Sony introduced the first full-frame camera with a global shutter, and it will arrive just in time for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.
The A9 III is a technology marvel as it provides the fastest-ever continuous burst shooting rate at full quality, capturing 24.6MP raw and JPEG images at a amazing 120fps. This means photographers can shoot 24.6MP raw and JPEG shots at an amazing 120fps without blackout. Having no blackout during burst shooting, combined with the global shutter, which reads all pixels simultaneously, prevents “rolling shutter” distortion that occasionally occurs with previous sensors by reading each pixel of the sensor simultaneously.
Sports, wildlife, and action photographers in general will enjoy being able to pan while shooting moving subjects without distortion. Notably, this full-frame camera has Continuous 759-point autofocus and auto exposure are available in those 1.6-second burst sequences, which use Sony’s AI autofocus chip for the best subject detection and tracking.
The A9 III list price is $5,999 / £6,100 and it will be available in March 2024.
The Bionz ZR processing engine is eight times more powerful than the A9 II’s and powers the camera’s flash sync speeds at any shutter speed. Also, sports and wildlife photographers can use the A9 III’s in-body image stabilization feature to compensate for up to eight stops when shooting handheld.
Sony did not ignore the video capabilities in this camera. The A9III can shoot 4K/60p (oversampled from 6K) and 4K/120p slow motion without cropping. The A9 III is ideal for hybrid shooters that require to capture images and video with 10-bit 4:2:2 All-I recording, 16-bit raw output, and S-Cinetone and S-Log3 support. Also, Sony will release a Sony A1 firmware upgrade alongside this major release. This firmware release is highly anticipated among Sony A1 shooters.
It might be fair to say, Sony has pushed the camera boundaries again.