Sony Camera A9 III
  • 24.6MP
  • Global shutter system
  • Blackout-free
  • 120 fps with AF/AE tracking
  • Al processing unit


The Exmor RSTM CMOS image sensor in the Sony Camera A9 III interchangeable lens camera is the world’s first 2 full-frame stacked 24.6 MP3 picture sensor with a global shutter system. It’s the best camera for sports and wildlife photographers since it can capture fast-moving subjects without distortion in practically any situation.

Camera TypeInterchangeable lens digital camera
Lens MountE-mount
Camera Section
Sensor Type35 mm complete frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm)
Number of Pixels (Total)Approx. 25.2 megapixels
Number of Pixels (Effective)Still images: Approx. 24.6 megapixels max., Movies: Approx. 20.3 megapixels max.
Optical Low-Pass FilterYes
Color Temperature Range2500 K–9900 K
Image Sensor
Anti-Dust SystemYes
Recording (Still Images)
Recording FormatHEIF (MPEG-A MIAF compliant), JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.32, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 5.0 set-up compliant)
Image Size (Pixels) [3:2]35 mm full frame L: 6000 x 4000 (24 M), M: 3936 x 2632 (10 M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0 M)
Recording (Movie)
Video CompressionXAVC S: MPEG-H HEVC-H.265: MPEG-4 AVC-H.264, XAVC HS
Audio RecordingLPCM 2ch (48 kHz 24 bit), LPCM 2ch (48 kHz 16 bit), LPCM 4ch (48 kHz 24 bit)
Recording System (Movie)
Movie Recording Format (XAVC HS 4K)Various resolutions and frame rates
Movie Recording Format (XAVC S 4K)Various resolutions and frame rates
Movie Recording Format (XAVC S HD)Various resolutions and frame rates
Movie Recording Format (XAVC S-I 4K)Various resolutions and frame rates
Movie Recording Format (XAVC S-I HD)Various resolutions and frame rates
Movie FunctionsSlow and Quick Motion, Proxy Recording, TC/UB, RAW Output
Recording System
Memory Card SlotSLOT ONE: Multi slot for SD (UHS-I/II compliant) memory card \CF express Type A card, SLOT TOW: Multi slot for SD (UHS-I\II compliant) memory card / CF express Type A card
Focus System
Focus TypeFast Hybrid AF (phase-detection)
Focus PointStill images: Max. 759 points (phase-detection AF), Movies: Max. 627 points (phase-detection AF)
Focus SensitivityEV/5 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens involved)
Recognition Target (Still Images)Bird, Animal, Insect, Car, Human, Airplane, Train
Recognition Target (Movies)Insect,  Animal, Car, Bird, Train, Human,  Airplane
Other FeaturesVarious focus-related features
AF IlluminatorYes (with Built-in LED type)
Exposure Control
Metering Type1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering SensitivityEV/5 to EV17 (ISO100 equal with F2.0 lens involved)
Exposure Compensation+/- 5.0 EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable)
ISO SensitivityAUTO (ISO 250–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 250–25600 equivalent, Still images: ISO 250–25600 (expandable to ISO 125–51200)
Anti-Flicker ShootYes
Type1.6 cm (0.64 type) electric viewfinder (Quad/XGA OLED)
Number of Dots9,437,184 dots
MagnificationApprox. 0.90* (50 (mm) lens at infinity’ –1 m-1)-
Dioptre(–4.0 to +3.0 m-1)
Eye PointApprox. 25 (mm) from the eye piece lens, 21 (mm) from the eyepiece frame at –1 m-1 CIPA-standard
Finder Frame Rate CollectionNTSC mode: STD 60fps-HI 120fps-HIGHER 240fps, PAL mode: STD 50fps-HI 100fps-HIGHER 200fps
LCD Screen
Monitor Type8.0 cm (3.2-type) type TFT
Touch PanelYes
Number of Dots2,095,104 dots
Adjustable AngleOpening Angles (approx.): Up 98 degree, down 40 degree , side 180 degree, rotation 270 degree
Other FeaturesVarious features like Soft Skin Effect, Auto Framing, Speed Boost, Time-lapse, Picture Profile,
Clear Image Zoom (Still Images)Approx. 2x
Clear Image Zoom (Movies)Approx. 1.5x (4K), Approx. 2x (HD)
Shutter TypeElectronic shutter
Shutter SpeedBulb, Movies: 1/8000 to 1 s / Still images: 1/80000 to 30 s
Flash Sync. Speed1/80000 s, 1/500 s
Image Stabilization
TypeImage sensor-shift mechanism with five-axis compensation
Compensation Effect8.0 stops (based on CIPA standard. Pitch-yaw shake only. With FE 50 mm F1.2 GM lens mounted)
ModeStill images: On/Off, Movie: Dynamic active/Active/Standard/Off
ControlPre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV)
External Flash CompatibilitySony A System Flash compatible with Multi Line Shoe, attach the shoe connecter for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe
Continuous Drive Speed (Approx. Max.)Hi+: 120fps
ModesEnlarged display mode, Divider Frame, Photo Capture, Rating, Shot Mark (Movie), Protect,  Crop
FunctionsScreen Reader, Touch Shutter, Touch Focus, Focus Map (Movie), Peaking Display, Subject Recognition in AF, Multi-angle LCD screen
PC InterfaceMass-storage / MTP
Multi/Micro USB TerminalYes
InterfacesYes (SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps (USB 3.2) compatible)
Sync TerminalYes
Wireless LAN (Built-in)Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible- IEEE 802.11a-b-g-n (2.4 GHz band\5 GHz band))
BluetoothYes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 5.0 (2.4 GHz band))
HDMI OutputHDMI connector- Raw 16bit, (Type-A), 3840 x 2160 (30p/25p/24p)/1920 x 1080 (60p/50p/24p)/1920 x 1080 (60i/50i), YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit/RGB 8bit, 4672 x 2628 (59.94p/29.97p/23.98p)
Multi Interface ShoeYes (Digital Audio Interface)
Mic TerminalYes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Headphone TerminalYes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Remote Control (Wireless)Yes (Bluetooth remote control)
LAN TerminalYes (1000BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T)
FunctionsFTP Transfer Func. (Wired LAN, USB Tethering, Wi-Fi), PC Remote, Remote control via smartphone
USB Streaming
Video DataYUV42010, MJPEG
Video ResolutionVarious resolutions and frame rates
Audio Data FormatLPCM 2ch (16-bit 48 kHz)
MicrophoneBuilt-in, stereo, Built-in, voice memo
SpeakerBuilt-in, monaural
Lens Compensation
SettingShading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Breathing (Movie)
Supplied BatteryOne rechargeable battery pack NP-FZ100
Battery Life (Still Images)Approx. 400 shots (Viewfinder)/Approx. 530 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Battery Life (Movie, Actual Recording)Approx. 90 min (Viewfinder)/Approx. 95 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Battery Life (Movie, Continuous Recording)Approx. 145 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 150 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Internal Battery ChargeYes (USB Power Delivery compatible. Available with USB Type-C Terminal)
USB Power SupplyYes (USB Power Delivery compatible. Available with USB Type-C Terminal)
Power Consumption with LCD ScreenStill images: Approx. 4.8 W (with FE 28–70 mm F3.5–5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies: Approx. 6.8 W (with FE 28–70 mm F3.5–5.6)
Body OnlyApprox. 1 lb 5.8 oz (Approx. 617 g)
Size & Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D)approx. 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 x 2 7/8 in (Approx. 136.1 x 96.9 x 82.9 mm, Approx. 136.1 x 96.9 x 72.8 mm) Approx. 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 x 3 3/8 in,
Operating Temperature
Operating Temperature32–104 °F / 0–40 °C
Supplied Accessory
What’s in the BoxRechargeable Battery NP-FZ100, shoe cap, Shoulder strap, Power cord,  Battery Charger BC-QZ1, Body cap,


Exmor RSTM 24.6 MP full-frame stacked image sensor with global shutter

The 9 III is equipped with a ground-breaking full-frame global shutter image sensor with about 24.6 million effective pixels, a stacked CMOS architecture, and integral memory, allowing for exceptional resolution and incredible speed. It can capture fast-moving subjects with minimum distortion, and the sensor’s layered structure and excellent A/D conversion allow for high-speed processing with minimal latency. The Sony Camera A9 III, which also includes a sophisticated BIONZ X processing engine, can shoot continuous bursts at up to 120 frames per second11 while maintaining all the action in focus with to powerful AI, dense phase-detect AF, and wide subject recognition.

Image processing engine BIONZ XR

The BIONZ XR image processing engine, which has up to eight times the processing capacity of prior generations, reduces processing latency while significantly increasing image processing capability, resulting in photos with great color gradation, realistic color reproduction, and low noise. It can handle the large amount of data created by the newly designed Exmor RS image sensor in real-time, even while shooting continuous bursts at up to 120 frames per second, and it can capture high-quality 14-bit RAW photographs in all still photography modes.

Shooting without the use of a blackout

The blackout-free viewfinder, which does not black out even during fast-paced continuous photography, ensures you never miss a moment. This enables the seamless capturing of all the action, which is especially important for shooting fast-moving subjects like athletes or portraits, where even the smallest of facial expressions can mean the difference between an average and outstanding shot.  (1) Shooting without a blackout (2) Shooting in the dark

Increased Continuous Shooting Speed

Continuous Shooting Speed Boost16 momentarily increases the shooting speed when shooting bursts, allowing the user to increase the frame rate to 120fps, for example, as the critical time approaches. When shooting sports or other fast-paced activities when the time of the desired action can be reasonably predicted, this technique is best applied.

With unique high-speed burst support, you can capture crucial moments.

Never miss a vital event again with Pre-Capture15, which allows you to catch moments before the shutter is released. While the shutter button is half-pressed, data (up to 120 photos per second13) is temporarily stored, and up to 1 second prior can be taken once the shutter is fully pressed. This allows for the capture of split-second moments, such as photographs of birds in flight, even if the shutter release is somewhat delayed.

Shutter speed of 1/8000014 second

Capture the fast-paced action at sporting events and other events. For static shots, the global shutter sensor provides for an ultra-fast maximum shutter speed of 1/80000 second, allowing you to capture a bullet leaving the barrel of a rifle during a shooting competition.

Autofocus and tracking that is broad, fast, and precise

The Fast Hybrid AF system in the Sony Camera A9 III combines the speed and tracking performance of phase-detection AF with the precision of contrast-detection AF, successfully latching onto and tracking subjects that move quickly and/or erratically. It now contains 75918 phase-detection points in a high-density focal plane phase-detection AF system that covers 95.6% of the image area.

Recognition of a broader range of issues that is reliable

The AI processing unit can recognize humans, animals, birds, insects, cars/trains, and planes17. It can now recognize helmets, such as those worn by formula race car drivers, under the Car/Train category. Animal recognition can distinguish the eyes of some grazing and small animals, as well as the eyes, heads, and bodies of dogs, cats, and other animals with comparable features. Bird recognition has also been improved, making it easier to identify the eyes and bodies of various bird species. Furthermore, a new Animal/Bird setting avoids the need to switch between two settings in order to shoot animals or birds.

A skeleton-based model is used to estimate human poses.

The Sony Camera A9 III revolutionary AI processing unit can effectively discern movement using subject form data. The human pose estimation technique accurately recognizes not only the eyes but also the torso and head position. This allows you to latch on to and track a subject who is facing away from the camera or whose face is obscured. If the subject is in the focus region when the shutter is half-pressed when shooting with continuous AF, a faraway human subject that fills only a small part of the picture (even smaller than in earlier Real-time Recognition AF versions) can be detected. At a track and field or ski event, for example, this can speed up the acquisition of concentration on an athlete approaching from a distance.

120 AF/AE tracking calculations per second are possible.19

Allow the camera to maintain track—the new image sensor’s high-speed readout allows the Sony Camera A9 III to perform up to 120 AF/AE tracking calculations per second19, which is twice as fast as its predecessor. AF monitors complicated subject motions and predicts abrupt movements with better accuracy than ever before, while AE responds quickly to sudden brightness changes. The Sony Camera A9 III maintains tracking even while continuous shooting, which contributes to higher precision.  (2) AF/AE calculation 120 frames per second

Advanced 5-axis optical image stabilization

Shoot handheld with assurance. The Sony Camera A9 III features a high-precision image stabilizer device, modern gyro sensors, and enhanced image stabilization algorithms to detect and correct camera shake, with 8.0-step21 stabilization. Compatible lenses with built-in image stabilization22 and increased communication between the body and lenses further support this, enabling excellent control for blur-free shooting even at telephoto focal lengths.  [1] Yaw [2] Roll [3] Pitch

Noise is reduced while shooting in RAW composite.

Composite RAW Shooting captures multiple photos (4, 8, 16, or 32, depending on the camera) that may subsequently be blended using Sony’s Imaging Edge DesktopTM computer application software to produce full-resolution photographs with very low noise.20 This allows you to shoot animals at high shutter speeds or portraits in low light while obtaining great image quality with low noise, even at higher ISO settings. Furthermore, when shooting at low sensitivity levels, the Sony Camera A9 III may use Composite RAW to create photos with decreased false color and jaggies by taking advantage of the camera shake that happens during handheld shooting.  (1) Standard (2) RAW Composite

Remote Camera Software

Remote Camera Tool is a piece of software that permits PC Remote (tethered) shooting via a wired LAN. Remote Camera Tool can be used to modify camera settings and shoot photographs once the camera is connected to a computer or switching hub.

Wi-Fi built-in for FTP and smartphone transfers, as well as PC Remote tethering

High-speed data transfer is enabled by built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11ac) with 2×2 MIMO capability, allowing the Sony Camera A9 III to transfer data up to twice as quickly as its predecessor. 5 GHz34 connectivity provides maximum speed and stability, which is critical for news and sports photographers who need to produce quickly via FTP, as well as studio conditions.

Sony’s cloud computing services

Sony’s cloud services help with everything from shooting to post-production. Users can remotely manage the camera and transmit stills and videos to the smartphone using the Creators’ App mobile application35. Sony’s Creators’ Cloud offers a variety of valuable production support tools for editing. For example, Master Cut (Beta)36 leverages camera information and cloud AI to effectively construct initial movie edits, whilst Ci Media Cloud36 makes it simple for teams to collaborate on production. Get extra inspiration from the networking site Discover36, which brings artists together, helps them promote their activities, and offers access to relevant articles regarding Sony Ambassador shooting and production procedures, alongside other invaluable guidance.


1. What is the resolution of the Sony Camera A9 III?

The Sony Camera A9 III features a 24.6 MP full-frame stacked Exmor RSTM CMOS image sensor.

2. What is the unique feature of the image sensor?

The camera has a global shutter system, allowing it to capture fast-moving subjects without distortion.

3. Does the camera have blackout-free shooting?

Yes, the Sony Camera A9 III offers blackout-free shooting, ensuring you don’t miss any moments during continuous photography.

4. What are the maximum frames per second (fps) for continuous shooting?

The camera can shoot continuous bursts at up to 120 frames per second, making it ideal for capturing fast-paced action.

5. What is the autofocus system in the Sony Camera A9 III?

The camera features a Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection) system with 759 phase-detection points, covering 95.6% of the image area.

6. How many recognition targets are supported by the AI processing unit?

The AI processing unit can recognize humans, animals, birds, insects, cars/trains, and planes. It can even recognize helmets under the Car/Train category.

7. Does the camera have 5-axis optical image stabilization?

Yes, the Sony Camera A9 III is equipped with advanced 5-axis optical image stabilization, providing up to 8.0 stops of compensation.

8. What is Composite RAW Shooting, and how does it benefit users?

Composite RAW Shooting captures multiple photos that can be blended using Sony’s Imaging Edge Desktop software, reducing noise and improving image quality, especially in low-light conditions.

9. Can the camera shoot remotely?

Yes, the Sony Camera A9 III supports remote shooting via Wi-Fi, allowing users to control the camera, adjust settings, and capture photos remotely using the Creators’ App mobile application.

10. What are the connectivity options for data transfer?

The camera features built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11ac) with 2×2 MIMO capability for high-speed data transfer. It also supports FTP, smartphone transfers, and PC Remote tethering.

11. Are there cloud services provided by Sony for camera users?

Yes, Sony’s cloud services offer various tools for shooting and post-production, including remote camera management, data transfer, collaborative editing, and networking opportunities for photographers.

12. What is the operating temperature range of the Sony Camera A9 III?

The camera has an operating temperature range of 32–104 °F (0–40 °C).

13. What accessories are included with the camera?

The camera comes with a rechargeable battery (NP-FZ100), shoe cap, shoulder strap, power cord, battery charger (BC-QZ1), and body cap.

14. What is the weight of the Sony Camera A9 III (Body Only)?

The approximate weight of the camera body is 1 lb 5.8 oz (617 g).

15. How long is the battery life for still images and movie recordings?

The battery life is approximately 400 shots (Viewfinder) or 530 shots (LCD monitor) for still images and approximately 90 min (Viewfinder) or 95 min (LCD monitor) for movie recording (CIPA standard).

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