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Sony A9 II review – preview
- 3rd October 2019
- Written by Gordon Laing
The Sony A9 II is a high-end 24.2 Megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera, aimed at professional sports photographers. Announced in October 2019, two and a half years after the original A9, it takes the same stacked sensor which can shoot silently at up to 20fps with autofocus across most of the frame but combines it with the latest processing for improved performance along with enhancing a number of body features.
The core proposition is shared with the original A9, exploiting the quick readout of what’s still the only stacked CMOS full-frame sensor to deliver an electronic shutter with fast, silent and vibration-free shooting, minimal distortion, shutter speeds up to 1/32000, and electronic composition with no blackout between frames. The embedded phase-detect AF system features 693 AF points spread across 93% of the frame, and makes 60 AE / AF calculations per second. Meanwhile the buffer is good for 361 JPEGs or 239 compressed RAW files.
New to the A9 II over the original model are a number of enhancements which first made their debut on the A7r IV, including a mechanical shutter rated for 500k actuations that now shoots twice as fast at 10fps, improved built-in stabilisation that’s good for up to 5.5 stops of compensation, the Multi Interface hotshoe pins to support a pure digital connection with the ECM-B1M microphone, twin UHS-II card slots, 5Ghz Wifi, a USB C port running at 3.2 speeds, adjustable focus frame colour, enhanced grip, slightly repositioned controls, improved weather sealing and the latest image processing.
Suffice it to say the A9 II also inherits all of Sony’s latest AF technologies including real time tracking and eye detection for humans and animals. The A9 II sticks with its predecessor’s 3.7 Million dot viewfinder panel for speed, but accelerates the wired ethernet port by ten times to Gigabit speeds while also allowing you to save ten banks of FTP settings for different venues; it’s also now possible to remote control the camera over ethernet, including changing settings and formatting the card which is useful for situations where the camera can’t be accessed for long periods. Voice memos up to 60 seconds can also be added to images, which a new Transfer and Tagging app can convert into text for embedding back ino the image for easier identification.
Sony says these enhancements came from feedback from pro sports photographers, and while the core resolution, speed, autofocus and buffer remains essentially unchanged from the original A9 running firmware v6, the improvements to workflow along with the upgrades inherited from the A7r IV make for a more professional camera. The Sony A9 II is expected in November 2019 at the same launch price of the original A9: $4500. Meanwhile the original A9 is still available and updated to firmware v6 remains a very tempting option at its lower price. See my Sony A9 review for more details.
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Sony A9 vs A9 II – The 10 main differences
Two years following the Sony A9’s breakthrough into the mirrorless world, Sony has announced it successor: the A9 mark II. Unlike the original model, the II version doesn’t bring anything revolutionary. Rather it refines certain aspects based on feedback from professional photographers. Here is how the two models differ!
What they have in common:
- 24.2MP Exmor RS Stacked sensor
- ISO 100-51200 range (up to 204800)
- 20fps with AF/AE tracking, blackout-free live view
- up to 1/32000s with electronic shutter
- 693 phase and 425 contrast detection AF points
- 60 times per second AF calculations
- Real-Time Tracking and Real-Time Eye AF (human and animals)
- 3.69M dots EVF (0.78x, 120hz)
- 1.44M dots LCD screen with touch sensitivity
- No Picture Profiles for v />
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The A9 mark II inherits the same design upgrades seen on the A7R mark IV. It is slightly larger than the original A9:
- A9: Approx. 126.9mm x 95.6mm x 63.0mm
- A9 II: Approx. 128.9mm x 96.4mm x 77.5mm, 678g
Most notably, it receives a larger grip in comparison to the A9 that improves handling and comfort. We tested this first hand with the A7R IV and we’re happy to say that Sony is finally on the right track.
The buttons and dials have been improved. They are thicker and offer better tactile feedback. The AF-ON button is larger, the AF Joystick has a new texture, the rear top dial has more surface to grab onto, and the exposure compensation dial can be locked. The drive dial on top is the same and remains unique to the A9 series for now.
Sony states that the weather sealing has been improved on the A9 II with strong sealing across the entire body, as well as the battery and memory card compartments.
Some tweaks have been made to the menu system as well, such as the visual graphics when customising the function buttons and the possibility to configure the Fn menu for stills and video separately, just like on the A7R IV.
2. Drive speed with the mechanical shutter
Both cameras can shoot at 20fps with the electronic shutter, but the A9 can only go up to 5fps with the mechanical shutter. The A9 II doubles this performance to 10fps.
Sony has said that the shutter mechanism of the new camera has been re-designed. It features an internal damper structure to reduce shutter vibration and noise, and the durability as been tested up to 500,000 cycles.
3. Anti-Flicker mode
Missing from the original A9 was the anti-flicker shoot mode that allows the camera to detect and adjust the exposure when fluorescent lights are present in the scene.
The A9 II has this function but keep in mind that it doesn’t work in video more or when using the electronic shutter.
4. Real Time Eye AF for Video
The most interesting improvement in the AF department is Eye AF for video. It is the second full frame camera after the A7R IV to get this option. We tested it on the mark IV model and it works really well. It adds both precision and reactivity when using fast apertures especially.
Sony claims an optimised algorithm for the autofocus of the new camera that improves precision and performance, as well as the possibility of tracking at apertures smaller than f/16 when the Aperture Drive in AF option is set to Focus Priority. Note that this is only compatible with select lenses (FE 200-600mm, FE 35mm f1.8, FE 400mm f2.8 GM and FE 600mm f4 GM). The A9 is already the best mirrorless cameras when it comes to AF performance, but even the smallest improvements are welcome.
Another tidbit: you can move the AF point from one side of the screen to the other with a dedicated setting.
5. Image stabilisation
Both cameras feature 5-axis in-body stabilisation (IBIS). The A9 has an official rating of 5Ev whereas the A9 II gets a small upgrade with a rating of 5.5Ev.
Of course we have yet to see how much of an improvement it brings to the image stabilisation performance in the real world.
Our experience with the A9 was fine but as with most Sony cameras, it isn’t the most impressive stabilisation system out there. Let’s wait and see what the A9 II can do.
Sony has insisted in their press release that the A9 II is the result of countless conversations with professional photographers and photography agencies. One of the most important improvements concerns wireless and wired connectivity.
Both cameras have a LAN terminal and support background transfer to FTP serves, but the A9 II can now do this over SSL and TLS encryptions (FTPS) for added security. FTP settings can be sent to the camera via Bluetooth from the Imaging Edge App on your mobile device.
The wireless is faster on the A9 II and supports 5Ghz instead of just 2.4Ghz on the A9.
The USB Type C port also has faster transfer speed thanks to the upgrade to the 3.2 Gen 1 socket.
Finally, Sony says that tethering has been improved with a reduced time lag for transfer and in the live view in the вЂRemote Camera ToolвЂ™ desktop software.
7. Voice Memo
Something I’ve seen photo-journalists do a lot with their DSLRs is record a quick memo after taking a series of shots. For example, at an award ceremony where lots of prizes are given, it can be useful to vocally record the name of each person after taking their picture to make sure you don’t mix up the images when sending them to the photo editor.
Sony has listened to that too and the A9 mark II gets a new Voice Memo option. The sound data can be sent right with the images to an editor even via FTP.
Furthermore, the audio data can be converted to text and included in the IPTC metadata of the JPG images when transferring the photos to a mobile device using the Imaging Edge software.
8. UHS-II cards
Both cameras feature two SD card slots, but on the A9, only the first slot is compatible with the faster UHS-II cards.
On the A9 mark II, both slots are UHS-II compatible.
Sony A9 II Review
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The Sony A9 II full-frame mirrorless camera is a brand new version of Sony’s flagship model for sports photography and photojournalism.
The Alpha A9 II offers a number of evolutionary upgrades to the original A9 camera that was released back in 2017 — Sony say there are 43 improvements over the original model in total.
These include a redesigned body, improved weather-sealing, a low vibration shutter design that offers 500,000 shutter cycles, improved in-body stabilization (up to 5.5 stops), and enhanced connectivity including a 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal and 3.2 Gen 1 USB port.
In addition the mechanical shutter is now capable of shooting at 10fps, twice as fast as the 5fps of the original Alpha A9, the auto-focus system gains Sony’s Real-time AF tracking and newly optimised AF algorithms, there’s a new anti-flicker shooting mode, and slightly longer battery life.
Otherwise the A9 Mark II retains the original model’s key features. It can shoot continuously at 20fps for up to 241 RAW / 362 JPEG images with no blackout between frames, and has 693 focal plane phase detection AF points that cover approximately 93% of the frame.
It also features the same CMOS sensor offering a resolution of 24.2 megapixels, an ISO range of 100-1200 that is expandable to 50-204800, 4K video recording which uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information, a top shutter speed of 1/32,000 sec, and records uncompressed 14-bit RAW files.
It has a Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder with approximately 3,686k dots and a magnification of 0.78x, dual SD card slots (now more logically ordered), and built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity.
The Sony A9 II is available now priced at £4800 / $4500 / €5400 body-only in the UK, US and Europe respectively.
Ease of Use
The Sony Alpha A9 II offers 43 improvements to the original A9 model, with most of them being pretty minor changes that are predominantly aimed at professional sports photographers and photojournalists.
At first glance the external control layout looks much the same as before, but take a much closer look and you’ll notice some subtle differences.
These include a slightly larger, deeper handgrip that accomodates more fingers and offers greater security, a larger, more prominent AF-ON button, a more refined, a more tactile multi-selector joystick, the welcome addition of an exposure compensation dial lock button, and a new position for the rear control dial.
They may sound like relatively small changes, but collectively they add up to make the A9 II a slightly more refined, slightly more enjoyable camera to use than than the original A9.
|Rear of the Sony A9 II|
Sony have also listened closely to their existing base of pro photographers and beefed up the weather-sealing of the Alpha A9 II. The doors for the battery compartment and memory card slots now use a double-sealed sliding mechanism, rather than being hinged, which should help to beef up the camera’s dust and water durability.
Interestingly, Sony have also finally reversed the orientation of the dual card slots (both supporting UHS-II), with Slot 1 now more logically at the top, and Slot 2 more logically at the bottom, a small but very welcome change that makes a lot more sense.
One of the biggest improvements to the new A9 Mark II is the ability to shoot continuously at up to 10fps when using the mechanical shutter, which is about 2x the speed of the original A9, making it more adaptable in certain artificial lighting conditions that can negatively affect the electronic shutter.
Talking of artificial light, there’s also a brand new anti-flicker mode that automatically detects and adjusts for the presence of fluorescent or other artificial lights to prevent exposure and colour anomalies from appearing in the final image, as well as exposure and colour inconsistency between continuous shots.
|Top of the Sony A9 II|
Note that flicker-free shooting is not available during electronic shutter, BULB exposure, or movie recording, and only 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker is detected.
Both of these changes make the A9 II better-suited to shooting indoors, which should please the sports photographers at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
As should the raft of improvements that Sony have made to this camera’s connectivity options. The original Alpha A9 was already a well-connected camera, but Sony have listened carefully and really beefed-up this aspect of the new version.
Chief amongst the changes is an upgraded built-in 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal, 10x faster than the 100MB/s one on the A9. Similarly, the USB Type-C port has been upgraded to the latest, fastest 3.2 Gen 1 standard and the wi-fi connection now supports dual 2.4/5GHz.
|Tilting LCD Screen|
Up to 10 sets of camera settings can be stored in a memory card, with saved settings able to be read by other cameras of the same model.
Other new features that will please pro photographers include the ability to attach a 60 second long Voice Memo to an image with automatic transcription into text, enhanced remote shooting via the Remote Camera Tool 2.1 software, and you can save up to nine different FTP settings.
The Sony A9 was already a fantastic camera at auto-focusing, but Sony have managed to improve things here too. Real-time AF tracking has been added, and newly optimised AF algorithms provide even greater AF precision and performance than before.
For videographers, real-time Eye AF for humans and animals is now available when shooting both 4K video and stills.
It’s also now possible to choose the colour of the focus frame to suit your needs, move the focus frame even when the shutter release or the AF-ON button are half-pressed, and use the LCD touchscreen for touch-tracking whilst looking through the viewfinder.
|The Sony A9 II In-hand|
A new low vibration shutter design and improvements to the in-body stabilization means that the A9 II offers improved image stabilization of 5.5 stops, up from 5 stops on the A9. The new shutter also boasts an impressive life-span of at least 500,000 shutter cycles.
The digital audio interface has been added to the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe, enabling the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit to be connected directly to the A9 II for better audio recordings.
Finally, Sony have even been able to improve the battery life, albeit only slightly, with the A9 II now capable of recording 690 shots using the LCD screen and 500 when using the EVF (up from 650 and 480 on the previous model).
We’re now going to direct your attention to our detailed Sony A9 review if you want to learn everything else there is to know about the new A9 II.
Once you’ve read that, come back here to see sample images and videos from the A9 II, plus our final verdict.
Sony Alpha A9 vs A9 II: the key differences between Sony’s sports-oriented cameras
By Sharmishta Sarkar 09 October 2019
A tweak here and a tweak there
Those of us who were expecting Sony to have announced the Alpha A7S III by now – it has been a long time coming – will just have to wait a while longer. Instead, the Japanese electronics giant has, very quietly, launched an upgraded version of its sports-oriented Alpha A9.
The A9 was already a very impressive camera and its successor retains most of the features that made it a superb snapper for press and sports photographers. All Sony has done is refined the original and given us an incremental upgrade, with some features that are definitely going to prove useful to the pros.
To understand the small differences between the A9 and the A9 II, we should start with the common features the two shooters share.
Sony Alpha A9 vs A9 II: the common features
- 24.2MP Exmor RS stacked full-frame sensor
- 3.69 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 0.78x magnification and 120Hfps refresh rate
- 1.44 million dot rear LCD touchscreen
- ISO range of 100-51200 (expandable to 204800)
- 20fps burst speed with AF/AE tracking, blackout-free live view
- 693 phase- and 425 contrast-detect autofocus (AF) points
- 60 AF and auto-exposure calculations per second computational speed
- Real-time tracking and real-time eye AF for both animals and humans
- 1/32000 second shutter speed
It’s clear from the list above that Sony has held on to the core specs of the original A9, including not adding Picture Profiles for video in the upgraded version of the snapper.
The major differences is in the design, although even that is a slight tweak, and in the connectivity options in the A9 II.
Sony Alpha A9 vs A9 II: design
At first glance, the A9 and its successor look quite similar, but the A9 II inherits the design changes introduced in the Alpha A7R IV. While the new camera sports a deeper grip, it also has a more weatherproof body with double sliding covers over the battery door and card slots to keep the elements out.
It also brings across the control layout from the A7R IV with thicker buttons and dials that offer better tactile feedback. For example, the AF-ON button is larger while the AF joystick has a different texture compared to Sony’s older full-frame mirrorless cameras. While the drive dial on the top of the camera remains unchanged from the A9, the exposure compensation dial on the top right corner now sports a locking button to prevent accidental changes. There’s also a redesigned lens lock button on the A9 II, along with better padding for shock absorption around the lens mount.
The A9 II is also marginally bigger than its predecessor, measuring 128.9 x 96.4 x 77.5 mm and weighing in at 678g (the A9 measured 126.9 x 95.6 x 63.0 mm and weighed 588g).
Sony Alpha A9 vs A9 II: card slots
(Image credit: Sony)
For a camera that’s focused on the pros, it was important for the A9 to boast dual card slots. However, only the first slot in the A9 was compatible with the faster UHS-II SD cards. This was a small handicap for those who preferred recording to both slots simultaneously.
With the A9 II, that issue has been eliminated, with both SD card slots now UHS-II compatible.
Sony Alpha A9 vs A9 II: image processor
The original A9 already had a fabulous BIONZ X imaging engine with a front-end LSI (large scale integration) to sustain superior processing speeds.
That remains the case in the A9 II, although Sony says the image processor has been upgraded to improve AF speed and accuracy, while also improving face detect and EVF response times. According to Sony, the AF algorithm has been tweaked to more reliable and tracking of fast-moving objects.
Sony Alpha A9 vs A9 II: drive speed
Both cameras have a continuous shooting speed of up to 20fps. However, this was the case in the A9 only when using the electronic shutter – while using the mechanical shutter, that speed dropped to 5fps.
That has been doubled in the A9 II, with the new camera capable of 20fps with an electronic shutter and 10fps when using the mechanical shutter. This was made possible by a redesigning the shutter mechanism which now features a new internal damper structure to reduce vibration and noise.
The low-vibration shutter is definitely a useful change, though durability doesn’t seem to have changed from the predecessor, with life expectancy still at 500,000 actuations.
Sony Alpha A9 vs A9 II: anti-flicker mode
1: anti-flicker on; 2: anti-flicker mode disabled (Image credit: Sony)
The A9 II brings with it an anti-flicker mode, which was missing from the original A9. This feature allows the camera to adjust exposure when fluorescent lights are used to light up a scene – a common situation when shooting indoors or in stadiums at night.
While this is a fabulous addition, there are some important caveats: the anti-flicker mode is not available when shooting video or when using the electronic shutter.
Sony Alpha A9 vs A9 II: connectivity
(Image credit: Sony)
The original Sony Alpha A9 was targeted at the professional press or sports photographer and the successor is no different. For many of them, turnaround times can be very small, with large batches of files that need to be sent back to base (or the client) practically immediately.
For them, the connectivity upgrades in the A9 II are perhaps the most important ones.
While the A9 has a LAN terminal and supports transfer to FTP servers, the A9 II can do so over SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS) for better security. For high-speed data transfers, the A9 II gets a Gigabit Ethernet port, as well as 5GHz wireless support in addition to the existing 2.4GHz on the original A9.
FTP settings can now be saved and reloaded onto the A9 II – 10 can be saved to an SD card, while the Imaging Edge mobile app can save up to 20.
The A9 II also has a USB-C port which offers fast transfer speeds thanks to an upgrade to the 3.2 Gen 1 standard.
Sony Alpha A9 vs A9 II: image stabilization
When we tested the A9, we had absolutely no complaints when it came to its 5-axis image stabilization, although, like most Sony cameras, it’s not class-leading. For that, we think you ought to look towards Panasonic.
The A9 II carries over the 5-axis in-body stabilization system (IBIS) but is now rated at 5.5 stops as opposed to the A9’s 5 stops of stability. It’s a small upgrade and it remains to be seen how much of a difference it actually makes in real-world performance tests.
Sony Alpha A9 vs A9 II: real-time eye AF
The original A9 had a brilliant autofocus system, but the successor has been given an upgrade when it comes to shooting video.
A small tweak to the AF algorithm has given the A9 II a faster and more precise Eye AF while shooting movies. The improved algorithm has also made subject tracking while using small apertures (smaller than f/16) easier as well while using Aperture Drive with the AF mode set to Focus Priority.
Sony Alpha A9 vs A9 II: voice memos
This is one feature that many photojournalists will welcome with open arms – the ability to record quick voice memos for individual images or a series of shots. This is particularly useful when there’s another team waiting patiently back at the office to do a quick edit on the images and upload them to wherever necessary. Sending them instructions, like context of the photo or names of people in the images, so as not to get them mixed up is invaluable.
The audio data is sent with the images to the photo editor even when transferring files via FTP. The voice memo can also be converted to text and included in the photo’s metadata when transferring JPEGs to a handheld device when using the Imaging Edge app.
Compared to many other camera upgrades, these tweaks might seem incremental, but then the original A9 was already an excellent shooter. Sony could have easily gotten away with making the camera body more ergonomic while leaving the innards untouched.
However, the improvements that have been made are meant to help photojournalists in the field – so while the average consumer might not be too happy with the changes, Sony is offering the pros a formidable tool for their trade.
Nie dla amatorów. Oto Sony A9 II, topowy aparat Japończyków
Nie dla amatorów. Oto Sony A9 II, topowy aparat Japończyków
Sony A9 II właśnie miał swoją oficjalną premierę. Następca topowego modelu jeszcze mocniej skupia się na profesjonalnych i najbardziej wymagających fotografach.
Po odświeżeniu profesjonalnej linii A7R, Sony idzie za ciosem i pokazuje aparat… jeszcze bardziej profesjonalny. O ile bezlusterkowiec Sony A7R IV to korpus dla zawodowych fotografów studyjnych, portretowych i komercyjnych, tak najnowszy A9 II to bestia z nieco innej ligi. To aparat, który ma być przede wszystkim szybki i niezawodny, ponieważ ma się sprawdzić w najbardziej wymagających zastosowaniach sportowych.
Mówiąc wprost: Sony A9 II powstał po to, by pokazać swoje możliwości na Letnich Igrzyskach Olimpijskich Tokio 2020.
To zdanie najlepiej określa charakter Sony A9 II.
Aparat jest zbudowany wokół bagnetu Sony FE i stabilizowanej w pięciu osiach, pełnoklatkowej matrycy CMOS Exmor RS o rozdzielczości 24,2 megapiksela. Pojawiła się jednak nowa obudowa, która łączy nowe rozwiązania wprowadzone w Sony A7R IV z dodatkowymi elementami sterującymi znanymi z pierwszego A9. Mamy więc większy grip, wygodniejsze przyciski, przeprojektowany joystick do zmiany punktów AF oraz nowe drzwiczki skrywające porty i dwie karty SD. Z niewiadomych względów zabrakło jednak kapitalnego wizjera z A7R IV, który ma aż 5,76 mln punktów. EVF w A9 II ma 3,68 mln punktów.
Korpus, jak na reporterski sprzęt przystało, jest wykonany ze stopów metali i jest w pełni uszczelniany.
Poza tym Sony A9 II stawia na szybkość i niezawodność.
Aparat potrafi teraz zrobić serię zdjęć z szybkością 10 kl./s z mechaniczną migawką i 20 kl./s z elektroniczną, bez wyczernienia wizjera pomiędzy klatkami. Układ AE i AF przelicza operacje jeszcze szybciej, bowiem w tempie 60 kl./s. W buforze aparatu mieści się do 361 obrazów JPEG lub do 239 obrazów RAW z kompresją.
Autofocus jest oparty na 693 polach AF z detekcją fazy, pokrywających około 93% kadru. Do tego mamy kolejne 425 pola AF bazujące na detekcji kontrastu. Oczywiście nie zabrakło typowych dla Sony rozwiązań automatyki, na czele z kapitalnym Real-time Eye AF.
Wideo? Owszem, jest, choć użytkownicy A9 II raczej nie będą sobie nim zaprzątać głowy. Aparat nagrywa jednak w 4K przy 30 kl./s i 100 Mb/s.
Cena? Raczej nie ma znaczenia.
Jeśli jesteś pasjonatem fotografii, Sony A9 II raczej nie jest aparatem dla ciebie. Z kolei jeśli jesteś fotografem prasowym współpracującym z agencjami fotograficznymi, cena nowego korpusu nie robi na tobie większego wrażenia. W Stanach Zjednoczony aparat został wyceniony na 4500 dol., a w Europie ma kosztować 5400 euro, co jest dość typową kwotą na półce najbardziej profesjonalnych aparatów sportowych. Polska cena ma oscylować w granicach 24 tys. zł.
Sony A9 II trafi do sprzedaży w Europie w październiku 2019 r.
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Sony a9 II Sensor Review : High Performance for a Lower Price
DXOMark just published their review of the sensor inside the Sony a9II. According to test results Sony a9 II achieves an overall DXOMark score of 93, which puts it the 21st place in full-frame and MF sensors.
This is one point above original a9. Compared Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and Nikon D5, a9 II is about 5 point above these cameras.
The new Sony a9 II pro-level full frame mirrorless camera is in stock at Amazon and it will soon be in stock at B&H and Adorama. See the Sony a9 II compared to other related cameras: Continue reading “Sony a9 II Sensor Review : High Performance for a Lower Price”
Sony a9 II Hands-on Review
The Sony a9 II is a full-frame mirrorless camera designed for sports and action photography. Dave and Evelyn from The Camera Store tested the high-speed sports camera at the Olympic Oval in Calgary during Canada Cup #2 with special guest Dave Holland.
The new Sony a9 II pro-level full frame mirrorless camera is in stock at Amazon and it will soon be in stock at B&H and Adorama.
- 24.2MP full-frame stacked CMOS sensor
- BIONZ X image processing engine and front-end LSI
- Up to 20 fps with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second
- XAVC S 4K movie recording
- 3-inch 1440K-dot tiltable LCD screen with touch control
- Continuous view blackout-free Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
- High-speed 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi and 1000BASE-T Ethernet
- Secure, versatile and fast dual UHS-II SD media card slots
- Add Voice Memo to images or voice to text for IPTC data
- 693 phase detection and 425 contrast detection AF points
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Sony a9 II, FE 24mm f/1.4 GM and FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Firmware Updates Released
Sony released new firmware updates for the Sony a9 II, FE 24mm f/1.4 GM and FE 135mm f/1.8 GM.
Firmware update version 1.0.1 for A9 II improves the overall stability and performance of the camera while firmware version 02 for 24mm f/1.4 GM (Amazon | B&H Photo Video) and 135mm f/1.4 GM (Adorama | Amazon) lenses improves aperture response when these lenses attached to the ILCE-9, ILCE-9M2 and ILCE-7RM4 camera models.
Sony a9 II Camera now in Stock and Shipping
the new Sony a9 II pro-level full frame mirrorless camera is in stock at Amazon and it will soon be in stock at B&H and Adorama. The US price is $4,498. Order now if you are interested! Continue reading “Sony a9 II Camera now in Stock and Shipping”
Best Memory Cards for Sony a9 II
Here are the Best memory cards for Sony a9 II camra? Check out the top recommended & fastest SD cards for Sony a9 II full frame mirrorless camera with seveal selections below.
The Sony a9 II has two SD card slots that both support the fast UHS-II SD cards. That means you can take full advantage of the ultra high read (transfer speed) and write speeds (fast buffer clearing time) of UHS-II cards to get the best performance out of you Sony a9 II. In addition, Dual UHS-II-compatible SD memory card slots allow for flexible file saving and handling and can be configured to partition raw and JPEG files or can be used for overflow recording. Featuring a 35mm full-frame 24.2MP stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor and an updated BIONZ X processor, the Sony a9 II (Amazon, B&H, Adorama) is an amazing mirrorless camera is created specifically to support working professionals in the fields of sports photography and photojournalism. And the Sony a9 II is capable of completely silent continuous shooting up to 20fps at full 24.2MP resolution in RAW+JPEG with continuous AF/AE (autofocus and auto exposure) tracking at 60 calculations per second and no EVF or LCD blackout, and continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter. In addition to stills, UHD 4K video recording is supported at up to 30 fps and Quick and Slow Motion recording is also available.
Best Lenses for Sony a9 II
Best Lenses for Sony a9 II camera. Here are the good selection of recommended lenses for your Sony a9 II? Check out the list of best Sony a9 II lenses.
The new Sony a9 II mirrorless camera is equipped with a 35mm full-frame 24.2MP stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor and an updated BIONZ X processor, and it provides silent continuous shooting up to 20 fps at full 24.2MP resolution (RAW+JPEG) with up to 6 AF/AE tracking calculations per second without EVF or LCD blackout, and continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter. In addition to stills, UHD 4K video recording is supported at up to 30 fps and Quick and Slow Motion recording is also available. The Sony a9 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. Additional notable 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, Touch Pad focus point control while using the viewfinder and more. 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.
Sony A9 II Camera Reviews
Here are the latest reviews for the Sony a9 II pro-level mirrorless camera. This new Sony a9 II camera body is available for pre-order at Amazon, B&H Photo Video, Adorama.
Sony Artisan Patrick Murphy-Racey is the only one actually intensively testing the new Sony a9II on the field. Check out his thoughts below: Continue reading “Sony A9 II Camera Reviews”
Sony a9 II vs Sony a9 – What’s the Improvements?
Sony a9 II pro-level mirrorless camera unveiled for professionals in the fields of sports photography and photojournalism. This new Sony a9 II camera body is now avialble for pre-order at Amazon, B&H Photo Video, Adorama.
So what’s the improvements of the new Sony a9 II, if we compare the Sony a9 II to the orginal Sony a9? The main improvements are on stills capabilities, the design and connectivity options. The new Sony a9 II provides silent continuous shooting up to 20 fps at full 24.2MP resolution (RAW+JPEG) with up to 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second without EVF or LCD blackout. The overall build quality is similar to that of the new Sony a7R IV, including superior weather sealing.
More Sony a9 II Camera Coverage
Here are more Sony a9 II camera coverage. The full frame mirrorless camera is available for pre-order with a price tag of $4,498. Check availability at Amazon, B&H Photo V >
Sony a9 II now Available for Pre-order
Sony a9 II full frame mirrorless camera is now available for pre-order in major stores in US. The US price is $4,498. Check availability at Amazon, B&H Photo V > “Sony a9 II now Available for Pre-order”
Sony A9 II jeszcze bardziej pro bezlusterkowiec — dla fotografujących sport i reporterów
Reportaż i sport to dziedziny fotografii, w których dynamika przeplata się z nieprzewidywalnością i czasem trudnymi wymaganiami oświetleniowymi. Dlatego aparat cyfrowy stawiający czoła tym wyzwaniom musi być z najwyższej półki.
Sony A9 to aparat, do którego użytkowania podchodziłem dwa razy. Za pierwszym razem nie doceniłem zalet bardzo dobrego wyświetlacza, który trochę uśpił moją czujność podczas wykonywania zdjęć. Trochę mnie to zniechęciło do A9tki, szczególnie w obliczu doskonałej pracy dużo tańszego Sony A7 III. Kolejna próba, której wyniki to między innymi relacja z wyjazdu na konkurs skoków narciarskich, zakończyła się już pełnym sukcesem i uznaniem dla Sony A9 jako bezlusterkowca, który ma pełne prawo być klasyfikowany jako sprzęt profesjonalny. Ale to nie koniec, bo mamy właśnie premierę Sony A9 II czyli drugiej generacji tego aparatu.
Sony A9 II — już poprzednik był i jest bardzo dobry
Bryła Sony A9 II na pierwszy rzut oka jest podobna w porównaniu do poprzednika, który może pochwalić się dopracowaną ergonomią. Sercem aparatu jest ten sam co poprzednio pełnoklatkowy sensor Exmor RS o rozdzielczości 24,2 Mpix. Jego wydajność w trybie zdjęć seryjnych pozostała taka jak poprzednio i wynosi 20 zdjęć na sekundę. Podobna jest też liczba punktów fazowej detekcji AF, która zamyka się liczbą 693 i pokryciem aż 93% kadru. Towarzyszy im 425 pól detekcji kontrastu.
Obraz jest analizowany przez algorytmy autofokusa i pomiaru ekspozycji 60 razy na sekundę. I ponownie to parametr, który znamy z Sony A9. Również wizjer o rozdzielczości 3,76 miliona punktów i odchylany dotykowy ekran LCD o przekątnej 3 cali i rozdzielczości 1,44 miliona punktów, to elementy aparatu nie zmienione
Już po premierze Sony A9, w ciągu ostatniego roku, doczekaliśmy się usprawnień AF, a w szczególności funkcji ustawiania ostrości na oko człowieka (Real-time Eye AF), która pozwala wybrać także to czy chcemy wykrywać lewe czy prawe oko. Wykrywanie oczu działa nawet w przypadku zwierząt. Dotychczasowy flagowiec Sony może pochwalić się doskonałym mechanizmem śledzenia AF, co przydaje się podczas filmowania lub fotografowania szybko przemieszczających się obiektów.
Dla amatora, a nawet bardzo zaawansowanego entuzjasty fotografii i niejednego zawodowego fotografa, taki aparat jakim jest Sony A9, to aż nadto wystarczająca dawka szczęścia. I jeśli nie jesteście profesjonalnym fotografem sportowym, reporterem, który trafia w środek najbardziej nieprzewidzianej akcji, zakup Sony A9 II może być mało opłacalny jeśli macie już A9 lub rozważacie zakup, ale myśląc ciągle o budżecie. Dużo lepiej zainwestować w dobrą optykę. W przypadku systemu Sony E możemy wybierać spośród 55 obiektywów marki Sony, a są przecież jeszcze szkiełka producentów niezależnych.
Powody dla których musiał powstać Sony A9 II
Jednym z powodów mogą być Igrzyska Tokio 2020, na które i konkurencja szykuje swoje nowości. Dotychczas bezlusterkowcom nie udało się zdobyć serc fotografów sportowych, choć wielu profesjonalistów sięga już po aparaty takie jak A9. Podczas mistrzostw w lekkiej atletyce w Dausze, które właśnie dobiegają końca, bezlusterkowce na stadionie były w sporej mniejszości. Zobaczmy co zrobiło Sony by podjąć próbę zmiany tego obrazu już za niespełna rok.
- zastosowano jeszcze wydajniejszą platformę przetwarzania obrazu BIONZ X,
- zwiększono w dalszym stopniu szczelność korpusu, zwracając szczególną uwagę na pokrywę komory akumulatora i sloty na karty pamięci,
- zwiększono o 0,5 EV czułość wbudowanej stabilizacji obrazu — teraz jest to aż 5,5 EV,
- przeprojektowano układ migawki mechanicznej — radzi sobie ona teraz z ponad 500 tysiącami wyzwoleń, a w trybie seryjnym pozwala na fotografowanie w tempie 10 kl/s,
- oba gniazda pamięci obsługują teraz karty pamięci SDXC z magistralą UHS-II,
- dodano interfejs USB 3.2 ze złączem typu C,
- multistopka obsługuje teraz interfejs cyfrowego audio,
- dokonano zmiany kształtu przycisków kontrolnych — zwiększony został przycisk AF-ON, poprawiono jego reakcję na naciśnięcie, zmieniono wielofunkcyjny dżojstik, położenie tylnego pokrętła kontrolnego, pokrętła na górnym panelu, a także umieszczono przycisk blokady w pokrętle korekty ekspozycji,
- zmieniono też kształt samego uchwytu w aparacie, by jeszcze wygodniej pracować z A9 II w trakcie długich sesji,
- zmiany objęły również algorytmy przetwarzania obrazu wykonanego na wysokich i bardzo wysokich wartościach ISO,
- aparat został wyposażony w 1-gigabitowy port Ethernet, dodano wsparcie dla pasma 5 GHz w trybie komunikacji Wi-Fi, obsługiwane są teraz standardy 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
- zwiększono liczbę opcji w trybie komunikacji FTP,
- poprawiona została współpraca z oprogramowaniem Remote Camera Tool,
- dodano opcję notatek głosowych,
- zwiększyła się nieznacznie waga, a także wymiary aparatu — teraz to 679 gramów i 128,9 x 96,4 x 77,5 mm.
Szybki rzut okiem na listę zmian i od razu widać, że są to usprawnienia istotnie skierowane do wąskiej grupy odbiorców. Bardzo jednak istotnej, gdy wziąć pod uwagę efekty ich pracy i ich znaczenie dla dokumentowania naszego codziennego życia, kluczowych dla historii wydarzeń.
Sony A9 II — kiedy i za ile
Aparat trafi do sprzedaży w październiku 2019 roku w cenie około 5400 euro. Będzie to zatem podobnie jak w przypadku Sony A9 produkt, który za na początku jego rynkowej kariery należy zapłacić sporo ponad 20 tysięcy złotych.
α9 featuring full-frame stacked CMOS sensor
α9 featuring full-frame stacked CMOS sensor
α9 featuring full-frame stacked CMOS sensor
The latest software is available on the support page.
Thanks to the version 5.0 (or later) software update, newly developed autofocus capabilities are now available, along with a number of new features to support a variety of shooting conditions and needs.
α9 Photo Gallery
A new dimension of photographic speed
A game-changing image sensor from Sony makes conventional camera mechanisms redundant, achieving speed and performance that are beyond the capabilities of mechanical devices. What’s more, freedom from mechanical noise and vibration opens up a vast new world of imaging opportunities.
Driving force for full-electronic revolution
Innovative full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with integral memory
α9 liberates you from the limits of conventional SLRs that rely on mechanical systems. The first to use high-speed stacked design, its 24.2-megapixel full-frame image sensor temporarily stores large-volume data in the integral memory for overall 20 times faster readout speed . The combination of the CMOS sensor and the enhanced BIONZ X image-processing engine brings you true digital freedom.
[Stacked back-illuminated structure with integral memory]
(1) Pixel area (2) Integral memory (3) Hi-speed signal processing circuit (4) Image processing engine
Capture the previously uncatchable
High-speed continuous shooting at up to 20fps
Ground-breaking, full-frame Exmor RS CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor team up for 20fps continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking. Stunning high-speed performance and ample buffer let you capture the decisive moment.
Non-mechanical electronic shutter eliminates blackout with typical SLR mirror action. An uninterrupted view of the subject is available even during shutter release, with 60fps live-view capability and minimal display lag in continuous shooting.
(A) Blackout-free shooting (B) Shooting with blackout
Note: This camera is equipped with electronic and mechanical shutters. The features described in this section are primarily related to electronic shutter operation.
Sony Alpha A9 II Review
The Sony Alpha a9 II coming with the more ergonomic and has a superb weather-sealed build and connectivity capabilities beyond the limits. It covers with the dual UHS-II SD card slots for versatile storage and allows quick file-sharing by Ethernet port, 5.0 GHz wireless sharing superspeed, and Bluetooth features as the additional feather in Sony crown.
As we all know that the kings of professional sports and press photography were two DSLRs – the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II and the Nikon D5 in whole the camera lover sea. But after the long wait The Sony Released The Alpha A9 and changed the game at all phase. Smaller, lighter and ridiculously fast which is outstanding feature of it, the original full-frame mirrorless sports shooter from Sony was one of the finest snappers which is tested and proven strongly at all angels.Sony have their own stand in the filed of Digital world.
Just go to the core feature and commitment on Alpha A9 II it is just flow as mentioned and defined over the paper, which is not much impactable over domestic users but it is mind blowing for the professional users and keen to twist out all the corners of the camera.
The main feature which is modified or upgrade at tag Sony Alpha A9 II is the Image quality, The price is bit upper one compare to old version it is started with $4500 but special impression over the quality it is worth to pay for it rather going with the old version.
Best Design & Features of Sony Alpha A9 II – Digital camera.
A9 II have Larger, deeper hand grip in hand.
10fps bursting along the mechanical shutter in – out.
Built-in 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal for the fast moving transfer load.
60-second voice memo to viewing and supporting the executions.
Overall there are around 45 features that are different in the Sony Alpha A9 II as compared to its old version, with only a few subtle physical differences that make the newer model an absolute pleasure to go with the finest model in hand.
The AF-ON button is superbly available with the larger and more prominent focus, while the multi-selector joystick is best mode textured and thus more tactile, making it easier to find and use without taking your eye off the viewfinder to the cutting edge. The Digital world is waiting for you.
The Sensor: 24.2MP full-frame Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor at the edge.
Full Lens mount: Sony FE Ver.
Wide Screen: 3.0 INCH & tilt-angle touchscreen; 1,440K dots on all.
Total camera Burst speed: Up to 20fps at glance.
Wide Autofocus: Blink Hybrid AF; 693 phase- and 425 contrast-detect points all.
ISO: 100-51200 (exp 50-204800) as new.
Video: 4K/30p total at range.
Available Connectivity: Wi-Fi (5GHz), USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen 1), Bluetooth, HDMI mini, LAN, NFC with flowless speed.
Total Weight: 678g (with battery + card) , which is effectively perfect. Digital output : Extreme
In view the difference drive dial remains unchanged from the A9, the exposure compensation dial on the top over right corner of the camera now sports a locking button to prevent accidental changes without any issues or interference. There’s also a redesigned lens lock button on the A9 II, along with better padding for total shock absorption around the lens mount in camera. The camera also has more & more good weather sealing than the older model, with double-sealed sliders for ports, the card slots in function, and battery compartment rather than just hinged seals in view angle.
However, the biggest advantage the A9 II has over its older version is the ability to shoot continuously twice as very fast – using the mechanical shutter in work, the Mark II can capture up to 10 frames per second which is markable change, making it a better shooter to use under certain artificial lights. In fact, for sports photographers who deals for the smooth and sharp shooting in indoor stadiums, there’s a new anti-flicker mode that detects fluorescent full- lighting and adjusts exposure accordingly with better vision. It’s worth noting that the anti-flicker mode is not available while filming videos or when placing the e- shutter.
The main design changes aside, the improvements to the camera’s connectivity that visely makes this shooter one of the perfect options for pros. The important from them is the upgraded 1000BASE-T Ethernet port that is ten times faster than the 100MB/s terminal on the original A9 model.Up to 10 different FTP settings can be saved to an SD card and reloaded onto the A9 II for the ready-use, while Sony’s Imaging Edge mobile app can save up to 20 in total numbers.
The most exited feature that many photojournalists will be happy to use is the voice memo. Vocal instructions of up to 60 seconds in length can be recorded for individual separate images or a series of shots – A great help-task for teams waiting back in the office to use the photosat the time it is demanding and necessary. The memos can also be converted into text that get plus to the JPEG file’s metadata, although this needs to be done on the Digital Imaging Edge app at the wide end.
A new low-vibration shutter design has improved image stabilization in the A9 II by half a stop, which is at the 5.5 stops.This impressive effect surge the camera one step ahead in the crown of the camera series of Sony.
The new effective upgradation is the battery power ranging which was rated for 650 shots when using the LCD display and 480 while using the viewfinder in old version, the second generation shooter can manage to spit out up to 690 and 500 respectively without any concern and with the same smart performance.
Practically all feature and style is established from old version A9 I but with the better modification and extension, You may refer the old version specification from Sony site here.
The AF on the original A9 was as it is perfect – fast and reliable in equal measure for the result but still we found that by the new Bionz X processor – to give the new camera’s autofocus performance a boost by improving subject tracking more better and glare, even when using smaller apertures with Focus Priority switched on to result the flowless vision.
The biggest improvement to the AF system in the new Alpha A9 II , though, is the addition of real-time eye-detect autofocus which is when recording 4K video, something that’s missing in the older A9 model in Sony series.
A few other tiny twell have been made to the AF system as well, including adding the ability to move the focus frame even when the shutter or the AF-ON button is half-pressed by manner. You can also change the color of the focus frame to whatever catches your fancy. If you prefer using the rear Digital LCD for touch-tracking, you can do so even when using the viewfinder to shoot the best image and video to make the nice memory of life.
- The Expandable ISO range of 50 – 208,800 with nice effect.
- Excellent ISO performance through the span.
- Decent dynamic range towards best quality.
Like its predecessor, the A9 II gives the some superb results as output. The 24.2MP camerasensor delivers images that are sharp the views of life, with great colors and plenty of details of the corners.However, RAW files have more chroma (color) noise as compared to JPEGs with the best processing effect and its out cut.
ISO performance is excellent with virtually no noise at the lower values and very acceptable levels when you climb up to 12,800 and 25,600, as seen in the below image of a bird in the water.
The A9 II was designed and developed to specifically with the photojournalist in mind of the end users and lovers of Sony brand. For the average user, this camera will likely be overkill the functions, with most of the new features going unused and under-appreciated applies. For the target audience though, this is one heck of an upgrade over the original A9 the last version. It feels a lot more refined and a far more efficient tool for photographers in the field with the smash results.
Our only complaint would be the absence of Digital XQD or CFexpress card slots that can be worked for files saved to card much quicker and other extended support, and the limited touchscreen functionality – both of which remain the same as in the A9 older form. Other than adding real-time eye-AF to 4K video recording to the extend, no other improvements have been made for shooting movies vide the options all the ways. There’s still no S-Log support and the camera can only record 8-bit 4:2:0 video internally extended. The only way to output 8-bit 4:2:2 video is externally via the micro HDMI port, still Sony needs to think for the further improvement.
Sony Alpha A9 Mark II Review
- 24MP — Full frame BSI-CMOS Sensor
- ISO 100 — 51200
- 5-axis Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
- 3 Tilting Screen
- 3686k dot Electronic viewfinder
- 20.0 fps continuous shooting
- 4K — 3840 x 2160 v >678g. 129 x 96 x 76 mm
- Weather Sealed Body
- Replaced Sony A9
Sony A9 II Overview
First introduced in October 2019 , Sony Alpha A9 Mark II is a 24.0MP Pro Mirrorless camera with a Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm ) sized BSI-CMOS sensor. Sony replaced the older A9 with this model. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:
Compare Sony Alpha A9 II vs Sony A9
Sony A9 II has an Overall Score of 91/100 and ranked #9 out of 197 in Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 Mirrorless), and ranked #8 out of 1200 in all Cameras (Top 10 Overall).
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Sony A9 II Compared to other Mirrorless Cameras
Now let’s get in to more details of our Sony A9 II review by analysing its specs and features and listing out its pros and cons compared to average competitor cameras in its class.
|Built-in Wireless (Wi-fi)|
|5-axis Image Stabilization|
|4K — 3840 x 2160 Max Video Resolution|
|Electronic Built-in Viewfinder|
|Face Detection Focusing|
|24.0MP — High Resolution Sensor|
|51.200 Max ISO|
|693 Focus Points|
|1.440k dots LCD Resolution|
|1/8000s High Shutter Speed|
|1/32000s Electronic Shutter Speed|
|UHS-II Memory Card Support|
|20.0fps Fast Continuous Shooting|
|Long Battery Life (690 shots)|
|External Microphone Port|
|External Headphone Port|
|3686kdot Viewfinder Resolution|
|2 Storage Slots|
|120 fps High Speed Video|
|Wide AE Bracketing Range: ±5 EV|
|Flash Sync Port|
|Dual-axis Electronic Level|
|Remote control with a smartphone|
|Magnesium alloy body elements|
|Compatible with fast UHS-II cards|
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|Heavy Body: 678g|
Sony A9 II has a Sony E lens mount and currently there are 116 native lenses available for this mount. Sony keeps on adding new lenses to its E and FE mount selection and third party lens manufacturers also offer lot of good options. Thanks to its very short flange focal distance, choices of adapting lenses from other mounts are almost limitless. Sony also sells an adapter (Sony LA-EA4) which lets A mount lenses to be used with functionality including AF with E mount cameras. Metabones and Fotodiox also offers adapters which makes use of full range of Canon EF lenses with Auto Focus on E mount cameras.
A9 II also has a Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization system which means that all of these lenses will be stabilized when used on A9 II. Sensor based image stabilization is one of the most useful features that you can have in an ILC. There are also 42 lenses with weather sealing for A9 II that you can couple with its weather sealed body.
Here are some of the most popular Sony A9 II Lenses on Camera Decision:
|Model||Focal Length on A9 II||Max Aperture||Weight||Focusing||Street Price|
|Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS||24-240mm||F3.5 — F6.3||780gr||AF||Amazon B&H Photo|
|Sony FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T||24-70mm||F4.0||426gr||AF||Amazon B&H Photo|
|Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS||55-210mm||F4.5 — F6.3||345gr||AF||Amazon B&H Photo|
|Sony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS||70-200mm||F4.0||840gr||AF||Amazon B&H Photo|
|Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T||35mm||F2.8||120gr||AF||Amazon B&H Photo|
Check our Sony A9 II Lenses page or use our Smart Lens Finder tool for more detailed lens search.
Sony A9 II has a 24.0MP Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm ) sized BSI-CMOS sensor and features BIONZ X processor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of and 3:2. A9 II has a native ISO range of 100 — 51200 and it can save files in RAW format which gives you a wider room for post processing.
Sony A9 II is not the highest resolution Full frame camera. Sony A7R IV with its 61.0MP sensor is leading in this class. Check the comparison of Sony A9 II vs Sony A7R IV or take a look at Highest resolution Mirrorless cameras list.
Let’s look at how the size of the Sony A9 II’s Full frame sensor compares with other standard sensor sizes.