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Sony A9 II (Alpha 9 II) Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera (2019)

MSRP 5400 EURNeoscore 77%NEX score 83%

Product Overview

Alpha 9 II is Sony's flagship professional sports camera. With Sony's proprietary stacked 24.2 MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor, A9II achieves industry-leading readout speeds. This allows it to maintain high burst rate with electronic shutter while minimizing rolling shutter. Some key features of this camera compared to its predecessor, the A9, include:
  • Upgraded dust and moisture resistance
  • Upgraded BIONZ X image processing engine with faster AF and image processing capabilities
  • Improved ergonomics
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Exceptional readout speed thanks to stacked sensor
  • Long battery life
  • 5.5 stops of IBIS
  • Extraordinary 20.0 fps burst rate
  • Rather compact
  • Weather-sealed
  • Supports both WiFi and Bluetooth
Cons
  • Viewfinder with low 0.78x magnification

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 83% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast and accurate autofocus
  • Fast, silent and vibration-free autofocus
  • Improved weather sealing
  • Fast readout speed
Cons
  • No 4K video support
  • Not as powerful as the original A9
  • S-Log profiles are dull and flat out of camera
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Headphone + Microphone + Remote Control + USB 3.2 Gen 1
Wireless Connectivity
802.11ac + NFC + Bluetooth

Construction

Adjustment | Tilt
Adjustable up 107 deg, Down 41 deg
Form Factor
Mirrorless camera
Image Size
Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm)
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Microphone
Stereo
Sensor | Resolution
24 MP (6000 x 4000)
Sensor | Type
Stacked CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
76 mm / 2.99 in
Size | Height
96 mm / 3.78 in
Size | Width
129 mm / 5.08 in
Weight
678 g / 23.96 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3 inch
Display Type
Tilting TFT LCD
Resolution
1,440,000 dots
Viewfinder | Coverage
100%
Viewfinder | Magnification
0.78x
Viewfinder | Resolution
3,686,400 dots
Viewfinder | Type
Electronic

Function

AE Bracketing
±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
Autofocus
693 focus points
Crop Factor
1.0
Exposure Compensation
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
Flash Sync Speed
1/250 s
GPS
No
Image Stabilization
5-axis (5.5 stops)
Intervalometer
Yes
ISO Range
ISO 100 ~ 51200 (expands to 50 ~ 204800)
Processor
BIONZ X
Touch Screen
Yes
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
690 shots
Battery Life | Stills
500 shots (Viewfinder) / 690 shots (LCD)
Battery Life | Video
110 min (Viewfinder) / 120 min (LCD)
Max Burst Rate
20.0 fps
Shutter Speed
1/32000 s (electronic) / 1/8000 s (mechanical) ~ 30 s
Storage
Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible)

Production

Battery
NP-FZ100
Debut
2019-10-03
Made In
Thailand
Model Name
ILCE-9M2

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Sony A9 II is a high-end 24.2 Megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera, aimed at professional sports photographers. Announced in October 2019, two and a half years after the original A9, it takes the same stacked sensor which can shoot silently at up to 20fps. The embedded phase-detect AF system features 693 AF points spread across 93% of the frame, and makes 60 AE / AF calculations per second. Meanwhile the buffer is good for 361 JPEGs or 239 compressed RAW files.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fast, silent and vibration-free autofocus
  • 10fps mechanical bursts
  • Improved weather sealing
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the original A9

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The a9 II sports the same BSI CMOS image sensor as its predecessor. It boasts 24MP resolution, a 24-by-36mm full-frame design, and incorporates fast DRAM. The camera is also an adept video camera. It supports 4K recording at up to 30fps and can go to 120fps at 1080p.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superlative focus tracking
  • Full-frame image quality
  • Fast readout speed
  • 20fps capture rate
Cons
  • S-Log profiles are dull and flat out of camera

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Like its predecessor, the A9 II delivers some superb results. The 24.2MP sensor delivers images that are sharp, with great colors and plenty of details. The biggest improvement to the AF system is the addition of real-time eye-detect autofocus when recording 4K video, something that's missing in the older A9 model.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fast and accurate autofocus
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No 4K video support

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony A9 II review so far. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-a9-ii-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Sony a9 II Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-a9-ii. 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony Alpha A9 II review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-alpha-a9-ii. 2020-01-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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