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Sony is a well-known brand that makes some of the best mirrorless cameras available today. The A9 Sony is part of the Sony Alpha range and gets some amazing features for advanced users. If you’re looking for a full-frame mirrorless camera that is compact as well as powerful, then this is the best mirrorless camera for you.

Why We Like It – Sony A9 Review

The Sony A9 is a full-frame mirrorless camera that features a stacked CMOS sensor with integrated memory. It delivers continuous shooting of up to 20 frames per second, and has 693 Phase Detection AF points. The A9 gets a flip-out LCD touch display and an electronic viewfinder. For a 3-inch LCD, full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, with a 5-stop dynamic range and an ISO that ranges between 50 to 204, 800, open the Sony A7 III review.

Pros
  • Silent electronic shutter
  • 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Fast and accurate autofocus system
Cons
  • Lack of full touch screen support

Performance

The Sony A9 camera features a 24.2-megapixel 35mm full-frame stacked CMOS sensor that’s paired with the BIONZ X processing engine. It offers high-speed continuous silent shooting of up to 20 frames per second with AE/AF tracking. The camera has a maximum shutter speed of 1/32000, which is ideal for sports photographers and can be used in professional sports. It gets a Quad VGA OLED Tru-finder that has a 120fps frame rate and even has eye AF. Other cameras offer similar performance. Feel free to also go for a camera with the fastest AF at 0.02 seconds. Read about it in the Sony a6100 review.

Design

Just like the Sony Alpha A7R IV, another mirrorless camera, the Sony A9 has a compact camera body that’s easy to use with one hand. It has both a mechanical shutter, and an electronic shutter with a total of 693 phase-detection points for fast and accurate focusing. The camera gets an electronic viewfinder at the top and a 3.0-inch LCD touch display at the back, which has a flip-out design. The A9 uses Sony’s E-mount Lens system that supports lenses like the E 16-55 mm F2.8 G. It also gets dual SD card slots, and is a worthy competitor for the Panasonic Lumix G7.

Value

This Sony mirrorless camera offers superb image quality and can record 4K videos with high dynamic range, ISO performance, and detail. But, for 3200 ISO performance, you’ll like the GE Power Pro X500. The AF system that features dual focus mode makes this a great camera for all kinds of use cases. The dual SD card slots make it easy to separate RAW files from JPEG.

The camera also offers FTP background transfer, a simple menu system that’s easy for first-time users, and better than cameras such as the Nikon D5 and some Canon EOS products. The Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Coolpix P100 are great alternatives though.

Sony A9 Review Wrap Up

Sony cameras are usually well equipped and well-built, and that’s what this A9 review encapsulated. It’s got an excellent image sensor, a fast and accurate autofocus system, and the super useful 20fps continuous and silent electronic shutter. Although it does lack full touch screen support for commands, the Sony A9 is definitely a great buy.

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