Sony India has introduced the 24.2 megapixel α9, a much-awaited full frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, which Sony claims, is the most technologically advanced digital camera that they ever created. The camera features the world’s first full frame stacked CMOS sensor.
The camera offers, among other things, high-speed, blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second and maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 seconds.
The new BIONZ X processor and front end LSI allow faster AF/AE calculation while also reducing EVF display latency. The camera can sustain high speed 20 fps continuous shooting with continuous AF/AE tracking for up to 362 JPEG or 241 Raw images.
The camera’s advanced AF system is capable to accurately track complex, erratic motion and calculate AF/AE at up to 60 times per seconds, regardless of shutter release and frame capture. The camera features 693 focal plane phase detection AF points covering approximately 93% of the frame. The Fast Hybrid AF system, a combination of fast phase detection AF with the precise contrast AF achieves approximately 25% faster performance when compared with α7R II, Sony said. The camera also offers 5-axis in-body image stabilization with a 5.0-step shutter speed advantage.
Dual SD card slots offer versatility in storage while a new Sony battery (model NP-FZ100) with 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models allow much longer shooting performance. The α9 can capture 4K (3840x2160p) movies with full pixel readout with no pixel binning. The standard ISO range is ISO 100-51,200, which is expandable to ISO 50-20,480,016.
The camera will be available at an MRP of Rs. 329,990 from the end of July.