Sony A9 Mirrorless Camera with G Master Lens

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Sony claims the A9's 35mm full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor is "the world's first of its kind" and allows data speed processing twice as fast as the company's prior full-frame cameras.

The new A9 will be marketed to professional photographers and competes head-to-head with Canon and Nikon's flagship pro DSLR models.

Sony's latest flagship mirrorless sits above the Alpha 7 range, and features a blackout-free viewfinder that allows for continuous shooting at up to 20fps and offers 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second.

This sensor is paired with an upgraded BIONZ X processing engine and front-end LSI that maximises overall performance, said Sony.

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This industry-leading speed and innovative silent shootingvii is combined with a focusing system that features an incredible 693 phase detection AF points.

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

Meanwhile, the new high-resolution, high-luminance Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder packs around 3,686,000 dots, which is the highest-resolution viewfinder Sony has yet packed into a camera and will produce highly-detailed shots. Supports InfoLITHIUM technology, which makes it possible to view the remaining battery power as both a percentage display and five step icon on the camera's LCD screen. It has Sony's highest resolution viewfinder ever, at least as far as the Alpha line-up is concerned. The frame rate of the Tru-Finder is even customizable, with options to set it for 60 fps or 120 fps 13 to best match the action.

Everything about the Sony Alpha 9 has been designed with speed in mind and alongside a top shutter speed of 1/32000 and because of that electronic shutter there's no blackout time so you can keep your eye on the subject. Meaning there will not be any shutter sound when capturing images. The new sensor/processor combination is up to 20-times faster than the unit in previous mirrorless Sony models. There is a control joystick on the rear along with drive and focus mode dials. The camera can memorise and automatically recall the last focus point used in a vertical or horizontal orientation, instantly switching back to it when that specific orientation is used again.

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