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Sony Alpha a99 II – Review

Sony may have enjoyed great success with its full-frame Alpha-branded compact system cameras, but the arrival of the A99 II shows it hasn’t given up catering for pro users with its DSLR-like SLT system.

With a high-resolution, full-frame sensor on board and plenty of exciting tech alongside, Sony clearly believes that not everyone who’s after a DSLR-style camera necessarily wants one of the more traditional offerings from the likes of Canon, Nikon and Pentax.

The new model adheres to the same SLT concept as the camera’s forebears, with a translucent, non-moving mirror that directs the majority of the incoming light to the imaging sensor and the remainder to an AF module.

It serves as an update to the four-year-old Sony Alpha A99, and combines the form and advantages of the SLT line with features similar to those seen inside more recent A7-series models.

Sony Alpha a99 II Specifications

Price
MSRP$3199
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium Alloy
Sensor
Max resolution7952 x 5304
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels42 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors44 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorBionz X
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (expandable to 50-102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets10
Custom white balanceYes (3 slots)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notes5-axis for stills and video
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsExtra fine, fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.31)
  • Raw (Sony ARW 2.3)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points399
Lens mountSony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots1,228,800
Touch screenNo
Screen typeWhiteMagic TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.78×
Viewfinder resolution2,359,296
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe or flash sync port)
Flash modesOff, auto, fill, slow sync, redeye reduction, rear sync, high-speed sync, wireless
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single Shooting
  • Continuous shooting
  • Self-timer
  • AE bracket
  • White Balance bracket
  • DRO bracket
Continuous drive12.0 fps
Self-timerYes (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 BracketingYes (3 frames)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Modes
  • 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
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesDual SD/SDHC/SDXC[UHS I]/MS Duo slots
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11/b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (wired, wireless, or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
Battery descriptionNP-FM500H lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)490
Weight (inc. batteries)849 g (1.87 lb / 29.95 oz)
Dimensions143 x 104 x 76 mm (5.63 x 4.09 x 2.99)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

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Review
Summary
Even with its video and autofocus quirks, the a99 II manages to be the world's first all-rounder camera capable of both high-resolution and 12 fps burst shooting with AF. Its unique combination of features means that those who doubted SLT cameras should give the a99 II a closer look.
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