Sony made a surprise announcement at Photokina 2016 earlier today by shoving the a7RII specs in a DSLR body, thus creating the new A99II, which now shoots 4K video and has a 5-Axis SteadyShot Inside (In-Body Image Stabilisation) and lots more. The new a99II features a massive 42.4 Megapixel BSI Exmor sensor (probably the same one from the a7RII) but has a new faster processor for that sweet AF system that supposedly is targeting high end DSLR pros that usually go for the 5D Mark IV or 1DX II or Nikon D5. The a99II is packed with awesome features for photography, but my interest in mainly in the video department. If you are familiar with the A7rII video functions, from the press release and spec sheets all seems to be the same when it comes to frame rates, codec and resolutions. The a99II can do UHD up to 30p and 1080p super slow motion at 120fps, however unlike the mirrorless a7RII, the A99II also gets the better S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log-3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3 which are easier to grade for non-colourists.
So, for those of you video shooters that were quite disappointed with the video features in the Canon 5D Mark IV or don’t want to take out a 2nd mortgage to buy a 1D X Mark II, the a99II may be the one for you. One big caveat here that may be a deal breaker for a lot of you – are the lenses. The dreaded A-mount has been almost considered dead, gone and buried, until it was revived earlier today with the a99II announcement. If you are invested in Canon EF glass – no dice, you can’t use them here. You won’t be able to use your E-mount lenses either, so you are stuck with A-mount Sony lenses.
Sony A99II Features
42.4 Megapixel Full-Frame Back Illuminated CMOS Sensor
BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
Internal UHD (3840 x 2160) up to 30p
UHD codec: XAVC-S 8bit 4:2:0 at 100Mbps
1080p/120fps Super-Slow motion
S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log-3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3
5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
Hybrid Phase Detection AF with 79 hybrid cross AF points
ISO 102,400 and 12 fps Shooting with AF
3.5mm Headphone and mic jack
OLED Tru-Finder EVF
Built-In Wi-Fi & NFC
Here’s a 4K movie sample released by Sony (be sure to change the YT settings in the video below to 2160p to view in 4K).
You can pre-order from authorised dealers like B&H from Wednesday 21st September. The price for the US is $3,199 and the camera is expected to ship in November. In the UK, the a99II looks like it will be priced at £3000.