Sony A9 III Overview
A New Dimension of Image Performance
Global Shutter—A First for Mirrorless
Sony has delivered the world’s first full-frame global shutter mirrorless camera with the Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera. The use of a global shutter provides a leap in performance over the rolling shutter technology used for decades. A global shutter provides a near instantaneous and simultaneous readout of all 24.6MP, eliminating skew and other artifacts that plagued rolling shutters. It also far surpasses mechanical shutter technology is every way, making the physical shutter unnecessary in the Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera.
Pre-Capture & Speed Boost—Never Miss a Moment
Along with the key technology delivered by the sensor, the a9 III offers features new features to unlock the camera’s full potential.
- Pre-Capture: The Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera can be configured to begin recording images to the buffer when the shutter button is half-pressed. Users can set this between 0.05-1.0 second. Upon pressing the shutter these images will be saved to the memory card.
- Speed Boost: Not every shoot calls for the Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera’s impressive max speed of 120 fps. With Speed Boost and the C5 button, which is conveniently placed near the grip on the front of the camera, users can instantly switch their camera from their usual continuous shooting frame rate to a faster one to make sure their next shot is just right. Photographers will be able to select various frame rates up to 120 fps
Pro-Quality 4K Video
- The Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera captures and downsamples the full 6K image area to produce high-quality UHD 4K video up to 60 fps. It can also record 4K up to 120 fps with no crop.
- Record 10-bit 4:2:2 internally using All-I encoding for maximum quality.
- Output 16-bit raw via the full-size HDMI port to a compatible external recorder.
- S-Log3, S-Cinetone, and other Picture Profiles are available for optimizing the image for your workflow and production environment.
Refined Body Design
- Addition of C5 custom button to front of camera body.
- Continuous shooting mode dial can now be disabled and shooting speed can be adjusted in the menu.
- Enhanced grip and the shutter button has been slightly moved to provide a more ergonomic experience.
- Dual CFexpress Type A/SD card slots provide versatility, allowing users to use existing media or pick up the faster CFexpress options to take full advantage of the Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera’s increased speed.
- USB-C port now offers faster USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds of up to 10 Gb/s.
- 3.2″ 2.1m-dot 4-axis multi-angle touchscreen LCD-first seen on the a7R V. This screen has a wide color gamut covering the DCI-P3 space.
- 9.44m-dot 0.90x OLED electronic viewfinder with maximum refresh rate of 240 fps. The a9 III benefits from maximum quality viewing at up to 120 fps.
- Ethernet port for advanced networking and data transfer workflows.
- The optional VG-C5EM Vertical Grip is designed to match the updated ergonomics of the Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera, including the new C5 button.
Future Firmware Updates
The Sony Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera is going to get better with time and there are some details on what to expect in future firmware updates:
- The ability to shooting continuously at up to 120 fps when using the maximum shutter speed of 1/80,000 second.
- Workflow enhancements for IPTC metadata and FTP functions.
- Addition of C2PA technology from the Content Authenticity Initiative.