Sony Wants To Kill The DSLR With Their New Full-frame A9

Sony isn’t subtle with their ambitions

Sony wants the DSLR dead. While their current crop of mirror-less cameras are already pretty great and attract a fair number of enthusiasts and pros, industry vets are still very dependent on DSLRs made by Sony’s rivals, namely Nikon and Canon. Sony’s newly unveiled full-frame A9 is looking to lure DSLR hold-outs with an array of features that make the A9 a serious threat to traditional DSLRs.

While the A9 has a bunch of new features, the most important one is how fast it’s able to capture images. In a nutshell, the A9 is fast – it’s capable of shooting at up to 20 FPS, without any blackouts during each shot, and is able to capture up to 241 consecutive RAW images or 362 JPEGs.

The A9’s maximum shutter speed is quite impressive as well, topping out at 1/32,000sec, and the camera has 693 phase-detect AF points that cover nearly 93% of the frame.

The heart of the camera is a, full-frame stacked 24.2-megapixel 35mm sensor along with a new Bionz X processor. Sony’s also updated the electronic viewfinder of the A9, and has a quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with 3,686k dots.

The A9 is also a performer when it comes to video capture, and can capture 4K images. Full pixel readout with no pixel binning makes it possible to condense the equivalent of the amount of data required for 6K into 3840 x 2160 4K output. This oversampling process plus full-frame pixel readout without binning results in the highest possible 4K movie image quality. Just take a look at the sample video below (best viewed in 4K):

Of course, the A9 will be an expensive camera – expect to shell out an estimated $4,500 (Php 224K) for just the body alone.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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