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Sony α Alpha A9

Sony α Alpha A9
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251 Reviews + 16 Awards
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Good
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Excellent
Our Verdict:
A high image quality and multi award winning 673g camera, with a good price and a very good spec. It supports Wi-Fi and Full HD video, has an image stabiliser and features bluetooth. Our review analysis indicates that this camera it.
Features We Love:
High megapixels (24.2MP)
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
Has an image stabiliser
Shorter than average camera shutter speed (1/32000s)
High maximum ISO sensitivity (25,600)
Techradar Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Editor's Choice
24.2MP
6000 X 4000
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4K
VIDEO RESOLUTION
25,600
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
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673g
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With outstanding reviews, we have ranked the Sony α Alpha A9 number 62 across all digital cameras.

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Kagoo Score
98
Reviews
85
Features
88
Popularity
71
Value for Money

83

83
Kagoo Score

Why Has it Scored 83?

our review analysis indicates that it has outstanding expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this camera to others.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering.
This Sony digital camera has some great features:
High megapixels
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels video resolution
Has an image stabiliser
Shorter than average camera shutter speed
A new dimension of photographic speed
High-speed continuous shooting at up to 20fps
Blackout-free shooting
AF/AE calculations up to 60 times/sec

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Average Review Score

4.9 stars (251 reviews)

51%

of Customers Would Recommend
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9 Editor's Choice Awards

This digital camera has received nine Editor's Choice Awards from a number of expert reviews sites including Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Techradar.
Editor's Choice from Ephotozine Editor's Choice from Trusted Reviews Editor's Choice from Techradar Editor's Choice from reviewed.com Editor's Choice from chip.com.my Editor's Choice from photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice from thephoblographer.com Editor's Choice from log.com.tr Editor's Choice from 3dnews.ru

3 Recommended Awards

The Sony α Alpha A9 has received a Recommended Award from expert review sites pcauthority.com.au, focus-numerique.fr and dkamera.de.
Recommended from pcauthority.com.au Recommended from focus-numerique.fr Recommended from dkamera.de

4 Further Awards

It's received four Awards from a number of expert reviews sites including PhotographyBlog.com, EISA.eu and digifotopro.nl.
Essential from PhotographyBlog.com EISA Best Product from EISA.eu Silver from digifotopro.nl 5 Star from fotomaniak.pl

What Are People Saying About the Sony α Alpha A9?

Picture Quality
44
9
Lens System
32
4
Viewfinder / Screen
18
6
Video Capability
5
4
Features
9
0
Sports Photography
5
2
Design
12
3
Ease of Use
9
3
Size and Weight
8
3
Noise Level
9
0
Robustness
6
0
Landscape Photography
2
0
Battery
3
1
Price
1
3
Flash
1
0
Connectivity
1
2
Portrait Photography
1
0
Exposure Controls
1
0
Wildlife Photography
1
0
8 Out of 10 People Thought it Was Not Priced Reasonably

Seven people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 was expensive.

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Expensive
7 people agree
No people disagree
  • Sure it is expensive, but so is jumping from camera to camera trying to find one that matches its advertising hype. Buy right the first time and go shoot. ...
    SRHEdD - Bestbuy.com 30 Nov 2018
  • ... wedding photographer and I ended up pulling the trigger and while it was an expensive switch, I am happy I did. The camera is not for everyone, but it ...
    John - Bhphotovideo.com 26 Jun 2017
  • ... in-body ima... 20 FPS Continuous shooting. Dual USC-II SD Slots. Astronomically expensive.
    pcworld.co.nz 24 Nov 2017
  • ... the appeal...20 FPS Continuous shooting. Dual USC-II SD Slots. Astronomically expensive.
    Good Gear Guide.com.au 24 Nov 2017
  • View All Reviews About Expensive
    Very Poor Value for Money
    4 people agree
    2 people disagree
    The Vast Majority of Customers Thought the Sony Alpha A9 Was Reliable

    Several people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 was well made and was really strong and durable.

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    Well Made
    5 people agree
    No people disagree
  • PDN is a member of the Technical Image Press Association which has contracted with Image Engineering to perform detailed lab tests of digital cameras. ...
    pdnonline.com 14 Nov 2017
  • The A-9 is without a doubt cutting edge technology SONY should be commended for their engineering marvel. my use of this equipment is mostly sports and ...
    Joe - Bhphotovideo.com 6 Jun 2017
  • ... whatever. Seriously, this camera is so versatile and well made that I would use it in any situation. I had the opportunity to preview the a9 prior to release, ...
    Vaderbreath - Bhphotovideo.com 29 Jun 2017
  • ... when shooting with electronic shutter. Drastically improved battery. Beautifully built. Decent frequencies. Fluid FHD and QHD performance. RX Vega looms ...
    DP Review 22 Apr 2017
  • View All Reviews About Engineering
    Very Strong and Durable
    4 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    More Than 10 People Thought the Sony Alpha A9 Had a Battery That Lasted a Long Time

    More than 10 people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 had a very good battery life.

  • ... about a second from a cold start, even quicker to wake up. Battery life is better than advertised. I shot a mix of single and high speed shots in the first ...
    Ingold - Bhphotovideo.com 14 Oct 2017
  • ... about a second from a cold start, even quicker to wake up. Battery life is better than advertised. I shot a mix of single and high speed shots in the first ...
    Edward - Bhphotovideo.com 14 Oct 2017
  • ... stills shooting. 5-axis image stabilisation. Solid, compact build. Good battery life. Cheaper than Canon and Nikon rivals. Slick 4x slo-mo video. Screen ...
    stuff.tv/my/ 11 Aug 2017
  • ... stills shooting. 5-axis image stabilisation. Solid, compact build. Good battery life. Cheaper than Canon and Nikon rivals. Slick 4x slo-mo video. Screen ...
    stuff.tv 10 Aug 2017
  • The Majority of Customers Thought it Was Good in Terms of Size

    Several people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 was really compact and was a good body shape.

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    Very Compact
    4 people agree
    No people disagree
  • Sony has introduced the Alpha 9, also know as the A9, at the top of its compact system camera line-up, above the A7 II, A7S II and A7R II.It has a full-frame ...
    camerajabber.com 3 Jul 2017
  • ... opportunity. Its picture quality is brilliant and the battery life is one of the best we have seen on a compact system camera...Brilliant image quality. ...
    goodhousekeeping.co.uk 31 May 2018
  • ... somethin...Incredibly fast stills shooting. 5-axis image stabilisation. Solid, compact build. Good battery life. Cheaper than Canon and Nikon rivals. Slick ...
    stuff.tv/my/ 11 Aug 2017
  • ... someth...Incredibly fast stills shooting. 5-axis image stabilisation. Solid, compact build. Good battery life. Cheaper than Canon and Nikon rivals. Slick ...
    stuff.tv 10 Aug 2017
  • View All Reviews About Compact
    A Good Body Shape
    3 people agree
    3 people disagree
    7 Out of 10 Owners Thought This Digital Camera Was Nicely Designed

    Several people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 was very good-looking and ergonomic.

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    Very Good-Looking
    7 people agree
    2 people disagree
  • ... of professionals. Provided with the review unit was a beautiful FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra wide angle lens to help accommodate our review. The camera is compatible ...
    chip.com.my 6 Nov 2017
  • ... profiles like the other A series, but the video coming off the sensor is simply gorgeous without it (shooting in Ntrl)...
    Jfulton - Bhphotovideo.com 10 Jul 2017
  • ... Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Pentax, or another digital camera. Biggest pluses: Beautiful images, amazing continuous focus ability when using Sony E-mount lenses, ...
    Christopher - Bhphotovideo.com 10 Aug 2017
  • ... farther from my subject. I have the new Canon 24-70 2.8L II lens. This is a beautiful, fast lens that serves for 95% of my photographic needs. But, no ...
    Mark - Bhphotovideo.com 7 Jun 2017
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    Very Ergonomic
    5 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    8 Out of 10 People Thought This Digital Camera Was Easy to Use

    Several people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 was really easy to use, had good controls and was very easy to handle.

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    Really Easy to Use
    5 people agree
    No people disagree
  • ... weeks, the A7Rii may be the spare, despite its many fine qualities. The A9 is easy to use, and nothing gets in your way. The high shooting speed and quick ...
    Ingold - Bhphotovideo.com 14 Oct 2017
  • ... weeks, the A7Rii may be the spare, despite its many fine qualities. The A9 is easy to use, and nothing gets in your way. The high shooting speed and quick ...
    Edward - Bhphotovideo.com 14 Oct 2017
  • ... Oppo R11 Smart PhoneThomas BartlettView all articles...Glorious photos, easy to use. Quite the price.
    gadgetguy.com.au 14 Sep 2017
  • ... portraiture. All of the good points from all other reviews are correct, the camera is a joy to use. In a week I have shot fast running dog portraits, slow ...
    Bob - Bhphotovideo.com 2 Jun 2017
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    Has Good Controls
    4 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Very Easy to Handle
    3 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    The Vast Majority of Owners Thought it Had Good Technical Features

    More than 10 people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 had good features.

  • ... on fairly limited area of photography. As a professional-level camera the Sony Alpha 9 has an extensive feature set and there's a huge range of customisation ...
    camerajabber.com 3 Jul 2017
  • ... over to check it out at our YouTube Channel. Amongst the best features are a 24MP full frame CMOS stacked sensor. Additionally, there is a new 100-400mm ...
    thephoblographer.com 18 Apr 2017
  • The Sony Alpha 9 is being called a game changer because it offers a lot of features which aren't available with professional, high speed DSLRs. It offers ...
    shutterbug.com 20 Jul 2017
  • ... joystick, and extremely high quality EXMOR RS sensor and Bionz X processor are all amazing features. The new sensor's sharpness and low light ability are ...
    EnterDaxh - Bestbuy.com 1 Jan 2018
  • Some People Thought This Digital Camera Was Bad in Terms of Connectivity

    Two people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 didn't have gps.

  • ... I bought one spare battery, and probably won't need another. It does not have a built-in GPS, but it couples with an iPhone via PlayMemories Mobile to ...
    Ingold - Bhphotovideo.com 14 Oct 2017
  • ... I bought one spare battery, and probably won't need another. It does not have a built-in GPS, but it couples with an iPhone via PlayMemories Mobile to ...
    Edward - Bhphotovideo.com 14 Oct 2017
  • More Than 10 People Thought it Had an OK Noise Level

    Over 10 people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 was really quiet.

  • ... sensor and fully electronic shutter featuring 20fps shooting, silent vibration-free operation, anti-distortion shutter, 1/32000 shutter, 4k video, dual ...
    Camera Labs 18 Apr 2017
  • ... shutter is the main reason I bought my previous Sony Cameras. The A9 continues with the silent shutter and is a must have for any set photographer. I would ...
    Michael - Bhphotovideo.com 7 Jun 2017
  • ... after I used a few days, my jaws dropped wow amazing AF system and completely silent. I love it. If you want 20fps and silent camera. Sony A9 is the one. ...
    Thy - Bhphotovideo.com 31 Oct 2018
  • ... amazing AF system and completely silent. I love it. If you want 20fps and silent camera. Sony A9 is the one. Check out my Sony A9 testing video on Flickr ...
    Thy - Bhphotovideo.com 31 Oct 2018
  • 9 Out of 10 Owners Thought it Had a Good Lens

    More than 30 people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 had a good autofocus and several people thought that it also had an excellent image stabiliser and had a good lens.

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    Has a Good Autofocus
    31 people agree
    3 people disagree
  • ... with features like blackout-free, continuous shooting at 20 FPS, lightning fast autofocus and 5 axis in-body ima... 20 FPS Continuous shooting. Dual USC-II ...
    pcworld.co.nz 24 Nov 2017
  • ... with features like blackout-free, continuous shooting at 20 FPS, lightning fast autofocus and 5 axis in-body ima... Even if there are parts of the Sony ...
    Good Gear Guide.com.au 24 Nov 2017
  • ... sports photographers. It's a 24MP, full-frame mirrorless camera that can shoot at 20 frames per second with full autofocus. And, just as importantly, with ...
    DP Review 13 Jun 2017
  • ... II sho... The Sony a9 shoots faster than any other full-frame camera out there thanks to a stacked CMOS sensor with incredible autofocus coverage...Shoots ...
    PC Mag 26 Apr 2017
  • View All Reviews About Focus
    Has a Brilliant Image Stabiliser
    6 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has a Good Lens
    6 people agree
    2 people disagree
    The Majority of People Thought This Digital Camera Had a Good Screen or Viewfinder

    More than 10 people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 was mirrorless and several people thought that it also had an outstanding viewfinder, had a good screen and had a electronic viewfinder.

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    Mirrorless
    13 people agree
    2 people disagree
  • ... Sony Alpha A9 is worth every penny. It's a fantastic mirrorless camera that'll be able to tackle every photo opportunity. Its picture quality is brilliant ...
    goodhousekeeping.co.uk 31 May 2018
  • ... speed and a continuation of Sony's bid to make the mirrorless full frame camera a serious competitor to the long-established world of the DSLR, the new ...
    Ephotozine 2 Jul 2017
  • ... DSLRs like the Nikon D5 (£5,000, shoots at 1... Sony's high-end mirrorless cameras continue to impress, and the A9 represents a genuine challenge to Nikon ...
    stuff.tv 10 Aug 2017
  • ... DSLRs like the Nikon D5 (shoots at 14fps) and... Sony's high-end mirrorless cameras continue to impress, and the A9 represents a genuine challenge to Nikon ...
    stuff.tv/my/ 11 Aug 2017
  • View All Reviews About Mirrorless
    Has a Very Good Viewfinder
    5 people agree
    3 people disagree
    Has a Good Screen
    4 people agree
    5 people disagree
    Has a Electronic Viewfinder
    4 people agree
    2 people disagree
    The Vast Majority of Owners Thought it Took Good Quality Pictures

    Over 20 people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 was very able to produce good images and had a superb picture resolution. Several people also thought that it had a very good picture quality, had a good ISO range and image sensor.

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    Very Able to Produce Good Images
    35 people agree
    8 people disagree
  • ... tag of the Sony Alpha A9, it doesn't disappoint. At 24MP, the camera took some fantastic pictures. It packs in a lot of detail with shots of people and ...
    goodhousekeeping.co.uk 31 May 2018
  • ... lens I expected. But... What more to say? This camera and lens combination takes glorious photos, and helps you take them easily. My, what a great camera ...
    gadgetguy.com.au 14 Sep 2017
  • ... to professional photographers. Whereas the A7R II targeted landscape photographers with its huge 42 megapixel resolution and the A7S II clearly appealed ...
    PhotographyBlog.com 2 Jul 2017
  • ... once again teamed up with over two dozen other member magazines from around the world to select the winners in the annual TIPA World Awards for the best photo products of 2018 in 40 d...
    shutterbug.com 18 Apr 2018
  • View All Reviews About Photographs
    Has a Very Good Picture Resolution
    32 people agree
    5 people disagree
    Has an Outstanding Picture Quality
    9 people agree
    No people disagree
    Has a Good ISO Range
    6 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Has a Good Image Sensor
    4 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Good in Low Light
    2 people agree
    1 person disagrees
    Most Owners Thought This Digital Camera Was Good for Video Capture

    Six people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 was good for video recording.

  • ... just returned from a 4 day shoot in Cuba and i must say, the video is outstanding for the price. The lack of picture profiles and customization didn't ...
    Alex - Bhphotovideo.com 8 Jun 2017
  • ... me speechless with the photos I've captured. It's everything I need. Video is amazing. Size is perfect since I'm always on the go. It was a great investment.One ...
    Thelegacypro - Bestbuy.com 25 Aug 2017
  • ... highest mp settings on raw file format, also took less than two minutes of video on best quality settings. At the end of less than one half hour; the overheating ...
    Ronald - Bhphotovideo.com 30 May 2017
  • ... the A7Riii. The only downfall to the a9 would be the fact that it lacks picture profiles for better color correction during video recording and editing. ...
    EnterDaxh - Bestbuy.com 1 Jan 2018
  • One Person Thought it Had a Good Flash
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    One Person Thought the Sony Alpha A9 Had Good Exposure Controls
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    Two People Thought it Takes Good Landscape Photos

    Two people thought that the Sony Alpha A9 good for landscape photography.

  • ... shutter (hospitals, temples, churches, theaters, ...). At 24MP, it's great even for landscapes and cityscapes, unless you're making very large prints, ...
    Roy - Bhphotovideo.com 8 Jun 2017
  • ... wildlife, and occasional sports. I have loved the a7Rii and I will certainly keep it for landscape and as a second body, but this a9 is perfect for all ...