Hands-on with Sony Alpha a99 II

Hands-on with Sony Alpha a99 II

Sony has introduced its first full-frame camera in the shape of the a99 II that was not a new mirrorless model. This camera use a translucent mirror that doesn’t move. This camera is very squarely, which is very much suitable for professional users, especially sports and action photographers. This camera is amazing, includes a 42.4-megapixel full-frame sensor, 12 fps shooting, an electronic viewfinder, 4K video recording, and a host of other interesting features. There are so many things to discuss about this camera, deeply and specifically, but here we are giving you all first impression of the camera. The more specific discussion will be available on the next post.

Handling Sony Alpha a99 II

Sony Alpha a99 II is quite heavy, but it has a large, molded grip with a texture coating that makes it feel pretty comfortable in the hand. There is a window on the top of the camera that display certain key settings, handy for quickly knowing how the camera has been set up. When in darker conditions, this is much helpful as you can illuminate the window via a button also found on the top of the camera. Across the top plate there is a number of other direct-access buttons, including those to change ISO, drive mode, exposure compensation and white balance. This camera is intended for a top-end audience, seems from the number of buttons and dials on this camera. If you look at the rear of the camera, you will find more controls; one that is particularly useful is the joystick, which you can use to set the AF point. At this time, there is a descent widespread of AF points across the frame with its 79 hybrid Cross-Type AF points available, along with 399 supporting points. You should not have to spend too much time focusing and recomposing with this Sony a99 camera with a total of 323 which are selectable, and there is good coverage. Because of its translucent mirror design, this camera is essentially always shooting in live view. This enables you to see what you are photographing on the screen at all times.

The screen of Sony Alpha a99 II is a slightly odd-looking beast, but that works very well to provide flexibility of viewing angles. Sony with its new camera acknowledges that having a fixed screen can sometimes prove awkward when you are photographing from a less straightforward position. The screen on a99 II can move to the side, down, and even face completely forward-ideal in many situation, including the selfie.

A button and dial setup also can be found in the front of the camera, near the lens mount, that you can use to change certain function of the camera. This button and dial setup is customizable, and is something that videographer will appreciate which can be setup to work completely silently and therefore not disturb any video footage you may be recording. Unfortunately, there is something that may disturb you; the scrolling dial on the top of the camera that you may traditionally use to set aperture makes a clicking when you move it.

The large, high-resolution viewfinder on the a99 II provides a great view of the scene that displays hardly any shutter lag. With this viewfinder, you can even shoot at up to 8fps and maintain continuous live view.  Sony also has reworked its menu system to be more sensibly arranged, grouping together features and functions to save you having to figure out where to find the particular setting you want to use.

Performance of Sony Alpha a99 II

we need more times to really test the performance of Sony Alpha a99 II so that we have an opportunity to give the a99 II a full spin. But there are some early indications that shows us its performance. From our early verdict, we can see that its AF performance, along with the high continuous frame rates, seem to work well. There is a single battery is supplied in the box for less than 400 shots per charge, and it is not really match up enough.
Sony Alpha a99 II key features

  • 42.4 megapixel Full-Frame BSI CMOS sensor (with copper wiring)
  • Sony A-mount, no optical low-pass filter 
  • 5-axis image stabilization sensor
  • 3inch 1228K dot tilt able screen
  • 2360K dot XGA OLED EVF, 0.78x magnification
  • 399 phase detection AF points
  • 79 hybrid cross AF points
  • -4EV AF sensitivity
  • 4K (UHD) video recording, S-Gamut, S-Log
  • Clean HDMI out
  • ISO50 - ISO102400
  • 12fps continuous shooting (with AF)
  • 300,000 shutter life rating
  • Updated menu system
  • Top LCD display
  • Dual SD / SD/MS card slots
  • Remote tethering, Bluetooth connectivity
  • Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body

Early Verdict of Sony Alpha a99 II

Overall, from the first impression of Sony Alpha a99 II, we can conclude that this camera seems to offer serious competition. The camera handling, performance and its key features shows us that this camera possibly a great news for photography. What we are missing on the camera is a battery life and a touchscreen, and we all know that we can find these missing items on other products such as Canon and Nikon. Well, it must be interesting to see this camera arrives on the market. Hopefully they will do some improvement to the full working samples. Any further discussion about this camera can be read on Sony Alpha a99 II handling. We can see the detail information about the camera and how we can use it any further.