Sony Alpha 99 II Review

Sony Alpha 99 II : Sony’s “A” mount range of cameras is far from dead

Online photography review site Photography Blog UK has published a review of Sony’s “A” mount full frame SLT camera the Sony Alpha 99 II which uses a fixed transulent mirror and packs a 42 megapixel full-frame sensor, other specifications include 4K video recording, a tilting LCD screen, dual memory card slots, an electronic viewfinder and a Bionz X Processor

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From Photography Blog UK

“Sony has produced an excellent camera with the A99 II, following on from the excellent work of the original A99. We may have thought that Sony was giving up on its SLT range as it has been concentrating on its E-mount range for some time, but with this camera, it shows that the company is still concerned with larger, more traditional cameras too. 

Thanks to the high build quality and extensive range of buttons and dials, the Sony A99 II is pleasant to use – and of it feels like you’ve got a high performing piece of kit in your hand. 

Images are nicely saturated, but there is an issue of underexposure in some situations which mean that you often have to dial in exposure compensation where you might not normally want to do so. If you’re planning on shooting a lot of low light, low contrast shots, then this is something to be aware of – but perhaps if you’re mainly concerned with sports, wildlife, action and so on – it will be less of an issue for you. 

The A99 II performs well in those scenarios, being able to focus quickly and accurately, and having a high frame rate is useful for fast moving action.

Other manufacturers generally have resisted putting a manoeuvrable screen on their full-frame professional cameras, so it’s great to see one of those here – it’s particularly useful for video recording. Naturally, as we’d expect from an electronics giant like Sony, the A99 II is 4K compatible, too. 

It seems unlikely that anybody who is already a dyed in the wool Canon or Nikon user is going to be tempted over to the Sony system just yet, but, when you look at the price, you may think twice – it’s currently retailing for £500 less than the Canon 5D Mark IV, which was announced at a similar time, so if Sony can keep up this aggressive pricing strategy, it could convince people to switch and make savings over time”. 

My Take:

The previous Sony A99 was a bit of a dark horse, over-looked by many but appreciated by those who took the plunge and bought into Sony’s full frame SLT system. I tested the older A99 a few years back and I was very impressed.

The new A99 II is an even better camera with its 48mp sensor delivering the goods in spades.

Once again for those wanting to be a bit different and seeking to enter the full frame world and who are not already committed to either Canon or Nikon, like the Pentax K1 the new Sony Alpha A99 II is worthy of serious consideration.

Mark Baynham ( February 2017)