Sony A9 Prototype Spotted

Sony A9 Prototype Spotted

A reader over at sonyalpharumors has reportedly spotted a prototype of the much talked about Sony A9 being tested in Manhattan:

Walking through battery park Manhattan around 5:35pm, I came across someone walking towards 1 world trade, with a graphite looking camera with no markings or paint in a slightly larger and boxier shape than my a7r ii, when I realized it was too large to be a Fuji XT1 but too small to be a Leica T, I looked closer and noticed the user (short chubby guy with red goatee) was using a Sony GM 24-70mm 2.8 lens on the body.
The photographer was pretty uncomfortable when I started asking questions. But I can say this. It was in fact a Sony A9(?!?) proto type, it is slightly larger than the A7Rii however it does not have a built in battery grip. Good things are it does have dual card slots, definitely sd maybe cfast, I really don’t know much about different cards, but he did say it has 2. It has a joystick for autofocus point moving. But most importantly, when he showed me the joystick, the spot where it would say 42M on my a7rii, it said Extra Fine 72M!!
He said this was one of a few prototypes out there and that it was due out end of summer for early fall release (can’t say this is real or not).
I know I am not a source or anything, but this thing was legit!!!”

The source is of course unverified, but what he reports certainly measures up well the previously reported rumors which suggested that the A9’s specification would contain the following:

  • The A9 will likely feature a 70-80 Megapixel full frame sensor.
  • In improved Image stabilization system will be a feature of the A9.
  • The A9 will feature an increase in dynamic range over its predecessors.
  • The A9 will be smaller than a Canon 5d in size.
  • The A9 will feature dual onboard XQD memory card slots.
  • The A9 will feature unlimited continuous shooting.

Of particular note is the comment on the size of the camera, Sony’s flagship A9 will possibly be bigger than the A7 cameras, this could be indicative of Sony moving their flagship cameras into a position where they can compete with full sized DSLRs in the handling stakes, perhaps making them more appealing to pro shooters who are used to larger cameras with a plethora of physical controls. Equally the increase in size could come from the inclusion of dual card slots, and the hardware required to power a camera with unlimited continuous shooting capabilities. Either way, the A9 is becoming a very exciting and interesting prospect.

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