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26th Apr 2017
Ned Soltz was one of the first people in the world to try Sony’s surprise new mirrorless camera, the high-end a9, in an eight-hour shoot in New York. He’s impressed with what he found.
First off, an apology. We have no footage and we have no shots taken with the a9. Well we do, but we’re not allowed to publish them yet. Images are under embargo until Wednesday, April 27 while Sony conducts a series of launch events in different cities around the world, so that part will have to wait till next week.
We are allowed to share our thoughts about the camera though. So, here are my initial reactions.
Video shooters may be disappointed that the camera does not have SLog. Several of us spoke with Sony representatives and aired that disappointment. The responses were interesting. First of all, Sony denies any “conspiracy theory” that one hardware line is disabled in order to prevent it for cannibalizing sales. Sony says it chooses feature sets based on anticipated user need. In the case of the a9, Sony’s unofficial response is that video shooters already have the a7R II and a7S II, which have log.
But more important is the response that this camera is not targeted specifically to be a video camera. It is a flagship high-speed mirrorless camera for the newsgathering, sports, wildlife and fast-paced event market segments.
Read the full article at RedShark News
cameras, Sony, Sony a9 mirrorless camera