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Official: A9 II with 24MP sensor!
Update: Pre-order now available: B&H Photo | Adorama $4,498.00

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The second generation of speed, the Sony Alpha a9 II takes the impressive feature-set of its predecessor and adds enhanced connectivity, a refined body design, and even quicker performance. Utilizing the proven 24.2MP full-frame Exmor RS BSI stacked CMOS sensor and an updated BIONZ X processor, the a9 II sports especially quick and responsive capabilities. Up to 20 fps shooting is possible with a silent electronic shutter or up to 10 fps with a mechanical shutter is supported, along with a wide sensitivity range that reaches up to an expanded ISO 204800.

The sensor's design also incorporates a 693-point phase-detection autofocus system, which offers intelligent subject tracking and Real-time Eye AF to ensure critical focus on moving subjects. The BIONZ X also performs up to 60 AF/AE functions per second to go along with the 20 fps shooting for reliable results in quickly changing situations. In addition to stills, UHD 4K video recording is supported at up to 30 fps and Quick and Slow Motion recording is also available.

Additionally, 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE sensor-shift image stabilization is available, too, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake by up to 5.5 stops.


Here is a link to a “Learn More” on B&H Photo’s Explora.


Improved Processing and Speed
A new BIONZ X and front-end LSI were required to add new functionality to Sony’s flagship mirrorless, and should result in faster, more precise autofocus and improved EVF display response times. This should result in more accurate tracking when subjects are moving fast or erratically—sounds like a solid change for professional sports photographers. The Fast Hybrid AF system uses a 693-point phase-detect array with 93% coverage to track subjects and should perform extremely well in all conditions, much like its predecessor.

Now, you can select the focus frame color and will be able to move the frame while the shutter is half-pressed in AF-C mode. Another significant improvement to usability comes in the form of AF tracking when shooting at f/16 when in Focus Priority mode and the option to focus with opened aperture just before exposure, for improved performance in low-light conditions. The a9 II also, unsurprisingly, supports the latest Real-time AF Tracking mode that helps maintain focus on fast-moving subjects and will include Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals.

Another speed-focused tweak comes to continuous shooting. While the a9 II still maxes out at an incredible 20 fps and still boasts no blackout, the mechanical shutter’s speed has been doubled to 10 fps and benefits from anti-flicker detection to ensure clean, bright exposures in less-than-ideal environments.


Better Build and Connectivity
For many, the most important changes have come to the design and connectivity options, both of which have been upgraded to fit the special demands of professionals in fast-moving situations. The overall build is similar to that of the just-announced a7R IV, including superior weather sealing. You can see this on the redesigned battery and media slot covers, the redesigned lens lock button, and additional cushioning around the mount. Dials, buttons, and the joystick have all been improved for added comfort and reliability and a lock has been added to the exposure-compensation dial. The shutter itself has been enhanced, and is now rated to 500,000 exposures, with the in-body stabilization system getting a bump, to 5.5 stops. As for the EVF and rear LCD, these remain unchanged at 3.68m-dot for the OLED EVF, though now with a 120 fps refresh rate, and a 3.0" 1.44m-dot tilting touchscreen.

The real meat of this announcement is in connectivity, with plenty of changes being made to improve workflows. First, it’s worth mentioning that both SD card slots now support UHS-II for faster write speeds at all times. The a9 II gains the USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C connector, as well, for hassle-free connection to your computer. For those looking for advanced networking, the Ethernet port gets a serious boost to a 1000BASE-T speed for exceptionally fast image transfer and remote operation. Additionally, wireless now offers a 5 GHz band in addition to the standard 2.4 GHz option for less interference and faster speeds.


Automatic Voice-to-Text Conversion
To make the most of these faster speeds, the accompanying apps have been updated to match. For the wired LAN, the Remote Camera Tool app now has minimized release time lag and live view delays in addition to support for remote SD card formatting, FTP server switching, and changes to the still image storage destination. Imaging Edge Remote for desktop now supports the a9 II for PC Remote shooting via the Wi-Fi connection or tethered by the wired USB Type-C port. Improved data transfer control now makes it possible to transfer files from an SD card over Wi-Fi using the Imaging Edge Mobile app even when the camera is powered off. The Transfer & Tagging add-on app can send FTP setting parameters from your mobile device to the camera, offers automatic data upload to an FTP server with attached metadata, and can perform automatic voice-to-text conversion.

Automatic voice-to-text conversion leads us to the next new function: Voice Memos. This function should help photographers who need to send images as quickly as possible to editors back in the office, using the a9 II’s new FTP capabilities. Snap a photo and then quickly record up to 60 seconds to go along with the photo, ideally describing the situation for editors to grab and caption the image for publication. These .wav audio files can be attached to files and played when the images are reviewed. Using the Transfer & Tagging add-on on a smartphone, you can automatically or manually convert this audio into text to be embedded in the image’s metadata.


The Additional Functions
Last, but not least, comes video. The a9 II is familiar to anyone who used the a9, with UHD 4K recording at up to 30 fps. It benefits from full-sensor readout for sharper images and, now, it can support Real-time Eye AF during video. A nice addition comes from an upgraded Multi Interface Shoe that supports digital audio transmission from compatible devices, such as the ECM-B1M Microphone and XLR-K3M XLR Adapter. Interval Shooting was added, too, although Picture Profiles have been left out since the a9 II is focused more on high-end photography applications where speed is critical.

An improved processor gives users greater efficiency, allowing a bit longer battery life on this model when using the current NP-FZ100 Battery Pack. This will now provide up to 500 shots on a single charge when using the EVF or 690 with the rear LCD. Of course, you can always add to the battery life by using the VG-C4EM Battery Grip or NPA-MQZ1K Multi Battery Adapter.

Menu changes are always appreciated and here we see a great deal more customization. Users can now separate Fn button customization into Stills and Movie settings for even better control schemes. Also, you can now save your user settings to both the camera and SD cards. This makes it easy to create custom configurations for different settings and work with multiple cameras, especially if some are rentals for a specific job.


The Wrap
Overall, the a9 II is a very important release for Sony, especially with the upcoming sporting events that will take place in Tokyo next year. The improvements are substantial and critical for professional photographers who need the ultimate in speed for both their cameras and their workflow. New networking functions and remote control will make the a9 II a viable option for dedicated shooters.

https://pressroom.pixelshift.studio/sony-electronics-introduces-the-alpha-9-ii-with-enhanced-connectivity-and-workflow-for-professional-sports-photographers-and-photojournalists





































Oct 03, 2019 at 09:13 AM
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Well, that makes my decision to keep my new A7R4 a lot easier.

Maybe pick up a new or used A9 to go along with it when market pressure pushes prices down. At first blush, I don't see why most people would pay the premium price for this feature set over the A9. What am I missing?



Oct 03, 2019 at 09:18 AM
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Looks like my two A9's and one A7RIII are safe for now. If this camera had 30-36mp I would have sold my RIII for it.


Oct 03, 2019 at 09:19 AM
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It's the FS5 II of still cameras.


Oct 03, 2019 at 09:19 AM
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CampK wrote:
Well, that makes my decision to keep my new A7R4 a lot easier.

Maybe pick up a new or used A9 to go along with it when market pressure pushes prices down. At first blush, I don't see why most people would pay the premium price for this feature set over the A9. What am I missing?


I think the A9II has the same updated body as the A7rIV.

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Oct 03, 2019 at 09:21 AM
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Yes! No GAS temptation to upgrade my original A9. Sony needs to be careful with this perceived lack of innovation.


Oct 03, 2019 at 09:21 AM
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CampK wrote:
Well, that makes my decision to keep my new A7R4 a lot easier.

Maybe pick up a new or used A9 to go along with it when market pressure pushes prices down. At first blush, I don't see why most people would pay the premium price for this feature set over the A9. What am I missing?


Yes the A7rIV is safe but more so this one seems to be you gotta need even more speed than the current model. Not a lot of folks actually need that. Agree a used A9 for many would be a nice choice



Oct 03, 2019 at 09:22 AM
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Since I am looking at an MP increase to at least 36MP, it is a let down to me . But at the same time, it is a relief, my A9 will last, at least, another year . Phew!


Oct 03, 2019 at 09:22 AM
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GMPhotography wrote:
Yes the A7rIV is safe but more so this one seems to be you gotta need even more speed than the current model. Not a lot of folks actually need that. Agree a used A9 for many would be a nice choice


I am sure a few folks will reconsider the sale of their A9 or withdraw it from the market if they have put it out there already. This could bump up the value of used A9 quite a bit.



Oct 03, 2019 at 09:24 AM
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Andrea at SAR strikes out again. He said he wasn't sure about the 36MP but was convinced it would have a new Sony sensor technology yet it has the exact same sensor.


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So Oct 23rd events are probably for promoting and letting people try out the a9ii? Just trying to see if there is any chance an a7siii will be announced that date, or if this a9ii is all thats left for now (based off cameras that have been registered)


Oct 03, 2019 at 09:26 AM
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Oct 03, 2019 at 09:26 AM
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Was I the only one that initially thought this was an October fool's post after reading through the first couple of paragraphs?

Looks like they were just bringing some feature parity to the current line of A7XX bodies to go along with all that speed that the original already had. I'm good with that.




Oct 03, 2019 at 09:29 AM
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Devastatingly awful. Sony has now completely rested on their laurels. First apsc with old sensors and no real improvements and now this. Sony is not in a place where they should be complacent. They are giving Nikon and Canon time to catch up. That is a poor strategy. Glad I got the A9 earlier this year though!


Oct 03, 2019 at 09:30 AM
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Well that sucks arse. Got to say SonyAlphaRumours has lost a lot of credibility with all the BS hype over the last month. Canon and Nikon just unclenched their buttocks and breathed big sigh of release.

Well plenty of money saved, as the A9 is so good already, and really have no desire to get A7RIV. So A6600, A7RIV and A9 II to me are rather big let downs. Yes I have no doubt A9II will show improvements but resolution was always the big carrot I wanted dangling in front of my face.

Now I actually care a lot more about D6 and 1DXIII. Glad I have feet in all three camps

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Oct 03, 2019 at 09:30 AM
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Feels a bit like a sick joke, doesn't it? The value proposition of upgrading from an A9 to A9ii is far lower than R3 to R4.

Upgrading the mechanical shutter to A7R3 speeds?

I'm still eagerly waiting on the high-res/pro Canon R body. Sony won me over in 2019 but clearly resting on their laurels with these last two "upgrades".

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Oct 03, 2019 at 09:30 AM
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Wow, I cant believe they didnt even bother to upgrade the EVF. One of the weakest updates I have seen for a while. I guess Sony is victim of there own success - we were used to big leaps in performance, and now they appear to be doing a Canon.


Oct 03, 2019 at 09:31 AM
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Wow. A bit of a disappointment for me. Looks like I’m hanging on to both my A7R3 and my A9 for the foreseeable future. To be honest, the only things in the new cameras that I really wish I could have are the improved ergos.


Oct 03, 2019 at 09:31 AM
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Sony's release cycle plus the upcoming Olympics dictated that this be released now. The problem with that is they had no time for actual innovations beyond the new grip, weather sealing, and connectivity.

Instead of the 10fps (up from 5 in the A9) mechanical shutter on a 24mpx sensor, I would've liked to have seen a new 30mpx sensor with a mechanical shutter fps of 5-7. That would have made this an easier pill to swallow.



Oct 03, 2019 at 09:32 AM
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shutterbug40 wrote:
https://i.imgur.com/jC8ney1.gif

https://i.imgur.com/TcrVVcU.gif


Absolutely the most accurate representation of my sense of this announcement.

Great changes if you didn't have an a9 yet, mostly useless update if you have one. I'm assuming they won't continue to sell the old one like they have in the past though, as I doubt many will spend $1000 for the form factor and digital audio features will they?



Oct 03, 2019 at 09:32 AM
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