Sony Alpha a99 Mark II DSLR Camera

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Sony Alpha a99 Mark II DSLR Camera

Situated as the flagship Sony A-mount camera, the Alpha a99 II DSLR Camera consolidates the force of a full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R back-lit up CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X inmaging processor with front-end LSI to make exceptional pictures at extended sensitivities all the way to ISO 102400 and capture 4K UHD video. The a99 II is intended for speed, with an ergonomic body design and re-engineered shutter ready to hit 12 frames per second, with full AF and AE abilities. It likewise utilizes a Hybrid Phase Detection AF System that integrates a 79-point dedicated AF sensor plus a 399-point on-chip center system for quick, precise focusing in all situations. Also, for video, another S&Q Motion setting allows the capture of Full HD video at an assortment of frame rates running from 1-120 frames per second.

Another tremendous favorable position of the a99 II is its 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE stabilization system can make up for around 4.5 stops of shutter speed for sharper pictures. The camera likewise offers a 0.5" 2.36m-dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF along with a 3.0" 1,228.8k-dot back LCD that can tilt both upwards 134° and downwards 180° and in addition rotate 270° for shooting in an assortment of positions. On top of these features, the camera features Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth bujillt-in which extends the cameras operability and it can yield 14-bit raw files.

42.4 MP Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor with BIONZ X Processor

Utilizing the force of a full-frame Exmor R back-lit CMOS sensor, the a99 II can make tremendous high-resolution pictures in a wide assortment of shooting situations. The back-lit structure is enhanced using a anti-reflective covering and gapless on-chip lens layout which maximizes light gathering capabilities, guaranteeing great performance in low-light situations because of an up to ISO 102400 sensitivity range. Additionally, it renounces the utilization of an optical low-pass filter with a specific end goal to ensure the sharpest photos.

This exceptional sensor is matched with the BIONZ X imaging processor and a recently created front-end LSI significantly enhances the rate and throughput of the whole imaging system, empowering consistent shooting with AF/AE at up to 12 frames per second. Additionally, 8 frames per second shooting is conceivable with full live view support, which means no blackout time while shooting. Another preferred standpoint of this structure is 16-bit image processing and 14-bit raw files which gives exceptional color fidelity and picture quality.

5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization System

Stuffed inside the a99 II is a 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE stabilization processing system, which adjusts for five types of camera shake experienced amid handheld shooting of still pictures and video. This gives users to confidence utilize any lens, even adapted lenses, for demanding imaging without experiencing blur from camera shake. This system will adjust for roughly 4.5 stops of shutter speed for working with an enormous assortment of subjects.

For shooting long focal lengths, the system will adjust for pitch and yaw modification. Macro and high magnification images then again will profit by the incorporation of horizontal and vertical shift compensation. Furthermore, all shooting styles will get utilization out of the roll compensation. Each of the 5 stabilization axes will work at all times,even when utilized with third party lenses and adapters or lenses featuring built-in optical stabilization.

At the point when utilizing lenses that don't transmit imaging information to the camera, manual settings can be utilized to enter the right central length and ensure appropriate stabilization. Likewise, the viewfinder can be utilized to review the measure of compensation by squeezing the shutter release midway or by amplifying the picture.

Hybrid Phase Detection Autofocus System

Exploiting Sony's proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology, the a99 II can use both a dedicated 79-point autofocus sensor and the 399-point focal plane AF framework situated on the image sensor during the same time. This gives exceptionally quick autofocus and also wide coverage. The 79 Hybrid Cross autofocus points improved your focusing accuracy by using both the standard autofocus sensor and its 15 cross-type point with the focal plane points. This uses the autofocus sensor for level detection while the focal plane points handle vertical location. Moreover, the central AF point is touchy to f/2.8 and the system can operate in lighting as faint as - 4 EV. Users can even take advantage of AF abilities while taking shots at up to 12 frames per second or when utilizing live view at up to 8 frames per second..

UHD 4K Video Recording using XAVC S Format

The a99 II is Sony's first A-mount DSLR camera to provide interior 4K UHD video recording at 24 or 30 fps. This is possible utilizing either the full-frame image sensor or the Super 35 format which utilizes oversampling along with full pixel readout and without pixel binning. This limits moire and aliasing which is common with high-resolution sensors. Video recording additionally profits by live tracking on account of the Hybrid Phase Detection autofocus system and Translucent Mirror Technology. The format of the XAVC S further enhances picture capture by giving high bit rates of 100 Mbps using 4K and 50 Mbps acquiring Full HD recordings. An extra advantage of this camera is the capacity to switch forward and backward amongst NTSC and PAL operation for overall use. At the point with internal recording, users will record video with a 4:2:0 sampling using 8-bit, be that as it may, to significantly enhance picture quality the a99 II has clean HDMI yield for use with an external recorder. This permits users to acquire 4:2:2 uncompressed video and save it out in an edit-ready format

The a99 II includes a 3.5mm microphone input jack for external microphone compatibility. For users requiring more, the a99 II is likewise compatible with the Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter to record balanced professional XLR audio with phantom power and adjustable mic/line inputs. To monitor sound, the a99 II provides a 3.5mm headphone jack and in addition real-time levels to see visual reference.

Custom Color Profiles plus S-Log3 Gamma

Support for the S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log-3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3 profiles are available that empower up to a 1300% broader dynamic range for smoother tonal and gradations, alongside enhanced sensitivity and clarity in midtones and shadows. These profiles likewise loan themselves to grater compatibility inside professional workflow and are very much matched to the Cineon Log gamma curve for flexible post production reviewing and shading control. The S-Log3 gamma setting additionally offers a noteworthy 14-stop wide dynamic range for more enhanced control over highlights and shadows, and the S-Gamut3.Cine profile can be utilized to mirror the characteristics of scanned negative film with a wide damut tantamount to the DCI-P3 color space. Notwithstanding the S-Log3 gamma, the mainstream S-Log2 settings are also available.

Moderate and Quick Motion

Gain more control over your video recording abilities with an assortment of new frame rates available in a S&Q mode. This will permit shooters to acquire Full HD video at a step between 1-120 frames per second. These settings will permit you to slow action down and also accelerate a slow moving scene. This setting is additionally NTSC/PAL switchable.

Tilting 3.0" 1,228.8k-Dot LCD Monitor

Containing a high 1,228.8k-dot resolution, the LCD screen will furnish shooters with a fantastic screen for composing pictures, modifying settings, and assessing video and photographs. It likewise tilts upward 134° and descending 180° and turns 180° clockwise and 90° counterclockwise to work with numerous shooting angles. Use in daylight is enhanced with the usage of WhiteMagic innovation which doubles the brilliance of the display using RGBW pixel structure.

2.36M-Dot XGA 0.5" OLED Tru-Finder Electronic Viewfinder

Featuring a 4-lens optical system utilizing double sided aspherical elements the viewfinder faithfully shows what will appear in your recording, including the camera settings effects. You'll appreciate rich tonal gradations and enhanced contrast. High-end highlights such as 100% frame coverage and a 0.78x magnification empower stable and comfortable eye-level composition.

Upgraded Body

  • Magnesium alloy was utilized for the top cover, back cover, and internal frame for extraordinary sturdiness while likewise keeping weight down.
  • The body has been 8% in size contrasted with its predecessor.
  • A recently created shutter unit has been rated to withstand more than 300,000 shutter activations, helpful for taking care of the quicker 12 fps continuous shooting rate.
  • A new image sensor coating keeps dust from settling on the sensor wile making it simpler to clean.
  • Dust-and moisture resistant development utilizes sealing around the dials, buttons, media jack covers, and enclosure edges.
  • An assignable front multi controller gives a strategy to quickly change often used settings.
  • Redesigned fonts and size enhance menu decipherability while new organization system makes items easier to find.
  • Many adjustable buttons about the camera body.
  • Dual Memory Stick and SD card slots for increased adaptability when saving files.

Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC and Bluetooth built-in

Wi-Fi availability built-in empowers the a99 II to save images to mobile devices instantly for direct sharing online to social networks, through email, and to cloud storage networks. NFC (Near Field Communication) is likewise available, which takes into account one-touch connections between the camera and compatable devices; no mind boggling set-up is required. Once linked, the connected cell phone can likewise display a live view picture on its monitor and remotely control the camera's shutter. Likewise, a Bluetooth link accommodates location data acquisition.

Furthermore, PlayMemories Camera Apps are likewise upheld through the implicit Wi-Fi connection, and permit you to customize the features of the camera depending upon particular shooting styles. Applications are available to handle making pictures, detailed close-ups, sports, time slip, movement shot, and other particular types of images.

Other Camera Features

  • Highlight and Average metering modes stays away from blown-out highlights and give stable auto exposure.
  • Exposure standard alteration permits you to tween exposure parameters for individual metering modes autonomously from - 1 to +1 EV in 1/6-stop increases.
  • Ambience and White priority settings while using Auto White Balance.
  • Picture Effect modes: Pop color, Posterization (Color, B&W), Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast, toy camera, Monochrome, Soft High-Key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-Tone Monochrome, Illustration Miniature, and Watercolor.
  • Creative Style settings: Landscape, Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black and White, and Sepia (all with +/ - 3 stage difference, immersion, and sharpness change).
  • Shading space: sRGB standard (with sYCC range) and Adobe RGB standard perfect with TRILUMINOS Color.
  • Adjustable Picture Profile parameters: Knee, Black level, Gamma Black Gamma, (Still, Movie, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3), Saturation, Color Mode (Movie, Cinema, Pro, Still, ITU709 Matrix, White and Black, S-Gamut, S-Gamut3.Cine, S-Gamut3), Color Phase, Detail, Color Depth, Copy, and Reset.
  • Scene Selection modes: Sports Action, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Twilight, Hand-held and Anti Motion Blur.
  • Face Detection is accessible to base exposure and focus up to eight perceived faces. Moreover, Eye AF can be utilized for significantly more prominent precision by keeping critical focus on the eye of a subject.
  • Enhanced Eye AF can be utilized with AF-S and AF-C focusing modes, and automatically distinguishes and tracks the eye of a subject for critical focus.
  • The Expand Flexible Spot mode can be utilized with AF Area selections to insightfully expand the extent of your selected focusing spot by chance that it is not situated on the subject.
  • Pre-flash TTL control with flash bracketing and an assortment of flash modes, including: Fill-flash, flash off, auto, rear sync, moderate sync, red-eye reduction, remote control and hi-speed sync.

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MSRP $3199
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 7952 x 5304
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 42 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 44 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor Bionz X
ISO Auto, 100-25600 (expandable to 50-102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) 102400
White balance presets 10
Custom white balance Yes (3 slots)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Image stabilization notes 5-axis for stills and video
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Extra fine, fine, normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 399
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length multiplier 1
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,228,800
Touch screen No
Screen type WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.78
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,296
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash modes Off, auto, fill, slow sync, redeye reduction, rear sync, high-speed sync, wireless
Continuous drive 12.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Highlight-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing 5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames)
Videography features
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 16 Mbps, AVCHD, MP4, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS Duo slots
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11/b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (wired, wireless, or smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery description NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 490
Weight (inc. batteries) 849 g (1.87 lb / 29.95 oz)
Dimensions 143 x 104 x 76 mm (5.63 x 4.09 x 2.99)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None




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Sony Alpha a99 Mark II DSLR Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5