The A9 looks so similar to the Alpha cameras mentioned above, in fact, that people at the launch event kept grabbing my A7 II by mistake. Like its siblings, the A9 also shoots 4K video at 3,840 x 2,160, as well as 1080p at up to 120fps, for those of you looking to record slow-motion videos. The max ISO range of 204,800 also sounds promising, although I haven’t been able to put that feature to the test just yet. It’ll be interesting to see how the A9 performs in night shoots, especially compared with flagship DSLRs from Canon and Nikon. After all, Sony did say during its A9 presentation, “The age of the DSLR being the kingpin is over.” We’ll see about that.
It’s hard to judge the A9 completely after spending only a day with it, but you can get an idea of what to expect in the sample images below. While I’m not a sports photographer, the camera definitely made it easy for me to get some solid shots of fast-moving subjects. Personally, I’d much rather use it for portraits and street photography, but then again, that’s how I feel about every camera I play with. If you’re into it, the A9 will arrive in stores May 25th for $4,500 (body only).