Sony a9 II Overview

Sony a9 II is the newest version of Sony’s flagship mirrorless camera – the a9 – coming in after only two-and-half years. Sony’s target users for the a9 II are very clearly the pro shooters like sports photographers & photojournalists.

What’s New (Sony a9 II vs a9)

The a9 II’s upgrades are mostly incremental, both inside & outside, and are made to meet the needs of the working professionals and improve their workflows. Here’s a list of notable changes against the original a9.

  1. Sony a9 II has an improved BIONZ X image processor.
  2. It has an enhanced AF performance & accuracy due to optimized autofocus algorithms.
  3. The a9 II can use Real-time Eye AF for humans while shooting movies.
  4. Continuous shooting speed with mechanical shutter is up to 10 fps (vs a9’s max of up to 5 fps).
  5. The a9 II has a new “anti-flicker” mode that auto-adjusts for the presence of artificial lights that mess with the image quality.
  6. It has a new “Voice Memos” feature wherein the photos can be tagged with a short spoken voice clip.
  7. The a9 II is slightly bigger with a deeper grip like the Sony a7R IV.
  8. It is also a bit heavier at 678 g (vs a9’s 588 g).
  9. It has improved weather sealing for better dust & moisture resistance.
  10. Refined control buttons.
  11. Improved In body image stabilization now rated at 5.5 stops (vs 5.0 stops for the a9).
  12. a9 II has an additional USB Type-C port (vs only USB 2.0).
  13. The Wi-Fi supports a faster 5 GHz ac band (vs a9 supports only 2.4 GHz n-wireless).
  14. The LAN port now supports gigabit speeds (vs 100 Mbps LAN on the a9).
  15. Both the memory card slots are now UHS-II compatible (vs a9’s slot-2 is only UHS-I compatible).
  16. Improved battery life rated at approx. 690 shots (vs 650 shots).

Things to Remember

These are a few things to note when considering the a9 II.

  • Touch-sensitivity doesn’t work for menus & navigation.
  • Tilting LCD tilts vertically, not sideways. It tilts up 107° & down 41˚.

Camera Details

Sony a9 II

Date

Oct 3rd2019

Rating

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Pixels

24.2Megapixels

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Sensor Size

Camera Type

Key Specs / Features

Proprietary

  • Processor: BIONZ X
  • Lens: Sony E-mount

Sensor

  • Pixels: 24.2 Megapixels
  • Type: BSI CMOS

ISO Range

  • Auto ISO: 100 - 12800
  • Native ISO: 100 - 51200
  • Extended ISO: 50 - 204800

Shutter Speed

  • Fastest: 1/8000 Sec
  • Slowest: 30 Sec

Focus

  • AF Points: 693

Continuous

  • Speed: Up to 20 FPS

Video

  • 4K UHD: Up to 30 FPS
  • Full HD: Up to 120 FPS

Battery Life

  • Images: Up to 690 Shots *
  • Video: Up to 200 mins *

Displays

  • Screen: 3.0" with 1.44 m-dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Viewfinder: 0.5" with 3.69 m-dot Quad-VGA OLED EVF

Features

  • IBIS: 5-Axis Stabilization
  • Wireless: WiFi / Bluetooth / NFC

Interface

  • HDMI (micro)
  • USB (Micro-B)
  • Headphone (Stereo Mini)
  • Microphone (Stereo Mini)

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