Product Press Releases

23 November 2016
Sony launches new flagship ɑ A-mount interchangeable lens camera, the ɑ99 II

New Delhi, 23 November, 2016 – Reaffirming its commitment to produce industry leading A-mount interchangeable lens cameras, Sony India today launched a new flagship ɑ A-mount model, the a99 II. A successor to the highly acclaimed ɑ99, the new a99 II combines the best of Sony’s latest digital imaging innovations including a new Hybrid Phase Detection AF system with exclusive Sony A-mount features such as Translucent Mirror Technology™ (TMT). The result is a supremely specified, professional level camera that will be particularly appealing to sports and wildlife photographers.

High speed continuous shooting at up to 12fps with BIONZ X image processing engine
The new ɑ99 II demonstrates excellent response to shooting experience. ɑ99 II has been redesigned to allow for high resolution and continuous shooting at high frame rates. A new front-end LSI works with the image sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine, as well as a newly designed shutter unit, to enable continuous shooting at up to 12fps1 with AF/AE tracking2, all whilst harnessing the sensor’s 42.4MP capabilities. The result is an ultra-fast camera that will deliver incredibly detailed shots, even with fast moving objects in challenging light conditions. Thanks to a large buffer and sophisticated data processing, these shots can be viewed immediately after shooting even when in high speed continuous shooting mode and if shots are being taken indoors under artificial lighting, flicker is automatically detected and the shutter is timed to minimise its effect on the end image3.

Improvements to the EVF display algorithm now deliver continuous live-view shooting at up to 8 fps4 with AF/AE tracking with minimal display lag so that the viewing experience is essentially no different from that of an optical viewfinder. Exposure, white balance and other camera settings are displayed in real time in the viewfinder and continuous live view shooting can be set in 3 stages to match a variety of subjects: 8 fps, 6 fps and 4 fps.

Astounding pixel power featuring 42.4 MP high resolution camera with Exmor R CMOS sensor
The back-illuminated full-frame 42.4MP5 Exmor R CMOS sensor benefits from a gapless-on-chip design and allows for fast readout of large volumes of data as well as being extremely efficient in its light gathering ability. The net result is very high sensitivity with low noise, wide dynamic range and 42.4MP resolution across an ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to ISO 50 – 102,4006.The ɑ99 II has been designed without an optical low-pass filter to allow the finest natural details and textures to be captured with unprecedented depth and realism and the photographer can select compressed or uncompressed RAW files, as required.

Superior Autofocus system featuring 79-point dedicated phase detection AF sensor with 399 focal plane phase detection AF points

The newly developed Phase Detection AF System is capable of ‘full-time AF’ and is the first implementation of 4D FOCUS in the full-frame ɑ series, bringing a supreme new level of AF performance to ɑ99 II users. The Hybrid Phase Detection AF System is enabled by combining a precision 79-point7 dedicated phase detection AF sensor with 399 focal plane phase detection AF points8 to produce a 79 hybrid cross AF point9 array. These cross points deliver incredibly precise autofocus performance and advanced subject tracking of any moving objects right across the image, at high speed. In addition, as there is no moving mirror, TMT enables continuous AF operation and the finder image remains unaffected during any type of shooting, including live view and movie recording.

Low light conditions present no problem to the ɑ99 II. The precision AF system will function properly down to EV-410 brightness levels where most other cameras struggle. 

Cinematic brilliance with 4K movie recording
The ɑ99 II enables internal 4K movie recording11 featuring full pixel readout, without pixel binning12, for ultimate high resolution video in the pro friendly XAVC-S format13. It is capable of recording high quality footage at 100Mbps for 4K recording. A new ‘Slow and Quick’ mode14 (S&Q) supports both slow motion and quick motion. Frame rates from 1 fps to 120 fps (100 fps) can be selected in 8 steps for up to 60x (50x) quick motion and 5x (4x) slow motion recording15. A number of features designed for a professional movie production workflow are included such as picture profiles, time code and HDMI clear output and the new ɑ99 II now also offers gamma assist for real time S-Log monitoring and a zebra mode for easier exposure adjustment. S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma are now included, making wide dynamic range shooting possible with blown highlights or blocked shadows making the ɑ99 II easily integratable into a fully professional movie production workflow.

5-axis SteadyShot™ INSIDE Image Stabilisation

Having proved to be incredibly popular in the ɑ7 II series of cameras, Sony has designed a new in-body 5 axis image stabilisation system for A-mount cameras which debuts for the first time in the ɑ99 II. In addition to movement in the pitch and yaw axes that tend to occur at longer focal lengths, this system effectively detects and compensates for shift blur that can occur on the X and Y axes when shooting close-up, and roll blur that is often apparent in still images and movies that are shot at night. Newly implemented precision gyro sensors are capable of precisely detecting even tiny camera movements that can cause blurring, providing a 4.5 step16 shutter speed advantage that can help realise the full potential of the 42.4MP sensor, in both stills and movies. The effect of image stabilisation can be monitored in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen during live view when the shutter button is half pressed or the Focus Magnifier functions are used. This allows framing and focus to be accurately checked via live view when shooting at telephoto focal lengths or macro distances.

Improved design and operability
The design of the new ɑ99 II has noticeably evolved compared to its predecessor, based upon feedback from professional users. The new model is 8% smaller than the original ɑ99 and has a newly designed grip, magnesium alloy body, dual SD17 card slot and other upgrades that improve both hold and operation. All major buttons and dials are provided with seals and the media jack cover and enclosure edges feature tongue and groove – the result is a body that is both dust and moisture resistant18 and can be used in the toughest and most challenging shooting conditions.

In addition to being designed for faster response, the new shutter unit is also more durable and has passed endurance tests in excess of 300,000 shutter operations19. The XGA OLED Tru-finder has a ZEISS® T* Coating and has a 4 element lens group that includes a double sided aspherical element whilst offering a powerful 0.78x magnification, delivering outstanding clarity from corner to corner. It also has a fluorine coating on the outer lens to prevent fingerprints, dust, water, oil and dirt from sticking, thus ensuring a clear view.

The silent Multi Controller introduced in the original ɑ99 has been improved so that in addition to allowing control of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, AF area, AF mode and other settings, it now features a click-stop ON/OFF switch. When ON, the preferred setting for still image shooting, the control clicks, providing a tactile indication of the length of rotation. When OFF, the control turns smoothly and quietly, ideal for movie shooting. Location data acquisition has also been made possible via Bluetooth20 connection to a compatible mobile device and it is now possible to select whether the storage location should just be on a tethered computer or also on camera for easy review without leaving the shooting position. Based upon feedback from a number of ɑ users, the menu structure of the ɑ99 II has also been updated to deliver a smoother navigational experience.

The newly launched ɑ99 II will be available in select Sony Center, Alpha flagship stores and major electronic and digital imaging stores across India.

Product

Availability

MRP

In-box bundle

ɑ99 II

21st November

Rs 249,990/-

  • High Speed Class 10 SF-64UX2
  • Micro HDMI Cable
  • Carrying case

Comparison sheet

 

 

A99 II

A99

Image Sensor

Type

35mm full frame, Black illuminated

35mm full frame

Effective Pixels(approx.)

42.4M

24.3 M

Optical Low-pass filter

__

O

ISO Sensitivity

Still images

ISO 100- 25600(expandable ISO 50~102400)

ISO 100- 25600 (expandable ISO 50~25600

Movies

ISO 100- 25600

ISO 100- 6400

AF

Type

Hybrid Face detection AF

Dual AF

AF Points

79+ 399(79 hybrid cross points)

19+ 102 (11 cross)

Image Stabilization

Type

Image sensor shift mechanism 5-axis compensation

Still; image sensor- shift mechanism(2- axis compensation)
Movie: Electronic

Compensation effect

4.5 steps

2.5- 4.5 steps

Viewfinder

Type

EVF (XGA OLED)

EVF (XGA OLED)

Feld coverage/magnification

100%/0.78x

100%/0.71x

Viewing angle

38.5

33.3

LCD Screen

Size

3.0 Type with 1228K dots

3.0 Type with 1228K dots

 

Tiltable

O

O

Shutter

Max speed

1/8000

1/8000

E- front Curtain shutter

O

O

Silent shooting

O

_

Continous shooting

Max speed

12fps (with AF/AE tracking)

6fps

Body exterior

Magnesium

Magnesium

Wi-Fi/NFC

 

O

_

Weight (body only) (g)

 

770

733

Movie Recording

Recording format

XAVC S(4K)/ XAVC S(HD)/ AVCHD/MP4

 AVCHD/MP4

Video compression

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Audio compression

XAVC S: Linear PCM
AVCHD: Dolby

AVCHD: Dolby

Wrapper

XAVC S: MP4
AVCHD: M2TS
MP4: MP4

AVCHD: M2TS
MP4: MP4

Frame rate

4K30p(25p)/24p
1080 (120p(100p)/ 60p (50p)/ 60 i(50i)/ 30p (25p)/24p)

1080 (60p(50p)/ 60 i(50i)/24p

Maximum bit rate

XAVC S(4K): 100Mbps
XAVC S(HD): 50Mbps

AVCHD: 28Mbps

Movie Functions

Picture Profile

O

O

Log compatibility

S. Log3/ S.Gamut

_

Built-in microphone

Stereo

Stereo

Audio level control

O(32 steps)

O(32 steps)

Audio level meter display

O

O

Headphone jack

O

O

Clean HDMI jack

O * 4K compatible

O

TC/UB

O

O

High frame rate shooting

o(S & Q)

O

Zebra function

o

o

Marker display

o

o

1. Continuous shooting mode set to ‘Hi+’.
2. The supported focus area will depend on the shooting mode and lens used. Furthermore, when “Continuous Shooting: Hi+” is selected, focus will be fixed at the first frame shot when Hybrid Phase Detection AF is active at aperture settings of F9 or higher, or when Hybrid Phase Detection AF is not active at aperture settings of F4 or higher.
3. When Anti-flicker Shoot. is ON. Flicker detection at 100 Hz or 120 Hz only. Continuous shooting speed may decrease. Does not function during bulb exposure or movie recording.
4. Continuous shooting mode set to ‘Hi’
5. Approximate effective megapixels
6. Still images only
7. The number of usable AF points may depend on the lens and shooting mode.
8. The number of usable AF points may depend on the lens and shooting mode. Up to 323 focus points are selectable. Not available for movie recording.
9. Hybrid Phase Detection AF active. The dedicated phase detection AF sensor or focal-plane phase detection AF sensor may be used independently in certain photographic situations.
10. Central focus point.
11. SDHC/SDXC memory card of Class 10 or higher is required for movie recording in XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps recording.
12. In Super 35mm recording mode.
13. Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card required for XAVC S format movie recording. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card required for 100Mbps recording.
14. Sound cannot be recorded. SDHC/SDXC memory card of Class 10 or higher is required.
15. In NTSC (PAL) system
16. CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. SAL135F18Z lens. Long exposure NR off.
17. One slot can hold an SD card or a Memory Stick.
18. Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.
19. Electronic front curtain shutter activated.
20. Requires pairing with compatible mobile devices running the PlayMemories Mobile app. Supported devices are Android smartphones running Android 5.0 or later and compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 or later. iPhone/iPad: iPhone 4S or later/iPad 3rd generation or later.

   
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