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Differences between Sony A9 III and Sony A9 II

Sony A9 III and Sony A9 II Comparison
Sony A9 III and Sony A9 II Comparison

Last week, Sony released a new camera, the Sony A9 III, which received a global shutter, unprecedented burst shooting capabilities, support for 4K 120 fps video recording, and the ability to work with shutter speeds up to 1/80,000. Currently, detailed information has been published online comparison of the dimensions of the new Sony A9 III camera and the previous generation model – Sony A9 II.

The height of the camera has increased by 5 mm, and its width by 7.2 mm. Thus, we can say with confidence that the new Sony A9 III is a larger camera than the previous generation model (although not by much). At the same time, the comparison shows that the camera handle itself has become a little thicker and, apparently, more comfortable to grip.

Let’s move on to the next comparison. This time the view is from above. The thickness at the top of the camera body has increased from 77.5mm to 82.9mm. There are also visible differences in the controls relative to the Sony A9 II camera.

This time the changes are even more significant – not in terms of dimensions, but in terms of micro changes in the location of controls. For example, you can see that the display of the Sony A9 III has the ability to rotate, while the Sony A9 II model has only an inclined one.

Some of the buttons were displaced due to the enlargement of the display itself.

Next comparison. Sony A9 III camera grip. From a side angle you can see how much thicker the Sony A9 III camera grip has become. Its thickness: increased from 77.5 mm to 82.9 mm. The system for opening the memory card compartment has also changed.

And another side view. It can be seen that the system for closing all camera ports has changed and has become more fragmented.

The new Sony A9 III camera has a highly effective matrix image stabilization system (IBIS), which operates on five axes. The system’s efficiency is estimated at 8 exposure stops, which is a record among Sony cameras. The test was carried out with a Sony 50mm F/1.2 G-Master lens.

Sony A9 III received support for the Pre-Capture function. It allows you to record one second before the shutter is released – in case the risk of missing the moment is very high. The system allows you to capture up to approximately 390 Fine JPEG images in one continuous burst of 30 frames per second.

A sensor with a global shutter will allow you to shoot video on the Sony A9 III without the rolling shutter effect. Combined with the 4K 120fps recording function from full frame (without crop factor), the new product will, without a doubt, be perfect for camera operators. The maximum recording bitrate (when shooting without an external recorder) is 600Mbps.

The camera records 4K video from 6K (when shooting at up to 60 fps), which allows you to obtain even higher image quality. The following codecs are available: XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC HS: MPEG-H, HEVC/H.265. At the same time, the ability to output 16-bit RAW video through the full-size HDMI port to a compatible external recorder (most likely from Atomos) is available.

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