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Sony Alpha A99-II Sample Photos

We post full-size sample photos from the new Sony Alpha A99-II, with a 42.4mp BSI CMOS sensor, updated menus, and high speed shooting.

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Sony Alpha A99-II Sample Photos: Sony Alpha A99 II (2)

The Sony Alpha A99 Mark II surprised everyone at Photokina 2016, simply because Sony managed to keep it a secret, right up until the launch event. It also shows Sony is still commited to the Sony Alpha A-mount system. The Sony A99-II uses the same 42.4 megapixel Full-Frame BSI CMOS sensor, as found in the Sony Alpha A7R Mark II

Sony Alpha A99-II Sample Photos: Sony Alpha A99 II (16)

Sony Alpha A99 Mark II Key Features:

  • 42.4 megapixel Full-Frame BSI CMOS sensor (with copper wiring)
  • Sony A-mount, no optical low-pass filter
  • 5-axis image stabilisation sensor
  • 3inch 1228K dot tiltable screen
  • 2360K dot XGA OLED EVF, 0.78x magnification
  • 399 phase detection AF points
  • 79 hybrid cross AF points
  • -4EV AF sensitivity
  • 4K (UHD) video recording, S-Gamut, S-Log
  • Clean HDMI out
  • ISO50 - ISO102400
  • 12fps continuous shooting (with AF)
  • 300,000 shutter life rating
  • Updated menu system
  • Top LCD display
  • Dual SD / SD/MS card slots
  • Remote tethering, Bluetooth connectivity
  • Weather-sealed magnesium alloy body

Sony Alpha A99-II Sample Photos: Sony Alpha A99 II (4)
Sony Alpha A99 II cut in half.

The Sony Alpha A99 Mark II is 8% smaller than the previous version, the A99, and with a built-in 5-axis image stabilisation system it is possible for it to compensate for 4.5 steps. The battery life of the A99-II is rated at 390 shots when using the viewfinder, or 490 shots when using the rear LCD screen.

Sony Alpha A99-II Sample Photos: Sony Alpha A99 II (8)

The menu system has been updated with a larger font, updated design, and the layout has been improved to make it easier to find and use the menu system. More information on the Sony Alpha A99-II can be found here.

Sony Alpha A99 II Sample Photos

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Sony Alpha A99 II Specifications

Effective Magnification1x
Image Sensor
Pixels42.4Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)7952
Pixels (H)5304
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor SizeFull-Frame
Sensor Size (width)35.9mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1,228,800 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 102400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Flash
  • Shade
  • Fluorescent
  • Incandescent
  • Cloudy
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Bracket
  • Manual
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting12fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPS30/25/24fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeNP-FM500H
Battery Life (CIPA rating)490shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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DanOrtego Avatar
26 Sep 2016 5:34PM
Nice match with the long and sharp!
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aardvark7 16 1
27 Sep 2016 5:45PM
I think two things should be noted here:

If Sony can use the same sensor and a lot of other shared components in different bodies then it would make no sense to leave a whole market of A mount owning photographers to swap to rival brands.

The 'improved' menu system is something of a misnomer. Regardless of where menu items are to be found they will need to be memorised by the user. It may be that the trick of memory is helped a little here, but I have never thought the Sony system is as bad as made out to be, because there are always choices to be made regarding selections that can be applied to both stills and videos (personally, I think they would have been better duplicating entries to allow easier discovery).

If they really want a better system, they should implement a fully customisable interface, where you could put items under your own labels and hide anything that is rarely used. Even if this would be too tricky to do in camera then create a desktop app to allow external manipulation. It's not as though you need to do it more than once!
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pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
14 Dec 2016 10:33AM
Come on Sony, add the 1:1 aspect ratio too!

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