While it has been a longtime rumor that Sony is discontinuing the A-Mount camera and lens system, but we know this is not the case with their recent PhotoKina announcement. Earlier today, they unveiled the a99II, a full-frame A-mount DSLR packing a 42.4MP sensor and 4K UHD video capabilities. This model is the successor to their original Alpha 99 which was released back in September of 2012.
Here are all the details about the new a99II that we know right now:
- Body that is 8% smaller than the original a99 with a new grip and magnesium alloy body with dust/moisture resistance
- Back of the camera offers a 2.36M-dot OLED Tru-Finder EVF with 0.78x magnification and a 3″ 1.23M-dot tilting LCD screen
- Utilizes a back-illuminated full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with a “gapless-on-chip” design for improved light capture and data readouts
- ISO range goes from 100-25,600 (expandable from 50-102,400)
- No low-pass filter, 12gps continuous shooting with AF, dual SD card slots,
- Shutter rated for 300,000 actuations, Bluetooth support, uncompressed RAW support for stills
- 4D Focus system is added for the first time every to a full-frame camera, harnesses 79 dedicated phase detection points coupled with 399 focal plane phase detection points
- Interior mirror is translucent so it isn't required to flap up and down like a standard mirror mechanism and offers continuous AF for live view photo/video
- 5-axis in-body image stabilization is a first for Sony DSLR with compensation for 4.5 steps
- 4K UHD video recording with full pixel readout and no binning
- Video is captured in XAVC S with 4K at 100Mbps
- Slow-motion capture is possible at 5x with quick motion at 60x with frame rates of 120fps to 1fps
- Picture profiles (including S-Log 2 and S-Log 3), time code, clean HDMI output, gamma assist and zebras
Sony's a99 II will be available in November with a price-tag of $3,200. Pre-orders are now available via B&H Photo.
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