The new Sony a9 is now available for pre-order. It has an MSRP of $4,499 for the body only.
Sony mirrorless cameras have nailed image quality for a while now. This one adds speed. A non-mechanical electronic shutter means that it can shoot stills in burst mode at up to 20 frames per second for up to 241 continues RAW files (or 362 JPEG files), and has an internal processing engine that can process the data fast enough to keep up. It’s shutter system is vibration-free and silent, and it has shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 of a second.It has a 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor that is a new kind of stacked sensor. It has a built-in electronic viewfinder, more powerful battery, double SD slots (one is UHS-II compatible), in-camera stabilization, and has a core ISO range of 100 to 51,200 that is expandable all the way up to 204,800, which puts it in flagship DSLR territory.
The emphasis on speed is going to appeal to sports photographers in particular, but it’ll be interesting to see what shooters can do with such a small, fast camera with top-notch image quality.
This one is pretty much guaranteed to be in high demand and hard to get for a while, so if you want one sooner rather than later, your best bet is going to be to preorder and get a place in the queue. You can pre-order at B&H Photo.
You can find the full, detailed specs here.
Here are some of the press shots.