It doesn’t contain the groundbreaking features that we’ve been spoiled with in the recent years from Sony. And really the biggest argument against the Sony a99 II is that it’s not necessarily something that’s unique to the Sony line and because it doesn’t have a well-defined role, it’s more obvious where to find its flaws. At Photokina, DPReview was Hands-on with the Sony a99 II and developed some pretty quick opinions about the a99 II and its upgraded features.
The Sony a99 II has the 4k video that we’ve come to expect from Sony’s contributions, but will likely arrive with the same overheating issues that plague the Sony a7RII. While this hasn’t really slowed a7RII sales, it’s important to talk about because of its similarities to the a7RII.
The updated autofocus sounds a hell of a lot like what’s already in the a7RII. I’m still waiting on direct speed comparisons, but I imagine things will be fairly similar. However, this autofocus speed in conjunction with the Sony a99 II’s increased FPS is where the a99 II carves out its niche, however small.
For shooters that are looking for a body that’s more suited for sports or action photography, the Sony a99 II is the clear choice within the Sony line. But this focus and increased processing power may actually become a downside for those that are wishing to use their E-Mount Sony glass on the Sony a99 II.
In the same way that the EF-M Mount for Canon is the least useful mount for the brand, the A-Mount has quickly become outdated because of the influx of new Mirrorless Customers. For those that have adopted the Sony system, they’re not investing in the A-Mount and manufacturers haven’t spent time working on lenses for that system. This fact highlights the biggest problem with the Sony a99 II.
It’s just not different enough (for most Sony shooters) to justify the different lens mount.
I can absolutely understand the need for higher frames per second when shooting photo, but it’s not the reason that shooters have migrated to Sony and it’s certainly not why they were there before the Mirrorless line.
What we’re left with is a solid Sony camera that doesn’t really have someone that’s itching to pick it up. It has great features but its place within the Sony brand just doesn’t call for much excitement.
Am I wrong or do you agree? Let me know in the comments.
Sony Alpha 99 II announced – aimed at photographers but juicy bits for 4k video
Sony continues their Alpha line (which is now 10 years old) with their new Sony A99 ii which was announced today at Photokina (thanks to @ninoLeitner from cinema5D for streaming the press conference!).
Juicy bits: 4k full frame video with no pixel binning and a super35 crop option as well. As someone said in the live stream, “basically the A7Rii for A-mount” – I thought that was a good way to put it.
Sony put up an A99 II site
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(cover photo credit: snap from Sony)