Sony Announces Flagship a99 Mark II At Photokina

At a press conference at the Photokina trade show, Sony took the state to announce the new Alpha 99 Mark II. marking the 10th anniversary of the Sony Alpha brand.

In 2006, Sony released its first product the A100, after aqwuiring the Minolta photo product line.

Based around a 42.2 MP sensor, with 12 fps, the a99II has 79+399 AF points, 12fps shooting, 5-axis stabilization for stills and moving and 4K video recording with no pixel binning.

With the translucent sensor the camera has 79 dedicated AF sensor points in a AF sensor module, and 399 focus points on the sensor plane. The two AF systems work together for continual focus, and the camera can focus down to -4EV. The 79 point AF module are cross-type focus points.

Sony also took he opportunity to talk about camera growth, and Sony camera development, indicating that “customer demand is moving to the higher level” especially when it comes to resolution, sensitivity, and speed.

On stage Sony displayed the camera shooting hundreds of frames at 12fps before the buffer filled.

The design of the Exmor R CMOS sensor is BSI (Backside Illuminated) and uses a technology called Front-end LSI for “more accurate autofocus…it’s a very key device” according to Sony’s VP for imaging.

A new five-axis in-body stabilization for A-Mount cameras provides up to 4.5 steps of stability. All A-mount lens will have the image stabilization when used in conjunction with the a99 Mark II.

The camera has an ISO of 102,400.

For video users, the a99 Mark II can capture non-cropped full-frame 4k without pixel without teleshift (focus crop).

In Super 35mm mode the camera reads 1.8x the pixels needed for 4k video and uses this for non bible-binning 4K.

The camera supports S-Log3 S-Gamut 3, timecodem and HDMI clear output.

The camera has dual SD slots, can also tether.

The Sony menu has been updated “thank you very much for your advice” they commented.

The body is the same size as the a77 II, which is an APS-C camera.

The body is magnesium, the camera is dust and moisture resistant and the shutter is rated to 300,000 cycles. Camera will ship in November for US$3199.

“I hope professional photographer and professional people…will be excited with this quality.”

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