The Sony A9 II is a high-end 24.2 Megapixel full-frame mirrorless digital camera, aimed toward skilled sports activities photographers. Introduced in October 2019, two and a half years after the unique A9, it takes the identical stacked sensor which might shoot silently at as much as 20fps with autofocus throughout a lot of the body however combines it with the most recent processing for improved efficiency together with enhancing quite a lot of physique options.
The core proposition is shared with the unique A9, exploiting the short readout of what’s nonetheless the one stacked CMOS full-frame sensor to ship an digital shutter with quick, silent and vibration-free capturing, minimal distortion, shutter speeds as much as 1/32000, and digital composition with no blackout between frames. The embedded phase-detect AF system options 693 AF factors unfold throughout 93% of the body, and makes 60 AE / AF calculations per second. In the meantime the buffer is sweet for 361 JPEGs or 239 compressed RAW information.
New to the A9 II over the unique mannequin are quite a lot of enhancements which first made their debut on the A7r IV, together with a mechanical shutter rated for 500okay actuations that now shoots twice as quick at 10fps, improved built-in stabilisation that’s good for as much as 5.5 stops of compensation, the Multi Interface hotshoe pins to help a pure digital reference to the ECM-B1M microphone, twin UHS-II card slots, 5Ghz Wifi, a USB C port working at 3.2 speeds, adjustable focus body color, enhanced grip, barely repositioned controls, improved climate sealing and the most recent picture processing.
Suffice it to say the A9 II additionally inherits all of Sony’s newest AF applied sciences together with actual time monitoring and eye detection for people and animals. The A9 II sticks with its predecessor’s 3.7 Million dot viewfinder panel for pace, however accelerates the wired ethernet port by ten occasions to Gigabit speeds whereas additionally permitting you to avoid wasting ten banks of FTP settings for various venues; it’s additionally now attainable to distant management the digital camera over ethernet, together with altering settings and formatting the cardboard which is beneficial for conditions the place the digital camera can’t be accessed for lengthy intervals. Voice memos as much as 60 seconds may also be added to photographs, which a brand new Switch and Tagging app can convert into textual content for embedding again ino the picture for simpler identification.
Sony says these enhancements got here from suggestions from professional sports activities photographers, and whereas the core decision, pace, autofocus and buffer stays primarily unchanged from the unique A9 working firmware v6, the enhancements to workflow together with the upgrades inherited from the A7r IV make for a extra skilled digital camera. The Sony A9 II is anticipated in November 2019 on the similar launch value of the unique A9: $4500. In the meantime the unique A9 continues to be accessible and up to date to firmware v6 stays a really tempting possibility at its cheaper price. See my Sony A9 evaluation for extra particulars.