“The new Alpha II from Sony will be available for purchase later this month for $4,500”
Sony has unveiled an upgraded variant of its Alpha 9 full-frame interchangeable lens camera. The all-new A9 II gets the same sensor, but is now faster and features improved in-body stabilisation among other things. The camera continues to use the 35mm stacked 24.2-megapixel full-frame sensor from the original A9. This sensor offers 20 fps blackout-free continuous shooting speed with autofocus and auto exposure tracking. However, the A9 II comes with 10 fps continuous shooting mode using the mechanical shutter, faster connectivity and file transfer, improved build quality and 5.5 stop in-body optical image stabilisation.
The Sony A9 II will be available for purchase later this month. Interested customers will be able to buy the body only for $4,500. The camera is great for sports photography as it offers super fast-tracking. Sony has improved the dust and water resistance with the new camera. The autofocus tracking is better thanks to newer algorithms and more powerful BIONZ X image processing engine. This offers improved natural tonal gradation and stable AWB when shooting in continuous mode.
Sony has also improved the grip on the camera, which now offers better comfort and is compatible with the Sony VG-C4EM vertical grip. The company has also made slight changes to the button design, giving users more feel. The shutter mechanism can now suppress more movement and reduce image blur. The camera comes with a USB Type-C connector with support for USB 3.2 Gen 1 fast data transfer. It gets dual memory slots, which are compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II SD cards.
Apart from the USB Type-C port, users can also utilise the faster 5GHz Wi-Fi for transferring data. This is great for professional users who like to carry around their laptop with the camera and like editing as soon as the photo is taken. Sony has also included a Voice Memo feature on the camera, which lets users record 60-second audio files while shooting. It can auto transcribe the audio into text and then attach it to images. The camera can also record 4K videos without pixel binning, in case you were wondering.