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Sony A99 II Review


By Allyson W | 16/12/2016 13:26:59

At the Photokina 2016 trade show, Sony's big announcement was the A99 II camera. A99 II is a flagship, full-frame camera that is designed to appeal the professional photographers. The camera is a 42.0MP Semi-Pro DSLR unit with a 35.9 x 24 mm full frame sized BSI-CMOS sensor. This model is the replacement of the older Sony SLT-A99.

Sony A99 II Review

DESIGN
A99 II weighs 849g and has 143 x 104 x 76 mm external dimensions. Bearing in mind that average weight of DSLR cameras is 778g, and with its weight, the camera is heavier than other cameras in its class. The camera comes with an average thickness of 76mm. The A99 II is weather resistant camera due to the environmental sealing on its body, and this means the camera can deliver best outdoors shot, even in extreme conditions. Sony A99 II is equipped with a resolution of 1,229k dots on a fully articulated LCD screen.

Sony A99 II Review

SENSOR
Sony A99 II is equipped with a 42.0MP full frame sized BSI-CMOS sensor, and it features the Bionz X processor. With this features you can shoot 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios at a maximum resolution of 7952 x 5304 pixels. The camera has an ISO range of 50 - 102400 and A99 II can save files in RAW format for more post processing options.

Sony A99 II Review

LENS
The camera has a Sony/Minolta Alpha lens mount, and there are about 128 native lenses that are available for this mount. The Minolta AF lens legacy was extended by SONY with a lot of new lenses. The SONY A99 II also comes with a sensor-based image stabilization system which means that any lens used on A99 II will be stabilized, and this remains a significant advantage for professional photographers.

Sony A99 II Review

PERFORMANCE
The camera can shoot at a max speed of 12.0 fps continuously and has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. But A99 II does not have an inbuilt flash. However, there is a port dedicated for mounting external flashes. It features both Phase Detection autofocus and Contrast Detection systems that ensure accuracy and speed for focusing. With A99 II, you can record any of your videos at a maximum resolution of 3840 by 2160 at 24p,25p,30p, fps and save in MPEG-4, XAVC S, and AVCHD formats. Sony A99 II provides 4K video (Ultra-HD), and when viewed on any 4K screen, you will be astonished by the level of the crispness on the videos. This aspect of this camera is a massive purchase incentive as we just don’t see this type of quality in any other camera today.

Sony A99 II Review

CONNECTIVITY
A99 II features an inbuilt wireless connectivity which allows you to transfer your pictures directly to a compatible device via wireless connection. With its NFC feature, A99 II can easily communicate with your smartphones with the NFC technology by only touching each other. The camera can also be connected to other devices via USB 2.0 port or through HDMI port. The NFC feature might not be a new thing but it fits with this camera as the amount of data that you collect is enormous and any quick and easy way to download it to a more permanent storage facility is more than welcomed!

Sony A99 II Review

BATTERY
The camera has a short battery life with only and expected 490 shots, and the average battery life of DSLR camera should produce at least 800 to 900 shots, with this fact, it is clear that A99 II need extra batteries to hand and this is a little issue this. The power management and battery should really be a little better on a camera like this, not a major issue but an issue nevertheless.

Sony A99 II Review

PROS

  • NFC Connectivity
  • Built-in Wi-fi
  • 12.0fps Fast Continuous Shooting
  • 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • Weatherproof
  • MASSIVE CMOS
  • 4K and Ultra HD fantastic.

CONS

  • No Touch Screen
  • Poor Battery Life
  • Hefty Body – heavy but not uncomfortable so.
  • Final Price probably will be real high!

Sony A99 II Review

CONCLUSION
SONY ensures that the A99 II performs better than its predecessor with a higher resolution sensor, and the camera provides the highest resolution in the market currently, which is a no mean feat by itself. The weather proof is another great addition to better performance as this is a bugbear when it comes to outside shooting and this camera lend itself to that! Not only for stills but as a virtual studio 4K video camera as well, this is near pro for nothing compared to a proper studio cam! However, the price and the battery is of massive concerns here and we will just see what the real world test show in the near future.

Sony A99 II Review

 

Sony A99 II Review

 

Sony A99 II Review

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