Met up with mawz again this afternoon (yeah the camera store is like our second home now) and this time we took some samples with the A900 fitted with a Sony 50mm f1.4 lens. Only shot a few frames at ISO 200 and 400, but that already give me some ideas of what I can expect. Disappointingly, a camera that's released in 2009 has about the same high ISO performance as the 5-year old 1D Mark II. There is already quite a bit of noise at ISO 400 and the shadow shows noise even at ISO 200. This sensor reminds me of the Kodak SLR/c 14MP Canon mount full frame. Lots of noise when under exposed even slightly. But, the A900 delivers lots of details with its 25MP sensor. The auto white balance is also excellent.
For a guy like me, who despites flash, high ISO performance is important to me. I am eagerly awaiting the next generation "Exmor R" Sony sensors with back illuminated technology. I do believe this will be game changing sensor from Sony which will push Canon and other sensor makers to come up with competing technologies. Exciting times, indeed.
Adam (mawz) playing with the Canon 5D II -- A900 with 50mm f1.4 @ f1.7, ISO 400. Larger Picture.
Marc -- One of the nicest sales person at the Outlet Store. A900 with 50mm f1.4 @f1.7, ISO 400. Larger Picture.