The Sony Alpha a99 2020 Latest Updated Review.
Sony A99II delivers the next level in significantly swift high-precision AF, faster continuous shooting, and stunning resolution
The Sony Alpha a99
The Song A99 II is also well suited for video, allowing full-frame 4K recording at 30 fps max. If you use it in crop-frame, “super-35” mode (at a 15-megapixel still resolution).
it can do 4K with a full sensor readout, 1.8x oversampling and no pixel binning. If 1080p is OK, you can shoot at 120 fps for optimal slow-mo. Like other Sony models, it uses the XAVC S format to capture video at up to 100 Mbps.
A show floor isn’t an ideal place to try out a camera, but we did get a feel for the handling.
The camera is smaller and lighter than the original, so with the new grip, it’s easy to heft.
Like the original A99, it doesn’t have an optical viewfinder — the translucent mirror is used only for focusing.
However, the XGA, 2.36-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder is bright and sharp and allows up to 10x magnification to nail manual focus
Sony A99II DSLR Highlights:
- 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
- BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
- 5″ 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
- Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log3 Gamma
- S&Q Motion in Full HD from 1-120 fps
- Hybrid Phase Detection AF System
- ISO 102400 and 12 fps Shooting with AF
The Sony Alpha a99 Design
The A99 II has two key selling points. First, it combines a high resolution with high continuous shooting speeds.
It has the second-highest resolution of any full-frame camera at 42.4MP, but it can also shoot at this resolution at up to 12 frames per secondThe A99 II also incorporates in-body five-axis image stabilisation and impressive video capabilities,
The A99 II also incorporates in-body five-axis image stabilisation and impressive video capabilities, which include full-frame 4K movies or high-resolution oversampled 4K without pixel-binning in the Super 35mm format.
- 42MP BSI CMOS Imaging sensor
- 399 on-sensor PDAF points + dedicated PDAF sensor with 79 points
- Dual SD card slots [UHS I]
- 12fps continuous shooting in Raw with C-AF
- 4K UHD 100Mbps recording, and 8-bit 4:2:2 4K output over HDMI
- Picture Profile settings with Log gamma curves
- 5-axis in body image stabilization
- Wi-Fi with NFC
The Sony Alpha a99 II DSLR Camera combines the power of a full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X image processor with front-end LSI to create outstanding images at expanded sensitivities up to ISO 102400 and record UHD 4K video.
The weather-sealed body features a dedicated PDAF sensor separate from the imaging sensor that has light directed to it via a mirror, like a traditional DSLR.
Unlike a DSLR, this mirror doesn’t ever flip out of the way. Instead, it is semi-transparent and sends only part of the light to the dedicated AF sensor, and lets the rest of the light pass through to the imaging chip.
Why Should You Get It
The camera can use both of these AF systems where they overlap, creating a Hybrid Cross Type AF system that should deliver both speed and accuracy that Sony hopes will match the best systems out there.
Also, the fixed mirror means AF readings can be taken with the dedicated sensor even while the shutter is firing, which should result in high ‘hit’ rates even at the maximum 12 FPS burst shooting.
The downside is the loss of around 1/2 stop of light, something that the impressive 42MP sensor shouldn’t mind too much.
The a99 II also boasts some impressive video specs, which should be enhanced both by the camera’s ability to continuously autofocus in video and by its in-body image stabilization.
Stunning High Resolution
α99 II features a 35 mm full-frame 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor that delivers high-resolution image while providing high sensitivity, minimized noise, and wide dynamic range. Its wide standard ISO range 100-25600 is expandable to even wider ISO 50-102400.
Fast Continuous Shooting
The camera provides improved processing speed and a shutter mechanism to attain an unprecedented continuous shooting speed of up to 12fps
Stunning High Resolution
α99 II features a 35 mm full-frame 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor that delivers high-resolution image while providing high sensitivity
Its wide standard ISO range 100-25600 is expandable to even wider ISO 50-102400.
Optical 5-axis Image Stabilization
Shooting should be as steady as possible to minimize the negative effect of camera shake blur.
So, α99 II high resolution is optimized with body-integrated 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization, fine-tuned to match its 42.4-megapixel performance.
You can zoom in on faraway subjects, shoot close-ups, and take night scenes with nearly shake-free clarity in stills and movies.
- Correcting pitch and yaw motions
- Horizontal/vertical motion
- Correcting roll motions