Sony a99 Mark II Announced

Sony have unveiled the successor to the a99 – a 42MP A-mount SLT camera in the form of the new flagship a99 Mark II

The company have hailed the new a99 Mark II as a “supremely specified, professional level camera.” They have released a series of videos – two of the featured here – highlighting the camera’s supremely capable 4K technology for stills and video recording, the latter of which can boast capturing 4K at 100Mbps (professional friendly XAVC S format) with full sensor read-out and no pixel binning. And when shooting stills, you can choose Super 35mm or full-frame 4K. The a99 Mark II is Sony’s first full-frame camera to feature 4D Focus, which promises a supreme level of AF performance.

The Exmor R CMOS sensor is all about very high sensitivity with low noise, and with no optical low-pass filter to ensure the finest natural details and textures are captured to the max. The camera has 5-axis SteadyShot™ INSIDE Image Stabilization which, according to Sony, provides a shutter speed advantage of 4.5 steps (and the effect can be monitored in the viewfinder or on the camera’s LCD). There are numerous professional movie production features too, including picture profiles, time code, clean HDMI output, gamma assist for real time S-Log monitoring, and a zebra mode for easier exposure adjustment.

The Sony α99 II full-frame camera will ship November 2016 to authorized Sony retailers in North America and will sell for approximately US$3,200.

With the α99 II, we’re delivering an industry-leading level of performance to A-mount owners and enthusiasts. Its powerful combination of speed and resolution is simply unmatched in today’s market

– Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics (press release)