About the Sony Alpha a9 (no lens included)
Satisfy your need for speed
Satisfy your need for speed
The amazing little Sony Alpha a9 lets you downsize your camera and get a nice performance upgrade at the same time. With heightened light sensitivity and integral memory for blazing-fast data output, the a9's 24-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor — a first for full-frame cameras — makes this camera highly efficient.
Sample photo taken with the Sony Alpha a9
Keep up with moving subjects
The a9's responsive Fast Hybrid autofocus system gives you clear action shots with powerful tracking that keeps moving subjects in sharp focus throughout the frame. The a9 can capture clear, crisp action sequences at up to 20 frames per second. The camera's electronic shutter mechanism eliminates blackout so you have a completely uninterrupted view of your subject even when firing the shutter.
Create stunning 4K movies
The a9 records video in Full HD and 4K. A multi interface shoe lets you connect professional microphone kits for balanced audio to match the video quality. A clean HDMI output sends uncompressed movie data to an external recorder or monitor. You can keep recording internally to the camera even when using this function.
Keep it steady
The a9's built-in five-axis image stabilization system helps you take tack-sharp photos and shake-free videos. This powerful system compensates for camera shake from five directions, giving you freedom to shoot handheld, zoom in on distant subjects, and capture sharp images in low light.
- 24.2-megapixel stacked, back-illuminated, full-frame Exmor™ RS CMOS image sensor (35.6 x 23.8 mm)
- sensor has integral memory for faster overall readout speed
- BIONZ X image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos and fast autofocus performance
- compatible with Sony full-frame FE lenses and Sony E lenses (in crop mode)
- Sony LA-EA3 and LA-EA4 adapters allow you to use Sony A-mount lenses
- Wi-Fi lets you transfer photos and video to smartphones and tablets for easy image sharing
- NFC touch pairing with compatible Android™ devices
- Location Information Link via Bluetooth allows the camera to record location information through the free PlayMemories Mobile app
- 4K Ultra HD video recording
- 3,686,400-dot super-high-resolution electronic OLED viewfinder for easy eye-level composition
- blackout-free design allows continuous monitoring as you shoot
- sturdy magnesium-alloy body
- multi-interface shoe expands camera's compatibility with external flash and video accessories
- 3" 1,440,000-dot LCD touchscreen tilts upward 107 degrees and downward 41 degrees for easy framing of self-portraits and composition from odd angles
- uncompressed, clean HDMI output supports 4K and full HD
- 5-axis in-body image stabilization helps keep blur and shake out of your photos
- Anti-Dust Technology keeps image sensor clean for spotless photos
- sealing around buttons and dials adds protection from the elements
- USB power supply lets you power the camera via USB connection to a computer or portable battery to conserve battery life while shooting
- 693-point focal-plane phase-detection autofocus covers approximately 93% of the image area
- enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system for precise movie autofocus
- Eye AF control for accurate eye detection; can prioritize a single pupil when subject is partially turned away from camera
Exposure Modes and Controls:
- up to 20 frames per second in continuous shooting mode
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
- shutter speed range: 30-1/8,000 seconds, bulb (up to 1/32,000 seconds with high-speed digital silent shutter)
- silent shooting mode eliminates camera shake caused by shutter movement; can be used with continuous shooting
- ISO range: 100-51,200 (expandable to ISO 50-204,800)
- flash sync at 1/250 second
- exposure bracketing: 3, 5, or 9 frames in variable increments
- 16 Creative Style modes, including Portrait, Sunset and Night Scene, for accurately exposed images in different shooting environments
- 8 picture effects include Retro Photo, Partial Color, and Toy Camera modes
- Sweep Panorama mode stitches images together to create expansive vistas
File Formats and Storage:
- still image storage modes: RAW, JPEG, or RAW+JPEG
- top JPEG resolution (pixels): 6,000 x 4,000
- movie file formats: XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4
- movie image size: up to 3,840 x 2,160 resolution
- dual memory card slots accept SD, SDHC and SDXC cards and Memory Stick PRO Duo and PRO-HG Duo memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed micro USB interface (cable included)
- micro HDMI (Type D) output (cable not included)
- 3.5mm microphone input and 3.5mm headphone jack
- 5"W x 3-13/16"H x 2-1/2"D
- weight (with battery): 23.7 oz.
- rechargeable NP-FZ100 lithium ion battery
- battery charger/AC adapter
- shoulder strap
- micro USB cable
- cable protector
- eyepiece cup, body cap, and accessory shoe cap
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # ILCE9/B
What's in the box:
- Digital camera body (black)
- Body cap (installed)
- Hot shoe cover (installed)
- Eyepiece cup (installed)
- NP-FZ100 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V 2280mAh 16.4Wh)
- BC-QZ1 Battery charger (8.4V 1.6A)
- 5' AC power cord (C7 non-polarized)
- AC-UUD12 AC adapter (DC output 5V 1.5A)
- 2' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B 2.0 on other end)
- Cable protector
- Neck strap
- Instruction Manual
- Limited Warranty (US + Canada)
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Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||None included|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo |
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||23.77|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
Play And Print Functions
Overview: The Sony α9 (ILCE-9) Alpha series camera features the world's first full-frame stacked CMOS image sensor for outstanding image quality. The α9 is compatible with Sony E-mount lenses. With the LA-EA4 Mount Adapter, the camera can also use Sony A-mount lenses. The camera comes with an advanced, high capacity InfoLithium battery to give you longer shooting sessions, along with a battery charger and AC adapter to charge the battery in the camera or out. No lenses are included in this "body only" kit.
Construction: The camera features a durable magnesium allow chassis with a reinforced grip area. The lens mount is secured with six screws instead of four to give it more rigidity and durability, even with heavy telephoto lenses. The camera body features a dust- and moisture-resistant design for increase reliability.
3" Tiltable LCD Touch Screen: The α9 uses a 3" Xtra Fine LCD touch panel screen with 1,440,000 dots. You can tilt the LCD panel up to 107° for low angle shots or downward up to 41° for high angle photography. The brightness of the LCD monitor can be adjusted in 5 steps from -2 to +2, or set for Sunny Weather.
0.5" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.5" high-luminance Tru-Finder OLED electronic color viewfinder has approximately 3,686,000 dots, and provides approximately 100% frame coverage. The viewfinder has a switchable 120 fps refresh rate for a smooth viewfinder image without motion blur. Special Zeiss T* coatings keep reflections to a minimum, plus a fluorine coating on the outside viewfinder lens to prevent smudges from fingerprints, dust, water, oil, and dirt. You can adjust the brightness in 5 steps. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder image to your individual eyesight. You can set the camera to switch between the LCD screen and viewfinder automatically when you look into the EVF, or choose one or the other in the camera's menu.
Display Options: You can choose how much information appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are five options each for the LCD screen and Viewfinder: Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info, Level, and Histogram. There's also a "For Viewfinder" display option which shows multiple camera settings at once on the LCD screen that you can use when shooting with the viewfinder.
Live View: The α9's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot. When the Live View display is set to "Setting Effect On", the LCD or viewfinder will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance, exposure compensation, creative style or picture effect. With the "Setting Effect Off", you can check the image composition without the effects of the exposure settings.
Image Sensor: The α9 features a full-frame 35mm Exmor RS CMOS image sensor (35.6 x 23.8mm) with approximately 28.3-million total pixels and 24.2-million effective pixels. It features a stacked structure, and a gapless on-chip lens design to deliver stunning images. The Exmor RS sensor is combined with an enhanced Bionz X image processor to provide 20x faster data readout speed than the Sony α7 II series mirrorless cameras. The result is 20 frame-per-second continuous shooting at full resolution in RAW+JPEG, continuous autofocus and auto exposure tracking, and no LCD or Viewfinder blackout.
Still Image Recording Formats: The α9 can shoot full-frame images, but it can also shoot APS-C size equivalent pictures when using an APS-C size dedicated lens. Still images are recorded in JPEG file format in Standard, Fine, and Extra Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can select the following image sizes:
|Aspect Ratio/Size||Full Frame||APS-C Size|
|3:2 Large||24M: 6000 x 4000||10M: 3936 x 2624|
|3:2 Medium||10M: 3936 x 2624||6.0M: 3008 x 2000|
|3:2 Small||6.0M: 3008 x 2000||2.6M: 1968 x 1312|
|16:9 Large||20M: 6000 x 3376||8.7M: 3936 x 2216|
|16:9 Medium||8.7M: 3936 x 2216||5.1M: 3008 x 1688|
|16:9 Small||5.1M: 3008 x 1688||2.2M: 1968 x 1112|
RAW Format: You can record still images using the 14-bit RAW format, which uses all of the photographic data from the image sensor. You can select to record compressed or uncompressed RAW images. If desired, you can select RAW+JPEG to record a RAW image and a JPEG image simultaneously. Because no processing is performed in the camera, RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the downloadable Image Data Converter or Capture One Express software. RAW images are available in the following sizes and aspect ratios:
|Aspect Ratio/Size||Full Frame||APS-C Size|
|3:2 RAW (L)||24M: 6000 x 4000||10M: 3936 x 2624|
|16:9 RAW (L)||20M: 6000 x 3376||8.7M: 3936 x 2216|
Movie Recording Formats: The α9 can record moving images in XAVC S (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with 2-channel LPCM audio), AVCHD Ver. 2.0 format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with Dolby Digital 2ch audio) or MP4 (MPEG-4/H.264 with 2-channel AAC audio). You can choose from the following file formats and bit rates:
- XAVC S 4K:
- 3840 x 2160, 30p/25p/24p at approx 100 Mbps
- 3840 x 2160, 30p/25p/24p at approx 60 Mbps
- XAVC S HD:
- 1920 x 1080, 120p/100p at approx 100 Mbps
- 1920 x 1080, 120p/100p at approx 60 Mbps
- 1920 x 1080, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p at approx 50 Mbps
- PS: 1920 x 1080, 60p/50p at 28 Mbps (max)
- FX: 1920 x 1080, 60i/50i/25p/24p at 24 Mbps (max)
- FH: 1920 x 1080, 60i/50i/25p/24p at 17 Mbps (avg)
- AVC MP4:
- 1920 x 1080, 60p/50p at 28 Mbps
- 1920 x 1080, 30p/25p at 16 Mbps
- 1280 x 720, 30p/25p at 6 Mbps
Dual Slots/Dual Media Options: The α9 camera has two slots for inserting memory cards. Slot 1 supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II), while Slot 2 supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (UHS-I) and Memory Stick PRO Duo media. When recording movies, memory cards with SD Speed Class 4 or higher should be used for MP4 or AVCHD movies, and Class 10/UHS-I or UHS-II for XAVC S movies. The Recording Mode menu lets you choose which memory card to use when recording. You can record still images or movies to both cards simultaneously, or sort still images to one card and movies to the other card. You can even sort JPEG images to one card and RAW images to the other card.
Clear Image Zoom: Clear Image Zoom, powered by Sony's By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, increases the effective focal length of the lens by up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of the image. Combined with the camera's Digital Zoom and Smart Zoom, you can increase magnification up to 8x over the lens' maximum focal length.
Focus Mode Dial: The α9 lets you choose the focus method using a focus mode dial on the top of the camera. You can choose from the following modes:
- AF-S (Single-shot Auto focus): The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down. Recommended for use with motionless subjects.
- AF-C (Continuous Auto focus): The camera continues to focus when you press and hold the shutter button halfway down. Recommended for use when the subject is in motion.
- DMF: After focusing automatically, you can make fine focusing adjustments manually (Direct Manual Focusing). This is most convenient during macro shooting.
- Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by rotating the focusing ring to achieve a sharp focus.
AF (Auto focus) Area: The camera has 693 phase-detection autofocus points which cover approximately 93% of the image area. You can choose from the following AF Area options:
- Wide: The camera focuses automatically on a subject in all ranges of the image.
- Zone: You can select a zone on the monitor on which to focus.
- Center: The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.
- Flexible Spot: You can change the size of and move the focusing area in order to focus on a small subject or narrow area.
- Expand Flexible Spot: If you cannot focus on a single selected point, you can use the focus points around the flexible spot as a secondary priority area for focusing.
Eye AF: The Eye AF function can be assigned to a customizable button. When Eye AF is selected, the camera focuses on a person's eyes for extremely sharp focusing of the face.
Shutter Options: The Sony α9 is equipped with a mechanical shutter and an electronic shutter. The mechanical shutter lets you choose shutter speeds up to 1/8000. The electronic shutter is much faster, allowing for shutter speeds to 1/32000. The continuous shooting speed is also affected by your choice of mechanical or electronic shutter. You can set the shutter to mechanical only, electronic only, or auto shutter (switches based on shooting conditions and shutter speed).
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
- Single Shooting: Default setting for standard picture taking.
- Continuous Shooting: In this mode, you can shoot images continuously as long as you hold down the shutter release button. There are three continuous shooting speeds: Hi, Mid, and Lo. When the mechanical shutter is selected, you can shoot up to 5 images per second in the Hi and Mid modes, and 2.5 images per second in the Low mode. When you choose Auto or Electronic shutter, the maximum continuous shooting speed is 20 fps (Hi), 10 fps (Mid), or 5 fps (Lo). The maximum number of recordable frames is 362 JPEG or 241 RAW.
- Self-Timer: You can set the camera to the following self-timers:
- Single: The camera will record a single photo a number of seconds after the shutter button is pressed. You can choose between a 10-second, 5-second, or 2-second delay.
- Continuous: The camera records 3, 5, or 9 images continuously after a 10, 5, or 2 second delay, offering you multiple shots to choose from.
- Bracket Shooting: The camera is capable of shooting
multiple images, each with a different setting. You can choose from the
following Bracket options:
- Continuous Bracket: Shoot 3 or 5 images, each with different degrees of brightness (0.3EV, 0.5EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV or 3.0EV) or 9 images (0.3EV, 0.5EV, 0.7EV, or 1.0EV). The images are taken as you press and hold the shutter button.
- Single Bracket: Same as Continuous Bracket above, except that the shutter button is pressed for each image.
- WB Bracket: The camera records three images, each with different color tones, according to the selected settings of white balance, color temperature, and color filter. You can select Low (small changes in white balance) or High (large changes in white balance).
- DRO Bracket: The camera records three images, each with different degree of D-Range Optimizer. You can select Low (small changes in DRO) or High (large changes in DRO).
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following shooting modes:
- iAuto (Intelligent Auto): This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically based on Scene Recognition, such as Portrait, Infant, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Macro, Spotlight, Low Light, or Night Scene (using a tripod).
- Program Auto: For shooting with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while allowing you to adjust other settings manually. Program Shift allows you to change the shutter speed/aperture combination without changing the approximate exposure.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
- Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
- Memory Recall (1, 2, 3): You can register often-used camera settings (including Shooting Mode, Aperture, Shutter speed) in one of three memory positions on the Mode Dial for easy recall.
- Movies: You can record movies in Full HD or standard definition in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. When selected on the Mode Dial, you can select the desired movie settings, including Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure.
- S&Q Motion: This mode lets you shoot in slow-motion or quick-motion. In the menu, you can set the S&Q frame rate to 120, 60, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, or 1 fps. No sound is recorded in slow-motion or quick-motion mode.
Image Stabilization: The camera features SteadyShot Inside, a newly developed 5-axis optical image stabilization system equipped with high precision gyro sensors. Camera shake is effectively compensated along 5 axes: pitch, yaw, X, Y, and roll. You can see the effects of image stabilization in the live-view image. The 5-axis image stabilization provide a 5-step shutter speed advantage for full frame images.
Picture Effect: In Intelligent Auto mode, you can select Picture Effect to get one the following effect filters to achieve more impressive and artistic expression: Toy Camera (Normal, Cool, Warm, Green, Magenta), Pop Color, Posterization (color), Posterization (B/W), Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow), and High Contrast Mono.
Creative Style: The Creative Style function lets you select the desired image processing. You can adjust exposure (shutter speed and aperture) as you like with Creative Style. You can choose from: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, or Sepia. You can also adjust Contrast, Saturation, and Sharpness.
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure) The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-3.0 EV in 1/3-step increments by turning the dial on the top of the camera or +/-5.0 EV in 1/3-step or 1/2-step increments in the menu. When shooting movies, the exposure can be adjusted in a range of +/-2.0 EV.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following methods:
- Multi: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
- Center: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.
- Entire Screen Avg: Measures the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Highlight: Measures the brightness while emphasizing the highlighted area on the screen.
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options: Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Flash, Underwater Auto, Color Temperature, Color Filter, and Custom (1/2/3).
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode. ISO ranges differ with the selection of the shutter types. The ISO Sensitivity settings are as follows:
- Mechanical Shutter: ISO 100-51200 (Expandable from ISO 50 to ISO 204800)
- Auto: ISO 100-6400 (with selectable lower and upper limits)
- Electronic Shutter: ISO 100-25600 (Expandable from ISO 50 to ISO 204800)
- Movies: ISO 100-51200 equivalent (Expandable up to 102400)
Multi-Interface Shoe: The α9 does not have a built-in flash, but is equipped with the Multi-Interface Shoe, allowing you to use an external flash, such as the HVL-F20M, HVL-F43M, HVL-F45R or the HVL-RL1 Ring Light. The ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone is also compatible.
Flash Features: When an optional external flash is attached, the camera offers several Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, and Wireless. You can adjust the amount of flash light in a range of -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV with the Flash Compensation feature.
Wireless Overview: The Sony α9 lets you connect wirelessly with your mobile phone, tablet, or computer via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi through the PlayMemories Mobile app.
PlayMemories Mobile: To interface with the Sony α9, your smartphone/tablet must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 9.3 or later. It is also compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with the Android 4.1 and up operating environment.
Bluetooth: When connected via Bluetooth, the camera can acquire location data from the mobile device and record that data onto the still images and movies. Using the PlayMemories Home application on your personal computer, you can organize and view your images on a map.
One-touch NFC (Near Field Communication): By touching an NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet to the "N" mark on the right side of the camera, the smartphone will be connected automatically via Wi-Fi, and the PlayMemories Mobile app will be launched. The two devices must touch for approximately 1-2 seconds to make the connection. NFC One-touch Sharing allows you to directly send single images from the camera to the smartphone.
Wi-Fi Functions: The following wireless functions can be performed with the α9 and PlayMemories Mobile:
- Controlling the Camera: You can use a smartphone as a remote controller for the camera. Your device can be used as a shutter release and a viewfinder. You can connect via NFC (Android only), SSID, or QR Codes.
- Send to Smartphone: You can transfer still images to a smartphone for viewing. Images can be transferred in its original image size, or resized to 2M or VGA. RAW images are converted to JPEG format before being transferred.
- Send to Computer: You can transfer images stored on the camera's memory card to a computer connected to a wireless access point or wireless broadband router in order to easily make backup copies.
- View on TV: Images can be viewed on a network-enabled TV. While connected, you can playback images in a slideshow. You can choose from a short or long interval between slides, and select HD or 4K playback. Some BRAVIA TVs have special effects which can be selected for a slideshow.
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Image Index or as a Slide Show. During Image Index View mode, you can view 9 (3 x 3) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Slide Show: You can automatically play back still images continuously in a slide show. You can set the interval to 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
View Mode: There are six View Modes to choose from for playing back images and movies: Date View, Folder View (Still), Folder View (MP4), AVCHD View, XAVC S HD View, and XAVC S 4K View.
4K Playback: The α9 can output movies and still images in 4K resolution to an HDMI-connected TV that supports 4K. HDMI Resolution options include Auto, 2160p/1080p, 1080p, and 1080i.
BRAVIA Sync: When connecting the camera to a Sony TV with BRAVIA Sync via HDMI, you can control the camera with the TV's remote control.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options:
- DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
- Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
- Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the available downloadable software and print the images.
InfoLithium Battery: The α9 is powered by the NP-FZ100 InfoLithium battery, which has approximately over twice the capacity of the NP-FW50 battery (2280mAh vs. 1080mAh). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The battery life specs are as follows:
- Shooting Still
- LCD: Approx. 650 shots
- Viewfinder: Approx. 480 shots
- Recording Movies
- LCD: Approx. 120 min
- Viewfinder: Approx. 105 min
- Recording Movies
- LCD: Approx. 195 min
- Viewfinder: Approx. 185 min
Charging: The NP-FZ100 InfoLithium battery requires approximately 150 minutes (2.5 hours) to reach a full charge in the supplied BC-QZ1 battery charger. You can also charge the battery in the camera when you connect the supplied AC adapter and USB cable. This method takes approximately 285 minutes (4.75 hours).
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway.
Vertical Grip: The optional VG-C3EM Vertical Grip holds two NP-FZ100 batteries to double the battery capacity. The vertical grip fastens to the bottom of the α9, and offers several controls for use when the camera is in the vertical (portrait orientation) position. With the VG-C3EM in place, you can charge one or both batteries with the camera-supplied USB cable and AC adapter. (Charging time is 4h 55m for one battery, and 9h 50m for two batteries.)
LAN Terminal: An RJ-45 terminal is provided for connecting a Wired LAN for convenient transfer of large still image and movie files. A wired LAN is much more stable than a wireless connection for transferring large amounts of data.
Flash Sync Terminal: You can connect external flash units to the camera via a sync cable. (Some Sony flash units connect via the Multi Interface Shoe.)
Microphone Jack: The 3.5mm microphone jack lets you connect an external microphone. If the external microphone has plug-in power, the power for the microphone is supplied by the camera through this jack. When an external mic is connected, the built-in microphone is turned off.
Headphone Jack: You can connect headphones to the camera through this stereo 3.5mm headphone jack. This allows you to listen to audio as it's being recorded, or as the movie file is being played back.
HDMI: The camera has a Micro HDMI (Type D) jack for connecting the camera to an HDMI-equipped TV or video recorder. To prevent the HDMI cable from being disconnected accidentally while shooting, you should use the supplied cable protector.
Multi/Micro USB: The Micro USB terminal allows you to connect the camera to your computer or compatible storage device for downloading your recorded still images and movies. It can also be used for charging the battery in the camera when connected to the supplied AC adapter. A number of optional Sony remote controls also use the Multi/Micro USB port. This USB port supports Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0).
Multi Interface Shoe: The top-mounted Multi Interface Shoe is a single-point connection for multiple Sony accessories, such as flash units, video lights, and microphones.
Downloadable Software: The α9 does not include software in the box. Instead, Sony offers software for Windows- and Mac-compatible computers for importing still images and movies recorded with the camera to your computer. The software is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Mac OS X v10.11, and macOS 10.12-10.13 operating systems. You can download the software to your computer using the appropriate URL provided in the supplied Instruction Manual. The following downloadable software is compatible with the camera:
- PlayMemories Home: With PlayMemories Home, you can view your images, and use various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot. PlayMemories Home is required for importing XAVC S and AVCHD movies to your computer.
- Imaging Edge: Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) software can be used for browsing images (creating time-lapse movies, filtering images by applying ratings), adjusting images (edit and adjusting for brightness, color, and tone), remote shooting, and saving images recorded in RAW format and converting them to JPEG or TIFF format. Imaging Edge is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and macOS 10.12-10.14.
Note: Sony's Image Data Converter and Remote Camera Control software was discontinued in September 2018, and replaced with Imaging Edge.
Capture One Express: You can also use Capture One Express for Sony from Phase One to convert your RAW images to JPEG. This software comes with a 30-day free trial of Capture One Pro, which is available for purchase after the trial. Capture One Express is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10, as well as Mac OS X 10.11.6, macOS 10.12.6, and macOS 10.13.