Sony a9 Image Quality Improvement

Where I noticed the Sony a9 image quality improvement is after a couple days of rain in San Diego, the sun came out and lit up Estelle Rose perfectly on Del Mar beach. This frame was taken with a beta version of the next major a9 firmware release, 5.0.

Photos from Sony San Diego 19

What I found in post is stepped up a9 image quality. It takes advantage of the full-frame sensor producing smoother, more natural tonal gradations. You can see the subtle changes in the light where  highlights and shadows meet on her skin.

Sony a9 image quality improvement is less noticeable in this photo because we were under a highway overpass and it was raining, but see the colors pop.

Photos from Sony San Diego 19.

Updated Algorithm

In the burst sequences, the updated algorithm was far more consistent with the automatic white balance setting too. The AWB lock was useful in the mixed light under the highway overpass and moving around the basketball scene.

Photos from Sony San Diego 19 where the a6400 launched and the media tried out Firmware 5.0.

On the left of the frame are gray skies. To the right and out of frame a spotlight, and behind me more gray.

In the featured photo on this post, check the reflections and how clean transitions between whites and blacks are. For those of you who purchased the a9 on sale during the holidays, the firmware is an added bonus and makes Sony’s flagship mirrorless even more valuable for pros.

The a9 most artistic vision enabling electronic device I use, second only to a film camera and my Leica M-P in terms of creativity.

A mirrorless camera is a balance of quality and size, still and movie, art and science. At one moment with the a9, I was shooting sports and another a model against a graffiti wall. In both scenes, the AF locked on and tracked the subjects in real time. Then, I was treated to even better image quality.

Sony a9 Image Quality Improvement

The image quality improvements to the a9 are in firmware 5.0, shipping this spring.

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