The A-mount system is dead. Long live… Wait… Sony you sneaky, lovable bastards. The rumors of the a99 successor have been rumbling for some time. Would it ever get a refresh? What about the A-mount lens system? The list was endless until today.
Meet the Sony a99 II. And it’s one hell of a Christmas present for those who have been waiting far too long for a refresh. Yeah, a November release date. That’s what we like to see. Announcement and quick ship date.
Sony a99 II Specs
Let’s get the price out of the way. $3,199 for the body. Yeah, it’s steep, but it’s the new Sony Alpha flagship. It stays in its lane when compared to the previous pricing. Sticker shock gone? Here are the product highlights:
- 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
- BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
- Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log3 Gamma
- S&Q Motion in Full HD from 1-120 fps
- 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
- Hybrid Phase Detection AF System
- 0.5″ 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
- 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
- ISO 102,400 and 12 fps Shooting with AF
- Dual SD Card Slots; 14-Bit Raw Output
Well now. You have our attention Sony. Battery life hits approximately 390 shots through the EVF. Using the LCD you can stretch it to 490. Yeah, we’ll all need extra batteries.
Autofocusing starts with a 79-point AF sensor with 15 cross points. Toss in the 399-point focal-plane phase detection AF sensor and a99 II offers up 79 hybrid cross AF points. Toss in the 12fps shooting and we’ll be in for a blast.
Sony is upping the AF enhancement with better low light capability, promising EV-4 on the central focus point.
Ready for some Sony marketing? They are happy to oblige with their zen-soundtrack:
Beats the rejected EDM mess we hear from some companies.
Sony a99 II 4K Video
It shoots in Super 35mm and oversamples 1.8 times information needed for 4K output. Yeah, those Cine lenses will see a lot of work.
Had to wait for Sony to update their product page, but we finally have the YouTube showing off the a99 II.
Another nice touch is 1080p at 120fps on the camera. Get your slow motion on. And if you have the shaky hand, the 5-axis image stabilization will help you out. If you can set a tripod, set it. But if that’s not possible, freehand sessions are kept crisp.
Plenty of information on the a99 II over at Sony’s product page which went live in the past few minutes.
What about buying one? B&H already has it up with preorders starting Wednesday. I’ll update the post when Amazon decides to toss up a preorder page.