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Sony launches mirrorless camera for sports photographers

Sony has launched its brand new mirrorless camera, that the a9, aimed in sports photographers that want fast shooting speeds. It has a shooting speed of 20 frames per second (fps) in total autofocusing (AF) and also auto-exposure (AE) mode. In contrast, numerous sports DSLR cameras can only achieve up to 12fps or 16fps. The a9 can do this, thanks to its full-frame stacked CMOS image sensor. This 24.2-megapixel image sensor utilizes integral memory and high-speed processing circuit near the light-sensing pixel space for a faster readout speed.

With the help of its Bionz X image chip, the faster readout speed also allows up to 60 AF/AE calculations each second for quicker and more precise monitoring of fast moving subjects. Moreover, the a9 includes a large amount of phase-detection AF points - 693 - that cover nearly 93 per cent of the picture area.

The camera's non-mechanical digital camera eliminates blackout in addition to quite low viewfinder lag associated with a typical SLR mirror setup. Throughout the a9's launch event at the ArtScience Museum, the media was granted a short hands-on with all the camera. Even the a9's AF was quite fast and true at the same time, going by this writer's short time with this camera. Shooting speed was also incredibly quick.

The camera can be bundled with all the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM lens worth $3,998 and purchased for $10,198. But in the Consumer Electronics Exhibition (CEE) at Suntec Singapore, and other authorised dealers, this camera and lens package can be bought for $9,898 from Saturday before June 18.