Sony unveiled its latest Alpha a99 II DSLR Camera at Photokina 2016 as a follow up to its full-frame translucent mirror a99 camera, and it is fitted with a 42.4MP CMOS sensor, actually a 42.4MP full-frame Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor. As the refinement of its predecessor, Sony a99 must packed full of new improvements includes new features, specifications, designs, and many more. Here we have some key differences between Sony a99 II and Sony a99 to bring clear understanding about how Sony has reworked the camera.
Sony a99 II and Sony a99 SensorHigh resolution sensor is what Sony has been so proud of for so many years, and now we are about to see the biggest changes from old to new sensor. The old Sony Alpha a99 had a 24.3MP sensor, but the new Sony Alpha a99 II has a 42.4MP sensor. This new sensor is not only good news for detail resolution, but it also gives you good scope for cropping an image when you need to.
Processor of Sony a99 II and Sony a99The old Sony Alpha a99 had the old processor; Bionz processor. Now Sony has swapped out the older Bionz processor for a Bionz X processor which is the company’s latest and fastest processor. This change should have a positive impact on processing speeds, as well as how noice is reproduced in high ISO shots.
Focusing System Sony a99 II and Sony a99Sony has made many improvements on Sony Alpha a99 II that makes it much better than its predecessor. After we saw the improvements of its processor and sensor, another big improvement here as we go from 19 autofocus points all the way up to a 79-point phase detection AF sensor which is accompanied by 399 focal plane phase detection points. This improvement leaves you with 79 hybrid cross-focus points which should be more accurate than the predecessor’s 19, and there is a better spread of coverage across the scene too. You are able to do more with the new focusing system on the a99 II camera.
Sony a99 II and Sony a99 VideoYou can use Sony Alpha a99 II to record a 4K video. It is actually no surprise to see the 4K making an appearance on the a99 II which is an upgrade from the Full HD capability of its predecessor Sony Alpha a99. The new Sony Alpha a99 II has more than just 4K, it also has full pixel readout without pixel binning which is something for the videographers out there to get excited about. Always gives more capability for each improvement made by the company.
Frame Rate Sony a99 II and Sony a99It is actually exciting to get this improvement on Sony Alpha a99 II; a newly designed shutter for the a99 II facilities 12 fps shooting, up from the 6 fps of its predecessor. With this improvement makes the a99 II very special because it offers both high resolution and a fast frame rate together, not separately. Unlike the other DSLRs, you can either have high resolution or you can have a fast frame rate in one camera – separately, not both in one camera.
Differences of Sony a99 II and Sony a99 ScreenWe had been so amazed when the original Sony Alpha a99 had a fully-articulated screen. Now, we are more excited with the new Sony Alpha a99 II which has a screen that can tilt to various angles, including the ability to face all the way forward. Rarely we find such a thing of a camera’s screen, mostly a full-frame camera of this kind with a moveable screen. This rare thing is quite useful for awkward angles, or for when recording video and you need to see yourself on screen. It will be much easier with this excellent moveable screen.
Changes on Sony a99 II from Sony a99 viewfinderSony doesn’t make many changes on Sony Alpha a99 II camera viewfinder. The resolution of the viewfinder on a99 II remains the same, Sony has just re-engineered the viewfinder to make it better for fast frame rates. With this re-engineered viewfinder, you can now shoot at 8fps without blackout – the camera uses an electronic viewfinder. While if you shoot at 12 fps there is some blackout but it is not really bad, helping you maintain framing and composition when shooting at high speeds.
Improvements of Sony a99 Stabilization on Sony a99 II Stabilization
The old Sony Alpha a99 camera had sensor-shift stabilization, but the new a99 II has the same 5-axis stabilization system as the a7 II, which offers a 4.5 step shutter speed advantage. It is much improved on a99 II than on the original a99.