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Sony A99 II Shipping to Start From 29 Dec 2016

Sony A99 II with Nikon DLAt this moment I do have good contacts with 3 big retailers across USA and in a recent talk they said shipping of A99II will start from 29th Dec, 2016 and Nikon DL shipping will start from 1st week of January 2017 [as scheduled].

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Why Mirrorless is Better than SLT Technology

Here we will discuss the Why Sony Mirrorless is Better than Sony SLT Technology. I will keep this article short to tell you the downside of the SLT technology used by Sony in its SLT series camera.

Now before we begin take a look at the image sensor below.

Sony A7R II and A99 II sensor image

42.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor from Sony

The sensor you see above is the same sensor used inside the Sony A99 II and Sony A7R II camera. The sensor features 42 Megapixels of resolution and 399-point focal-plane AF system located on the image sensor.

Difference between SLT and Mirrorless

Difference between SLT and Mirrorless

As you can see in the image the SLT technology uses a fixed translucent mirror inside that redirects some portion of light to the dedicated Phase AF sensor of the camera. Whereas the Mirrorless technology delivers 100% light to the sensor.

Which one is better: SLT or Mirrorless  ?

Before speculating the percentage of light used by the mirror let’s see the sensor test score of both the camera carrying same sensor. The test Conducted by DXOMark Lab.

Sony A99 II vs Sony A7R II test score image

Sony A7R II outperformed Sony A99 II During Test

As you can see the low light ISO score of Sony A99 II camera is 2317 only whereas the low-light score of Sony A7R II camera is 3434. And not only low-light ISO the Dynamic range, Portrait and Overall score of the Sony A7R II camera is better than the Sony A99 II camera.

As you can see the result of same sensor inside two different camera body, which is completely different compared to each other. The fixed translucent mirror grabs out a good amount of light before reaching to the sensor and in-turn you get inferior image quality.


Sony A99 II is recommended when..

you want to shoot sports and birds on flight, the dedicated phase AF sensor works in-collaboration with 399-point on-chip focus system of Hybrid CMOS AF sensor.

Features Sony A99 II Sony A7R II
12 FPS with continuous AF 5 FPS with continuous AF

You can see the Sony A99 II offers continuous AF drive of 12fps with fulltime AF tracking whereas the Sony A7R II remains limited to 5fps of continuous shooting speed with AF tracking.

Download Sony A99II Camera User Manual PDF

Sony A99II user manual image

After so long wait finally Sony A99 II arrived in the hand of users. Now it’s time to know your SLT flagship camera more deeply. The Sony A99 II camera user manual is now available for download to its users.

Download the user manual manual download

Sony Will Continue to Develop A-Mount Cameras

A99 II camera image

According to latest interview published at amateurphotographer.com  Maki (Kimio Maki, senior general manager of Sony’s Digital Imaging Business Group) confirmed that Sony will continue to create new camera systems for A-mount.

When the interviewer asked questions about the shrinking camera market. In reply, Maki said that while the entry-level market is shrinking, areas such as professional and high-end hobbyist photography are growing. We are going to focus on high-end camera systems rather than entry models.’

BTW the news is not new – see news published on April 2015

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Sony A99 II Sample Images

Take a look at the sample image below captured from Sony A99 II camera. The camera features excellent core specification and more details are available at the announcement page You can get your camera from B&H

Sony A99 Sample image

M mode, 1/100 sec., F8, ISO 100, Auto white balance

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Sony A99 II Announced - Press Release , Full Specification and More...

sony-a99-ii-camera-image

Buy Sony A99 II from B&H

Sony A99 II finally announced by Sony today, the camera features 42 megapixel CMOS sensor same as of Sony A7R II camera. The standard ISO range of the camera is 100-25600, expandable to ISO 50 – 102,400. And it can also record 4K at 100Mbps (using XAVC S) with full sensor read-out and no pixel binning, both stills and video supported by 5 axis image stabilization system.  Sony A99 II Hybrid AF system with 399 + 79 AF points.  The camera can shoot upto 12frames per second with continuous AF tracking.

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Continue reading Sony A99 II Announced – Press Release , Full Specification and More…

Sony A99II to Feature 42MP Sensor and 499 AF Points

Sony-A99-II-Coming-Image

According to latest rumors Sony A99 II coming very soon with a newly developed 42 and 499 AF Points, take a look at the rumored specification below

42 Megapixel sensor
499 AF points
Dual AF
4K video recording
Same A7rII IBIS
Dual card slot
improved flash system+battery
will ship together with new 24-105 f/4.0

Keep in mind that Sony A7R II with 42 MP sensor is limited to 399 AF points, adding 100+ AF points will make AF screen more dense that will grab and lock AF on fast moving subjects.

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source – SAR