Because the Sony A9 lacks some of the more video oriented features of its peer models we don’t recommended it for video. If you have this camera for photography purposes you still can pull some decent video footage out of it.
This video shows the SLR Magic 25mm F1.4, 35mm F1.2, 50mm F1.1, 75mm F1.4 in action. Unfortunately it’s not labeled for which lens is used for which segment. Nonetheless it shows the general look you can get from these excellent budget lenses. We find the 50mm to be the weakest link. The camera is the Sony A7R II.
Given how the Panasonic GH5 has upped the ante we hope that the A7s III or whatever will be its successor does not disappoint. Until then, a reminder of what the A7s II is capable of:
Think the A7s II without a screen at a back but without a time recording limit and has gen lock. So… I don’t know if we should be happy or cry. Codecs etc. remain the same.
Expected to be available in September for around $4500 (price has yet to be set).
We were surprised to learn that the following music video was shot on the Sony A7s. Of course they had a lot of production capacity that the average Sony A7s use won’t have, but it’s still nice to see what is possible:
Again, this is a camera we find more interesting for photography than videography but it of course does shoot 4K video:
It’s a shame they couldn’t stretch their 20FPS stills to 24FPS:
Again, we find this camera more interesting for photographers, but it does meet the criteria of shooting 4K:
The Sony A9 appears to be a very interesting camera for photographers. For videographers however the features are disappointing and it’s not clear if there is any benefit over the much cheaper Sony A6500 or other Sony A7 series bodies.
Key specifications include:
- 24.2MP full frame sensor
- Internal 4:2:0 4K video
- S-Log3 Gammma
- 5 axis IBIS
- 20 FPS (5 FPS with mechanical shutter)
- can AF at 60 FPS
- No crop at 24P but crop at 30p
- Full frame/crop video modes
- Dual SD card slots (UHS-II)
- Electronic shutter
The Sony A6500 battery life is poor, so a grip may solve that issue if you can live with the bulk. The Panasonic G85 and GH5 do much better on the battery life front and also both have grips available (for too much money).