Not a supercamera I am sure, but it is a super-looking camera spec-wise. This is not an attempt at a review - just a gushing, unfiltered response to the news.
Sony just announced its long-awaited A9 camera and it is a real surprise because it is totally a sports and wildlife camera. With caveats, basic specs are things like 24mp, 20fps, best-ever high ISO performance, an AF points covering 85% of the sensor, and a buffer that;ll hold 240+ RAW shots. And your non-shooting partner probably won't even ask how much it cost, it is so small and apparently inoffensive.. not that I would ever deceive my partner in such a manner.
Even more surprising they announced a new 100-400 lens for it that promises to match the latest Canon and Nikon models . This means that in some areas it willl effectively exceed the capacities of the Canon and Nikon models because of features that the body offers.
Some things that I found interesting, having followed the development of the Sony A7 series.(7 is the number Sony uses for high-level enthusiast bodies - 9 for semi-pro, although I don't think there is much "semi" about this camera, except fot the pro support if you live outside New York, LA or Tokyo). or that wildlife shooters might find intereting.
The 20fps has some limits, but it is not "crippled" - the camera will focus throughout and is available in most modes. As usual, there will presumably be a secondary setrting of 14fps or so in which absolutely all features work.
The AF system is new and improved. This has been Sony's weak spot
The sensor is a completely new design, specially designed for speed and ISO performance - so since the A7 series is already pretty close to the best available at high ISOs, I'd expect impressive performance..
The silent mode is totally silent i.e. you can shoot at high frame rate without making a sound. This will blow your guide's mind.
There is an AF joystick and various AF preset options, including a range of AF memory options
Battery life is doubled on A7 series - a major issue solved
There is no flickering (or "blackout" when shooting at high frame rates) and the electronic viewfinder is much improved (on what was already very good) so in many conditions you really will be seeing more or less exactly what you will be getting before and as you press the shutter - esssentially you are "chimping" as you shoot.
It's already a fanboy's wet dream. Could be a photographer's dream too, if it actually all works as claimed and if that photographer has a few thousand dollars to spend. Not sure that I do, but.......
Edited by pault, 21 April 2017 - 12:03 PM.