Sony Unveils Alpha 9 II Mirrorless Camera

Sony has announced the newest addition to its Alpha full-frame interchangeable lens camera lineup, the Alpha a9 II. Pre-orders are now live via B&H Photo-Video for $4,498 with shipments set to launch in November.

"The voice of our customers is absolutely critical to Sony – we are always listening," said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. "The Alpha 9 II is the direct result of our work with agency, sports and news photographers since the launch of the original Alpha 9. We have added connectivity and network capabilities that drastically improve the professional workflow, while also making enhancements to design, interface and processing power that complete the user experience. Complemented by our extremely versatile E-mount system – with 55 native lenses introduced at this point including super-telephoto 600mm and 400mm G Master™ series lenses – this new camera is a tool unlike any other for professionals, whether in the field or on the field."

Geared toward professional sports photography and photojournalism, the new camera offers several enhancements over the previous model, including an upgraded processor, expanded connectivity, and an improved build with better durability and ergonomics. The Alpha a9 II features a 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2 MP Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and an upgraded BIONZ X image processing engine with support for silent continuous shooting at 20 fps, mechanical shutter continuous shooting at up to 10 fps, and 4K video recording. In addition, the device offers a fast Hybrid Auto Focus system with 693 focal-plane phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast AF points, along with Real-time Eye AF, Real-time Eye AF for animal, Real-Time Eye AF for movie, and Real-time Tracking capabilities.

Meanwhile, when it comes to connectivity, the camera features an integrated 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal, along with support for file transfer over SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS), and built-in wireless LAN capabilities with 5 GHz (IEEE 802.11ac) and 2.4 GHz bands. Finally, the device also includes a tweaked external design with an improved grip, dust and moisture resistance, and enhanced sealing.

Source: Sony