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The Slanted Lens Hands-On Review of the α9

Jay P. Morgan and Kenneth Merrill of The Slanted Lens recently tested the Sony α9. The duo was specifically interested in seeing how its motion capabilities and auto-focus features performed in real shooting situations. With the help of model and gymnast Sarati, they set out to Santa Monica to capture some frozen action of her running and jumping. Back in the studio reviewing the images, Merrill says, “The biggest talking point for this camera in my opinion is the frames-per-second.” While testing the shooting speed was their primary goal, it turned out not to be the only thing that impressed them. Speed is just the beginning of the capabilities that make the new camera a class leader.

After completing several hours of shooting, Morgan and Merrill note that they are still on the first battery – and only halfway through it.

They go on to explain how nearly every frame is in focus when they used face detection.

The two also test the auto-focus and ISO for video and are very impressed.

“I am totally blown away by the low light on this. I didn’t expect it to be this good,” says Merrill.

They both conclude that the perfect application for this camera is shooting fast motion due to the high frames-per-second, clear auto-focus system, battery life and clear EVF.

Watch the full video and see their results on The Slanted Lens YouTube Channel.