Sony Alpha A9 II breaks cover but the upgrades are evolutionary


Rumors have been circulating that a new Sony A9 Mark II was on the way, with all sorts of speculation about what it might be able to do, and it’s suddenly dropped with little or no fanfare.

As we previously reported, speculation about the new camera’s specs was rampant, though the reality has proved a bit more sober. To the casual observer, it might look as if nothing much has changed, but to pro photographers Sony’s updates could prove just the incentive they need to upgrade their current Sony body or even switch systems.

To be fair, Sony pretty much hit the nail on the head with the original Sony A9, with a 24MP sensor capable of capturing images at 20fps with no viewfinder blackout, silent shooting and a super-sophisticated AF system. All it needed was some pro lenses to go with it, which Sony has been steadily supplying. In a notoriously conservative part of the market, the Sony A9 is already one of the best cameras for professionals in sports and action photography.

* Sony has released a video highlighting the new features here: Sony A9 Mark II new features

One of the improvements in the Sony Alpha A9 Mark II is in the design of the body, and in particular its durability. We weren’t aware of any durability issues in the original, but Sony has nevertheless beefed up the camera’s weather sealing to cope with the harsh conditions it’s likely to be used in.

The connectivity has been upgraded too, with a speed improvement from 100MB/s to 1GB/s Ethernet – and this will be a benefit for remote shooting too, now with the ability to format a memory card remotely, for example. It’s also possible to attach voice memos to images, to give instructions to the picture desk back at base, for example.

Sony also says it’s worked on the speed of the A9 Mark II, with improvements to the BIONZ X image processor speed that improves viewfinder image latency, amongst other things. And, crucially, the new model an uprated mechanical shutter now capable of 10fps shooting compared to 5fps in the Mark I camera (the mechanical shutter is useful in certain artificial lighting conditions that can affect the electronic shutter). As ever with a new Sony camera, the AF has been uprated and improved, now with Sony’s Real-time AF tracking tech.

Is this a big upgrade?

To the casual observer it might not sound like it, but professional press and sports photographers have a very different and specific set of requirements, often revolving around things the rest of us don’t need or even think about. Sony claims the A9 Mark II has no fewer than 43 improvements over the original model.

The Sony A9 Mark II goes on sale in October 2019 with prices yet to be confirmed.

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Source:: Daily times


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