Sony Alpha a99 II

Market Status: Available in India | Launch: September, 2016 |
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Sony Alpha a99 II
Mega Pixel
42.4 Mega Pixel
NP-FM500H Battery
Touch Screen
ISO 100 - 25600
Shutter Speed
1/8000 Shutter Speed
Full Frame Sensor
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • Built in Flash
  • Tiltable LCD Screen

Sony Alpha a99 II Unique Features

The A99 II is furnished with something much more powerful. The back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor has an effective pixel count of 42.4MP, and features gapless microlenses to help funnel as much light as possible into each photosite. There's no anti-aliasing filter to enable better detail retention, and Sony has primed it with an anti-reflective coating too. The camera also benefits from a five-axis image stabilisation system, that promises a maximum 4.5EV step advantage over unstabilised shooting.

Pros / Cons


Well-rounded feature set
Superb overall image quality
Fast focusing system
Seamless LCD/EVF use
Highly flexible LCD screen


Relatively short battery life
Can be sluggish at times
No touchscreen
No in-camera raw processing

Sony Alpha a99 II Specifications

Brand Sony
Camera Model Alpha a99 II / α99 II / Alpha 9 II / A99 II (ILCA-99M2)
Camera Type DSLR
Launch Year September, 2016
Market Status Available in India
Image Sensor Type Exmor R CMOS
Image Sensor Size (W x H) 35 mm Full Frame (35.9×24.0 mm) FX
Effective Pixels 42.4 Megapixels
Total pixels 43.6 Megapixels
Max resolution 7952 x 5304 pixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
ISO Rating ISO 100 - 25600 (expandable min 50 to max 102400)
White Balance Presets 10
Custom White Balance Yes
Autofocus Point 399
Processor BIONZ X
Minimum Shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum Shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, Focal-plane Shutter
Continuous Shooting (Frame rate) 12 fps
Lens Mount Sony A-mount
Compatible lenses Sony A-mount Lenses
Focal Length 1x
Viewfinder Type Electronic Viewfinder, XGA OLED
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification approx 0.78x (-1m-1, with 50 mm Lens at Infinity)
Viewfinder Eyepoint Approx. 23 mm from the eyepiece lens, 18.5 mm from the eyepiece frame
Viewfinder Diopric adjustment -4.0 to +3.0 m-1
Display Size 3 inch
Display Type TFT Color, Tilting LCD Monitor
Touchscreen No
Screen Dots 1,228,800 dots
Built in Flash No
External Flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Battery Model NP-FM500H Li-ion Battery
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-ion
Battery Life Approx. 490 shots
Battery Life for Video Approx. 1hr. 25min
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v4.1
HDMI Yes (Micro-HDMI Type-D)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote control Yes (wired,wireless, or smartphone)
Memory Card Type Two SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-I support on one)
Image File Format JPEG, RAW
Video File Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264 / 4K video recording
Dimension (W x H x D) 143 x 104 x 76 mm (5.63 x 4.09 x 2.99 inch)
Weight 657 g (with batteries)
Body Construction Magnesium Alloy
Durability Dust and Moisture (Not 100%)
Colours Black

Sony Alpha a99 II Details

The Sony Alpha a99 II is launched in India. It is a Single Lens Translucent camera,   which uses a semi-transparent mirror that splits light between the sensor and an AF module near the viewfinder, which differentiates it from a traditional DSLR. The device features a full-frame 42 MP BSI CMOS sensor, and comes with dimension as 5.63 x 4.09 x 2.99 inch(W x H x D). It weighs approx. 849g(With battery and memory card included), and sports an articulated LCD screen of 3-inch. It comes with a special coating, that prevents dust and dirt from settling on the image sensor surface.  

   The a99 II features Hybrid AF system with 399 contrast detect and 79 cross-type hybrid points. The camera can shoot at 12 fps with continuous autofocus and 8 fps with live view and minimal EVF blackout. The camera offers 14-bit RAW output and 16-bit image processing, that helps preserve maximum detail and produce images of the highest quality with rich tonal gradations. It has Expand Flexible Spot function, that makes adjacent focus points to be automatically selected if the subject moves away from the selected focus point, thus keeping the subject in perfect focus. The device features Wi-Fi/NFC code for easy file transfer and remote control.

   With BIONZ X image processor, the ISO can be expanded up to 102400. This helps in reducing motion blur to the zero level caused by slow shutter speeds, which is common especially under low light condition. And give splendid shots with no noise. The device also features 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system, that is fine-tuned for high-resolution image sensors. The high end Sony Alpha a99 II is priced at Rs. 2,49,990 in Indian market.

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