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Sony Alpha a99 II

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Sony Alpha a99 II review: specs and price

Sony Alpha a99 II

Why is Sony Alpha a99 II better than the average?

  • Sensor size
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    35.9 x 24mmvs260.67mm
  • Focus points
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    399vs74.74
  • Megapixels (main camera)
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    42.4MPvs18.01MP
  • Maximum light sensitivity
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    102400 ISOvs25079.88 ISO
  • Battery life (CIPA)
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    490shotsvs411.84shots
  • Continuous shooting at high resolution
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    12fpsvs7.14fps
  • Video recording (main camera)
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    2160 x 30fpsvs43365.18fps
  • Fastest shutter speed
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    1/8000svs1/3126s

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Design

1.Has a flip-out screen
Sony Alpha a99 II
Flip-out screens can be useful for tricky shots.
2.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Sony Alpha a99 II
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
3.Has a built-in focus motor
Sony Alpha a99 II
The focus motor moves the lens in order to autofocus. For system cameras, having a focus motor in the camera's body allows you to use a wide range of lenses, including lenses which do not have their own focus motor. For compact cameras, a focus motor is usually built-in.
We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
With 100% coverage, you can compose the image correctly when you capture the photo. With less than full coverage, you may have to crop your photos afterward to get them looking perfect.
6.Has a hot shoe
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A hot shoe can be used to attach an external flash, as well as light meters, viewfinders, rangefinders and other attachments.
A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
8.is a system camera
Sony Alpha a99 II
A system camera has many interchangeable components such as lenses, flashes, and other accessories. System cameras offer greater flexibility than compact cameras.
An electronic viewfinder (or EVF) is a small display which shows the framed image. Benefits of these over optical viewfinders include: they show more of the image; they can be more compact; it's easier to focus with digital zoom; and they sometimes offer extra info on the display (such as a live histogram).

Optics

1.sensor size

35.9 x 24mm

The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
6.has AF tracking
Sony Alpha a99 II
With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. No more out of focus shots.
Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
Phase-detection autofocus is much faster than a contrast detection autofocus, allowing for sharper images.
A faster maximum shutter speed allows taking pictures of fast moving subjects without blur.

Videography

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
3.has a 24p cinema mode
Sony Alpha a99 II
24p is a video format (24 frames per second) traditionally used in cinema. Nowadays, it is used to create film-like motion characteristics.
Slow-motion is an artistic video effect that makes time seem to go slower. It is achieved by recording a video at a higher frame-rate than the standard playback rate of 24fps or 30fps. Depending on camera capabilities, frame rates for slow-motion videos vary between 60fps and 960fps.
5.supports AVCHD format
Sony Alpha a99 II
AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video. It's a standard popular among professional cameras and camcorders.
The higher the movie recording bitrate the better the movie quality with more and crispier details and less compression artifacts.

Audio

1.has a microphone input
Sony Alpha a99 II
A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
2.has a stereo microphone
Sony Alpha a99 II
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.

Battery

CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
2.has a removable battery
Sony Alpha a99 II
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.
3.has a rechargeable battery
Sony Alpha a99 II
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

Features

1.supports Wi-Fi
Sony Alpha a99 II
The device can connect to Wi-Fi.
2.Has a remote control
Sony Alpha a99 II
A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.
3.has an external memory slot
Sony Alpha a99 II
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
4.supports Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Sony Alpha a99 II
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
5.supports a remote smartphone
Sony Alpha a99 II
This technology allows the users to use their smartphone as a remote control for the device.
6.has an HDMI output
Sony Alpha a99 II
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
7.has an accelerometer
Sony Alpha a99 II
An accelerometer is a sensor used to measure the linear acceleration of a device. A common application is detecting when a device changes between vertical and horizontal positions.
8.Has dual card slots
Sony Alpha a99 II
It has two memory card slots, allowing you to store more photos without switching cards. This is particularly useful on long shoots when you need more space.
Newer USB versions are faster and have better power management.

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