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Sony A9 II Mirrorless Camera Body

The newly announced flagship Sony A9 II mirrorless camera body features everything we asked for including a new generation higher resolution sensor, blistering speeds and an updated phase detect focus system.

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Sony A9 II summary

The new Alpha 9 II builds on the impressive legacy of the original Alpha 9, maintaining ground breaking speed performance including blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking, 60 times per second AF/AE calculations while incorporating even more functionality driven directly from the voice of professionals. Updates include significantly enhanced connectivity and file delivery, continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter, evolved AF performance with newly optimised algorithms, a re-designed build to enhance durability and operability and more.

 Complemented by our extremely versatile E-mount system – with 55 native lenses introduced at this point, including the super-telephoto 600mm and 400mm G Master series lenses – this new camera is a tool unlike any other for professionals either in the field or on the field."

Refined Build and Operability

  • Upgraded BIONZ X image processing engine gains maximum benefit from the sensor's fast readout speed. Processor works with front-end LSI to enhance speed in AF/AE detection, image processing, face detection and accuracy, and more
  • Upgraded dust and moisture resistant design to meet the needs of professionals in even the most challenging outdoor conditions. Stronger sealing provided at all body seams as well as the battery compartiment cover and media slot
  • Latest image-processing algorithm reduces noise in the medium-to-high sensitivity range while improving subjective resolution and image quality
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation system that provides a shutter speed advantage of 5.5 steps
  • Improved grip configuration for even greater comfort and sure hold. Compatible with Sony VG-C4EM Vertical Grip
  • Improved button design and feel. Increased diameter and feedback of the ‘AF-ON' button; a refined multi-selector joystick design; an exposure compensation dial lock button and a redesigned shape and new position for the rear dial
  • Redesigned shutter mechanism to suppress even the slightest movement that can cause image blur. Tested for durability in excess of 500,000 shutter cycles
  • USB Type-C connector that supports fast USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer
  • Dual media slots that are both compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II SD cards, allowing higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds
  • Digital audio interface has been added to the camera's Multi Interface Shoe (MI Shoe) enabling the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit to be connected directly to the MI Shoe for cleaner, clearer audio recordings

Sony A9 II in Detail

Raising the Bar for Built-in Connectivity in the Professional's Workflow

The Alpha 9 II includes an in-built 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal, enabling gigabit communication for high-speed, stable data transfer operations. Additionally, File Transfer over SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS) is supported for increased data security and PC remote (tether) shooting performance is improved, with decreased release time lag and reduced live view screen delay when using the ‘Remote Camera Tool' desktop application. The speed of the camera's built-in wireless LAN functionality has also been increased, adding a stable and fast 5 GHz (I 802.11ac) band, in addition to the 2.4 GHz provided in the Alpha 9. I 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards are all supported.

Designed to improve the speed of news agencies' workflow, the Alpha 9 II features a new Voice Memo function that allows spoken information to be attached to images in the form of voice memos that can be replayed when the images are reviewed. The voice data can also be included with images sent to an editor, giving them important information needed for effective editing. Alternatively, a field photographer can also use the ‘Transfer & Tagging add-on' “Imaging Edge application to transfer voice tags with the images to their mobile device and have the voice memos automatically converted to text and added to the JPEG images in the form of IPTC metadata. All of this can be done automatically or manually, selectable by the photographer.

By combining wireless voice / image transfer and automatic voice to text conversion with the ability to auto transfer images with attached voice memos via FTP, it is possible to shoot and transfer the results to an FTP server without ever having to operate a smartphone. FTP settings with the app can also be sent to a camera via Bluetooth, allowing for a faster workflow.

The Platinum Standard for Speed and Auto Focus Performance

The new Alpha 9 II shares the same acclaimed 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2 map Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with integral memory as the original Alpha 9, giving it the same unmatched speed performance and outstanding image quality. The new model can shoot continuously and completely silently at 20 fps for up to 361 JPEG images or 239 compressed RAW images, with no viewfinder blackout, allowing the photographer to follow the subject and action with no interruption to the EVF during picture taking. For times when mechanical shutter is preferred or required, the new Alpha 9 II has been improved to shoot at up to 10 fps, about 2x the speed of the Alpha 9.

The camera is able to function whilst continuously calculating Auto Focus and Auto Exposure at up to 60 times per second, with newly optimised AF algorithms that provide notably enhanced AF precision and performance, ensuring that even the most erratic subject motion, often experienced in sports, is captured with high precision. Also useful for sporting events, the camera now offers an anti-flicker shooting mode that automatically detects and adjusts for the presence of fluorescent or artificial lighting to maximise image quality.

The advanced focusing system in the new Alpha 9 II is comprised of 693 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approximately 93% of the image area, as well as 425 contrast AF points. This Fast Hybrid Auto Focus system achieves extremely fast and accurate performance, ensuring all fast-moving subjects are accurately captured. Additional notable focusing capabilities include Real-time Eye AF with right eye / left eye selection, Real-time Eye AF for animals– augmented with a new algorithm, Real-Time Eye AF for movie, Real-time Tracking, selectable focus frame colour, Touch Pad focus point control while using the viewfinder and more. AF can continuously track even in continuous shooting is greater than F16, providing further accuracy for shots that require slower shutter speeds.

SONY A9 II MIRRORLESS CAMERA BODY SPECIFICATIONS

Sensor Type

35mm full frame (35.6×23.8mm), Exmor RS CMOS sensor

Megapixels

24.2 megapixels

Focus points

693-point phase-detection and 425-point contrast detection AF points

Continuous shooting

20fpswith AF/AE tracking

Video resolution

High-resolution XAVC S 4K

LCD Screen

7.5cm (3.0-type) type TFT NUMBER OF DOTS

1,440,000 dots Touchpanel

VewFinder

1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color), Quad-VGA OLED NUMBER OF DOTS 3 686 400 dots

Wireless connectivity

Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.1

Lens compatbility

Sony E-mount lenses

Dimensions

Approx. 128.9mm x 96.4mm x 77.5mm

Weight

Approx. 678 g

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Offer Category: Digital Cameras
Offer Product Type: Mirrorless Cameras
Model: N/A
AE Bracketing: N/A
Autofocus Modes: N/A
Articulated Screen: N/A
Aperture priority: Yes
Battery: N/A
Built-in flash: N/A
Battery Life (CIPA): 690
Camera CIPA image stabilization rating: N/A
Colour: N/A
Continuous drive (fps): 20
Custom white balance: Yes
Digital zoom: Yes
Effective pixels (megapixels): 24
Environmental Sealing: N/A
Exposure compensation: N/A
External flash: Yes
Flash range (metres): N/A
Focal length (equiv.): N/A
Focal length multiplier: 1
Flash modes: N/A
GPS: N/A
HDMI Port: N/A
Headphone port: Yes
Height (mm): 96
Length (mm): N/A
Width (mm): 129
Weight (g): N/A
Weight (inc. batteries) (g): 678
Image ratio w:h: N/A
Camera Image stabilization: N/A
ISO: Auto, ISO 100 - 51200 (expands to 50 - 204800)
JPEG quality levels: Extra fine, fine, standard
Live view: Yes
Camera Lens mount: N/A
Manual exposure mode: Yes
Maximum shutter speed (electronic): N/A
Maximum ISO: 51200
Maximum ISO (boosted): 204800
Max resolution: N/A
Maximum shutter speed (seconds): N/A
Maximum aperture: N/A
Manual focus: Yes
Microphone: N/A
Microphone port: Yes
Camera Minimum focus distance (cm): N/A
Minimum ISO: 100
Minimum ISO (boosted): 50
Minimum macro focus distance (cm): N/A
Minimum shutter speed (seconds): N/A
Metering modes: N/A
Number of focus points: 693
Number of white balance presets: 9
Optical zoom multiplier: N/A
Orientation sensor: Yes
Other resolutions: N/A
Processor: BIONZ X
Remote control: N/A
Screen dots: 1440000
Screen size: N/A
Screen type: N/A
Self-timer: Yes
Shutter priority: Yes
Speaker: N/A
Sensor photo detectors (megapixels): 28
Sensor size: N/A
Sensor type: N/A
Storage types: N/A
Subject / scene modes: N/A
Timelapse recording: Yes
Touchscreen: Yes
Camera Type: N/A
Uncompressed format: N/A
Camera USB: N/A
USB charging: Yes
Viewfinder coverage: N/A
Viewfinder magnification: N/A
Viewfinder resolution: 3686400
Viewfinder type: N/A
Video formats: N/A
Video Mode Categories: N/A
Video Modes: N/A
WB Bracketing: Yes
Wireless: N/A
Notes: N/A

Our Verdict

The Sony A9 II builds on the impressive legacy of the original Alpha 9, bringing blisteringly fast autofocus and operation speed. Everything has been designed around speed and workflow making this a superb choice for any professional.

With improvements to autofocus precision, performance and speed along with a refined body and design, the Sony A9 II is a significant upgrade over the A9.

We Love

  • Building on the impressive Alpha 9, the blistering speed of the A9 II makes it the perfect choice for professionals.
  • An in-built 100BASE-T Ethernet terminal enabling gigabit communication for high-speed, stable data transfers.
  • The new ‘Voice Memo' function that allows spoken information to be attached to images in the form of voice memos which you can replay when reviewing the images.
  • Notably enhanced AF precision and performance

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