TEKNOKU.me – Members of the Sony full-frame mirrorless camera family are back increasing with the introduction of the Alpha A9 Mark II series this week.
As part of the A9 sport-oriented line, the camera that prioritizes speed sits at the top in the Sony mirrorless camera hierarchy.
The design of the Sony A9 Mark II itself is still somewhat similar to its predecessor camera, the first generation A9, with a rear control dial that is moved to the top plate.
However, Sony implemented a number of improvements, such as weather sealing and higher processor performance.
Sony installed a more robust protector on the connector cover, and battery compartment, like the one on the Sony A7 Mark IV camera.
The sensor is still the same as that of the first-generation A9, 24-megapixel full-frame, with 693 point phase-detect AF points. However, the companion Bionz X processor is claimed to have higher performance.
With that processor, the Sony A9 Mark II is promised to have subject tracking capability, along with burst speed (with mechanical shutter) which now reaches 10 FPS.
With an electronic shutter, the burst speed of the Sony A9 Mark II is still at 20 FPS without blackout.
Somebody parts of the A9 Mark II are slightly larger than its predecessor, including the handgrip, joystick, and AF-on button. The exposure compensation knob can now be locked so that it does not move accidentally.
As a camera aimed at professional photographers who need speed, A9 Mark II is also equipped with a variety of high-speed connectivity, including Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi 802.11ac 5 GHz.
The video capabilities are relatively unchanged compared to the first generation Sony A9 still stuck with 4K 8-bit recording without advanced picture profiles, such as Log or HLG.
Sony plans to start selling the A9 Mark II in November, with a price tag of 4500 USD.