"Mirrorless" for reporters / Digital photo and video



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The a7 cameras from the outset were spared the family problems of the "mirrorless" Sony: a cumbersome, strange control system and a fairly mediocre optics. New bayonet – new opportunities. Nevertheless, it took four years to build a sufficient fleet of lenses. But now you can safely go to the battle in a full-fledged professional segment, already without any discounts and "niches." Although here Sony itself slightly podstelila straws, indicating that the company will now have already four (!) Flagship: a99 II a7R II a7S II and a9. Simply, each is designed for its audience – a novelty, in particular, was created with an eye on a mobile photographer, who primarily shoots a report.

With management, too, there was not at once – a relatively small building imposes its limitations. Nevertheless, Sony, having accumulated experience and abandoning NEX'ovskih schemes, was able to move forward here. Thus, the long-awaited Sony a9 became possible.

The main thing in cameras of this class is balance, and in Sony a9 it is observed. The sensor of not the highest resolution (24 megapixels) is supplemented by a very high shooting speed (12/20 frames per second), a new autofocus system (693 phase sensors) and a huge clipboard.

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Appearance and ergonomics

# Appearance and ergonomics

There is no need to talk about the luxuries in the Sony a9 design – everything here is subordinated solely to convenience, and to some extent, space saving. Still, "mirrorless" always has a trump card in the sleeve in the form of greater compactness – and it should be played out.

There is this trump card and the "shirt" – Sony a9 does not look like a device for professional photography in the eyes of the man in the street: there is not enough size, a large protrusion for pentaprism (it's not there, of course) and built into the battery case. But the time when it was necessary to impress the potential client with the dimensions of his camera, still, it seems, irretrievably goes away. Plus a9 is designed for photographers at a level that does not already assume such a "face-control."

The dimensions of the Sony a9 are 126.9 × 95.6 × 63 mm. Weight – 673 grams. By the standards of "mirrorless" it is a very large and heavy apparatus (although the same Panasonic Lumix GH5 with a matrix of Micro Four Thirds is not less), but in an imaginary competition, even with amateur DSLRs, it is the winner. However, it is not necessary to talk about space differences: nevertheless, optics is the major part of the photographers' coffer, and here a9 remains a traditional "full frame". Lenses are no less large and heavier than those of mirrored competitors. Half a kilogram at the expense of the camera itself will be found, but no more.

The Sony a9 is comfortable to hold – the right hand grip is large enough, embossed and, naturally, covered with rubberized material. On the back there is a pad for the thrust of the thumb, executed in the same manner.

The hull is not fully dusty and waterproof. Yes, memory card slots are locked to a lock-switch, but the port covers do not have additional rubber seals – here the difference from the Nikon D5 and Canon EOS 1Dx is obvious. In theory, you can shoot in the rain and snow – in reality, I did not conduct serious tests, except that with a light snowfall, which the camera has withstood. Is going to a9 in Thailand – here Sony is no exception; Canon and Nikon also translate the production of even older models from Japan.

On the front panel is the bayonet, the lens release button, the selector dial (put on the grip handle), the IR transmitter for the wireless control panel and the autofocus light lamp.

Sony a9 Sony a7R II Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Nikon D5
The image sensor 36 × 24 mm (full frame) 36 × 24 mm (full frame) 36 × 24 mm (full frame) 36 × 24 mm (full frame)
The effective resolution of the sensor 24.2 megapixels 42.4 megapixels 20.2 megapixels 20.8 megapixels
The image stabilizer 5-axis 5-axis No No
Bayonet Sony E Sony E Canon EF F Nikon
The format of the photo JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW (ARW) JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW (ARW) JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW JPEG (DCF Ver 2.0, Exif Ver 2.31), TIFF, RAW (NEF)
The format of the video XAVC S, AVCHD 2.0, MP4 XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4 MOV, MP4 MOV, MP4
The size of the frame of the Up to 6000 × 4000 pixels Up to 7952 × 5304 pixels Up to 5472 × 3648 pixels Up to 5568 × 3712
The resolution of the video Up to 3840 × 2160, 30p Up to 3840 × 2160, 30p Up to 4096 × 2160 pixels, 60p Up to 3840 × 2160, 30p
The sensitivity of the ISO 100-51200 with the possibility of expanding to 50, 102400 and 204800 ISO 100-25600 with the possibility of expanding to 50, 51200 and 102400 ISO 100-51200 with the possibility of expansion to ISO 50, 102400, 204800, 409600 ISO 100-102400 with the possibility of expanding to 50, 204800, 409600, 819200, 1640000, 3280000
The shutter Mechanical shutter: 1 / 8000-30 s;
long (Bulb); electronic shutter: 1 / 32000-30 sec.
Mechanical shutter: 1 / 8000-30 s;
long (Bulb)
Mechanical shutter: 1 / 8000-30 s;
long (Bulb)
Mechanical shutter: 1 / 8000-30 s;
long (Bulb)
The speed of the series shooting Up to 20 frames per second with electronic shutter, up to 5 frames per second with mechanical shutter Up to 5 frames per second Up to 14 frames per second; up to 16 frames per second in Live View mode with a locked mirror, exposure lock and autofocus, as with the first frame Up to 12 frames per second; up to 14 frames per second in the mode of mirror lifting
Autofocus Hybrid, 693 points of phase AF, 25 points of contrast AF Hybrid, 399 points of phase AF, 25 points of contrast AF Phase, 61 points, of which 41 are of the cross type; Dual Pixel CMOS AF when focusing in Live View mode Phase (Multi-CAM 20K), 153 points, of which 99 are of the cross type; contrast focusing in Live View mode
The metering, modes of operation Gauging on the matrix, 1200 zones: matrix, center-weighted, dotted, dotted by standard / large area, averaged for the entire screen, according to the brightest area Gauging by the matrix, 1200 zones: matrix, center-weighted, point-like RGB-measure, 360,000 points: estimated, partial, center-weighted, point-like TTL sensor, 180,000 points: matrix, center-weighted, dotted, in bright areas
The expo correction ± 5.0 EV in increments of 1, 1/3 or 1/2 EV ± 5.0 EV in increments of 1, 1/3 or 1/2 EV ± 5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 steps ± 5.0 EV in increments of 1, 1/3 or 1/2 EV
The built-in flash No, X-synchronization
1/250 s
No, X-synchronization
1/250 s
No, X-synchronization 1/250 s No, X-synchronization
1/250 s
The self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s; self-timer for shooting with bracketing; self-timer for continuous shooting (up to 3 frames) 2 s, 5 s, 10 s; self-timer for shooting with bracketing; self-timer for continuous shooting (up to 3 frames) 2/10 s 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; from 1 to 9 exposures with an interval of 0.5; 1; 2 or 3 seconds from
The memory card Two slots compatible with Memory Stick (PRO, Pro Duo) and SD / SDHC / SDXC cards such as UHS II Two slots compatible with Memory Stick (PRO, Pro Duo) and SD / SDHC / SDXC cards such as UHS I Slot for CF type I (compatible with UDMA 7) + slot for CFast 2.0 Slot for XQD + slot for CompactFlash (type I, compatible with UDMA)
Displaying the display Touch, inclined, LCD, 3 inches, resolution 1,440 thousand points Inclined LCD, 3.2 inches, resolution of 1 229 thousand points LCD, 3.2 inches, 1620 thousand pixels, touch coverage; additional monochrome display Touch, LCD, 3.2 inches, resolution of 2 359 thousand points; additional monochrome display
Viewfinder Electronic (OLED with 3,686 thousand points) Electronic (OLED with 2 360 thousand points) Mirror direct viewfinder with pentaprism, image area 100% Mirror straight viewfinder with pentaprism, image area 100%
The interfaces RJ-45, microUSB (USB 2.0), 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm microphone jack, microHDMI type D, synchronizer connector HDMI, USB 3.0, 3.5-mm for external microphone, 3.5-mm headphone, port for remote control RJ-45, HDMI, USB 3.0, 3.5mm for external microphone, 3.5mm for headphones, port for remote control, system expansion terminal RJ-45, USB 3.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm microphone jack, HDMI C type, connectors for control panel and synchronizer
Wireless Modules Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, NFC GPS Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth (SnapBridge)
The food Lithium-ion battery NP-FZ100, 14 Wh · hour (1900 mAh, 7 V) Lithium-ion battery NP-FW50, 8 W · h (1080 mAh, 7 V) Lithium-ion battery LP-E19 with capacity of 30 Wh / h (2700 mAh, 10.8 V) Li-ion rechargeable battery EN-EL18a, 27 W · h (2500 mAh, 10.8 V)
Dimensions 126.9 × 95.6 × 63 mm 126.9 × 95.7 × 60.3 mm 158 × 167.6 × 82.6 mm 160 × 158.5 × 92 mm
Mass 673 grams (with battery and memory card) 625 grams (including battery and memory card) 1340 grams (including battery and memory card) 1405 grams (with battery and memory card)
The actual price is 320 000 rubles (body-version, without the lens) 180 000 rubles for the version without the lens (body) 291 000 rubles for the version without the lens (body) 419 000 rubles (body-version, without the lens)

On the right side, a memory card slot is mashed. The upper slot is for Memory Stick and SD cards, the lower slot is for SD only. And it is the lower one that goes under the first number, be careful.

On the left side are concentrated all the interfaces, divided into three groups, each of which is covered by its lid. The first is Ethernet for direct output to the network and a sync connector for an external flash. In the second – two mini-jacks: for a microphone and headphones. In the third – microUSB and microHDMI. And microUSB can be used not only to transfer files to the computer, but also to charge the camera.

The top panel contains the main selectors. On the left we see a two-level switch: from above – modes of broach, from below – modes of focusing. Both are blocked by their buttons. In the center there is a universal interface of the "hot shoe" type. On the right is the classic mode dial, the exposure compensation wheel, the shutter release button with the power switch and two programmable keys.

From the bottom are only the battery compartment and tripod socket.

On the back panel, most of the space is occupied by an LCD display with a hinge that allows it to be tilted in a vertical plane – this fastening does not affect the thickness of the case. Above it is an eyepiece of the electronic viewfinder with a dioptric correction wheel and a proximity sensor. Well, a group of controls: the third programmable key, the main menu button, the start keys for video recording and forced activation of autofocus / zoom in the view, the exposure lock / zoom-out button while viewing, the second selector dial, joystick, navigation ring with four "beams" , responsive to pressing, and the central confirmation button, the function key (by default it calls the quick menu) and the viewing and deleting keys.

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