Sony continues to refresh its premium mirrorless camera segment by introducing the next-generation A9 series camera after 2 years. Sony A9II is not a groundbreaking upgrade because of what A9 is currently available for Sony to update the feature through firmware.
A product aimed at a dedicated group of photographers, the A9 II aims at high-speed photography thanks to the experience of black-and-white photography, which makes it easier to capture moving subjects. The A9 II is also packed Sony’s most advanced image sensor technology, Exmor RS stacked full-frame CMOS sensor. Along with the hardware, it is capable of taking and saving images faster than any existing A7 model.
The appearance of the Sony A9II is more solidly finished making the overall camera weight increased by more than 120 g compared to A9. Sony uses a multi-directional key (or joystick) with a floating pattern to make it feel more comfortable to use. The rear parameter adjustment button is highlighted above the machine side. EV +/- exposure ring with a fixed lock button. The A9 II’s 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor may be the same as its predecessor, an updated BIONZ X processor, and front-end LSI enable a multitude of new functions that should allow pros to do their jobs faster.
The focus system continues to be improved on Sony’s high-end model. A9 II is equipped with a Fast Hybrid AF system that uses a 693-point phase-detect array. The system is capable of calculating focus, exposure (AF/AE) up to 60fps and captures 20frames /sec thanks to the electronic shutter that reaches 1 / 32,000 sec. The mechanical shutter speed of the A9 II is doubled compared to its predecessor. In addition, an electronic shutter with a silent shutter mode can eliminate black light, which often occurs with low-end cameras or with DSLRs when reversing a mirror. This is also a feature of the A9 series that Sony recently equipped with compact series like the RX100 VII.
The Sony A9II also features a WhiteMagic 3-inch touch screen with 1,440k resolution and more detail than the A7 series. The touch screen is similar to recent Alpha mirrorless cameras. Sony also equipped with a UHS-II SD card slot so users do not care whether the slot is UHS-I or UHS-II anymore. LAN port of the camera upgraded to 1 Gb speed, Wi-Fi to 802.11ac (5 GHz), USB-C to 3.2 gen 1. A9II can not record 4K video at standard 60fps bitrate higher than 100 Mbps or Slow-motion video recording at 960fps. And maybe this is the last Alpha camera in the product launch in 2019.
Sony A9II Specifications
- Dimensions of 128.9 x 96.4 x 77.5 mm
- Weight of 678 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
- Touch Screen Tilt Display of 3 inches
- 24.2 megapixels Full-Frame Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
- Maximum resolution of 6000×4000 pixels
- BIONZ X Image Processor
- Auto ISO 100 to 51200 (Extended: 50 to 204800)
- UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s] / Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [50 to 100 Mb/s]
- Autofocus points: Phase Detection: 693 / Contrast Detection: 425
- Viewfinder coverage of 100%
- Shutter speed – 1/8000 to 30 Sec
- Continuous Shooting Speed – 20fps
- Connectivity of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI D (Micro), USB Type-C (USB 3.1), X-Sync Socket, Microphone, Headphone, SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
- NP-FZ100 Battery up to 500 shots
Price and Availability
Sony A9II still has a starting price of $4,498, pre-order has already been started via Bhphotovideo.com and shipping will begin from November 6th. The Alpha 9 series remains the flagship of Sony’s full-frame mirrorless camera system aimed at capturing fast-moving motion by leveraging the source of powerful sensors and processors.