Sony a99 II is the companies latest flagship A-mount camera in the India and it is priced at around Rs2,49,999. It is 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).
BIONZ X image processing engine now lets you shoot continuous images at 12 fps with AF/AE tracking. This means great sports and wildlife photography. Sony has designed a new shutter unit and front LSI for this. Thanks to a large buffer and sophisticated data processing, 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.
Sony has improved EVF display algorithm to 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.
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 extremely 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 Sony ɑ99 II has been designed without an optical low-pass filter to allow the finest natural details and textures to be captured with unprecedented depth and realism and the photographer can select compressed or uncompressed RAW files, as required.
It has dedicated 79 point phase detection auto focus and 399 focal plane phase detection AF points to produce a 79 hybrid cross AF point array. These cross points deliver incredibly precise auto-focus performance and advanced subject tracking of any moving objects right across the image, at high speed.
The Sony ɑ99 II can record cinematic 4k which means you will get full pixel readout without pixel binning in XAVC-S format. It is capable of recording high quality footage at 100Mbps for 4K recording. A new ‘Slow and Quick’ mode (S&Q) 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 sony ɑ99 II now also offers gamma assist for real time S-Log monitoring and a zebra mode for easier exposure adjustment. S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma are now included, making wide dynamic range shooting possible with blown highlights or blocked shadows making the ɑ99 II easily integratable into a fully professional movie production workflow.
It has 5 axis improved image stabilization for that extra smoothness.The design of the new ɑ99 II has noticeably evolved compared to its predecessor. 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.