Reaffirming its commitment to produce industry leading A-mount interchangeable lens cameras, Sony India today launched a new flagship ɑ A-mount model, the a99 II. A successor to the highly acclaimed ɑ99, the new a99 II combines the best of Sony’s latest digital imaging innovations including a new Hybrid Phase Detection AF system with exclusive Sony A-mount features such as Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT). The result is a supremely specified, professional level camera that will be particularly appealing to sports and wildlife photographers.
High speed continuous shooting at up to 12fps with BIONZ X image processing engine
The new ɑ99 II demonstrates excellent response to shooting experience. ɑ99 II has been redesigned to allow for high resolution and continuous shooting at high frame rates. A new front-end LSI works with the image sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine, as well as a newly designed shutter unit, to enable continuous shooting at up to 12fps with AF/AE tracking, all whilst harnessing the sensor’s 42.4MP capabilities.
The result is an ultra-fast camera that will deliver incredibly detailed shots, even with fast moving objects in challenging light conditions. Thanks to a large buffer and sophisticated data processing, these shots can be viewed immediately after shooting even when in high speed continuous shooting mode and if shots are being taken indoors under artificial lighting, flicker is automatically detected and the shutter is timed to minimise its effect on the end image
Improvements to the EVF display algorithm now deliver continuous live-view shooting at up to 8 fps with AF/AE tracking with minimal display lag so that the viewing experience is essentially no different from that of an optical viewfinder. Exposure, white balance and other camera settings are displayed in real time in the viewfinder and continuous live view shooting can be set in 3 stages to match a variety of subjects: 8 fps, 6 fps and 4 fps.
Superior Autofocus system featuring 79-point dedicated phase detection AF sensor with 399 focal plane phase detection AF points
The newly developed Phase Detection AF System is capable of ‘full-time AF’ and is the first implementation of 4D FOCUS in the full-frame ɑ series, bringing a supreme new level of AF performance to ɑ99 II users. The Hybrid Phase Detection AF System is enabled by combining a precision 79-point dedicated phase detection AF sensor with 399 focal plane phase detection AF points to produce a 79 hybrid cross AF point array. These cross points deliver incredibly precise autofocus performance and advanced subject tracking of any moving objects right across the image, at high speed. In addition, as there is no moving mirror, TMT enables continuous AF operation and the finder image remains unaffected during any type of shooting, including live view and movie recording.
Having proved to be incredibly popular in the ɑ7 II series of cameras, Sony has designed a new in-body 5 axis image stabilisation system for A-mount cameras which debuts for the first time in the ɑ99 II. In addition to movement in the pitch and yaw axes that tend to occur at longer focal lengths, this system effectively detects and compensates for shift blur that can occur on the X and Y axes when shooting close-up, and roll blur that is often apparent in still images and movies that are shot at night.
Newly implemented precision gyro sensors are capable of precisely detecting even tiny camera movements that can cause blurring, providing a 4.5 step shutter speed advantage that can help realise the full potential of the 42.4MP sensor, in both stills and movies.
The effect of image stabilisation can be monitored in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen during live view when the shutter button is half pressed or the Focus Magnifier functions are used. This allows framing and focus to be accurately checked via live view when shooting at telephoto focal lengths or macro distances.
The design of the new ɑ99 II has noticeably evolved compared to its predecessor, based upon feedback from professional users. The new model is 8% smaller than the original ɑ99 and has a newly designed grip, magnesium alloy body, dual SD card slot and other upgrades that improve both hold and operation. All major buttons and dials are provided with seals and the media jack cover and enclosure edges feature tongue and groove – the result is a body that is both dust and moisture resistant and can be used in the toughest and most challenging shooting conditions.
In addition to being designed for faster response, the new shutter unit is also more durable and has passed endurance tests in excess of 300,000 shutter operations. The XGA OLED Tru-finder has a ZEISS T* Coating and has a 4 element lens group that includes a double sided aspherical element whilst offering a powerful 0.78x magnification, delivering outstanding clarity from corner to corner. It also has a fluorine coating on the outer lens to prevent fingerprints, dust, water, oil and dirt from sticking, thus ensuring a clear view.
The silent Multi Controller introduced in the original ɑ99 has been improved so that in addition to allowing control of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, AF area, AF mode and other settings, it now features a click-stop ON/OFF switch. When ON, the preferred setting for still image shooting, the control clicks, providing a tactile indication of the length of rotation.
When OFF, the control turns smoothly and quietly, ideal for movie shooting. Location data acquisition has also been made possible via Bluetooth connection to a compatible mobile device and it is now possible to select whether the storage location should just be on a tethered computer or also on camera for easy review without leaving the shooting position. Based upon feedback from a number of ɑ users, the menu structure of the ɑ99 II has also been updated to deliver a smoother navigational experience.
The newly launched ɑ99 II will be available in select Sony Center, Alpha flagship stores and major electronic and digital imaging stores across India.
|ɑ99 II||21st November||Rs 249,990/-||– High Speed Class 10 SF-64UX2|
– Micro HDMI Cable
– Carrying case
|Image Sensor||Type||35mm full frame, Black illuminated||35mm full frame|
|Effective Pixels(approx.)||42.4M||24.3 M|
|Optical Low-pass filter||__||O|
|ISO Sensitivity||Still images||ISO 100- 25600(expandable ISO 50~102400)||ISO 100- 25600(expandable ISO 50~25600|
|Movies||ISO 100- 25600||ISO 100- 6400|
|AF||Type||Hybrid Face detection AF||Dual AF|
|AF Points||79+ 399(79 hybrid cross points)||19+ 102 (11 cross)|
|Image Stabilization||Type||Image sensor shift mechanism 5-axis compensation||Still; image sensor- shift mechanism(2- axis compensation)|
|Compensation effect||4.5 steps||2.5- 4.5 steps|
|Viewfinder||Type||EVF (XGA OLED)||EVF (XGA OLED)|
|LCD Screen||Size||3.0 Type with 1228K dots||3.0 Type with 1228K dots|
|E- front Curtain shutter||O||O|
|Continous shooting||Max speed||12fps (with AF/AE tracking)||6fps|
|Weight (body only) (g)||770||733|
|Movie Recording||Recording format||XAVC S(4K)/ XAVC S(HD)/ AVCHD/MP4||AVCHD/MP4|
|Video compression||MPEG-4 AVC/H.264||MPEG-4 AVC/H.264|
|Audio compression||XAVC S: Linear PCM|
|Wrapper||XAVC S: MP4|
1080 (120p(100p)/ 60p (50p)/ 60 i(50i)/ 30p (25p)/24p)
|1080 (60p(50p)/ 60 i(50i)/24p|
|Maximum bit rate||XAVC S(4K): 100Mbps|
XAVC S(HD): 50Mbps
|Movie Functions||Picture Profile||O||O|
|Log compatibility||S. Log3/ S.Gamut||_|
|Audio level control||O(32 steps)||O(32 steps)|
|Audio level meter display||O||O|
|Clean HDMI jack||O * 4K compatible||O|
|High frame rate shooting||o(S & Q)||O|