Sony introduced its most advanced digital, full-frame mirrorless camera by far. Aimed at adventure, sports and wildlife photography professionals, the Sony Alpha 9 is its most technologically advanced digital camera. The Alpha 9 happens to be the first to sport a full-frame stacked CMOS sensor of 24.2 resolution. The camera claims to be shoot high-speed, black-out free, continuous shots up to 20 frames per second with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second to a maximum shutter speed of 1/32,000 second.

The camera will retail for a price of Rs 3,29,990.

The advancements have been possible because of the 35mm full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor which enables data processing up to 20 times faster than previous iterations. The sensor is coupled with an upgraded BIONZ X processing engine and front-end LSI that maximises its overall performance.

The tracking and capture of subjects in movement has been made easier with an array of new features that ensure speed and precision. The camera's AF system can accurately track complex, erratic motion and calculate AF/AE at up to 60 times per seconds, regardless of shutter release and frame capture. Further, when the shutter is released, it delivers a live view of the subject as the electronic viewfinder functions with absolutely no blackouts.

With 693 focal plane phase detection AF points covering approximately 93% of the frame, the camera ensures improved precision and unfailing focus in scenes where focus might otherwise be difficult to achieve. The Fast Hybrid AF system - pairing the speed and excellent tracking performance of phase detection AF with the precision of contrast AF - achieves approximately 25% faster performance when compared with α7R II, ensuring all fast-moving subjects are captured.

The evolved electronic shutter in the A9 operates silently, without mechanical noise that can be disruptive when shooting sports, events or wildlife in a quiet environment. It is also vibration-free which minimizes the likelihood of vibration-induced blur. What's more, its maximum 1/32000 sec speed exceeds the limits of mechanical systems for vastly expanded exposure freedom as well as the ability to maintain shallow depth of field in bright conditions without having to use ND filters.

The α9 is equipped with a 5-axis image stabilisation system that provides a shutter speed advantage of 5.0 steps, ensuring the full power of the new sensor can be realised, even in challenging lighting. With a simple half press of the shutter button, the effect of the image stabilisation can be monitored in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen, allowing framing and focus to be accurately checked and continually monitored.

The α9 also offers an Ethernet port ( wired LAN terminal), that allows the user to conveniently transfer files to a specified FTP server at high speeds. In addition, the external flash units and cables to be connected directly to the camera for convenient flash sync via sync terminal.

The Alpha 9 also features an all-new Sony battery ( model NP-FZ100) with 2.2 times the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models, allowing for much longer shooting performance. The new camera offers two separate media card slots, including one for UHS-II media. The same data can simultaneously be recorded to both cards, or the user can choose to separate RAW / JPEG or still images / movies. Movies can also simultaneously be recorded to two cards for backup and more efficient data management.

The all new α9 is a perfect package for efficient workflow and professional reliability. Ultra-high quality, bold and sumptuous video content can be created with support of 4K ( 3840x2160p) video recording across the full width of the full-frame image sensor. It uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information, oversampling it to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth.

Additionally, the camera can record Full HD at 120 fps at up to 100 Mbps, which allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD resolution with AF tracking.

The α9 features a high-resolution high-luminance Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 3,686k dots that ensures a close-to-reality image reproduction. The new optical designed Tru-Finder includes a double-sided spherical element, helping it to achieve 0.78x magnification. The fluorine coating on the outer lens repels dirt and the EVF incorporated in the finder utilises a ZEISS Coating to reduce reflections up to maximum levels. This all adds up to a luminance that is 2x higher than the XGA OLED Tru-Finder from the α7R II, creating an uninterrupted viewfinder image, ensuring comfortable shooting experience.

Moreover, Sony also launched a range of new accessories to enhance the imaging experience with the Alpha 9.

The new accessories include:

  • NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Battery : High-capacity battery with approximately 2.2x the capacity of the NP-FW50 W-series battery. Supports InfoLITHIUM® technology, which makes it possible to view the remaining battery power as both a percentage display and five step icon on the camera's LCD screen.
  • VG-C3EM Vertical Grip : Provides same operation, handling and design as α9, doubles battery life and allows USB battery-charging via the camera body.
  • NPA-MQZ1K Multi-Battery Adaptor Kit : External multi-battery adaptor kit capable of functioning as an external power supply for four Z series batteries and as a quick charger. Kit comes with two packs of NP-FZ100 rechargeable batteries.
  • GP-X1EM Grip Extension : Grip extender with same look, feel and design as α9. Enables more solid hold on camera
  • FDA-EP18 Eyepiece Cup : Eye piece cup with locking mechanism
  • BC-QZ1 Battery Charger : Quick-charging battery charger. Charges one new Z series battery in approximately 2.5 hours.
  • PCK-LG1 Screen Protect Glass Sheet : Hard, shatterproof glass screen protector with anti-stain coating to prevent fingerprints. Compatible with touch operation and tilting LCD screen

In addition, Sony also launched two new wide-angle and one telephoto full-frame E-mount lenses.

The new lenses include the FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS Super Telephoto Zoom ( model SEL100400GM ), the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM large aperture wide-angle zoom lens ( model SEL1635GM ) and the FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra-wide angle zoom lens ( model SEL1224G ).

The new SEL100400GM is a super telephoto zoom that meets the intense build requirements of Sony's acclaimed G Master series lens lineup, the new FE 100-400mm GM model produces outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the lens' zoom and focus ranges and beautiful rendered ' bokeh' or background defocus, ensuring the finest details are brought out in every subject and scene.

In total, Sony's full-frame E-mount lens line-up now covers from the ultra-wide 12mm to super-telephoto 800mm ( with teleconverter) focal length range.

The SEL1635GM lens brings the incredible high-resolution and beautiful bokeh of Sony's flagship G Master series to a wide 16-35mm focal length for exceptional landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and more, while the new SEL1224G, Sony's widest E-mount full-frame lens to date, offers a dynamic new perspective for all Industrial & Ultra-Wide angle shooters.

In order to keep up with fast-moving action, the new FE 100-400mm GM super telephoto zoom lens features the combination of a double linear motor and a Direct Drive SSM actuator, which also ensures precise, quiet operation.

The double motor system allows rapid focus lens drive acceleration to capture the sudden motion that is common with sports and wildlife photography, while high precision positioning control and a newly optimised AF algorithm ensure the subject is quickly found and focused on. This ensures that the maximum AF performance of a camera like the new α9 is realised. The new FE 100-400mm GM weighs in at a mere 1,395 grams, making it among the lightest in its class and an ideal fit for Sony's wide range of compactly designed cameras.

Functionally, the lens has a zoom torque adjustment ring - a first for Sony α - allowing the user to adjust the level of torque in the ring to zoom faster or slower depending on their shooting style. There is also a focus hold button that can also be assigned to variety of functions including focus mode selection, AF area selection or the popular Eye AF lock feature. The telephoto zoom lens is dust and moisture resistant, and has fluorine coating on the front lens that makes it easier to remove dust or grease. There is also a removable tripod mount. The FE 100-400mm GM is compatible with both the 1.4x ( model SEL14TC) and 2.0x ( model SEL20TC) teleconverters.

The SEL1635GM is dust and moisture resistant, has a fluorine coating on the front lens that helps to both prevent dust or grease marks and remove them easily if they do become a trouble. There is also a customizable focus hold button and a hood release button.

A uniquely designed ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the new FE 12-24mm F4 G lens produces outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight design, weighing approximately 566g.

The new SEL1224G lens includes a DDSSM ( Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor) for fast, quiet and precise AF performance, plus a customizable focus hold button and focus mode switch. It is also dust and moisture resistant.

The newly launched α9 and three new lenses will be available in all Sony Center, Alpha flagship stores and major electronic stores across India.