Sony a9 Specifications

SpecificationsSony a9
  Sony a9
Year Introduced2017
Total Pixels28.3
Sensor Size35.6×23.8mm
Pixel Dimensions6000 x 4000
Pixel Size5.93µm
Diffraction-Limited Aperturef/9.6
Aspect Ratio3:2
Sensor StabilizationY
Sensor CleaningCharge protection coating
Lens MountSony E-mount
Image ProcessorBIONZ X
TypeFast Hybrid AF(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Points693 points (phase-detection AF), APS-C mode with FF lens: 299 points (phase-detection AF), with APS-C lens: 221 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Working RangeEV -3 – 20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
ModesAF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
Point SelectionWide (693 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) /Expanded Flexible Spot/ Lock-on AF ( Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot)
Assist BeamAF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.98-9.8 ft / 0.3-3m)
Exposure Control  
Metering Modes1200-zone evaluative metering (Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot Standard/Large, Entire Screen Avg., Highlight)
Metering RangeEV -3 – EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Exposure Comp+/- 5.0EV(1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable), (with exposure compensation dial: +/- 3EV (1/3 EV steps))
AEBBracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1.0 EV increments.
ISO Sensitivity[Still images] Mechanical Shutter: ISO 100-51200 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 to ISO 204800 can be set as expanded ISO range), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Electronic Shutter: ISO 100-25600 (ISO numbers up from ISO 50 can be set as expanded ISO range), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), [Movies] ISO 100-51200 equivalent (ISO numbers up to ISO 102400 can be set as expanded ISO range), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Shutter Speed[Still images, Single shot], Mechanical Shutter:1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb, AUTO: 1/32000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Electronic Shutter: 1/32000 to 30 sec, [Still images, Continuous shooting], Mechanical Shutter:1/8000 to 30 sec, AUTO: 1/32000
WB SettingsAuto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash /Underwater/ Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7(57-step), A7 to B7(29-step)) / Custom
Custom WBYes, 3 settings can be registered
WB Bracketing3 frames, H/L selectable
Type1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color), Quad-VGA OLED
CoverageApprox. 100%
MagnificationApprox. 0.78x
EyepointApprox. 23mm
Focusing Screen
InformationDigital Level Gauge, Display All Info, For viewfinder, Graphic Display, Histogram, No Disp. Info
DOF Preview
Eyepiece Shutter
TypeTilt type 2.95" (3.0-type) TFT drive, approx. 1,440,000 dots
CoverageApprox. 100%
Viewing AngleApprox.
Brightness AdjManual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Display OptionsGraphic Display, Display All Info., No Disp. Info., Histogram, Digital Level Gauge, Shooting information for viewfinder mode, Focus Peaking (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow), Zebras (selectable level + range or lower limit as custom setting)
Built-in GNN/A (ISO 100, meters)
Built-in CoverageN/A
Built-in Recycle TimeN/A
ModesFlash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless, Hi-speed sync
Exposure Compensation+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Hot Shoe/PC TerminalYes / Yes
External Flash CompSony α System Flash
External Flash ControlVia camera setting/ flash setting menu
Shooting ModesAUTO(iAuto), Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, Manual, Movie, Slow & Quick Motion
Picture StylesStandard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia,Style Box(1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Image ProcessingPeripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off
Drive ModesSingle Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracket: Single, Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracket
Continuous ShootingAUTO/Electronic Shutter: Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 20 fps, Mid: max. 10fps, Lo: max. 5 fps,
Mechanical Shutter: Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 5 fps, Mid: max. 5fps, Lo: max. 2.5 fps
Shutter Lag
Viewfinder BlackoutN/A
Live View  
TypeElectronic viewfinder with image sensor
CoverageApprox. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
FocusingAF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
MeteringMulti-segment, Center-weighted, Spot, Spot Standard/Large, Entire Screen Avg., Highlight
Display OptionsGraphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info, Digital Level Gauge, Histogram
File Information  
Still ImageTypeJPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format) (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous RecYes, RAW + various JPEG compression possible
Image Size[3:2] Full Frame L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 3936 x 2624 (10M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M), APS-C L: 3936 x 2624 (10M), M: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M), S: 1968 x 1312 (2.6M)
[16:9] Full Frame L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M), APS-C L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M), M: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M), S: 1968 x 1112 (2.2M)
Movie TypeXAVC S:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Movie SizeNTSC: XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 (30p/100 Mbps, 30p/60 Mbps, 24p/100 Mbps, 24p/60 Mbps), XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50 Mbps, 30p/50 Mbps, 24p/50 Mbps), 1280 x 720 (120p/50 Mbps), AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28 Mbps/PS, 60i/24 Mbps/FX, 60i/17 Mbps/FH, 24p/24 Mbps/FX, 24p/17 Mbps/FH), MP4: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28 Mbps, 30p/16 Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30p/6 Mbps) [comparable PAL settings available]
Movie LengthMax duration approx. 29min
Other Information  
Wireless FeaturesBuilt-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
GPSCan be synchronized with connected mobile device
Custom Functions
LCD Panel / IlluminationNo / No
Water & Dust ResistanceYes
Sound MemoNo
Orientation SensorYes
Playback ZoomYes (unspecified)
Display Formats(1) Single image with information (Customizable)
(2) Single image
(3) Index display (9/25 images)
Computer InterfaceHi-Speed USB (Micro USB connector)
Other InterfaceHDMI micro connector (Type-D) out, External Microphone In / Line In (Stereo mini jack), Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack)
Memory TypeMemory Stick PRO HG-Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), SD/SDHC/SDXC
Batteries & Power  
BatteryRechargeable Battery Pack NP-FZ100
Battery LifeApprox. 480 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 650 shots (LCD monitor)
Battery Indicator5 levels
Power SavingPower turns off after 10 sec, 1, 2, 5 or 30mins
Power Supply Battery ChargersAC-UUD12 AC Adapter, BC-QZ1 Battery Charger
Physical Specs  
Body MaterialsMagnesium Alloy body covers
Shutter Durability Rating
Operating Environment32–104°F / 0–40°C
Dimensions Inches5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5" (126.9 x 95.6 x 63.0mm)
CIPA Weight23.7 oz (673g)
ViewfinderFDA-EP18 Eyepiece Cup
Camera Case
Wireless File TransmitterBuilt in
Compatible LensesSony E-Mount
Compatible FlashSony External Flash HVL-F60M, HVL-F43M, HVL-F32M, HVL-F20M
Battery Grip VG-C3EM  Buy ►
RemoteSony Remote Control with Multi-terminal cable, Compatible infrared remote
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