Unprecedented resolution and unmatched speed. Capture 42.4MP at up to 12fps continuous shooting with AE/AF tracking and stunning 4K video. Stay focused with the world’s first 79 hybrid AF cross-point array for unmatched AF tracking and 4D Focus hybrid phase AF system that combines dedicated 79-point AF sensor and wide 399-point focal plane phase detection on the cameras imaging sensor.
Up to 12fps at 42.4MP with AE/AF Tracking
The α99 II has been designed to allow for high resolution, continuous shooting at high frame rates. The camera features a new front-end LSI that works with the image sensor, BIONZ X image processing engine and a newly designed shutter unit to enable continuous shooting at impressive speeds up to 12fps1 with continuous AF/AE tracking at full 42.4MP resolution. Thanks to a large buffer, these shots can be viewed immediately after shooting, even when in high-speed continuous shooting mode.
79 hybrid AF Cross-point Array for Unmatched AF tracking
The α99 II features a 79 hybrid AF cross-point array for unmatched AF tracking. Incorporating both a dedicated high speed, high-density phase detection AF sensor with 79 AF-points (15 cross points) with both vertical and horizontal detection and a 399-point focal plane AF sensor with vertical detection over a wide area of the frame. The 79 superimposed points operate as fully selectable hybrid cross points which allows for fast and precise focusing with just about any type of subject.
42.4MP Full-frame Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
The 35mm full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor produces high resolution 42.4-megapixel images and stunning 4K video. The back-illuminated structure allows for fast readout of large volume of data while the copper wiring layer (instead of aluminum) allows for faster transmission speed. No low-pass filter results in maximum resolution from the sensor and combined with the gapless on-chip lens design and AR (anti-reflective) coating on the surface of the sensor's glass seal - dramatically improving light collection efficiency - even though the pixels are smaller than lower resolution full-frame sensors. 16-bit processing with both compressed or uncompressed 14-bit RAW files are readily available based on user preferences. The results are truly remarkable – with incredibly detailed stills and video, high dynamic range, high sensitivity and low noise across an ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to ISO 50 – 102,400.
4D Focus Hybrid AF System
The impressive 4D Focus hybrid AF features a precision 79-point dedicated phase detection AF sensor combined with 399 focal plane phase detection AF points – the world’s largest array of on-sensor AF coverage. Uniquely combining the benefits of a dedicated Phase AF module and on-sensor Phase AF points, incredibly precise autofocus performance and advanced subject tracking is provided for high-speed subjects moving across the frame. Translucent Mirror Technology, with no moving mirror, ensures steady, continuous AF operation and live image preview during both still image and video shooting. The precision AF system also performs exceptionally in low-light conditions, as it will function properly in brightness levels as low as EV-4 and at high ISO levels where most other cameras struggle.
AF Range Control
Users can set the autofocus range of distance from the camera in which subjects can be focused. The camera will avoid focusing on subjects that are out of the selected range. By limiting the AF range, users can prevent unwanted focusing on foreground and background objects.
Advanced Autofocus Features
With Expand Flexible Spot, the α99 II automatically uses AF points surrounding the selected point to support precise focus if the selected AF point is not positioned on your subject directly. While Eye AF automatically detects and tracks an eye of even a moving subject (in AF-C mode), for more focusing accuracy. Continuously track a moving subject once with lock-on AF.
Super 35mm or Full-frame 4K Video
Choose Super 35mm or full-frame 4K to best suit the video capture your artistic vision requires. Full pixel readout with no pixel binning in Super 35mm format generates approximately 1.8 times the data required for 3840 x 2160 4K movies. That data is then oversampled to produce beautiful 4K imagery with spectacular resolution and minimal moiré effect. The α99 II is also capable of recording 4K across the full width of the full frame sensor, with the exceptional control of plane of focus that only full-frame format provides.
5-axis In-body Image Stabilization Optimized for 42.4MP Full-frame
The 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system is fine-tuned for high-resolution image sensors. It accurately compensates for blur caused by camera shake – for up to 4.5 stops- from five different directions: vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw and roll. This means that any lens attached to the α99 II will benefit from images stabilization, regardless of whether the lens has its own image stabilization. Compensation across 5-axis of movement excels during video recording and even helps fight blur caused by the photographer walking or running. It’s a true marvel of engineering. You can even monitor the stabilizing effects of camera shake compensation in the viewfinder or LCD screen while shooting by pressing the shutter button halfway or magnifying the image, and while shooting movies by entering movie mode.
Ultra-fast OLED w/ EVF Benefits and Optical Viewfinder Immediacy
The 2.36 million-dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder (0.78x viewfinder magnification) features ZEISS T* coating that greatly reduces reflections and optics with fluorine a coating that helps avoid dust, water, oil or fingerprints from sticking. When is set in continuous shooting mode set to ‘Hi’, the α99 II has the ability to deliver continuous live view shooting at up to 8 fps with AF/AE tracking making it easy to keep up with fast moving subjects minimal display lag thanks to overall improvements in the EVF algorithm. This provides photographers with all the benefits of an electronic viewfinder including a live preview of exposure, white balance and several other camera settings, while offering the experience and immediacy of an optical viewfinder. This continuous live view shooting can be set in 3 stages to match a variety of subjects: 8 fps, 6 fps and 4 fps.
A Host of Pro Video Features for 4K and Full HD
The α99 II has the ability to record 4K video internally with full pixel readout and no pixel binning through usage of the professional and friendly XAVC S format. The camera is capable of recording high quality footage at 100Mbps for 4K and up to 100Mbps at 120 fps for Full HD. It also offers a new ‘Slow and Quick’ mode (S&Q) that supports both slow motion and quick motion from 1 fps to 120 fps in 8 steps. A host of other features for professional movie production workflow are also included, such as zebra for easier exposure adjustment, peaking for easy manual focusing, time code, clean 4:2:2 HDMI output as well as picture profiles, S-Log3/S-Log2, S-Gamut and gamma display assist for real time S-Log monitoring.
Wi-Fi/NFC/QR Code for Easy File Transfer and Remote Control
Easily connect with NFC or QR code (for non-NFC devices) to smartphones or tablets with the built-in Wi-Fi and Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application available for Android and iOS platforms. Control your camera or transfer files to your device for fast and easy sharing without the need of a computer. It also supports Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps, which add a variety of creative capabilities to the camera. Then when you’re done, you can use the free software to sort and manage your stills and video with PlayMemories Home or edit your RAW file with either Sony’s Image Data Converter or Capture One Express (for Sony).
Professional Rugged Body and Durable Shutter Mechanism
The compact α99 II is a high-quality, high-precision shooting tool built for professionals in the real world with a rugged magnesium alloy body that combines high strength with light weight. Sealing around the main buttons, dials, ports and doors are dust and moisture resistant with a double-layered structure that enhances sealing effectiveness at all camera body openings including the media compartment and terminal area. The highly durable and reliable shutter unit has been proven to endure approximately 300,000 shutter releases which ensure long-lasting shooting performance that takes into consideration the high-speed continuous shooting capabilities up to 12fps and the large number of photos shot by professionals.
Slow and Quick Motion
Slow and quick motion offers an almost endless variety of creative ways to express the passage of time. Frame rates from 1 fps to 120fps (100fps) can be selected in eight steps for full HD up to 50 Mbps; 60x quick motion/5x slow in NTSC and 50x quick motion/4x slow in PAL.
Photo Capture from Video
High-quality 8-megapixels stills can be extracted from 4K video and 2-megapixels from Full HD video in camera during playback and stored as separate file son the media card.
The silent Multi Controller introduced in the original ɑ99 has been improved and now offers a click-stop ON/OFF switch in addition to allowing selectable control of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, AF area, AF mode and other settings. The silent multi-controller is especially helpful for changing settings during movie shooting without affecting audio.
Three-way Tilt and Swivel LCD Maximizes Shooting Function
The α99 II incorporates a large 3” TFT LCD with 1,228,800 dots pixel count and WhiteMagic technology for bright high resolution and high contrast display - making framing and shooting a breeze - even in harsh lighting situations. The three-way tilt-able mechanism can tilt up or down to frame high and low-angle shots or swivel over the camera for framing from multiple angles – all while maintaining centre with the lens axis. You can even tilt it up and down when you hold the camera in vertical mode! Finally, the monitor folds flush with the LCD facing the camera to protect it during travel.
Compatible with Professional Microphone SystemsFlicker-free Shooting
In addition to the standard headphone and microphone jack, the α99 II has a MI (Multi interface) shoe that is compatible with Sony’s optional XLR Adaptor Microphone Kits (XLR-K1M and XLR-K2M), allowing you to use professional XLR microphone systems for balanced audio during recording. Furthermore, audio captured using the XAVC S codec or uncompressed HDMI output will be in uncompressed linear PCM for the highest audio quality.
Flicker from fluorescent and other artificial lighting can affect an image exposure and colour anomalies at the top and bottom of an image, especially high shutter speeds. When capturing still images, the camera can automatically detect flicker and time the shutter accordingly to minimize its effect. This maintains consistency of exposure and colour from shot to shot in resulting images.
GPS Location Data via Bluetooth
The α99 II offers location data acquisition via a Bluetooth connection to a compatible mobile device with PlayMemories Mobile App installed. The acquired location data from the mobile device can also be used to correct the cameras date, time and location settings. The PlayMemories Home application can then be used on a PC or Mac to organize imported images on a map.
Dual Media Card Slots
The α99 II employs dual media slots. One of the slots supports SD Cards and the other supports both SD Cards and Memory Stick media. This dual slot system allows for simultaneous recording for backup purposes (with recordings sorted RAW/JPEG file type or still/movie data) as well as copying between media. Moreover it allows movie recording to two media cards simultaneously.