sony A9's sheer...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: Mike Tomkins (imaging-resource.com)

Sony A9 Review

 

A flagship, professional-class full-frame mirrorless camera is here! The Sony A9 aims to dethrone the DSLR as the go-to choice for pro sports and action photographers. Sporting a new 24MP stacked sensor, a super-fast processor, and burst speeds up to...

New sensor offers incredible performance; Excellent image quality at low & high ISOs; Very good dynamic range; Phenomenal 20fps burst speed & deep buffer; Very good battery life for a mirrorless; 4K video; Dual card slots

Slow buffer clearing; Only one UHS-II card slot; Touchscreen underutilized; No lossless RAW compression option; No 4K/60p option

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Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Stefan Etienne (techcrunch.com)

The Sony A9 inches the mirrorless camera market forward

 

Having a variety of prime, telephoto, macro, sport and the like, all with distinctive shooting characteristics is what give lenses their charm

For nearly $6,700 you can be at the edge of the camera industry. If the A7 and A7 II series of cameras before it are any indication, the A9 is a camera that will age well. Shooters and videographers don’t have many full-frame cameras that meet each...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Eric Reagan (photographybay.com)

Sony A9 Professional Sports Camera Unveiled

 

Sony has announced its new A9 mirrorless camera. As the flagship of its Alpha lineup, the Sony A9 features a 24MP full frame stacked CMOS sensor that captures up to 20 frames per second. It uses an electronic shutter for shutter speeds up to 1/32,000s...

The Sony A9 will ship in June 2017 for $4499. Pre-order start on Friday, April 21. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Apr, 2017

Editors' Choice

Expert review by: TJ Donegan (reviewed.com)

Sony Alpha A9 Digital Camera Review

 

Sony's new camera matches Canon and Nikon's best pro DSLRs—for thousands less.

Jan, 2017

Techradar Editor's Choice 2017

Expert review by: Phil Hall (techradar.com)

Sony Alpha A9 review

 

Taking the fight to Canon and Nikon

Blistering performance ; Incredibly fast and capable AF ; No viewfinder blackout ; Impressive level of customization ; Excellent results from 24MP sensor ; High-res viewfinder ; Oversampled 4K footage

Weather sealing not as robust as rivals ; No XQD card slots ; Balance not great with long lenses ; Very limited touchscreen control ; Battery life not a match for rivals

The Alpha A9 doesn't fail to impress. The AF system Sony has blessed this camera with is not only incredibly quick, the tracking performance needs to be seen to be believed. Partner that with incredibly fast 20fps burst shooting, and a large and bright...

Jun, 2017

Editors choice

Expert review by: Andy Westlake (trustedreviews.com)

Sony A9

 

The Sony Alpha 9 (or A9 for short) is a high-speed full-frame mirrorless camera that's designed to go head to head with Canon and Nikon's flagship professional DSLRs. It's capable of shooting 24MP images at 20 frames per second while keeping focus on...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Ilse Jurriën (letsgodigital.org)

Sony A9 sample pictures

 

Sony Alpha 9 test pictures : Sony has announced a new professional digital camera. The Sony A9 is a full-frame mirrorless camera with the first stacked full-frame CMOS sensor. In 2015, Sony first used the stacked CMOS sensor technology into its...

Sony Japan published a series of test pictures to assess the image quality of this revolutionary camera. The following Sony A9 sample pictures are reduced in size to display appropriately. Click on the link below the picture to download the original...

Apr, 2017
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Stereo
Built-in Microphone:Y
Voice recording:Y

Battery

Battery Capacity:2280
Battery life (CIPA standard):650
Battery Type:NP-FZ100
Battery voltage:7.2
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery
Video recording time:195

Camera

Brightness adjustment:Y
Camera playback:Movie, Single image
Contrast adjustment:Y
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
Scene modes:Landscape, Night, Portrait, Self-portrait, Sunset
Self-timer delay:2,5,10
Shooting modes:Auto, Manual, Program, Scene
Tripod mountable:Y
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:TFT
Display Diagonal:3
Display Diagonal (metric):2.95
Flip-out screen:N
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display:N

Flash

Flash exposure correction:±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock:Y
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Flash on, Hi-speed sync, Pre-flash, Slow synchronization
Pre-flash:Y
Shoe mounting point:Y

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock:Y
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock:Y
ISO sensitivity:100, 25600
ISO sensitivity (max):25600
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 5EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Partial, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo,MS PRO Duo Mark 2,MS Pro-HG Duo,SD,SDHC,SDXC
Memory slots:2

Networking

Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Packaging Content

Quick start guide:Y

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC Body
Image formats supported:JPEG XR,RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):1.4 x 0.937
Maximum image resolution:6000 x 4000
Megapixel:24.2
Sensor format:Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):6000 x 4000, 3936 x 2624, 3008 x 2000, 3936 x 2624, 3008 x 2000, 1968 x 1312, 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2216, 3008 x 1688, 3936 x 2216, 3008 x 1688, 1968 x 1112
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 16:9
Total megapixels:28.3

Ports & interfaces

HDMI:Y
HDMI connector type:Micro
Headphone outputs:1
USB connector:Micro-USB
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic, Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/32000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

Technical Details

Image processor:BIONZ X
Self-timer:Y

Video

HD type:4K Ultra HD
Maximum video resolution:3840 x 2160
Motion JPEG frame rate:60
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@24fps,1280x720@30fps,1280x720@60fps,1920x1080@24fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@25fps
Video formats supported:AVC,AVCHD,M4V,XAVC-I
Video recording:Y
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160

Viewfinder

Magnification:0.78
Viewfinder screen size:0.5
Viewfinder type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.48
Height:3.76
Weight (including battery):23.7
Width:5