Sony just announced its most advanced full-frame camera for professional photographers yet. The new A9 is designed to pose a formidable challenge to Canon and Nikon, with a full-frame stacked CMOS sensor (24.2 megapixels), incredible continuous shooting capabilities, and 693 autofocus points. The A9 shoots 4K video, features 5-axis in-body stabilization, dual SD card slots, and it’s even got an ethernet port. It launches May 25th for $4,500 in the United States.
But the continuous shooting is the story here, and is what Sony hopes will sell sports photographers and other pros with fast-moving subjects on the A9. It offers blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20fps for up to 241 consecutive RAWs (or 362 JPEGs). The camera’s maximum shutter speed is 1/32,000sec, and Sony says the camera is capable of “calculating AF/AE at up to 60 times per second — regardless of shutter release and frame capture.”
The A9 also houses Sony’s sharpest electronic viewfinder ever. It’s an OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 3,686k dots. The camera’s battery provides 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame shooters, as well.