Α9 FEATURING FULL-FRAME STACKED CMOS SENSOR

Full Specifications and Features

ILCE-9

$4,499.99

Lens

Lens Compatibility
Sony E-mount lenses
Lens Mount
E-mount

Image Sensor

Aspect Ratio
3 : 2
Number Of Pixels (Effective)
Approx. 24.2 megapixels
Number of Pixels (total)
Approx. 28.3 megapixels
Sensor Type
35mm full frame (35.6×23.8mm), Exmor RS CMOS sensor
Anti-Dust System
Charge protection coating on optical filter and image sensor shift mechanism

Recording (still images)

Recording Format
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.31, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image Size (pixels) [3:2]
35 mm full frame L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 3936 x 2624 (10M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M), APS-C L: 3936 x 2624 (10M), M: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M), S: 1968 x 1312 (2.6M)
Image Size (pixels) [16:9]
35 mm full frame L: 6000 x 3376 (20 M), M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M), APS-C L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), M: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M), S: 1968 x 1112 (2.2M)
Image Size (pixels) [Sweep Panorama]
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Image Quality Modes
RAW, RAW & JPEG (Extra fine, Fine, Standard), JPEG (Extra fine, Fine, Standard)
Picture Effect
8 types: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), Soft High-key , Rich-tone Monochrome
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box (1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Picture Profile
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Dynamic Range Functions
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))
Color Space
sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
14bit RAW
Yes
Uncompressed RAW
Yes

Recording (movie)

Recording Format
XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant
Video Compression
XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Recording Format
XAVC S: LPCM 2ch, AVCHD: Dolby® Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Color Space
xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
Picture Effect
Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera(Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), Soft High-key
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box (1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Picture Profile
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Image Size (pixels), NTSC
XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 (30p, 100 M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 100 M), 3840 x 2160 (30p, 60 M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 60 M), XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (120p, 100 M), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60 M), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50 M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 50 M), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 50 M), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 25 M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 16 M), AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (60i, 17M, FH)
Image Size (pixels), PAL
XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 (25p, 100 M), 3840 x 2160 (25p, 60 M), XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (100p, 100 M), 1920 x 1080 (100p, 60 M), 1920 x 1080 (50p, 50 M), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 50 M), AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50i, 24 M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (50i, 17 M, FH)
Image frame rate
NTSC mode: 1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps, 15fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps, PAL mode: 1fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps, 50fps, 100fps,
Image Size (frame rate/bitrate)
NTSC mode: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p), PAL mode: 1920 x 1080 (50p, 25p)
Movie Functions
Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, PAL/NTSC Selector, Proxy Recording (1280 x 720 (Approx. 9 Mbps)), TC/UB (TC Preset/UB Preset/TC Format/TC Run/TC Make/UB Time Rec), Auto Slow Shutter, REC Control, Clean HDMI Info. (ON/OFF selectable), Gamma Disp. Assist
HDMI Output
3840 x 2160 (30p), 3840 x 2160 (25p), 3840 x 2160 (24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1920 x 1080 (60i), 1920 x 1080 (50p), 1920 x 1080 (50i), 1920 x 1080 (24p), YCbCr 4:2:2 8 bit / RGB 8 bit

Recording System

Location information Link from smartphone
Yes
Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I/II compliant), microSD memory card, microSDHC memory card, microSDXC memory card
Memory Card Slot
SLOT1: Slot for SD (UHS-I/II compliant) memory card, SLOT2: Multi slot for Memory Stick Duo™/SD (UHS-I compliant) memory card
Recording mode on 2 memory cards
Simult. Rec (Still), Simult. Rec (Movie), Simult. Rec (Still/Movie), Sort (JPEG/RAW), Sort (Still/Movie), Copy

Noise Reduction

Noise Reduction
Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off
Multi Frame NR
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White Balance

White Balance Modes
Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Underwater / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7 (57-step), A7 to B7 (29-step)) / Custom
AWB Micro Adjustment
Yes (G7 to M7, 57-step)(A7 to B7, 29-step)
Priority Set in AWB
Yes
SHUTTER AWB LOCK 
Yes (Shut. Halfway Down/ Cont. Shooting/ Off)
Bracketing
3 frames, H/L selectable

Focus

Focus Type
Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Focus Sensor
Exmor RS CMOS sensor
Focus Point
35 mm full frame: 693 points (phase-detection AF), APS-C mode with FF lens: 299 points (phase-detection AF), with APS-C lens: 221 points (phase-detection AF) / 425 points (contrast-detection AF)
Focus Sensitivity Range
EV-3 to EV 20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Focus Mode
AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
Focus Area
Wide (425 points (phase-detection AF), 425 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) /Expanded Flexible Spot/ Tracking (Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot)
Other Features
Eye-start AF (only with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached (Sold separately)), Tracking, Eye AF (Right/Left Eye Select), AF micro adjustment with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 (Sold separately), Predictive control, Focus lock, St./H AF Area, AF Area Regist., Circ. of Focus Point
AF Illuminator
Yes (with built-in LED type)
AF Illuminator range
Approx. 0.3 m - approx. 3.0 m (with FE 28-70 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached)
Focus type with LA-EA3 (Sold separately)
phase-detection

Exposure

Metering Type
1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Sensor
Exmor RS CMOS sensor
Metering Sensitivity
EV -3 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Metering Mode
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot Standard/Large, Entire Screen Avg., Highlight
Exposure Compensation
+/- 5.0EV(1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable) (with exposure compensation dial: +/- 3EV (1/3 EV steps))
Exposure Bracketing
Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1.0 EV increments.
AE Lock
Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Available with AE lock button. (On/Off/Auto)
Exposure Modes
AUTO (iAuto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Movie (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) ), Slow & Quick Motion (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) )
ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
[Still images] Mechanical Shutter: ISO 100-51200 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 to ISO 204800 can be set as expanded ISO range), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Electronic Shutter: ISO 100-25600 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 can be set as expanded ISO range), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), [Movies] ISO 100-51200 equivalent (ISO numbers up to ISO 102400 can be set as expanded ISO range), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Anti-Flicker Shoot.
-
Scene Selection
-

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color),Quad-VGA OLED
Number of Dots
3 686 400 dots
Brightness Control (Viewfinder)
Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
Color Temperature Control
Manual (5 steps)
Field Coverage
100%
Magnification
approx. 0.78 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -3.28 feet-1)
Diopter Adjustment
-4.0 to +3.0 m-1
Eye Point
Approx. 23 mm from the eyepiece lens, 18.5 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1 (CIPA standard)
Finder Frame Rate Selection
STD 60fps / HI 120fps
Display Contents
Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info, Digital Level Gauge, Histogram

LCD Screen

Monitor Type
2.95 inch (3.0-type) wide type TFT
Number of Dots
1,440,000 dots
Touch Panel
Yes
Brightness Control
Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Adjustable Angle
Up by approx. 107 degrees, Down by approx. 41 degrees
Display Selecter (Finder/LCD)
Yes (Auto/Manual)
Real-time Image Adjustment Display (LCD)
On/Off
Quick Navi
Yes
Focus Magnifier
Yes (35mm full frame: 4.7x, 9.4x, APS-C: 3.1x, 6.2x)
Zebra
Yes (selectable level + range or lower limit as custom setting)
Peaking MF
Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Others
WhiteMagic, Grid Line (Rule of 3rds Grid/Square Grid/Diag. + Square Grid/Off), Movie Marker (Center/Aspect/Safety Zone/Guideframe)
Display Content
Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Disp. Info, Digital Level Gauge, Histogram, For viewfinder, Monitor Off 

Other Features

PlayMemories Camera Apps™
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Clear Image Zoom
Still images: Approx. 2x, Movies: Approx. 1.5x (4K), Approx. 2x (HD)
Digital Zoom
Smart zoom (Still images): 35 mm full frame: M: approx 1.5x, S: approx 2x, APS-C: M: approx 1.3x, S: approx 2x, Digital zoom (Still images): 35 mm full frame: L: approx 4x, M: approx 6.1x, S: approx 8x, APS-C: L: approx 4x, M: approx 5.2x, S: approx. 8x, Digital zoom (Movie): 35 mm full frame: approx. 4x ,APS-C: approx 4x
Face Detection
Modes: Face Priority in AF (On/Off), Face Priority in Multi Metering (On/Off), Regist. Faces Priority (On/Off), Face registration, Max. number of detectable: 8  
Self-Portrait Self-Timer
-
Others
Interval Recording, Touch Focus: Yes (Touch Focus/Touch Pad/Touch Tracking), ISO AUTO Min SS, Bright Monitoring, Set File Name, FTP Transfer Func., Help guide, Area Setting, Shop Front Mode, Video Light Mode, Zoom Ring Rotate
Eye-Fi ready
-

Shutter

TYPE
Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Type
Auto/Mechanical shutter/Electronic shutter
Shutter Speed
[Still images, Single shot] Mechanical Shutter:1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb, AUTO: 1/32000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Electronic Shutter: 1/32000 to 30 sec, [Still images, Continuous shooting] Mechanical Shutter: 1/8000 to 30 sec, AUTO: 1/32000 to 1/8 sec, Electronic Shutter: 1/32000 to 1/8 sec, [Movies]: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)
Flash Sync. Speed
1/250 sec.
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Yes (ON/OFF)
Silent Shooting
Yes (Electronic Shutter)

Image Stabilization

TYPE
Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (compensation depends on lens specifications)
Compensation Effect
5.0 stops (based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)

Flash Control

TYPE
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Guide No.
-
Flash coverage
-
Control
Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation
+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Bracketing
3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0 EV increments.
Flash Modes
Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless, Hi-speed sync.
External Flash Compatibility
Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adapter for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe
FE Level Lock
Yes
Wireless Control
Yes (Light signal: Available with Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Hi-speed sync. /Radio signal: Available with Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Hi-speed sync.)

Drive

Drive Modes
Single Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracket: Single, Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracket
Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.)
AUTO/Electronic Shutter: Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 20 fps, Mid: max. 10fps, Lo: max. 5fps , Mechanical Shutter: Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 5 fps, Mid: max. 5fps, Lo: max. 2.5fps
No. of recordable frames (approx.)
JPEG Extra fine L: 362 frames, JPEG Fine L: 362 frames, JPEG Standard L: 362 frames, RAW: 241 frames, RAW & JPEG: 222 frames, RAW (Uncompressed): 128 frames, RAW (Uncompressed) & JPEG: 118 frames
Self-Timer
10 sec delay/5 sec delay/2 sec delay/Continuous self-timer (3 frames after 10 sec delay/5 frames after 10 sec delay/3 frames after 5 sec delay/5 frames after 5 sec delay/3 frames after 2 sec delay/5 frames after 2 sec delay)/Bracketing self-timer (Off/2 sec delay/5 sec delay/10sec delay)

Playback

Photo Capture
Yes
Modes
Single (with or without shooting information Y RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning), 9/25-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 15.0x, M: 9.84x, S: 7.52x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off), Image orientation (Auto/Manual/Off selectable), Slideshow, Folder selection (Date/ Still/ AVCHD/XAVC S HD/XAVC S 4K), Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect, Rating, Disp Cont Shoot Grp

Interface

PC Interface
Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote
Multi/Micro USB Terminal
Yes
NFC™
Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible),One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
Wireless LAN (Built-In)
Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band), View on Smartphone, Send to Computer, View on TV
Bluetooth®
Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.1 (2.4 GHz band))
HD Output
HDMI micro connector (Type-D), BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI), PhotoTV HD, 4K movie output/4K still image PB
Multi Interface Shoe
Yes
Auto-lock Accessory Shoe
-
Smart Accessory Terminal 2
-
Mic Terminal
Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
DC IN Terminal
-
Sync terminal
Yes
Headphone Terminal
Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Vertical Grip Connector
Yes
PC Remote
Yes
LAN Terminal
Yes

Audio

Microphone
Built-in stereo microphone or XLR-K2M/XLR-K1M/ECM-XYST1M (sold separately)
Speaker
Built-in, monaural

Print

Compatible Standards
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting

Custom function

Type
Custom key settings, Programmable Setting (Body 3 sets / memory card 4 sets), My Menu, My Dial, Reg Cust Shoot Set

Lens Compensation

Setting
Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion

Power

Supplied Battery
One rechargeable battery pack NP-FZ100
Battery Life (Still Images)
Approx. 480 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 650 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Battery Life (Movie, actual recording)
Approx. 105 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 120 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Battery Life (Movie, continuous recording)
Approx. 185 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 195 min (LCD monitor)(CIPA standard)
Internal Battery Charge
Yes
External Power
-
Power consumption with Viewfinder
Still images: approx. 4.1W(with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies: approx5.3W(with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Power consumption with LCD screen
Still images: approx. 3.0W(with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies: approx5.0W(with FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
USB Power Supply
Yes

Others

Operating Temperature
32 - 104 degrees F / 0 - 40 degrees C

Size & Weight

Weight (with battery and memory card included)
Approx. 1 lb 4.7 oz / Approx. 588 g
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 126.9mm x 95.6mm x 63.0mm/Approx. 5 x 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches

What's In The Box

  • Power cord
  • Rechargeable Battery NP-FZ100
  • Cable Protector
  • AC Adaptor:AC-UUD12
  • Battery Charger BC-QZ1
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Accessory shoe cap
  • Eyepiece cup
  • Micro USB cable
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Features

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New full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with integral memory

α9 is the mirrorless camera that delivers next-generation high-speed performance far exceeding SLRs. It’s equipped with the world’s first 35 mm stacked CMOS image sensor with integral memory for 20 times faster overall readout speed. This 24.2 MP image sensor achieves high sensitivity of up to ISO 204800 (extended) with the design of back-illuminated structure. (1) Pixel area (2) Integral memory (3) Hi-speed signal processing circuit (4) Image processing engine

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High-speed BIONZ X image processing engine

The camera's image-processing algorithms have been upgraded with the latest software update, allowing higher levels of natural tonal gradations and more stable AWB for continuous shooting.

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20fps continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking

A combination of groundbreaking high-speed full-frame Exmor RS CMOS sensor and high-speed BIONZ X processor enables 20fps continuous shooting without a break for as many as 362 shots. Thanks to the capability of displaying subjects nearly as naturally as they appear in reality, EVF lets you “sync” your intentions with camera behavior.

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AI-based Real-time Tracking

Once the subject to be tracked has been specified, precise focus is automatically maintained while the shutter button is half-pressed to provide framing flexibility and allow you to concentrate on composition. Changes in position are tracked with outstanding accuracy using a newly-developed subject recognition algorithm.

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Blackout-free shooting

Thanks to the non-mechanical electronic shutter system, you can observe the reality of what you’re shooting through the electronic viewfinder even during continuous shooting, without blackout interruption that typically occurs among optical viewfinders due to up-and-down mirror motion. Enhanced speed of the image sensor eliminates distracting EVF display lag in continuous shooting, so that you can compose images with natural comfort, like seeing scenes with your own eyes. (A) Blackout-free shooting (B) Shooting with blackout

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AF/AE calculations up to 60 times/sec.

AF/AE is calculated up to 60 times per second and is virtually uninterrupted, both while composing the image and even upon releasing the shutter. You can depend on this continuous AF/AE — operated on the image sensor — to lock onto and track erratically moving subjects with significantly high speed, precision, and reliability. (1) AF/AE calculations (2) 60times/sec (3) 20 frames/sec

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Fast shutter release at 1/32000 sec, achieved silently

Explore the advantages of a high-speed silent shutter that is fully digital — without a physical mechanism. A result of Sony’s image sensor innovation, this shutter achieves speeds up to 1/32000 sec, beyond the limits of mechanical systems.

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Anti-distortion shutter

The high curtain speed of the electronic shutter suppresses rolling shutter effect and shows excellent performance in capturing moving subjects during sports and other fast-moving activities. (1) Conventional electronic shutter (2) α9 electronic shutter

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A remarkable number of phase-detection and contrast-detection AF points

A total of 693 phase-detection points (covering approximately 93% of the image area) is now augmented by 425 contrast-detection AF points (expanded from 25), to ensure highly accurate subject detection even under poor lighting conditions, which is where contrast-detection AF is most effective.

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Enhanced Real-time Eye AF

A subject's eyes can be detected as soon as the shutter is half-pressed or the AF-ON button is pressed, then tracked continuously in either AF-S or AF-C mode. In combination with Real-time Tracking, this further enhances the camera's subject-tracking ability. There have also been improvements in AF response time when the custom assigned button is pressed, and it is now possible to select either the subject's left eye or right eye.

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Precision AF effective down to EV-3 brightness

Low-light AF detection down to EV-3 at ISO 100 has been achieved. The precision AF system will function properly even when shooting dimly lit scenes. This opens dramatic new possibilities in low-light and night shooting.

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AF/AE-tracking continuous shooting with A-mount lenses

The body’s 693-point focal-plane phase-detection AF provides wide-area coverage, fast response, and high tracking performance, not only for E-mount but also for A-mount lenses with use of a mount adaptor (LA-EA3). Continuous shooting of up to 10fps with AF tracking is possible.

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My Dial function

You can now assign custom functions to the front and rear dials and the control wheel. When assigning frequently-used functions to these dials, they become temporarily available for fingertip control while a custom button is held. The assignments can also be toggled on and off using a custom button.

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A rating function convenient for on-location sorting

Ratings from 1 to 5 stars can be applied to still images and maintained as the images are imported into the new Imaging Edge software suite from Sony or PlayMemories Home running on a PC. This function and a protect function to prevent accidental image deletion can each be assigned to a custom button (C3 by default for protect). Ratings and protection can be applied via review playback display and continuous groups can be reviewed, protected, and deleted while you’re on location or traveling.

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High-resolution Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder

See your subject with a bright image for natural, seamless shooting. Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder has approx. 3686k-dot high resolution with 0.78x finder magnification, corner-to-corner clarity, and ZEISS® T* Coating to reduce reflections. Display mode at high 120fps refresh rates provides a smooth image with minimal display blur when shooting moving subjects. Fluorine coating is applied on the outer-most lens for improved protection from dirt.

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Body-integrated 5-axis image stabilization

The body-integrated image stabilization system is fine-tuned to compensate accurately for 5-axis camera shake that can compromise handheld shooting. This gives you extremely high performance in both stills and movies, whether you're shooting at longer focal lengths, in close-ups, or at night. Camera shake compensation is equivalent to using a 5.0-stop faster shutter speed, allowing stable determination of composition when capturing subjects in high-speed motion. Real-time effects can be monitored via live view.  (1) Yaw  (2) Pitch  (3) Roll

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Dual slots with UHS-II compatibility

This camera provides two media slots for SD card (UHS-II-compatible for fast data writing) and SD card/Memory Stick, respectively. Two cards in the slots can be used to simultaneously record or relay-record data; separate RAW data from JPEG data, or stills from movies; and copy data from one card to the other. The memory card cover is lockable to prevent it from being opened unintentionally.

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Support for FTP background transfer

Now FTP file transfer is supported as a background operation, so professional photographers can meet the demand for immediate delivery of images while they continue to shoot. The transfer method and filtering have been improved for easier selection of images to transfer, and a new mobile application Transfer & Tagging add-on lets you transfer files to a server via a smartphone or a tablet.

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Renewed operability and My Menu

Set up your camera just the way you like it. My Menu allows menu items to be registered for instant recall, and you can also create your own original custom menu. In addition, custom button assignments let you customize the camera interface to perfectly match your individual shooting preferences. Up to 112 functions can be assigned, and illustrations showing the selected controls have been added to the custom button setting display. Moreover, stacked drive mode and focus mode dials provide fast access, the AF-ON button offers a handy means to activate autofocus by pressing it when shooting stills or movies, and the multi-selector can be used as an efficient way to shift AF points.

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3.0-type 1440k-dot LCD screen with touch-function support

The α9's 3.0-type LCD screen has 1440k-dot resolution for detailed viewing. The convenient Touch Focus function sets the focus point with a touch of the screen, while Touch Pad lets you smoothly shift focus, and Touch Tracking  specifies a subject for tracking. The screen tilts as far as 107 ° upwards and 41 ° downwards for flexible framing.

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Location Information Link via Bluetooth

Location Information Link makes the most of α9 capabilities. The camera can be paired with Imaging Edge Mobile app installed on a compatible mobile phone or tablet device to acquire location data, record it on still images, and correct camera date/time and location settings.

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File Name Setting for easy organization

Customize the first three characters of a file name on the camera. While the name starts with “DSC” by default, you can change and register three characters of your choice. This helps photographers manage files easily, especially when working with multiple cameras during assignments.

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One-touch remote & One-touch sharing

Use one-touch remote to turn a smartphone or tablet into a viewfinder/remote control. One-touch sharing transfers photos/videos to your device for social network site (SNS) sharing. Just install an Imaging Edge Mobile app via Wi-Fi on your NFC-enabled Android device, then touch the device to the camera to connect them. If you don’t have NFC, use QR code compatibility to pair the devices.

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Support for uncompressed 14-bit RAW format

For RAW recording, 14-bit RAW output and 16-bit image processing help preserve maximum detail and produce images of the highest quality with rich tonal gradations. The 14-bit RAW (Sony ARW) format ensures optimal quality for later image adjustment (via Image Data Converter or other software).

Enhanced P-TTL flash metering

Your compositions can benefit significantly from reflected light via pre-flash fired a moment before the main flash is precisely metered. Moreover, high-precision lighting control not easily affected by background conditions is provided mainly around the subject area, utilizing distance data from the lens in use. The result is stable command of illumination that suppresses underexposure, which tends to occur with white clothing and walls, as well as overexposure that may affect lighting of black clothing and nightscapes.

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Sync terminal

Compatible external flash units with standard sync terminals or cables can be directly connected for convenient flash synchronization, enhancing photographic expression with flash shooting.

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Tough magnesium alloy body

The α9 body is built for solid reliability, steady handling, and durability in the field. Its internal structure and top, front and rear covers are all made of strong, rigid magnesium alloy. Body strength and rigidity and robust lens mount give you a solid foundation for lens mounting and rugged use, even with large, heavy telephoto and movie lenses.

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Reliable dust- and moisture-resistant design

Enjoy carefree shooting in tough environments, with comprehensive dust- and moisture-resistance measures that help guard against moisture and dust. Protection includes sealing around buttons, dials, media jack cover, and enclosure edges featuring tongue-and-groove joints for double shielding to tightly interlock panels and components.

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High-resolution 4K movie recording

The camera features high bit-rate recording (up to 100Mbps) and full-pixel readout without pixel binning. You can enjoy detail-rich, full-frame movies via the oversampling effect achieved by condensing approximately 2.4 times the amount of data required for 4K (6K equivalent) for 4K output (QFHD: 3840 x 2160). Additionally, the XAVC-S format is available for 4K recording, for minimal compression noise and enhanced detail.

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Improved Fast Hybrid AF for movie shooting

Keep images sharp and clear in shooting 4K movies. Fast Hybrid AF for movie recording has evolved and its AF area has been extended to nearly the same width as that for stills, enabling high-speed high-precision AF throughout the frame. Also, further reduction of speed at the “low” end of AF speed enables more pronounced slow focus effects.

Versatile movie recording functions

The α9 provides a wide array of functions to facilitate workflows of professional videographers, including clean HDMI output, time code / user bits (TC/UB), rec. control, marker display/setting, zebra function, Slow and Quick Motion, simultaneous proxy movie recording, extraction and separate storage of a still from a movie, and Gamma Display Assist function, among others.

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Support for IPTC information

The α9 is compatible with the IPTC photo metadata standard (XMP) widely used among photojournalists. With Sony's "IPTC Metadata Preset" software you can save a preset file onto a memory card and set it to include IPTC metadata in the image file, while the mobile app Transfer & Tagging add-on lets you add IPTC metadata on a mobile device.

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Capture One (for Sony)

Capture One Express (for Sony) is free software for high-quality finishing of RAW data. Capture One Pro (for Sony) can be bought for compatible functions such as local adjustment and PC tethered shooting.

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Imaging Edge™ Remote, Viewer, and Edit

Elevate your photography with Imaging Edge desktop applications. Use "Remote" to control and monitor shooting live on your PC screen; "Viewer" to quickly preview, rate, and select photos from large image libraries; and "Edit" to develop RAW data into high-quality photos for delivery. Get the best from Sony RAW files, and manage your productions more efficiently.

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Works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X

This product is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie.