Sony Alpha a99 II

Announced Sep 19, 2016 •
42 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor
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Product description
Announced Sep 19, 2016

The Sony Alpha a99 Mark II is an 'SLT' camera which uses a semi-transparent mirror that splits light between the sensor and an AF module near the viewfinder, which differentiates it from a traditional DSLR. The a99 II features a full-frame 42MP BSI CMOS sensor, Hybrid AF system with 399 contrast detect and 79 cross-type hybrid points. The camera can shoot at 12 fps with continuous autofocus and 8 fps with live view and minimal EVF blackout, according to Sony. It can capture 4K video (UHD or Super 35) using the XAVC S codec with bit rates of up to 100Mbps. The a99 II offers both S-Log2 and S-Log3 gammas and can output 4:2:2 4K video over its HDMI port.

The rugged body is weather-sealed and has built-in 5-axis image stabilization (Sony claims a 4.5-stop reduction in shake.) It features a large, high resolution EVF as well as a tilting non-touchscreen LCD.

Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 7952 x 5304
Effective pixels 42 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-25600 (expandable to 50-102400)
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length mult. 1×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,228,800
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Storage types Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC[UHS I]/MS Duo slots
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 849 g (1.87 lb / 29.95 oz)
Dimensions 143 x 104 x 76 mm (5.63 x 4.09 x 2.99)
GPS None

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Our review

Even with its video and autofocus quirks, the a99 II manages to be the world's first all-rounder camera capable of both high-resolution and 12 fps burst shooting with AF. Its unique combination of features means that those who doubted SLT cameras should give the a99 II a closer look.

Good for: High resolution stills shooting in a wide array of situations. Shooters who want both an EVF and dependable battery life.

Not so good for: Shooting video with autofocus. Using 3rd party lenses. Those needing accurate focus tracking.

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