New flagship A-mount Camera from Sony, the ɑ99 II LaunchesEditor - 12th October 2016
An unexpected addition to busy launch schedule during Photokina comes in the shape of Sony’s full-frame successor to the a99
With Sony having a certain knack to keeping their product launches quiet, even from their own staff, one of the more unexpected announcements during Photokina was the a99 II.
The new camera made an appearance during the company’s press briefing and reaffirmed its commitment to produce A-mount interchangeable lens cameras. The new camera combines the best of Sony’s 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 pro end camera that should appeal particularly to sports and wildlife photographers.
Sony’s 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 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 promise incredibly precise autofocus performance and advanced subject tracking of any moving objects right across the image, at high speed.
The back-illuminated full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor benefits from a gapless-on-chip design and allows for fast readout of large volumes of data as well as being efficient in its light gathering ability. The net result is very high sensitivity with low noise, wide dynamic range and 42.4MP resolution across an ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to ISO 50 – 102,400.
The ɑ99 II enables internal 4K movie recording for ultimate high resolution video in the pro friendly XAVC S format. It is capable of recording high quality footage at 100Mbps for 4K recording.
A new ‘Slow and Quick’ mode supports both slow motion and quick motion. Frame rates from 1 fps to 120 fps (100 fps) can be selected in 8 steps for up to 60x (50x) quick motion and 5x (4x) slow motion recording. A number of features designed for a professional movie production workflow are included such as picture profiles, time code and HDMI clear output and the new ɑ99 II now also offers gamma assist for real time S-Log monitoring and a zebra mode for easier exposure adjustment.
a99 II – Key Features
- Full-frame 4D Focus: Innovative Hybrid Phase Detection AF system with accurate 79 hybrid cross AF points and continuous shooting at up to 12fps
- High resolution 42.4 effective MP 35mm Full-frame Exmor R™ CMOS sensor
- Newly developed optical 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system
- Newly designed downsized body
- Internal 4K movie recording in XAVC-S format with host of pro-orientated movie features
The new ɑ99 II will start shipping in November, priced at £3,000 (body only).