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Sony A9 pro mirrorless camera review: Built to outperform

By Marcus Wong - 26 Sep 2017
Launch SRP: S$6299

Sony A9 review - Conclusion



The Sony A9 is a very capable camera that's primed for sports and action photography. The 'other-worldly' speed of capture and blackout-free shooting capabilities will certainly be most attractive to wildlife photographers too. The stacked sensor certainly brings unprecedented capture capabilities in terms of speed, but it does seem to have come with a bit of a trade-off in terms of heavier color and chroma noise observed at higher ISOs.

Still, the pros out weigh the cons. The marrying of high-speed capture and fast, accurate autofocus makes it just that much easier to catch that "decisive moment". The blackout-free EVF certainly helps in that regard too, letting you visualize exposure and white balance changes in real time.

This performance also comes at a lower price than its main two competitors, as the A9 is retailing for $6,299 compared to $8,199 and $8,639 for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and the Nikon D5 respectively. Add to that the 4K video capabilities and improved handling, and the A9 certainly makes a compelling case as a do-it-all camera for any working professional - especially if you need a slightly more compact and lighter camera in your arsenal for this level of photography.

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  • Performance 9
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 9
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Value 9
The Good
Incredibly fast capture rate with AF performance to match
Relatively lower priced than the competition
Better handling than A7 series
Good image quality at lower ISO levels
The Bad
Battery life still lags behind competition
Quite a bit of color noise at ISO levels above 12,800
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