The Sony A9 III’s lightning-fast global shutter comes with an image quality trade-off

When Sony announced the A9 III in November, its new kind of sensor with a ‘global shutter’ and industry-leading performance hit the headlines. This full-frame mirrorless camera for pro wildlife and sports photography promises distortion-free 120fps burst shooting at full quality in raw and JPEG with continuous 759-point autofocus, as well as super-fast flash sync speeds. The mind boggled.  

Sony was again pushing the boundaries in what was the biggest camera hardware innovation of 2023, in what could be one of the best professional cameras ever that’s destined for life in the press pits at the world’s biggest sporting events. Yet as the dust settled and the camera’s specification was scrutinized, a burning question arose – what about image quality? 


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