I have been saying for the last few months, there must be an A9ii round the corner. I am looking at a potential upgrade to my camera gear. My current one is dying a slow painful death after a good battering over the years and a couple of repairs.
Sony recently released a Sony A7iv but I have been trying to resist the urge because I had a feeling this was not far from release. This morning I saw that it is now available for pre-order at Jessops. This confirms my suspicions. If you are a Sony fanboy or even just curious then you can see the link here : https://www.jessops.com/p/sony/a9-ii-mirrorless-camera-body-180920
Specs are as follows :
|Continuous Shooting Speed (fps)
||One-shot AF, Continuous AF, Manual
||20 - 30
|ISO Speed Range
||100 - 204800 (extended)
||Program, Aperture Priority, Picture Modes, Manual
|MegaPixel (Effective Resolution)
|White Balance Modes
||Auto, Preset, White Balance Bracketing, Custom
|Max Image Resolution
||6000 x 4000
||Evaluative, Centre Weighted, Spot
|4K Video Recording
|Compatible storage media (card not supplied)
||Memory Stick PRO, SDXC, Memory Stick Duo, Mem Stick PRO Duo , SD Card, SDHC Card
|Sensor Size (WxH mm)
||35.6 x 23.8mm
|Body Dimensions (WxHxD) mm
||128.9 x 96.4 x 77.5mm
The Sony Alpha 9 II is the successor the impressive a9, maintaining ground breaking speed performance including blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking, 60 times per second AF/AE calculations while incorporating even more functionality. Updates include significantly enhanced connectivity and file delivery, continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter, evolved AF performance with newly optimised algorithms, a re-designed build to enhance durability and operability and more.
Full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with integral memory
α9 II is the mirrorless camera that delivers next-generation high-speed performance far exceeding SLRs. It’s equipped with the outstanding 35 mm stacked CMOS image sensor with integral memory for impressively fast overall readout speed. This 24.2 MP image sensor achieves high sensitivity of up to ISO 204800 (extended) with the design of back-illuminated structure.
High-speed BIONZ X image processing engine
The camera's image-processing algorithms represent the latest generation of advancements, allowing higher levels of natural tonal gradations and more stable AWB for continuous shooting.
Uncompromised image quality
The combination of a 24.2 effective megapixel16 integral-memory full-frame stacked CMOS image sensor and the latest-generation BIONZ X make possible high-sensitivity performance up to ISO 5120017, high dynamic range, and support for 14-bit RAW output and 16-bit image processing. Together, they help capture maximum detail and image quality while reproducing rich tonal gradations and natural colour, such as human skin.
Blackout-free Shooting with Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder
n continuous shooting, the electronic shutter system banishes blackout interruption typical of optical viewfinders, and the high-speed image sensor eliminates distracting EVF display lag. A high 120fps refresh rate minimises display blurring of moving subjects, and, the Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with approx. 3.68 million-dot high resolution, employs ZEISS® T* Coating to reduce reflections, and a dirt-repelling fluorine coating on the outer lens to enhance usability on location.
Incredibly fast continuous shooting
Thanks to the α9 II’s incredible speed, continuous shooting is possible at up to 20fps with the electronic shutter and 10fps with the mechanical shutter, to capture fast-moving subjects with either shutter mode, and even at its highest speed, the flash can be synchronised with the mechanical shutter.
Body-integrated 5-axis optical image stabilisation
The body-integrated image stabilisation system is fine-tuned to compensate accurately for 5-axis camera shake that can compromise handheld shooting. This gives you extremely high performance in both stills and movies, whether shooting at longer focal lengths, in close-ups, or at night. It is equivalent to using a 5.5-step34 faster shutter speed, allowing stable determination of composition when capturing subjects in high-speed motion.
AF/AE calculations up to 60 times/sec.
AF/AE is calculated up to 60 times per second20 and is virtually uninterrupted, both while composing the image and even upon releasing the shutter. Continuous AF/AE—operated on the image sensor—locks onto and tracks erratically moving subjects with high speed, precision, and reliability. Additionally, AWB Lock capability, makes it possible to lock/unlock auto white balance operation at any time, which is useful in mixed lighting situations where natural and man-made light sources coexist.
High-speed 1/32000 sec. Anti-distortion shutter
A result of Sony’s image sensor innovation, this shutter achieves speeds up to 1/32000 sec. beyond the limits of mechanical systems. Additionally, the high curtain speed of the electronic shutter suppresses rolling shutter effect to excellently capture moving subjects during sports and other fast-moving activities.
Explore the advantages of high-speed silent shooting with a shutter that is fully digital—without a physical mechanism. The electronic shutter allows silent shooting without mechanical mirror and shutter noise. It's ideal for sports and subjects that demand quiet operation, greatly expanding camera versatility.
4D FOCUS means highly accurate subject detection, reliable rapid autofocusing, and continuous tracking of subjects in motion, based on uninterrupted AF and an optimised AF algorithm as well as the approximately 93% AF coverage from 693 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that track random subject motion even during shutter release.
The Real-time Tracking technology uses AI to detect moving subjects from the wealth of information captured by the image sensor. Spatial data consisting of colour, pattern (brightness) and distance information are processed in parallel at high speed, and human and animal face and eye location data are detected continuously in real time using AI, realising high-accuracy with automatic detection and tracking performance for moving subjects.
Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals
Real-time Eye AF relies on advanced AI to continuously analyse and detect eyes from the image sensor’s copious data, with left or right eye preference possible with a simple toggle. By half-pressing the shutter button, even animal eyes are detected. Team it up with Real-time Tracking for superior tracking performance of live subjects.
High-resolution 4K movie recording
The camera is capable of 4K movie recording with full-pixel readout without pixel binning. You can enjoy detail-rich, full-frame movies via the oversampling effect achieved by condensing approximately 2.4 times the amount of data required for 4K (6K equivalent) for 4K output (QFHD: 3840 x 2160). Additionally, the XAVC-S42 format is supported at bit rates as high as 100 Mbps.
AF improvements for movie shooting
When shooting 4K movies, the camera provides control of high speed, precision, and tracking performance, via adjustable tracking sensitivity, for smooth, stable AF movie shooting. More pronounced slow focus effects are now possible, and Real-time Eye AF is now also applicable when shooting movies, detecting and tracking eyes with high focus accuracy, which is critical when shooting 4K.
Versatile movie recording functions
The α9 II provides a wide array of functions to facilitate movie shooting workflows, including interval recording, clean HDMI output, time code/user bits (TC/UB), REC Control, marker display/setting, zebra function, Slow and Quick Motion, simultaneous proxy movie recording, and extraction and separate storage of a still from a movie, among others. A combination with the ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit, via the new digital audio interface, enables clear sound recording with minimised quality deterioration by sending a digital audio signal to the camera.
Support for faster data transfer; 5GHz Wi-Fi and USB 3.2 Gen 1
Connectivity has been improved, with new support for the IEEE 802.11ac 5GHz band Wi-Fi® when the camera is connected in wireless mode, along with the camera's USB Type-CTM terminal that supports USB 3.2 Gen 1.
Faster FTP transfer
You can directly transfer images to an FTP server with significantly higher speed via the camera's LAN terminal that supports the Ethernet 1000BASE-T standard. It is also possible to upload images to an FTP server through an available wireless access point, and the camera supports either transfer mode in the background while shooting. Up to nine servers may be pre-registered for fast menu selection.
A refined multi-selector, with a new surface texture for enhanced button response, lets you shift point of focus quickly and intuitively. With a thought for pro users, an improved grip shape reduces fatigue, and there is a new Exposure Compensation Dial Lock Button to increase operational security. In addition, the location and the AF-ON and other key buttons have been analysed for better feel and response. These improvements enhance your concentration on shutter release to "capture the moment" instantly.
Reliable durability and weather resistance
The α9 II brings you further enhanced body durability, with full use of lightweight, high-rigidity magnesium alloy for covers and internal frame, keeping the camera highly rigid and light. In response to pro opinions, enhanced sealing is applied to the battery cover, terminal cover and all joints in the chassis. A double-sealed sliding mechanism replaces the hinge to the media compartment lid for better moisture resistance. Routes to dust and moisture entry have been re-examined, and a cushion around the lens mount has been added to ensure reliable operation in challenging environments.
Full credit to Jessops for the info.
Now the question is do I bite the bullet and upgrade?