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Sony A9 II – Cool Features You Should Know

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Two and a half years later since the debut of the Sony A9 flagship full-frame camera, the Sony A9 II has finally being revealed amidst being rumoured for more than a year now.

Sony A9 II – Front sensor view

In tech-year, two and a half years gap means a decade of advance technology, especially in the gadget world, not sparing the camera body as well. The A9 was an incredible camera back then in 2017, so today, with the announcement of the Mark II, how big is the leap in imaging technology? We will summarize some of the main features below for you to digest.

Sony A9 II – Back view

Resolution
Same old, still the same 24MP Full Frame, upgraded Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with integral memory. Records 4K video.

AF System
The advanced focusing system in the new Alpha 9 II is comprised of 693 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approximately 93% of the image area, as well as 425 contrast AF points. This Fast Hybrid Auto Focus system achieves extremely fast and accurate performance, ensuring all fast-moving subjects are accurately captured. Additional focusing capabilities include Real-time Eye AF with right eye / left eye selection, Real-time Eye AF for animals – augmented with a new algorithm, Real-Time Eye AF for movie, Real-time Tracking, selectable focus frame colour, TouchPad focus point control while using the viewfinder and more. AF can continuously track even in continuous shooting is greater than F16, providing further accuracy for shots that require slower shutter speeds.

Voice Memo
A9 II features a new Voice Memo function that allows spoken information to be attached to images in the form of voice memos that can be replayed when the images are reviewed. The voice data can also be included with images sent to an editor, giving them important information needed for effective editing.

Sony A9 II – Top view

Shooting Speed
A9 II can shoot continuously and completely silently at 20 fps for up to 361 JPEG images or 239 compressed RAW images, with no viewfinder blackout. When the mechanical shutter is preferred or required, the new Alpha 9 II has been improved to shoot at up to 10 fps, about 2x the speed of the Alpha 9.

In-body Image Stabiliser
5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation system that provides a shutter speed advantage of 5.5 stops

Sony A9 II

Built
Upgraded dust and moisture resistant design to meet the needs of professionals in even the most challenging outdoor conditions. Stronger sealing provided at all body seams as well as the battery compartment cover and media slot. Improved grip configuration for even greater comfort and sure hold. Compatible with Sony VG-C4EM Vertical Grip. Improved button design and feel. Increased diameter and feedback of the ‘AF-ON’ button; a refined multi-selector joystick design; an exposure compensation dial lock button and a redesigned shape and new position for the rear dial.

Storage
Dual SD slots now read/write in high speed mode (A9 only one slot for high speed data transfer)

Sony A9 II with VG-C4EM Vertical Grip

Battery
Shares the same battery as the A9, but now increased the shots to 690 shots per full charge and it is now possible with USB charging.

Data Interface
USB Type-C connector that supports fast USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer, in-built 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal, enabling gigabit communication for high-speed, stable data transfer operations. Additionally, File Transfer over SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS) is supported for increased data security and PC remote (tether) shooting performance is improved, with decreased release time lag and reduced live view screen delay when using the ‘Remote Camera Tool’ desktop application. The speed of the camera’s built-in wireless LAN functionality has also been increased, adding a stable and fast 5 GHz (IEEE 802.11ac) band, in addition to the 2.4 GHz provided in the Alpha 9. IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards are all supported.

Sony A9 II – Data interfaces

Available in December 2019, price is yet to be announced locally, for complete specification information, visit Sony Malaysia. The review will be up soon.

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