Sony A9 Alpha - mini review

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Got a chance to test out the Sony A9 with Sony glass and i jumped on it! The timing was perfect! I was filming Sarus cranes on the outskirts of Delhi and was looking for a camera B option. Enter..the A9!

I’d used the A7s & SII previously, had liked it and grumbled about the usual stuff so was ready to grumble again about the A9. Right off the bat, I just popped on the 100-400 and was firing away. The autofocus was quite something. Since I shoot mostly video I am always using manual focus and have come to never trust auto anything.. but this time it was different. It did miss sometimes but mostly was tack sharp! Here are some resized and untouched images.

 

Lost focus here but Check out the the dew on the grass!

 

And since video is where it’s at for me.. I just had to work out a way to put on our favourite wildlife lens on the A9. The size and function for such a small setup is hard to ignore. I need to figure out a better way to mount the camera and lens and I think there are some real possibilities here.

 

Other things about the A9 which were really cool was the silent shutter. A bit disorienting as a shooter ( I kept pressing the button harder) but from the subjects point of view it’s amazing! You can be super sneaky and for camera traps it’s perfect!

The other cool feature which is not immediately obvious is – no blackout. This when the viewfinder kind of blinks between shots. For fast action this is crucial.. believe me once you get a taste of this you’ll never go back.

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 693-Point AF System & 20 fps Shooting
  • Blackout-Free Quad-VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF
  • Internal UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 204,800, Silent Electronic Shutter
  • Built-In Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, Dual SD Slots
  • Integrated LAN and PC Sync Terminals