Sony Alpha A99 II Review

Sony Alpha A99 II Review and Guide

Sony Alpha A99 II Review

Sony Alpha A99 II Review - Sony has announced its new Sony a99 II last month which is a full-frame single lens translucent (SLT) camera. After it has been announced, the product will go on sale on November 25th, but it will not be able to supply nearly enough to meet demand straight away. This is because the domestic demand has significantly exceeded the Japanese company’s sales plans. Before you decide to order one of this camera, it is great for you to prepare yourself with everything you need to know about Sony a99 II so that you are ready to use it like an expert.

Sony a99 II looks like its predecessor with some significant changes. From all of these changes, the most significant change is the upgraded image sensor which is not a 42MP BSI CMOS chip.

Sony Alpha A99 II Quick Specs

Sony a99 II is an SLT camera which uses a semi-transparent mirror that splits light between the sensor and an AF module near the viewfinder. This makes the camera different from the traditional DSLR. This Sony new flagship also features a full-frame 42MP BSI CMOS sensor, Hybrid AF system with 399 contrast detect and 79 cross-type hybrid points. You can use this camera to shoot at 12 fps with continuous autofocus and 8 fps with live view and minimal EVF blackout, according to Sony. You can also use this camera to capture 4K video (UHD or Super 35) using the XAVC S codes with bit rates of up to 100Mbps. Read the list below to see more of Sony a99 II quick specs:
Specifications & FeaturesSony Alpha a99 II Specification
Body typeMid-size SLR
Max resolution7952 x 5304
Effective pixels42 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (expandable to 50-102400)
Lens mountSony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length mult.
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,228,800
Max shutter speed1/8000 sec
Storage typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS Duo slots
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries)849 g (1.87 lb / 29.95 oz)
Dimensions143 x 104 x 76 mm (5.63 x 4.09 x 2.99")

Sony Alpha A99 II Features

Sony has remake its new flagship; Sony α99 II full-frame A-mount camera. Sony’s top-of-the-line 42.4 MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and all-new processor and LSI turbocharged for more processing horsepower is now available for Pre-order. This camera is packed full of new features, which are some totally new features, and the other features are new to full-frame and others are new to A-mount. Below we have listed top new features of Sony Alpha α99 II:

1. Hybrid Phase Detection AF

This feature is new to full-frame. Sony a99 II is the first full-frame camera to get 4D predictive focus. This feature combines a dedicated 79-point Phase Detection AF module with the large 399-point on-sensor PDAF system found in a 7RII and RX1R II for the best focus tracking ever.

2. Shoot 42.4 MP at 12 FPS

Fast AF/AE tracking at up to 12 FPS

It is one of totally new feature of Sony Alpha a99 II camera. Sony a99 II camera is the first full-frame camera over 24mp to offer 12 FPS continuous shooting. You can shoot 50 continuous frames of full res RAW + Jpeg before hitting the buffer because of its fastest processor ever. Surely it is very important to have a serious processing power and speed to have an ability to do continuous shooting while maintaining reliable AF and AE tracking. With 42.4 effective megapixel image sensor that allows high-speed readout, BIONZ processing, and a newly developed front-end LSI for controlled noise processing at higher resolution, Sony Alpha a99 II is able to do this. Sony also has redesigned the shutter unit itself for faster response. All these alterations work with Hybrid Phase Detection AF which is very crucial to allow continuous auto focus and auto exposure at up to 12 FPS.

Live View with minimal Lag at up to 8 FPS with AF/AE tracking

This feature is totally new in A-Mount which allow you to use live view while shooting continuously at up to 8 FPS with full AF and AE tracking. Continuous live view shooting speed can be set to 8fps, 6 fps, or 4 fps to match a variety of subject.

3. First Fullframe DLSR with 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization

This feature is totally new to A-Mount in Sony a99 II which gets a brand-new full-frame optical 5-axis in-body image stabilization system developed specifically for A-mount cameras.

4. Reliable Low-Light AF Down to EV-4

This is a totally new feature to A-Mount. Sony a99 II has an ability to maintain reliable, accurate autofocus right down to EV-4 brightness levels at the dedicated phase detection AF sensor’s central focus point.

5. 4K Recording

This great feature is totally new to A-Mount which allows you record 4K video from the Full Width of the fullframe sensor.

These are only some new features of Sony Alpha a99 II. There are so many more feature to delve more in this new camera, and we will reveal the whole features in more specific section. It looks like it could be a great professional quality camera. If you are a current a99 user, our Sony Alpha A99 II review must be worthy to read so than you can really know everything about Sony a99 II much better.

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