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Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera - E-Mount (Body Only)

Abel Code: SO-ILCE9/B
Mfr. Code: ILCE9/B
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This mirrorless camera features a 24.2MP Full-Frame CMOS sensor, 693-point AF system, with high-speed continuous shooting up to 20fps and electronic shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 sec.
Key Highlights
  • Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • 24.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor


The Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera - E-Mount (Body Only) frees you from the limits of conventional SLRs that rely on mechanical systems. First to use high-speed stacked design, its 24.2-megapixel full-frame image sensor temporarily stores large-volume data in the integral memory for overall 20 times faster readout speed. The combination of CMOS sensor and enhanced BIONZ X image-processing engine brings you true digital freedom. In addition to a magnesium alloy body that assures the camera’s all-around toughness and reliability, largely amplified versatile features enhance operability, supporting severe usage in professional photography.

NOTE: Body only; lenses and additional accessories sold separately.


High-Speed Continuous Shooting at up to 20fps

Groundbreaking full-frame Exmor RS CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor team up for 20fps continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking. Stunning high-speed performance and ample buffer let you capture the decisive moment.


Blackout-Free Shooting

A non-mechanical electronic shutter eliminates blackout with typical SLR mirror action. An uninterrupted view of the subject is available even during shutter release, with 60fps live-view capability and minimal display lag in continuous shooting.


AF/AE Calculations up to 60 Times/Second

Light reaches the image sensor directly without mechanical interruption. An ingenious fusion of mirrorless construction and new speed-enhancing technologies provides AF/AE at the full-frame focal plane.


Electronic Shutter Speeds up to 1/32,000 Sec.

Electronic shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 sec. far surpass mechanical shutters for a new imaging expression. You can also maintain shallow depth of field without an ND filter, even under bright conditions(A mode 1/20,000 sec. f/8.0 ISO 1000).


No Noise Distraction

An anti-distortion electronic shutter allows silent shooting without mechanical mirror and shutter noise. It’s ideal for sports and subjects that demand quiet operation, greatly expanding camera versatility


No Unwanted Vibration

During SLR shooting, mirror shock and shutter release shock cause subtle vibration. The α9, however, has a vibration-free electronic shutter that can keep the camera stable, for razor-sharp images. 


Enhanced AF

More precise, virtually unfailing focus, swift reaction to fast motion, low-light reliability, and consistent tracking in continuous shooting.


Remarkable Number of Phase-Detection AF Points

The 693 AF phase-detection points on the surface of the image sensor cover approximately 93% of the image area. High-precision performance assures your focus on subjects.


Fast Hybrid AF Achieves Rapid AF for Full-Frame Photos

Capture fast-moving subjects with reliable rapid AF. The speed and accuracy of this Fast Hybrid AF System are further improved in combination with the enhanced BIONZ X image processing engine.


Reliable Subject Tracking in Motion

Uninterrupted AF and optimized AF algorithm dramatically enhance AF accuracy and tracking. Even during shutter release, constantly activated AF lets you continue tracking random subject motion.


Eye AF for More Precise Focusing

Eye detection (enhanced by 30% through improved face detection) keeps the subject’s eye in focus, even if the face is turned at an angle or partially shaded. Wide focal-plane phase-detection AF sensor shows its ability in challenging shots.


Reliable Even in Low Light

Capture subjects with high AF precision down to light levels as low as EV-312 at ISO 100, due to the high sensitivity image sensor.


A-mount Lens AF Support

Focal-plane phase-detection AF system with 693 AF points functions reliably. Enjoy up to 10fps continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking even when you use A-mount lenses with a mount adapter (LA-EA3). 


Full-Frame 24.2 Megapixel Sensor

Sensitivity up to ISO 204,800 and wide dynamic range captures outstanding image quality.


New CMOS Sensor for Imaging Excellence

High sensitivity, a back-illuminated configuration, gapless on-chip lens architecture, and other Sony innovations deliver stunning images in a wide range of photographic situations. Standard ISO range is ISO 100-51,200, expandable to ISO 50-204,800 with minimum noise.


Technology for High-Quality Images

Utilize high-quality imaging that unites all available image sensor technologies, including back-illuminated structure, gapless on-chip lens architecture.


BIONZ X Enhanced Speed Image Processor

Enhanced image processing combined with new front-end LSI reduces noise while improving detail depiction over a wide sensitivity range. Improved detail rendering enables lifelike texture reproduction.


Uncompressed 14-bit RAW

Uncompressed 14-bit RAW format is supported, and it or the current compressed RAW format can be selected as required. Uncompressed 14-bit RAW is a good choice in situations where the sensor's wide dynamic range and fine gradation reproduction will benefit the images being captured.


High-Resolution Quality of 4K Movies

Full-pixel readout with no pixel binning makes it possible to condense approximately 2.4x the amount of data required for 4K (the equivalent of the amount of data required for 6K) into 3840 x 2160 4K output. This oversampling process plus full-frame pixel readout without binning results in the highest possible 4K movie image quality. 



  • Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder™
    • The new high-resolution 3686k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) shows a clear image with fine detail
    • The legendary ZEISS® T* Coating greatly reduces reflections
    • Smooth EVF images realized by 120fps19 frame rate even allow you to easily track a subject in fast motion
    • Fluorine coating on the outermost lens provides improved protection from dirt
  • 5-axis image stabilization
    • New body-integrated 5-axis image stabilization unit offers a 5.0-stop shutter speed advantage
    • The live-view monitor image is also stabilized, so you can compose images easily even when shooting a fast-moving subject
  • Battery stamina for professional use
    • A newly developed NP-FZ100 battery offers approximately twice the life of the previous NP-FW50
    • Capture up to approx. 480 still frames on one charge and further increase the number of shots with an attached optional vertical grip (sold separately) that can hold two batteries
  • Dual media slots
    • Use two slots (one for SD and one for SD/Memory Stick cards) to simultaneously backup still/movie data, save RAW/JPEG images to different cards, and copy between cards
    • Lower card slot supporting UHS-II type cards is available for fast transfer speed
  • FTP file transfer
    • A new terminal for wired LAN connection lets you transfer still images to an FTP server for viewing and management
    • Since FTPS (File Transfer Protocol over SSL/TLS) is supported, image files can be encrypted while being transferred
  • My Menu & new menu interface
    • A new My Menu feature lets you register up to 30 menu items for instant recall, arrange items in any order, and erase unused items
    • Also, primary menus have been reorganized for smoother search and operation
  • New Imaging Edge software suite from Sony
    • Imaging Edge software suite can maximize image quality, improve production efficiency
      • "Remote" to remotely control shooting while monitoring on PC
      • "Edit" to develop RAW data into high-quality photos
      • "Viewer" to view, rate and select photos
  • Capture One for Sony
    • Capture One Express (for Sony) is a free award-winning editing software that provides RAW development, easy management and powerful editing tools
    • Capture One Pro (for Sony) can be purchased separately for even more editing tools and tethered shooting capability

Recording Specifications (Still Images):

  • Recording Format:
    • JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.31, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
  • Image Size (Pixels, 3:2):
    • 35mm full frame:
      • L: 6000 x 4000 (24M)
      • M: 3936 x 2624 (10M)
      • S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)
    • APS-C:
      • L: 3936 x 2624 (10M)
      • M: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)
      • S: 1968 x 1312 (2.6M)
  • Image Size (Pixels, 16:9)
    • 35mm full frame:
      • L: 6000 x 3376 (20M)
      • M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M)
      • S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)
    • APS-C:
      • L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M)
      • M: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)
      • S: 1968 x 1112 (2.2M)
  • Image Quality Modes:
    • JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard, RAW, RAW & JPEG

Recording Specifications (Movie):

  • Recording Format:
    • XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant, MP4
  • Video Compression:
    • XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    • AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    • MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Image Size (Pixels, NTSC):
    • XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 (30p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (30p, 60M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 60M)
    • XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (120p, 100M), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60M), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 50M)
    • AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 28M, PS), 1920 x 1080 (60i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (60i, 17M, FH), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 17M, FH)
    • AVC MP4: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 28M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 16M), 1280 x 720 (30p, 6M)
  • Image Size (Pixels, PAL):
    • XAVC S 4K: 3840 x 2160 (25p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (25p, 60M)
    • XAVC S HD: 1920 x 1080 (100p, 100M), 1920 x 1080 (100p, 60M), 1920 x 1080 (50p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 50M)
    • AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50p, 28M, PS), 1920 x 1080 (50i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (50i, 17M, FH), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 17M, FH)
    • AVC MP4: 1920 x 1080 (50p, 28M), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 16M), 1280 x 720 (25p, 6M)
  • Image Frame Rate:
    • NTSC mode: 1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps, 15fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps
    • PAL mode: 1fps, 2fps, 3fps, 6fps, 12fps, 25fps, 50fps, 100fps


What's in the Box

  • Shoulder Strap
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Sony FDA-EP18 Eyepiece Cup
  • Multi-Interface Shoe Cap
  • Sensor Port Cap
  • Power Cord with Cable Protector
  • Sony AC-UUD12 AC Adapter
  • Sony BC-QZ1 Battery Charger
  • Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body - E-Mount


Key Highlights

  • Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • 24.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 693-point AF System
  • 4K UHD Internal Recording
  • 204,800 max. ISO (electronic shutter)


Speaker Notes:
Built-in, monaural speaker


Battery Features:
Operating Time:
Approx. 105 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 120 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard) - MOVIES, Actual Recording - (Sony Note: Indication Recording Time, which is defined by repeating the cycle: Power On, Start Recording, Zoom, Stand-by, and Power Off)
Approx. 185 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 195 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard) - MOVIES, Continuous Recording
Approx. 480 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 650 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard) - STILL IMAGES - (Sony NOTE: the LCD screen is turned on, shot once every 30 seconds, operate zoom alternately between W and T ends, flash strobe once every two times, turn power off and on once every ten times.)
Continuous Movie Recording - Sony Note: possible for approximately 29 minutes (limited by product specifications). Let the camera continue movie recording by pressing the MOVIE button again. No other operation such as zoom is performed.

Camera Lens System

Camera Lens Mount:


Color Gamut:
sRGB Standard - (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color - STILL IMAGES
xvYCC Standard - (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color - MOVIES

Inputs & Outputs

HDMI Output:
HDMI Type A - 3840 x 2160(25p), 1920 x 1080(50p), 1920 x 1080(50i), 1920 x 1080(24p), 1920 x 1080(60p), 1920 x 1080(60i), 3840 x 2160(30p), 3840 x 2160(24p), YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit / RGB 8bit
Audio I/O:
Audio Input - Audio Recording Format - XAVC S: LPCM 2ch, AVCHD: Dolby® Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator - MOVIES


Microphone Type:
On-Board - Built-in stereo microphone


Power Input:
USB-C - Available with Multi/Micro USB Terminal or USB Type-C™ Terminal (NOTE: Micro USB cable sold separately, USB Type-C cable included)


Recording Format:
JPEG - (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.31, MPF Baseline compliant) - STILL IMAGES
AVCHD - format Ver. 2.0 compliant - MOVIES
RAW - (Sony ARW 2.3 format) with 14-Bit RAW and Uncompressed RAW available - STILL IMAGES
Recording Frame Rate:
NTSC mode - 1fps,2fps,4fps,8fps,15fps,30fps,60fps,120fps - MOVIES
NTSC Mode - Image Size (Frame Rate/Bit Rate) - 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p) - MOVIES
PAL mode - 1fps,2fps,3fps,6fps,12fps,25fps,50fps,100fps - MOVIES
PAL Mode - Image Size (Frame Rate/Bit Rate) - 1920x1080 (50p, 25p) - MOVIES

Recording / Media

Media Type:
Memory Stick Micro™
Memory Stick Pro Duo™

Sensor Specifics

Sensor Size:
Full Frame 35mm - Exmor RS
Sensor Type:
Aspect Ratio:
Metering Sensitivity - EV -3 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)


EVF Screen Type:
EVF Features:
Temperature Controlled - Manual (5 steps)
Eye Sensor
EVF Imagery:


# Media Slots:
2 - SLOT1: Slot for SD(UHS-I/II compliant) memory card, SLOT2: Multi slot for Memory Stick Duo/SD (UHS-I compliant) memory card
Camera Options:
Camera Body Only
Camera Features:
Face Detection - Modes: On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off, Face Registration, Face Selection (max. number of detectable: 8)
Image Stabilization - Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (compensation depends on lens specifications)
Self-Timer - 10 sec. delay/5 sec. delay/2 sec. delay/Continuous self-timer (3 frames after 10 sec. delay/5 frames after 10 sec. delay/3 frames after 5 sec. delay/5 frames after 5 sec. delay/3 frames after 2 sec. delay/5 frames after 2 sec. delay)/Bracketing self-timer
Peaking - Manual Focus: Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Grid - WhiteMagic, Grid Line (Rule of 3rds Grid/Square Grid/Diag. + Square Grid/Off), Movie Marker (Center/Aspect/Safety Zone/Guideframe)
Brightness - Viewfinder Control: Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
White Balance - MODES: Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash /Underwater/ Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7(57-step), A7 to B7(29-step)) / Custom
Magnify - Focus Magnifier: Yes (35mm full frame: 4.7x, 9.4x, APS-C: 3.1x, 6.2x)
On-Camera Display
Zebra - Yes, (selectable level + range or lower limit as custom setting)
Image Capture Notes:
Photo Capture: Yes
Playback Modes: 9/25-frame index view
Playback Modes: Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off)
Playback Modes: Enlarged display mode (L: 15.0x, M: 9.84x, S: 7.52x)
Playback Modes: Folder selection (Date/ Still/ MP4/ AVCHD/XAVC S HD/XAVC S 4K)
Playback Modes: Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect
Playback Modes: Image Orientation - (Auto/Manual/Off selectable)
Playback Modes - Single (with or without shooting information Y RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning)
Playback Modes: Slideshow
Shutter/Camera Mode:
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter - Yes (ON/OFF)
Silent Shooting: Yes (ON/OFF)
Shutter Speed Range:
Still Images, Continuous Shooting - Mechanical Shutter: 1/8,000 to 30 sec, AUTO: 1/32,000
Still Images, Single Shot - Mechanical Shutter:1/8,000 to 30 sec, Bulb; AUTO: 1/32,000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Electronic Shutter: 1/32,000 to 30 sec.
Exposure Mode:
AE LOCK - Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Available with AE lock button. (On/Off/Auto)
AUTO (iAuto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
Exposure Bracketing - Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1.0 EV increments.
Exposure Compensation - +/- 5.0 EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable), (with exposure compensation dial: +/- 3EV (1/3 EV steps))
Movie (Programmed AE (P) - Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) ), Slow & Quick Motion (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) )
Camera Focus Settings:
Additional AF Features - Eye-start AF (only with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached(Sold separately)), Lock-on AF, Eye AF, AF micro adjustment, (Sold separately), with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4, Predictive control, Focus lock, AF Track Sens, Swt.V/H AF Area, AF Area Regist.
AF Illuminator Range - Approx. 0.3 m - approx. 3.0 m (with FE 28-70 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached)
AF Illuminator - Yes (with built-in LED type)
Focus Area - Wide (693 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) /Expanded Flexible Spot/ Lock-on AF ( Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot)
Focus Modes - AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C (Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
Focus Point - 35mm full frame: 693 points (phase-detection AF), APS-C mode with FF lens: 299 points (phase-detection AF), with APS-C lens: 221 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Focus Sensitivity Range - EV-3 to EV 20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Focus Type - Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Lens Compensation, Settings - Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Camera Autofocus:
Drive Modes:
Bracket: Single, Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracket
Continuous Drive Speed (Approx. Max.) - AUTO/Electronic Shutter: Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 20 fps, Mid: max. 10fps, Lo: max. 5 fps, Mechanical Shutter: Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 5 fps, Mid: max. 5 fps, Lo: max. 2.5 fps
Continuous shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo selectable)
# of Recordable Frames (approximately) - JPEG Extra fine L: 76 frames, JPEG Fine L: 76 frames, JPEG Standard L: 76 frames, RAW: 76 frames, RAW & JPG: 76 frames, RAW (Uncompressed): 28 frames, RAW (Uncompressed) & JPG: 28 frames. Varies per shooting conditions and memory card used.
Self-timer - 10 sec. delay/5 sec. delay/2 sec. delay/Continuous self-timer (3 frames after 10 sec. delay/5 frames after 10 sec. delay/3 frames after 5 sec. delay/5 frames after 5 sec. delay/3 frames after 2 sec. delay/5 frames after 2 sec. delay)/Bracketing self-timer
Single Shooting
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