Listing down basic features before we go on to the details of the camera
20 fps continuous shooting
60 fps AF/AE calculation
Silent, vibration Free
1/32,000 sec shutter speed
693 AF points, 93% coverage.
Full frame 4K video
Sony released their new camera on 19th of April this year and it is so awesome that pre-ordering has created a huge traffic already!
The camera brings along with innovation and specialization in sports photography, a proof of demand side coverage by the company.
The camera is mechanism free and delivers better than most SLRs. The combo of CMOS sensor and improved BIONZ X image processing gives you that edge over others and stunning performance giving you the optimum time to capture that perfect dive and jump. It stores large-volume data in the integral memory for overall 20 times faster readout speed.
Most popular reviewers have compared it to the canon 1DX II and Nikon d5 but at a lower price.
It boasts of a 24-megapixel sensor. Sony is counting on 2 basic but important features
- The machine is silent up to 1/32000nd-second shutter speed (ideal for sports and subjects that require quiet operation). No unnecessary vibration for stable shooting.
It is going to possess a blackout free shooting experience along with a surprise element of dual SD card slot out of which one is a UHS and an operational joystick at the back – a very big deal. The shutter is anti-distortion which vastly extends the shooting range. Equipped with both electronic and mechanical shutters
Sony has incorporated a LAN (Ethernet) terminal so in that way one can tether in an easier manner and transfer files quickly. The body of the camera is compact and solid, similar to the previous models, made up of magnesium alloy.
It has a really big buffer and does 241 14 bit raw files at one time and 362 jpeg files which is a jackpot.
A thumbs up for the 693 auto focusing points and face & eye detection( 30% enhancement)! the high degree of precision assures your focus on subjects. Another classic addition is the A9 allows the viewfinder to not only show images of the subject, but also the final image of the shot. Imagine!
It has 5 axis in-body stabilization which gives you 5 stops to shoot, which again is a great feature.
Battery life is improved with the improvised inclusion of 2 batteries at a time! Use Dual media slots that is 2 slots for SD and Memory stick cards to simultaneously backup still/movie data and copy between cards.
The ISO stands at 100-51 thousand, 200 that allows reliability in low light.
Other features include 4k video, full width with 35-millimeter modes, 1080p and 120 frames per second and 100 megabits per second which is great!
A new 'My Menu' option lets you register up to 30 menu items for instant recall and arranging items in a personalized manner.
It is priced at $4500 in the US.
In conclusion, the camera is a dream for sports journalists! Although the screen is a no-tilt screen, it would not be much of an issue because it is not much of a consumer camera.
If you love shooting sports and looking for a good investment opportunity then here is your chance to up your camera game! For sample images click on the link
All photos are from www.sony.com
WRITTEN BY SHIVAM TIWARI
FOR WORLD PHOTOGRAPHERS CLUB