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Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera

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Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera
Key Features
  • 24.6MP Full-Frame Global Shutter Sensor
  • Up to 120 fps Cont. Shooting with AF/AE
  • Pre-Capture Function; Speed Boost Button
  • Flash Sync at up to 1/80,000 Sec.
Laying claim to the title of world's first global shutter mirrorless camera, the Sony a9 III is a speedy and incredibly capable system for sports, wildlife, photojournalism, and much, much more. This revolutionary sensor technology raises the bar for full-frame imaging, including the ability to shoot raw continuously at up to 120 fps and enjoy flash sync up to the maximum shutter speed of 1/80,000 second. Blending the functionality of this 24.6MP sensor with Sony's powerful BIONZ XR processor and AI Processing Unit results in a system that will provide unmatched performance for those looking for an incredibly responsive and reliable camera system.
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Sony A9 III Overview

A New Dimension of Image Performance
Laying claim to the title of world's first global shutter mirrorless camera, the Sony a9 III is a speedy and incredibly capable system for sports, wildlife, photojournalism, and much, much more. This revolutionary sensor technology raises the bar for full-frame imaging, including the ability to shoot raw continuously at up to 120 fps and enjoy flash sync up to the maximum shutter speed of 1/80,000 second. Blending the functionality of this 24.6MP sensor with Sony's powerful BIONZ XR processor and AI Processing Unit results in a system that will provide unmatched performance for those looking for an incredibly responsive and reliable camera system.
Global Shutter—A First for Mirrorless
Sony has delivered the world's first full-frame global shutter mirrorless camera with the a9 III. 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 a9 III.

Global shutters help ensure consistent and uniform exposure across the entire frame in all lighting conditions. Flash sync is possible at any shutter speed-even the maximum of 1/80,000 second. The simultaneous readout also prevents banding from certain light sources, such as fluorescent lighting. In a gym, outside, or with mixed artificial lighting the a9 III will handle it with ease.
Flash photography and mixed lighting conditions will see major usability enhancements with the use of a global shutter. This includes the ability to sync at up to 1/80,000 second with any flash. Sony flashes will benefit from communication that ensures optimal results and third-party flashes can be synced with the shutter by using a menu setting to adjust the delay.
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 a9 III 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 a9 III'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
While video benefits greatly from the use of global shutter technology-rolling shutter and banding artifacts are completely eliminated-the a9 III boasts plenty of other video improvements over its predecessor worth talking about.
  • The a9 III 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
With a new generation of Alpha-series cameras comes some slight tweaks and modifications designed to make the operation of the system more ergonomic. The a9 III features a handful of updates:
  • 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 a9 III'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-C5 Vertical Grip is designed to match the updated ergonomics of the a9 III, including the new C5 button.
Enhanced Functionality and Usability
Sony has continued to improve the workflows of their professional cameras with upgraded and additional features:
  • A voice memo function promises clearer recording with a microphone located close to the user. These memos can be transferred via FTP and can be converted to text using Sony's Transfer & Tagging application.
  • IPTC metadata can be automatically added to images and up to 20 presets can be saved.
  • Image bursts can now be set to display as a group during playback to make it easier to navigate through a shoot, especially when using the a9 III's fastest continuous shooting rates.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet can be used for fast networked data transfer during shooting.
  • The a9 III is designed to be used in a wide ranging of shooting conditions and is weather sealed to protect it from the elements.
  • A shading curtain activates when the camera is powered off, protecting the camera's sensor from dust and the elements.
Future Firmware Updates
The Sony a9 III 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.

Sony A9 III Specs

Key Specs
Lens Mount
Sony E
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 25.2 Megapixel
Effective: 24.6 Megapixel
Image Sensor
35.6 x 23.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Image Stabilization
Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
ISO Sensitivity Range
Photo
250 to 25,600 in Manual Mode (Extended: 125 to 51,200)
250 to 12,800 in Auto Mode
Video
250 to 25,600 in Manual Mode
250 to 12,800 in Auto Mode
Continuous Shooting
Up to 120 fps at 24.6 MP
Internal Recording Modes
XAVC HS/XAVC S/XAVC S-I 4:2:2/4:2:0 8/10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [30 to 600 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [16 to 222 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes
Raw 16-Bit via HDMI
4672 x 2628 at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
4:2:2 8-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/50/59.94 fps
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: CFexpress Type A / SD (UHS-II)
Video I/O
1 x HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
Audio I/O
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O
1 x USB-C Input/Output
Other I/O
1 x RJ45 Data Output
1 x USB-C Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x PC Sync Socket (Sync) Output
1 x Sony Multi/Micro-USB Input/Output
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth 5.0
Display Type
4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Battery Type
1 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Approx. 400 Shots)
Imaging
Lens Mount
Sony E
Sensor Resolution
Actual: 25.2 Megapixel
Effective: 24.6 Megapixel
Image Sensor
35.6 x 23.8 mm (Full-Frame) CMOS
Crop Factor
1x
Image Stabilization
Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Built-In ND Filter
No
Capture Type
Stills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter Type
Electronic Global Shutter 
Shutter Speed
Electronic Shutter
1/80000 to 30 Seconds
1/8000 to 1 Second in Movie Mode
Bulb/Time Mode
Bulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity Range
Photo
250 to 25,600 in Manual Mode (Extended: 125 to 51,200)
250 to 12,800 in Auto Mode
Video
250 to 25,600 in Manual Mode
250 to 12,800 in Auto Mode
Metering Method
Evaluative
Exposure Modes
Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation
-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range
-5 to 17 EV
Continuous Shooting
Up to 120 fps at 24.6 MP
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes
3:2
24 MP (6000 x 4000)
10 MP (3936 x 2632)
6 MP (3008 x 2000)
Aspect Ratio
3:2
Image File Format
HEIF, JPEG, Raw
Bit Depth
14-Bit
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
XAVC HS/XAVC S/XAVC S-I 4:2:2/4:2:0 8/10-Bit
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [30 to 600 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps [16 to 222 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes
Raw 16-Bit via HDMI
4672 x 2628 at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
4:2:2 8-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080 at 23.98/50/59.94 fps
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps
Gamma Curve
S Cinetone, Sony S-Log 3
Recording Limit
No
IP Streaming
Yes
Built-In Microphone Type
Stereo
Audio Recording
2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Dual Slot: CFexpress Type A / SD (UHS-II)
Video I/O
1 x HDMI (Unspecified Signal) Output
Audio I/O
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O
1 x USB-C Input/Output
Other I/O
1 x RJ45 Data Output
1 x USB-C Data Input/Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x PC Sync Socket (Sync) Output
1 x Sony Multi/Micro-USB Input/Output
Wireless
2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth 5.0
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: Creators' App
Functionality: Access Stored Files, Adjust Settings, Remote Control, View Live Feed
*As of November, 2023: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
GPS
*Via Connected Smartphone
Monitor
Display Size
3.2"
Resolution
2,095,104 Dot
Display Type
4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
Type
Built-In Electronic (OLED)
Size
0.64"
Resolution
9,437,184 Dot
Eye Point
25 mm
Magnification
Approx. 0.9x
Diopter Adjustment
-4 to +3
Focus
Focus Type
Auto and Manual Focus
Autofocus Points
Photo
Phase Detection: 759
Video
Phase Detection: 627
Autofocus Sensitivity
-5 to +20 EV
Flash
Built-In Flash/Light
No
Maximum Sync Speed
1/80000 Second
Flash Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash System
TTL
External Flash Connection
Shoe Mount, PC Terminal
Environmental
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Battery Type
1 x NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Approx. 400 Shots)
PoE Support
Yes
Shoe Mount
1 x Intelligent Hot Shoe
Tripod Mounting Thread
1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Material of Construction
Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5.4 x 3.8 x 3.3" / 136.1 x 96.9 x 82.9 mm
Weight
1.4 lb / 617 g (Body Only)

Sony A9 III Reviews

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Will my VG-C4EM Battery Grip (the one that works ...

Will my VG-C4EM Battery Grip (the one that works with A9II and A1) work with the A9 III? Or do I have to buy the VG-C5?
Asked by: Shuo
The Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera only uses the VG-C5 grip and it is not compatible with the older grip.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2023-11-09

Is there a crop on the angle of view when ...

Is there a crop on the angle of view when recording 4k 120fps?
Asked by: Yecheskel
There is no crop factor when using the Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera for 4K 120p video recording.
Answered by: Marisa
Date published: 2023-11-07

What is the sensor cleaning type and method for ...

What is the sensor cleaning type and method for a9III? Is it the same as a1 and a7s3?
Asked by: Yoshinori
Yes, sensor cleaning type and method will be same as the other full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras.
Answered by: samikg
Date published: 2023-11-07

Is there a UHD Super35 (APS-C) crop mode for ...

Is there a UHD Super35 (APS-C) crop mode for video (for proper cinematic DOF and lens field of view)?
Asked by: Gavin
The Sony A9III has a crop sensor mode for both stills and video.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2023-11-07

Does the USB-c allow recording to external hard ...

Does the USB-c allow recording to external hard drive?
Asked by: Ahren
The Sony A9 III has no external recording capabilities over the USB-C.
Answered by: JonathanS
Date published: 2023-11-13

What is the native ISO when using S-Cinetone?

What is the native ISO when using S-Cinetone?
Asked by: Conrad
According to Sony, the Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera has a native ISO of 320 when using the S-Cinetone profile.
Answered by: Marisa
Date published: 2023-11-13

Is there only one metering mode?

Is there only one metering mode?
Asked by: Charles
The Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera has the same metering mode as other Sony mirrorless cameras: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority, with the same options and features of other Sony mirrorless cameras.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2023-11-09

Does the Sony A9iii include time lapse ...

Does the Sony A9iii include time lapse functionality in camera?
Asked by: Erika
Yes, the Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera has built-in time lapse capability inside the camera.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2023-11-07
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