Sony Alpha A9 Review

Overall 50
Imaging 24
Features 81
Size 74
Price 0

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP Full frame BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expands to 50 - 204800)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 20.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 127 x 96 x 63 mm
  • Weight: 673 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Sony Alpha A9 Summary

This review is devoted to Alpha A9 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Apr 19, 2017. This model is a Pro Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Pro Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #47 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 50/100 and it takes a rank of #88 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Alpha A9 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Alpha A9 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Continuous Shooting: 20.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 13.3
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 3517
  • Min Boosted Iso: 50
  • Af Touch: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 693
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Battery Life: 650 shots
  • Storage Slots: 2

CONs

  • Timelapse Recording: No

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Complete Comparison of Sony Alpha A9 With Other Cameras in Pro Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Alpha A9. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Alpha A9

Sony Alpha A9 has the following external dimensions 127 x 127 x 63 mm (50 x 37.8 x 24.8″) with the weight of 673 g.

The typical weight for average Pro Mirrorless type cameras is 672g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sony Alpha A9, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Alpha A9 has about an average thickness compared to other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 63mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Alpha A9 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Alpha A9 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Alpha A9 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Alpha A9 — 650 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 432 shots
Max: 870 shots

Thickness

Sony Alpha A9 — 63 mm
Min: 37 mm
Average: 63 mm
Max: 97 mm

Weight

Sony Alpha A9 — 673 g
Min: 465 g
Average: 672 g
Max: 1320 g

Unfortunately, Sony Alpha A9 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Alpha A9 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Alpha A9 Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Alpha A9 comes with BIONZ X processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Alpha A9 has the following ISO range 100 - 51200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 204800.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Sony Alpha A9 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Pro Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony Alpha A9, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 92 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Alpha A9’s sensor.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Sony Alpha A9 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Alpha A9

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Alpha A9 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,440k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Sony Alpha A9’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 3,686k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Alpha A9 are its 20.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Alpha A9 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Alpha A9 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Sony Alpha A9 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 693 points.

In addition, Alpha A9 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Moreover, apart from the face detect AF system, Alpha A9 comes with another excellent feature – Eye Tracking AF. This AF system allows the camera to detect people’s eyes and automatically lock the focus on them. In addition, this feature accurately tracks all the movements made by the selected subject. Eye tracking AF feature presented in Alpha A9 is a perfect tool for portrait photography. It will come in handy especially when you have a quite narrow depth of field and use fast lenses. This system easily finds faces and automatically focuses on them.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Alpha A9, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Alpha A9 allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 formats.

Sony Alpha A9 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Alpha A9.

Alpha A9 comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.

In addition, Sony Alpha A9 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Sony Alpha A9 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Sony Alpha A9 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Alpha A9 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Alpha A9 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Alpha A9 provides a shooting life of 650, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 432 shots.

Compared to all models in the Pro Mirrorless category, Sony Alpha A9 offers the highest battery life that reaches 650 shots.

How Good is Sony Alpha A9 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Alpha A9’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Alpha A9’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Alpha A9 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Alpha A9 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A9 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A9 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Sony Alpha A9 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A9 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A9 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large Full frame(35.6 x 23.8 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (127 x 96 x 63 mm)

Sony Alpha A9 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A9 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 100. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A9 can be called a 100 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (20.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (693)
  • Nice Low Light ISO (3517)

Disadvantages:

  • Small battery life (650 shots)

Sony Alpha A9 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A9 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A9 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (673 g)
  • Big size (127 x 96 x 63 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Sony Alpha A9 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A9 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A9 can be called a 98 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.3)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (3517)

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages

Sony Alpha A9 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha A9
Announced Apr 19, 2017
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sony E
Number of Lenses 83
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,440k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 3,686k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.78
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 20.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 92
DxO Color Depth 24.9
DxO Dynamic Range 13.3
DxO Low Light ISO 3517
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 35.6 x 23.8 mm
Sensor Area 847.28 mm2
Sensor Resolution 24.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
Max Native ISO 51,200
Max Boosted ISO 204,800
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 693
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 673 g
Physical Dimensions 127 x 96 x 63 mm
Battery Life 650 shots
Battery Type 650 shots
Battery Model NP-FZ100
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)
Storage Slots 2

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