Images of beauty for everyone
Main specifications of
System
Camera type
Lens mount
Lens compatibility
Image Sensor
Sensor type
Effective pixels
Total pixels
Aspect ratio
Anti-Dust function
ISO sensitivity
(recommended
exposure index)
Recording
Image format
Image size
Image quality modes
Media
Card slot
Noise reduction
Colour space
Creative Style
D-Range Optimiser
LCD Monitor
Type
Total number of dots
Coverage
Brightness adjustment
Preview
Function
LCD Panel
Digital SLR camera for use with interchangeable lenses
Sony mount
Sony lenses, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses*1
35mm-film format (35.9 x 24.0 mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Approx. 24.6 megapixels
Approx. 25.7 megapixels
3:2
Charge protection coating on low-pass filter, image-sensor shift mechanism
ISO 200 – 3200 in 1/3 EV steps (ISO 100 – 6400 can be set as expanded ISO range)
ISO Auto Range: ISO 200 – 1600, ISO 400 – 1600, ISO 400 – 800, ISO 200 – 800,
ISO 200 – 400 selectable
Bracketing
Focus Control
Type
Sensor
No. of focus points
Sensitivity range
Modes
Focus areas
Other features
JPEG (DCF2.0 and Exif 2.21 compliant, DPOF supported), RAW (Sony ARW 2.0 format), RAW + JPEG
<Aspect ratio 3:2>
L size: 6048 x 4032 (24M), M size: 4400 x 2936 (13M), S size: 3024 x 2016 (6.1M)
<Aspect ratio 16:9>
L size: 6048 x 3408 (21M), M size: 4400 x 2472 (11M), S size: 3024 x 1704 (5.2M)
<APS-C size capture>
L size: 3984 x 2656 (11M), M size: 2896 x 1928 (5.6M), S size: 1984 x 1320 (2.6M)
RAW, cRAW (compressed), RAW & JPEG (Fine), cRAW (compressed) & JPEG (Fine),
Extra Fine, Fine, Standard
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,
CompactFlash ( Type I / Type II, UDMA Mode 5 compliant), Microdrive
Dual slot for Memory Stick Duo / CompactFlash, selectable with Quick Navi or from Setup Menu
Long exposure NR: On/Off selectable, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
High ISO NR: High / Normal / Low / Off selectable at ISO 1600 or higher
sRGB / Adobe RGB selectable from Recording Menu
13 image styles: Standard / Vivid / Neutral / Clear / Deep / Light / Portrait /
Landscape / Sunset / Night View / Autumn Leaves / B&W / Sepia
Adjustable parameter: Contrast / Saturation / Sharpness / Brightness / Zone Matching*
6 settings can be registered. * Saturation cannot be set for B&W and Sepia.
Modes: Off / Standard / Advanced Auto / Advanced (Lv 1 to 5)
DRO Advanced Bracketing: 3 frames, Hi / Lo selectable
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash
Colour Temperature (2500 – 9900K) with colour filter (19-step magenta / green compensation),
Custom (3 settings can be registered)
3 frames, Hi / Lo level selectable
TTL phase detection system
CCD line sensors
9 points (centre dual-cross type) with 10 assist points
EV 0 – 18 (at ISO 100)
Single-shot AF (AF-S), Automatic AF (AF-A), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF),
Manual Focus (MF)
Wide, Spot, Local (9 local focus areas, selectable with multi selector )
AF Micro Adjustment (+/- 20-step increments for up to 30 different lenses), Predictive control,
Focus lock, AF illuminator (LED, Range: approx. 1 – 7 m, Auto / Off selectable)
Exposure
Metering
Exposure control
Viewfinder
Type
Field coverage
Magnification
Diopter adjustment
Eye point
Focusing screen
Area displayed
Other displays
Eyepiece shutter
Intelligent Preview / Optical Preview selectable from menu
Shutter speed, Aperture, Exposure compensation, White balance, ISO sensitivity,
Drive mode, Battery remaining, Remaining no. of recordable images, with illumination
Shutter
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Type
1/8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
Speed range
1/200 sec. with SteadyShot INSIDE, 1/250 sec. without SteadyShot INSIDE
Flash sync speed
SteadyShot® INSIDE ( Image Stabilization)
Image-sensor shift mechanism
Type
SteadyShot scale and camera-shake warning in the viewfinder
Indications
Equivalent to approx. 2.5 to 4 steps in shutter speeds
Compensation effect
(varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
Flash Control
system flash units (optional)
External flash units
ADI, Pre-flash TTL
Control
3 / 5 frames, +/- 3 EV (0.3 / 0.5 EV steps selectable)
Flash compensation
Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync, Wireless*, Slow sync, High-speed Sync
Modes
* HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AM supported;
full multi-flash functionality requires at least one HVL-F58AM unit
3 / 5 frames, 0.3 / 0.5 / 0.7 / 2.0* EV step selectable
Flash bracketing
* 2.0 EV bracketing limited to 3 frames.
Built in, adaptable to the sync terminal of the opposite polarity
Sync terminal
Drive
Single, Continuous (Hi / Lo selectable), Self-timer (10 sec. / 2 sec. delay selectable),
Modes
Mirror lock up, Remote commander
Continuous shooting speed Hi: approx 5 frames per sec. (max.), Lo: approx. 3 frames per sec. (max.)
No. of frames recordable Standard: 285, Fine: 105, Extra Fine: 11, RAW: 12, cRAW: 12, RAW & JPEG: 10, cRAW & JPEG: 10
Playback
Single (with or without shooting information, with 4 previous / following images,
Modes
RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning), 4 / 9 / 25-frame index view,
enlarged display modes (max. zoom ratio: L size: 19x, M size: 14x, S size: 9.4x)
Interface
Computer interface type USB2.0 Hi-Speed, Mass Storage / Multi LUN / PTP / PC Remote Control
NTSC / PAL selectable
Video output
HDMI mini connector, 1080i / 720p / SD selectable (optional HDMI cable required)
HDMI output
Wired control: Remote Commander RM-S1AM / RM-L1AM (optional)
Remote control
Wireless control: with supplied Remote Commander
Others
PhotoTV HD supported
Supported OS Environments
Windows
Windows 2000 Professional / Windows XP / Windows Vista
Macintosh
Mac OS X (v. 10.13 or later)
Print
Compatible standards Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge
Power
One Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FM500H, one CR2025 for Wireless Remote Commander
Power source
Approx. 880 shots (measured using CIPA standards)
Battery performance
External power source AC Adapter / Charger AC-VQ900AM (optional)
Others
Approx. 156.3 x 116.9 x 81.9 mm (6-1/8 x 4-5/8 x 3-1/4 in.) (excl. protrusions)
Dimension (WxHxD)
Approx. 850 g (1 lb 14 oz) (w/o battery, memory card, accessories)
Weight
Operating temperature 0 – 40 degrees C (32 – 104 degrees F)
Displays
White Balance
Modes
3.0-inch type* Extra Fine LCD * Viewable area, measured diagonally
921,600 dots
100%
Adjustable in +/- 5 steps
Type: TTL metering
Cell: 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Range: EV 0 – 20 (EV 2 – 20 in spot metering mode) (at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
Modes: Multi segment, Centre-weighted, Spot
Modes: Auto, ProgramAuto (P, with program shift), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
Exposure compensation: +/-3 EV, 0.3 / 0.5 EV steps selectable
Bracketing: 3 / 5 frames selectable, Single or Continuous selectable, 0.3 / 0. 5/ 0.7 / 2.0* EV steps selectable
* 2.0 EV bracketing limited to 3 frames.
Fixed eye-level, pentaprism
Approx. 100 %
Approx. 0.74 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
-3.0 to +1.0 m-1
Approx. 20 mm from the eyepiece (at -1 m -1 )
Spherical acute matte screen (Type G). User-replaceable Type L (grid type) and
Type M (super-spherical acute matte type) available (both types optional)
AF area, Spot AF area, Spot metering area, Shooting area for aspect ratio 16:9, APS-C size area
Flash compensation, Flash charging, Wireless flash, High-speed sync, Manual focus, Focus signal,
Shutter speed, Aperture, EV scale, AE lock, Shot-remaining counter, Camera shake warning,
SteadyShot scale, Aspect ratio 16:9
Built in
*1 DT lenses are not recommended for use with 35mm full-frame sensors due to their differing image circle size,
which may affect light metering accuracy in certain shooting situations.
Specifications are based on the information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.
The body cap of
900 uses polyamide 11 vegetable-based plastic derived from caster oil.
Number of recordable frames for single media (Aspect ratio 3:2, image size L 24MB / M 13MB / S 6.1MB)
Memory Stick Duo
CompactFlash card
Capacity
Quality
2GB
4GB
8GB
Capacity
16GB
L
M
S
L
M
S
L
M
S
L
M
S
Standard
294
477
766
582
944
1517
1169
1896
3048
2369
3844
6179
Fine
196
334
582
388
662
1152
779
1330
2315
1579
2697
Extra fine
85
152
275
168
302
545
339
606
1094
687
1229
cRAW & JPEG
55
63
68
110
125
135
221
251
273
449
RAW & JPEG
41
45
48
81
89
95
164
180
191
333
Quality
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
L
M
S
L
M
S
L
M
S
L
M
S
Standard
296
481
773
593
962
1547
1185
1922
3090
2370
3844
6180
4694
Fine
197
337
587
395
675
1175
790
1348
2347
1580
2697
4694
2219
Extra fine
86
153
277
172
308
555
343
614
1109
687
1229
2219
509
553
cRAW & JPEG
56
63
69
112
127
138
224
254
276
449
509
553
365
388
RAW & JPEG
41
45
48
83
91
97
166
182
194
333
365
388
cRAW
77
154
309
627
cRAW
78
157
313
627
RAW
52
103
208
423
RAW
52
105
211
423
Images of beauty for everyone
* When you shoot with aspect ratio set to [16:9], or with APS/C size Capture function [On], you can record more frames than shown above.
However, when you record an image in RAW format with 16:9 aspect ratio, number of recordable frames is the same as with 3:2 aspect ratio.
* For further detail, please visit our website and go to "Support".
Trademarks & Remarks
* is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
* Exmor
, BIONZ
, Bravia
, SteadyShot, Cyber-shot
, S-Frame
, Picture Station
, HANDYCAM
,
VAIO
, InfoLITHIUM
, Memory Stick
, Memory Stick PRO
, Memory Stick Duo
, Memory Stick PRO Duo
,
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
, and “Magic Gate”
are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
* PLAYSTATION is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
* “Blu-ray Disc” and
are trademarks.
* Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
* Macintosh, Mac OS, and Power Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
* HDMI, HDMI logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
* Intel, Intel Core, MMX, and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
* CompactFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation.
* Microdrive is a registered trademark of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in the United States and/or other countries.
* Adobe is a trademark or registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.
* All other company and product names mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
* InfoLITHIUM
is a lithium battery pack which can exchange data with compatible electronic equipment about its energy consumption.
Sony recommends that you use the battery back with electronic equipment bearing the
mark.
35mm Full-Frame Digital SLR Camera
Screen displays are simulated.
Exposure button
Display panel
Accessory shoe
Eyepiece shutter lever
Display panel illumination button
White Balance button
DRIVE button
ISO button
Batteries / Grip & Charger
REMOTE terminal
DC IN terminal
HDMI terminal
VIDEO OUT / USB terminal
Diopter adjustment dial
Memory card cover
lighting system
Shooting accessories
New
New
Angle Finder
FDA-A1AM
External Flash
HVL-F58AM
Magnifier
FDA-M1AM
External Flash
HVL-F42AM
Eyepiece Correctors
FDA-ECF05 (+0.5) / ECF10 (+1.0) / ECF15 (+1.5) / ECF20 (+2.0) /
ECF-30 (+3.0) , FDA-ECN10 (-1.0) / ECN20 (-2.0) /
ECN30 (-3.0) / ECN40 (-4.0)
Vertical Grip
VG-C90AM
Macro Twin Flash Kit
HVL-MT24AM
Ring Light
HVL-RLAM
New
New
New
AC Adapter / Charger
AC-VQ900AM
External Battery Adapter for Flash
FA-EB1AM
Off-Camera Cable for Flash
FA-CC1AM
Rechargeable
Battery Pack
NP-FM500H
New
Multi-Flash Cable
FA-MC1AM
Focusing Screen
FDA-FL1AM
(Type L)
New
Sync Terminal Adaptor
FA-ST1AM
LCD Protect Cover
PCK-LH4AM
Off-Camera Shoe for Flash
FA-CS1AM
Extension Cable for Flash
FA-EC1AM
Focusing Screen
FDA-FM1AM
(Type M)
Hot Shoe Adaptor
FA-HS1AM
Triple Connector for Flash
FA-TC1AM
LCD Protect Sheet
PCK-LS4AM
New
Eyepiece Cup
FDA-EP4AM
New
Remote
Commander
RM-S1AM
Remote
Commander
RM-L1AM
Wireless Remote
Commander
RMT-DSLR1
GPS units
GPS Unit Kit
GPS-CS1KASP
New
GPS Unit
GPS-CS1*
* For use with DSLR-A900, an application
update is required. Please access the
URL below for more information.
Camera Case
LCS-AMLC4
System Case
LCS-AMSC30
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/
www/accy/gps/
New
Memory cards
Grip Belt
STP-GB1AM
(Genuine leather)
Shoulder Strap
STP-SB2AM
(Neoprene)
Shoulder Strap
STP-SH2AM
(Genuine leather)
Shoulder Strap
STP-SH1AM
(Genuine leather)
Memory Stick Duo TM Series
Memory Stick PRO Duo TM Series
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo TM Series
CompactFlash Card
NCFB / NCFC / NCFD Series
BRAVIA ® HDTVs
S-Frame Digital Photo Frames
Shoulder Strap
STP-SS1AM
(Nylon)
Lens Cases
LCL-60AM / LCL-90AM / LCL-140AM
Picture Station ® Digital Photo Printers
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Rear control dial
For shooting: AF/MF button
For viewing: Enlarge button
Metering mode lever
For shooting: AE lock button / SLOW SYNC button
For viewing: Index button
Power switch
Eyepiece sensors
MENU button
Display button / LCD brightness button
Delete button
Playback button
LCD monitor
Multi-selector
For shooting: Custom button
For viewing: Histogram button
For shooting: Function button
For viewing: Image rotation button
SteadyShot INSIDE switch
Mode dial
AF illuminator / Self-timer lamp
Shutter button
Front control dial
Remote sensor
Preview button
Flash sync terminal
Lens release button
Focus mode lever
lens lineup
75–300mm F4.5–5.6
(SAL75300)
16mm F2.8 Fisheye
(SAL16F28)
20mm F2.8
(SAL20F28)
28mm F2.8
(SAL28F28)
50mm F1.4
(SAL50F14)
50mm F2.8 Macro
(SAL50M28)
100mm F2.8 Macro
(SAL100M28)
135mm F2.8 T4.5 STF
(SAL135F28)
500mm F8 Reflex
(SAL500F80)
1.4x Teleconverter
(SAL14TC)
2x Teleconverter
(SAL20TC)
G lenses
35mm F1.4 G
(SAL35F14G)
70–200mm F2.8 G
(SAL70200G)
70-400mm F4-5.6 G
(SAL70400G)*
300mm F2.8 G
(SAL300F28G)
New
70–300mm F4.5–5.6 G SSM
(SAL70300G)
System
accessories
An unlimited range of photographic
and creative possibilities to explore
The system is designed to offer
you a lifetime of satisfaction and
an unlimited range of exciting new
possibilities to explore. Wherever your
photographic interests lead you, you'll
find an ever-growing lineup of highquality system lenses, flash units,
and other accessories to help you
achieve your creative goals.
Carl Zeiss ® lenses
New
Vario-Sonnar T*
16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM
(SAL1635Z)*
Vario-Sonnar T*
24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM
(SAL2470Z)
Planar T*
85mm F1.4 ZA
(SAL85F14Z)
A celestial new standard
in imaging
Sonnar T*
135mm F1.8 ZA
(SAL135F18Z)
* Available March 2009
Introducing the 900. A camera
whose stellar image quality eclipses
everything you have known before.
At its heart is a 35mm full-frame
Exmor™ CMOS sensor that represents
the culmination of a dream.
With 24.6-megapixel* resolution that
captures details so fine, and colour so
rich and natural, you will never be
satisfied with anything less again.
The 900 digital SLR from Sony.
In truth, it is a camera like no other.
Lens accessories
Circular PL Filters
VF-49CPAM/ 55CPAM /
62CPAM / 72CPAM / 77CPAM
ND Filters [8x]
VF-49NDAM / 55NDAM /
62NDAM / 72NDAM / 77NDAM
MC Protectors
VF-49MPAM / 55MPAM /
62MPAM / 72MPAM / 77MPAM
Lens Hoods
ALC-SH0001 / SH0002 / SH0003 / SH0005 /
SH0006 / SH0007 / SH0008 / SH0009 / SH0010 /
SH0011 / SH0013 / SH0014 / SH0016 /
SH101 / SH103
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* Effective megapixels (approx.)
PLAYSTATION ®3
VAIO ® Computers
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PLAYSTATION ®3 Computer Entertainment System
Blu-ray Disc™ Players
Illuminate your subject, and your creative spirit
The ultimate flexibility of
Quick Shift Bounce flash
A host of advanced features,
plus wireless multi-flash control
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Custom button for easy access
to frequently used menu settings
Top-mounted LCD panel for
at-a-glance settings confirmation
The Custom button on the rear of the camera is
set to open the Creative Style menu by default,
but it can be assigned to perform any of 15
other tasks according to your preference.
A backlit LCD panel on the top of the
camera enables quick confirmation
of battery level and frames remaining, and displays drive mode, shutter speed, aperture, and exposure
compensation information whenever the corresponding setting is
changed.
Adobe RGB colour space support
AF Micro Adjustment for
lens-specific focus tuning
With AF Micro Adjustment switched on, you can
fine-tune the AF focus point for up to 30 different
lenses in ±20-step increments. Adjustments can
then be stored in the camera's memory and will
be automatically applied when the same lens is
mounted again.
In addition to the sRGB colour space
supported by virtually all computer
monitors and modern inkjet printers,
the 900 supports the wider colour
gamut of the Adobe RGB colour
space that is used by many
professional printers.
Mirror Lockup mode
A Mirror Lockup mode enables you to prevent
mirror movement when taking vibration-sensitive
macro or high-power telephoto shots.
Dual memory card slots
Support for both CompactFlash™ and
MemoryStick Duo ™ recording media*
enables you to load both types of
media and switch between them via
the Quick Navi information display.
* Accepts high-speed CompactFlash UDMA,
MemoryStick Pro-HG Duo, MemoryStick Pro Duo,
and MemoryStick Duo media.
Built-in eyepiece shutter
Used when taking long-exposure shots of fireworks or the sky at night, the built-in eyepiece
shutter prevents extraneous light from entering
the eyepiece and
skewing exposure
values.
300mm F2.8 G (SAL300F28G), 1/2000 sec., F8, ISO 640, Auto white balance
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Attention to detail
that makes shooting a breeze
1. Press
2. Adjust
3" Xtra Fine LCD
(approx. 920,000 dots)
Quick Navi information display
for one-handed settings selection
A quick press of the Function (Fn) button on the
rear of the 900 switches the LCD monitor from
standard information display to Quick Navi information display. From there, you can quickly
adjust essential shooting parameters by operating
the multi-selector with your thumb, or by rotating
the front or rear control dial, enabling you to
change settings on the fly without interrupting
your creative flow.
3" conventional LCD
(approx. 230,000 dots)
AR coating
Without AR coating
(high reflectivity, low visibility)
With AR coating
(low reflectivity, high visibility)
Single-frame view
(with shooting info)
Single-frame view
(with 4 previous/following images)
RGB histogram display
25-frame index view
3 user-programmable memory modes
for instant access to your favorites settings
Up to 3 combinations of frequently used modes
and settings can be stored in memory and
accessed via the mode dial on the top of the
camera. When you want to apply the settings
again, simply select the corresponding number
on the mode dial and you're ready to shoot.
3-inch* Xtra Fine LCD monitor for
sharp, clear image review in any light
On-the-spot image review is easy thanks to a 3.0”
Xtra Fine LCD monitor with a screen resolution of
270 ppi (approx.), which is even higher than the
220 ppi resolution generally considered to be the
upper limit of what the human eye can perceive.
Hybrid construction and an anti-reflective coating
improve monitor visibility when shooting outdoors,
and there are a wide choice of index view options to facilitate best-shot selection, as well as
a full-featured RGB histogram and shooting
information display.
* Viewable area, measured diagonally
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Enjoy the unlimited freedom
of your own Sony digital network
Sony offers an ever-growing range of
products to help you share and enjoy
the beauty of high-definition digital
imaging. From cameras and camcorders to Blu-ray disc recorders,
televisions, and personal computers,
the world of Sony digital networking
gives you new ways to enjoy and
interpret your photographic creativity.
VAIO ® computers
With their powerful graphics handling
capabilities and ultra-sharp displays,
Sony VAIO computers are an ideal
choice for digital photography enthusiasts, and a great companion
to the 900.
Digital Photo Frames
HDMI cable (optional )
Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA (SAL135F18Z), 1/200 sec., F4, ISO 200, White balance: Daylight
Available in a variety of sizes and
styles, Sony S-Frame digital photo
frames are the perfect way to enjoy
an endlessly repeating, radiantly
beautiful backlit slideshow of your
favourite images at any time of day,
in virtually any room in the house.
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Experience a new digital lifestyle
Turn your Sony BRAVIA™ HDTV
into a personal digital art gallery
For the ultimate experience in home viewing pleasure,
simply connect the 900 directly to a Sony BRAVIA
HDTV — the TV will automatically switch to PhotoTV HD
mode, enabling you to enjoy and share your photos
in a dramatic new way. It's a totally new viewing
experience, one that combines the transparent clarity,
colour fidelity, and rich contrast of positive film with the
big-screen impact of a slide projector.
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From breathtaking scenic photos and landscapes to
photos of your family and friends, BRAVIA PhotoTV HD
brings out radiant beauty in every detail, filling the
room with luminous, high-resolution images that launch
photography into a new dimension. It's like having a
digital art gallery right in your own living room.
* Compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTV and HDMI cable (sold separately) required for
PhotoTV HD viewing.
Specifications of the BRAVIA HDTV shown above vary according to market region.
Image Data Converter SR
for image conversion and editing
Image Data Lightbox SR
for image comparison and sorting
Powerful new Image Data Converter
SR software enables quick, responsive conversion and editing of fullresolution 24.6-megapixel RAW
data image files. It also features an
intuitive new interface for easy adjustment of exposure, white balance,
contrast, hue, sharpness, and tone
curve, and boasts an improved
D-Range Optimiser function and a
new Peripheral Illumination function
that compensates for light fall-off at
image corners caused by vignetting.
Our Image Data Lightbox SR software
for comparing, sorting, and organising
RAW and JPEG images has also
been updated to offer faster thumbnail
display, more filtering options, and
improved compatibility with Remote
Camera Control software. The enhanced filtering options now include
the ability to sort by camera or lens
model name, or by colour label or
user rating. In addition, support for
drag & drop selection of images to be
previewed or compared allows faster
and more intuitive photo library
management.
Remote Camera Control
for remote recording and control
PMB (Picture Motion Browser)
for easy photo library management
Improved Remote Camera Control
software expands your shooting
horizons by enabling you to capture
images remotely and record them
directly on your computer’s hard disk.
A new interval recording function* has
also been added to the program's
impressive feature set, which includes
virtually all basic camera controls, as
well as white balance, image quality,
and D-Range Optimiser settings.
Offering an extremely easy and
intuitive way to organize and browse
your photo library, PMB is perfect for
day-to-day image file management.
Photos can be quickly organised into
folders, and tagged, ranked, and titled
to make them easier to find later on.
In addition, a new Face Search function helps you locate other photos
in your library in which a particular
person appears.
Creative Style settings
Standard
Rich tonal gradation and colour; suitable
for a wide range of subjects and scenes
Vivid
Heightened contrast and saturation;
suitable for subjects such as flowers, spring
foliage, sky scenes, and ocean views
Neutral
Attenuated saturation and sharpness;
provides a neutral starting point for
images that are to be post-processed
Clear
For clear images with limpid colours in the
highlights; helps evoke a sense of
radiant light
Deep
For images with deep and dense colour;
helps evoke a sense of depth and solidity.
Light
For images with bright, uncomplicated
colour expression; helps evoke a light,
refreshing ambience
Portrait
For images with rich, natural skin tones;
ideal for portraits
Heightened contrast, saturation, and
Landscape sharpness for crisp detail and vivid colour;
ideal for landscapes and scenic views
Sunset
Saturated reds for warm, beautiful
images of the setting sun
Night view
Attenuated contrast for more faithful
reproduction of night view tonalities
* Mac OS not supported.
System requirements
PMB
Autumn
leaves
Saturated reds and yellows for scenic
views of autumn foliage
B/W
For black and white images
Sepia
For monochromatic sepia-tone imaging
OS**
Microsoft Windows
Windows 2000 Professional SP4 /
Windows XP* SP3 / Windows Vista* SP1
Image Data Converter SR / Image Data Lightbox SR /
Remote Camera Control
Microsoft Windows
Windows XP* SP3 /
Windows Vista* SP1
Macintosh
Mac OS X (v 10.4 / v 10.5)
CPU
Pentium 4, or faster
Pentium 4, or faster
Power PC G4 / G5 series
(1.0 GHz or faster recommended)
Intel Core Solo / Core Duo /
Core 2 Duo, or faster recomended
Memory
256 MB, or more
I GB, or more
I GB, or more
* 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. ** Compatible operating system: factory preinstalled only
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Unlimited creativity and image control
Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z), 1/100sec., F11, +0.7 EV, ISO 200, White balance: Daylight
B/W Image Style
Creative Style image customisation
to express your personal vision
Creative Style image matrix
In addition to the parameters shown in this diagram, each Creative Style setting
also has a different effect on color reproduction, white balance, sharpness, and
tone curve, providing exceptionally fine control over the final image. (Selecting
a different Creative Style setting will not produce the same results even if the
basic brightness, contrast, and saturation settings are the same.)
Vivid Image Style
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Landscape Image Style
Night view Image Style
The 900's Creative Style options
are designed to make it easy for you
to achieve your artistic and photographic goals. A total of 13 Image
Styles are offered, and all of them
can be tuned to suit your preference.
Adjustment parameters include
contrast, saturation, sharpness,
brightness, and zone matching
(no saturation adjustment on monochrome Sepia or B/W), enabling
you to achieve the precise tonalities
and artistic effect that your creative
goals require.
At the summit of
design perfection
The 900. Take it in your hands, and you will
know that this is the camera you have been
waiting for. Look into its viewfinder, and you will
see the world with a clarity that opens your mind
to possibilities as limitless as the sky. Revealing a
world in which your creativity is free to express
itself as never before.
From the prominent forepeak of its
pentaprism, to the sleek beauty of its magnesium-alloy body, the 900 is finished to a standard
of perfection that only Sony could have achieved.
And the 24.6-megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor
CMOS sensor that beats at its heart will reward
you with a standard of quality that photographers have quested after for generations.
Now, at last, the wait is over.
Light and shadow are at your command
A breakthrough in imaging realism
for ultra-fine detail and truly natural colour
Images of singular beauty,
from a sensor like no other
Only a company with Sony's long
experience in semiconductor and
microprocessor manufacturing
could have developed the 900's
remarkable new 24.6-megapixel*
35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS
sensor. Designed specifically to take
advantage of the superb resolving
power of high-precision series
lenses, its high pixel count and large
size assure enhanced image detail
and a wider dynamic range that
enables colours and subtle tonal
gradations to be captured just as
the human eye perceives them.
24.6
megapixels
P
3 high-precision metering modes
for greater shooting versatility
The 900 is equipped with a 40-segment honeycomb-pattern metering
sensor that uses advanced algorithms
to ensure balanced exposures under
a wide range of lighting conditions. A
convenient 3-way switch on the back
of the camera allows you to choose
between 40-segment honeycombpattern metering, centre-weighted
metering, or spot metering according
to your shooting needs.
* Effective megapixels (approx.)
Versatile white balance settings
for superior colour in any light
Program auto mode
A
Aperture priority mode
S
Shutter speed priority mode
M
Manual exposure mode
Quick access to exposure modes
via top-mounted mode dial
Standard exposure modes accessible
from the top-mounted mode dial
include Program Auto, Aperture
priority, Shutter-speed priority,
Manual, and Auto.
Exposure bracketing up to ±2EV
for secure 'best-shot' capture
40-segment
honeycomb-pattern metering
Exposure bracketing can be set via
the Drive mode button to enable bestshot selection from a series of images.
In keeping with the 900's high performance standards, the range of
-1.0EV
Centre-weighted metering
Exmor CMOS Sensor
Captured Image
On-chip Column A / D Conversion + Dual Noise Reduction
A /D
Charge / Voltage
Conversion
Analogue Signal
Noise Reduction
Dual Noise Reduction
±0
+0.5EV
+1.0EV
Intelligent Preview function
for exposure effect simulation
Spot metering
Conversion
Receptor
selectable options includes 3-frame
or 5-frame bracketing in 0.3EV, 0.5EV,
or 0.7EV increments, as well as new
3-frame ±2EV bracketing that makes
it easy to create stunningly realistic
high dynamic range composite
images.
Another advanced function introduced
for the first time on the 900 is Intelligent Preview. Using this function, you
can simulate the effect of various
D-Range Optimiser, exposure compensation, and white balance settings, and display the result on the LCD
monitor without actually taking a
picture. It's a great way to fine-tune
image adjustments in advance when
working with a tripod and complex
shooting setups.
900 Noise Reduction
Lens
-0.5EV
The 900's versatile range of white
balance settings can be instantly
accessed via a button on the top of
the camera. In addition to Auto white
balance mode there are user-tunable
presets for Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,
Tungsten, Fluorescent, and Flash
lighting, as well as an adjustable
Colour Temperature mode and 3 userconfigurable Custom modes. White
balance bracketing, which records
a single frame at 3 different white
balance settings, can also be set
via the Drive mode menu for easy
best-shot selection.
Digital Noise
Reduction
Simulation of Auto and Tungsten white balance mode effects.
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24.6-megapixel Exmor™ CMOS
35mm full-frame imaging
Dual BIONZ ™ image processing
for truly lifelike and natural color
The 900's image sensor is
designed from the ground up for
35mm full-frame imaging, and is
produced using proprietary Sony
planarisation technologies to ensure
an ultra-flat surface across the entire
imaging area. Instead of a single
analogue/digital converter, the sensor
uses over 6000 on-chip columnparallel analogue/digital converters
to convert analogue signals to noiseresistant digital signals at the earliest
possible stage. In addition, noise
reduction is applied both before and
after analogue/digital conversion to
ensure cleaner signal output. The
result is not only higher image quality,
but also blazingly fast sensor response.
Image processing gets a big boost
in speed and power from new dual
BIONZ image processing engines
on the 900. As a result, even the
massive amount of image data
captured by the 24.6-megapixel
Exmor CMOS sensor can be
processed instantly, assuring you of
quick shooting response and truly
natural, what-you-see-is-what-you-get
colour and tonal gradation. In addition,
the dual BIONZ engines apply
advanced noise reduction algorithms
twice — once prior to RAW data
conversion and again during image
processing — to ensure an absolute
minimum of noise in final image data.
Advanced Level mode (Lv2)
35mm F1.4 G (SAL35F14G), 1/250 sec., F5.6, ISO 200, White balance: Daylight
D-Range Optimiser
D-Range Optimiser for rich tone
gradations in high-contrast light
When photographing scenes that
contain extremes of light and shadow,
it can be difficult to capture the full
range of tonal gradations that the
human eye can see. But with the
900's D-Range Optimiser function,
the camera analyses the scene for
you, and automatically adjusts
gradation reproduction parameters
to assure optimum exposure balance,
with richer highlight and shadow
detail.
In Standard mode, the D-Range
Optimiser analyses the overall image
before performing the optimisation,
and in Advanced mode,* it analyses
each area of the composition separately. On the 900, improved
algorithms assure even better performance, with a choice of Advanced Auto and Advanced Level
D-Range Optimiser off
Advanced Auto mode
settings you can use to help you
capture the level of highlight and
shadow detail you want. In addition,
there's a D-Range Optimiser bracketing function that records images
at three different optimisation levels
to allow best-shot selection.
* D-Range Optimiser Advanced use technology
provided by Apical Limited.
Standard mode
Faster, more powerful
SteadyShot® INSIDE
Advanced Level mode (Lv3)
* Stabilisation effect varies according to
lens and shooting conditions.
SteadyShot INSIDE unit for 35mm full-frame format sensor
SteadyShot INSIDE unit for APS-C format sensor
would otherwise be possible,* the
body-mounted SteadyShot INSIDE
system works with all compatible
system lenses — including macro and
wide-angle lenses — and doesn’t
cause the image degradation that
can occur with lens-based optical
stabilisation systems.
Dual
Image Processor
Recording to
Memory Stick Duo /
CF Card
Data
Compression
Digital
Signal
Raw Data
NR
NR with
Image Processing
Raw Data
NR
NR with
Image Processing
Analogue signal
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To match the larger size and higher
image quality specifications of
the new 35mm full-frame Exmor
CMOS sensor, the 900 features
a SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilisation system that is 1.5x more
powerful and 1.3x faster than our
previous systems. Enabling you to
enjoy handheld shooting at shutter
speeds up to 4 steps slower than
Output
Digital signal
Noise
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Optical excellence to satisfy
the most demanding photographer
Intuitive control layout for
enhanced operating ease
A lens for every need, to
capture beauty in every shot
With the 900 and its 24.6-megapixel
35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, you've
got a camera system that can fully
realize the performance potential
of the world-class lens lineup.
Drawing on the tradition of
craftsmanship that gave birth to such
optical innovations as ED (Extra-low
Dispersion) and super ED glass, the
lens lineup also integrates the
latest lens technologies developed
for Sony professional broadcast-use
video cameras. It includes top-quality
G series and Carl Zeiss lenses crafted
to the highest standards of optical
precision, as well as a wide-ranging
selection of fisheye, macro, STF
(Smooth Trans Focus) , and other
high-performance lenses. Offering
a lens for virtually every need, the
system lens lineup will continue
to grow and evolve, presenting you
with an ever-expanding universe of
photographic creativity to explore.
G series lenses: the gold
standard in performance
Carl Zeiss ® lenses: world-class
craftsmanship in every detail
system G series lenses are designed and constructed to the highest
standards of optical excellence, and
incorporate proprietary Sony technologies to maximize imaging performance. Precision-built to shrug off
the elements and provide a lifetime
of photographic pleasure, G lenses
feature circular aperture mechanisms
for smooth, attractive background
defocusing, and make lavish use
of high-quality aspherical and ED
optical glass elements to assure
superb clarity and sharpness.
Developed jointly by Sony and the
world-famous lens-maker Carl Zeiss,
these lenses are considered by many
to be some of the finest lenses in the
world. Top-quality optics with ED
and super ED glass elements ensure
unrivalled clarity, high contrast and
resolving power, and superb defocusing characteristics, with trueto-life colour and exceptionally rich
tonal gradations and textural detail.
In addition, lens elements feature
proprietary T* coatings to reduce
flaring and ghosting to an absolute
minimum.
In addition to superb handling and
balance, the 900 also features
an improved control layout for fast,
intuitive operation. Essential settings
are easy to adjust without taking your
finger off the shutter button, and all
controls are comfortably positioned
to allow trouble-free operation even
when wearing gloves.
Optional VG-C90AM vertical grip
for easy vertical-format shooting
The optional VG-C90AM vertical grip
enables you to enjoy the 900's
superb handling and operating ease
even during vertical-format shooting.
Featuring the same rugged and
lightweight magnesium-alloy construction as the 900, it's sealed
against dust and moisture, and has
a full complement of buttons and
switches for essential shooting functions. Holds two InfoLITHIUM (NPFM500H) rechargeable batteries,
automatically switching to the second
one when the first one runs out.
VG-C90AM
NP-FM500H
High-density
InfoLITHIUM ™ battery
The 900 uses an advanced highdensity InfoLITHIUM battery (NPFM500H) , and keeps you informed of
current status by displaying remaining
power in precise 1% increments on the
camera's LCD monitor.
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The finest build quality,
to match the finest imaging
Rugged, magnesium-alloy body
for reliability and durability
The body of the 900 reflects the
same high quality and attention
to detail as the images it delivers.
Ruggedly constructed for years of
dependable service, it features a front,
back, and top made of strong, durable
magnesium alloy, an interior chassis
made of high-tensile aluminum, and
a mirror box made of high-rigidity
polycarbonate resin reinforced with
carbon fibres. Balance and handling
are superb, and the design and finish
of the exceptionally easy-to-hold
grip reflect Sony's long experience
in developing broadcast-use video
cameras and camcorders.
70-200mm F2.8 G
(SAL70200G)
A bright, high -performance telephoto zoom lens
with the light-gathering power of an F2.8 aperture,
and an SSM autofocus drive system.
New
70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
(SAL70400G)
A powerful new G series super telephoto
zoom lens with a quiet and responsive SSM
(Super Sonic wave M otor) autofocus drive system.
High-endurance shutter unit
for trouble-free shooting
* Available March 2009
Long-term reliability is also assured
by a high-precision shutter unit that
offers outstanding durability under
heavy use. With a standalone unit
service life of 100,000 shutter release
cycles (approx.), it's built to withstand
the performance demands of 1/8000
sec. shutter speeds and 5 fps continuous shooting with a 35mm fullframe sensor.
New
Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm
F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z )
A bright super-wide to wide-angle zoom lens
with super ED glass, high -precision Carl Zeiss optics,
and an SSM autofocus drive system.
* Available March 2009
Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm
F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL2470Z )
An exceptionally versatile wide-angle to mid-range
zoom lens with high -quality Carl Zeiss optics
Anti-dust sensor protection
for cleaner images
Dust and moisture protection
for worry-free outdoor shooting
To allow worry-free shooting in
adverse environmental conditions,*
the 900's controls, terminals, viewfinder, and other sensitive components are protected from dust
and moisture by rubber seals.
* Not waterproof or splashproof.
and an SSM autofocus drive system.
To protect the camera's sensor from
dust contamination that can occur
when changing lenses, an anti-dust
mechanism vibrates the sensor at
high speed every time the camera is
switched off. In addition, the low-pass
filter in front of the sensor is protected
by a special anti-static coating to
help prevent dust adherence.
Anti-dust sensor
n
protection
Low-pass filter
Image sensor
Dust particles dislodged by sensor vibration
300mm F2.8 G (SAL300F28G; above) and Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA (SAL135F18Z; below)
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Frame and capture your subject with
uncompromising speed and precision
24.6-megapixel full-resolution
continuous shooting at 5 fps
1SEC
Full-resolution 24.6-megapixel
imaging at speeds of up to about
5 fps is made possible by powerful
dual BIONZ image processing engines
and a high-power coreless motor. In
addition, a new high-speed movingmagnet actuator and parallel-link
mechanism are used to drive the
camera's large swing mirror, enabling
you to enjoy virtually 100% viewfinder coverage without sacrificing
continuous shooting speed. So you
can capture the perfect moment even
when you're shooting sports or other
active subjects, and still enjoy the rich
colour and exquisitely fine detail that
are a hallmark of the 900's 24.6megapixel 35mm full-frame imaging.
Mirror box unit and
parallel-link mechanism
Unparalleled viewfinder brightness Optional focusing screens
and a 100% field of view (approx.) to suit your shooting style
The 900's viewfinder is a masterpiece of optical precision in its own
right. Featuring a high-quality optical
glass pentaprism and a new highpower condenser lens, it offers truly
exceptional brightness, 0.74x magnification (approx.) and a field of
view that covers virtually 100% of the
35mm full-frame sensor's large imaging area. A high refractive index glass
eyepiece and condenser lenses
virtually eliminate distortion, while
multi-layer anti-reflective coatings
help prevent ghosting. A spherical
acute matte focusing screen aids
manual focusing by making it easy
to identify correct focus, and a
high eyepoint improves visibility
when wearing eyeglasses.
According to your preference or
shooting needs, the standard Type G
spherical acute matte focusing screen
that comes with the 900 can be
replaced with an optional Type L
spherical acute matte screen or
Type M super spherical acute matte
screen. The L type features grid lines
to enable easier framing, while the
Type M is particularly well-suited to
bright lenses with an aperture of
F2.8 or greater, and features a highdispersion screen that makes it easier
to fine-tune the focus manually.
Type M focusing screen
FDA-FM1AM
Spherical acute matte
9-point autofocus system with
additional wide-area 10-point assist
A versatile new centre dual-cross 9point AF sensor system provides fast,
accurate autofocusing to ensure
fewer missed shots. Featuring 10
additional sensors to assist in subject
detection when Wide AF is selected,
it also offers improved out-of-focus
detection to reduce focus hunting,
and has a dedicated sensor in the
centre of the frame to enhance
accuracy when shooting at apertures of F2.8 or larger.
Glass pentaprism
Eyepiece lens
Viewfinder schematic
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Super spherical acute matte
High-power
condenser lens
Type L focusing screen
FDA-FL1AM
AF sensors
AF assist sensors
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