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Sony a9 Sensor Hot Pixel Issue?

Yesterday, I got the call from my camera shop in Raleigh to let me know that my Sony a9 mirrorless camera body was on the way and that it would be here tonight. I had it on pre-order and was number three on the list for the Raleigh market. I have been a Canon (and Nikon) pro body shooter for 10+ years and was super excited to pick it up after work and hoped it would be all that the reviews and hype made it out to be. The specs on the a9 made it appear like this could be the ultimate camera for weddings, even though it is marketed as a sports camera. So I placed my pre-oder and took a leap of faith.

I brought it home, charged the battery for a few minutes and started playing with it. I programmed the custom buttons and set it up the way I wanted without too much trouble. The body feels great, the joystick is awesome and the responsiveness is very quick. I've played with the a7 series cameras and felt the usability and ergonomics weren't quite there but the Sony a9 is a big improvement. The buttons feel like a hybrid design between Canon and Nikon and the positioning felt familiar. 

However, after taking just a few test shots, I noticed hot pixels appearing on the lcd screen, in the electronic viewfinder and they were even more noticeable in the files. I shot a bunch of test shots (nothing overly interesting) in JPEG since I don't yet have software that will open the RAW files. These sample photos are underexposed, but by doing that, the files more easily show the hot pixels. As someone who photographs weddings, I routinely shoot in the dark at ISOs of 1600, 3200, 6400 and more with selectively lit subjects so this test isn't too different from how I use the camera in many situations.

I have included some of the shots below for review and I am curious if anyone else who received the a9 today noticed this phenomenon? I'll be calling my camera store in the morning to let them know about this and will at the very least be exchanging this body for a new one.

This concerns me since this is a new sensor design, and for the price of this body, it's really not acceptable. I had high hopes for this camera system jumping from Canon, but I'm not sure I am off to an encouraging start. Stay tuned for more what I find out from the camera store and Sony.

Here are the photos that illustrate what I have seen tonight with my copy of the Sony a9 sensor. I included the full size a9 JPEGS that you are welcome to download for a closer look. The EXIF data is intact and I took a screenshot of it and put it in the files for easy reference. I would be interested to hear your thoughts.

Sony a9 Hot Pixels

1/125, f5, ISO 1600 (full file here)

1/400, f5, ISO 12,800 (full file here)

Sony a9 Hot Pixels - iPhone Photos Through Electronic Viewfinder