Hello there everyone! I decided to write this initial review on the Sony A9 which I recently purchased about two weeks ago. I bought the camera body alongside two lenses. I purchased a 24-70mm, and a 100-400mm both of them are the GMaster Series. I can say that Sony has impressed me.
I’m going to start off with one of the most important things in my opinion, and that is the low light performance. The low light performance blows me out of the water. Coming from a traditional DSLR to a mirrorless camera system is astonishing. The Sony A9 simply puts my old DSLR to shame. In fact, it puts a lot of professional-grade DSLRs to shame.
Obviously the higher you go with your ISO, the higher your noise is going to be, that being said I have noticed that ISO is non-existent up to 6400. Once you pass 6400, you’ll experience some noise. Noise is one of those things that is subjective. I can use images that go all the way up to ISO 25600. I am also someone who likes to correct my images including some noise-reduction on occasion. So if you get the opportunity to play with the Sony A9 the noise tolerance is going to be up to you.
As many people know the Sony A9 can shoot up to 20 frames per second, I am mostly in the low-speed mode the majority of the time I’ve been using it recently. However, when I’m in a sports or Wildlife type situation I immediately bump that back up to high-speed 20 FPS. The fact that this camera can push out 20 frames per second and have a huge buffer is incredible to me.
Something that goes alongside that 20 frames per second and buffer is the fact that the autofocus tracking is incredible. I will say the autofocus performance will vary depending on what AF mode your in. Simply put if you were in the wrong tracking mode you will not experience proper tracking. A lot of people on YouTube that get ahold of the Sony A9 don’t have it in the right settings, so they experience crappy tracking. Those people need to do more research plainly put.
The silent shooting that this camera can do at the full 20 frames per second is incredible. I always have my camera in silent shooting mode. I have gotten so many good photos because no one knows that I’m taking pictures. It’s simply an excellent thing. I also took the Sony A9 to a winter music concert and took photos, and no one noticed. Simply fantastic! I would also like to mention that the mechanical shutter is not that loud to begin with either, but it is limited to 5 frames per second.
I’ve seen a lot of excellent examples of this camera and its 4K recording capability. To be honest, I have not touched the video recording features of this camera yet. When I do, I will be sure to fill you in. I will definitely do so before writing the full review on this camera.
I will be writing a full review of this camera in the very near future. It’s going to take some time to compile and get ready for you, but I will let you know when it comes out! In the meantime check out some of my sample photos below. These are not full resolution photos because I’m not giving them out for free. Copyright-protected of course.
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