With an all-new and world’s first stacked CMOS full frame sensor, the Sony a9 looks to be a force to be reckoned with. Check out our first look video to get yourself up to speed on Sony’s latest sports shooter in our brief first look video.
We got some additional time with the camera, and captured some through-the-viewfinder video showing the new AF system in action. We start off showing Lock-On: Flexible Spot M in action, which does a seemingly improved job of sticking to our intended (initial) subject. Sony claims much improved subject tracking; our initial impressions confirm this, though Lock-on still experiences a delay in initially locking on to your subject. We then take a critical look at AF joystick usage: while responsive, it often misregisters a directional push for a downward one, which activates a completely different function (Center AF-S, by default).
Lastly, we look at the newly added ability to tie a specific AF mode (with or without AF activation) to custom buttons, which is potentially game changing when it comes to quickly adapting to changing scenarios. Unfortunately, you can only ever switch to one other AF mode; but quickly switching back-and-forth between two AF area modes is still fantastic, and one of the things we truly enjoy and use when shooting high-end Canon/Nikon DSLRs.
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