Sony Alpha A99 II Review

Overall 63
Imaging 45
Features 69
Size 71
Price 0

Main Features

  • 42.0 MP Full frame BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Expands to 50 - 102400)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 12.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 143 x 104 x 76 mm
  • Weight: 849 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony A99.

Sony Alpha A99 II Summary

This review is devoted to Alpha A99 II that Sony has first introduced to the public in Sep 19, 2016. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 42.0 MP and a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Sony released to replace their older product A99.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #3 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 63/100 and it takes a rank of #11 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Alpha A99 II Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Alpha A99 II review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Continuous Shooting: 12.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 13.4
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 2317
  • Sensor Resolution: 42.0 MP
  • Min Boosted Iso: 50
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 399
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 79
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Video Formats: MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Storage Slots: 2

CONs

  • Battery Life: 490 shots

Complete Comparison of Sony Alpha A99 II With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Alpha A99 II. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Alpha A99 II

Sony Alpha A99 II has the following external dimensions 143 x 143 x 76 mm (56.3 x 40.94 x 29.92″) with the weight of 849 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sony Alpha A99 II, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Alpha A99 II is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 76mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Alpha A99 II with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Alpha A99 II is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Alpha A99 II compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Alpha A99 II — 490 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Sony Alpha A99 II — 76 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Sony Alpha A99 II — 849 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Sony Alpha A99 II comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Alpha A99 II comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Alpha A99 II Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Alpha A99 II comes with Bionz X processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 42.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Alpha A99 II has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 102400.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Sony Alpha A99 II features a 42.0 MP sensor. In the Semi-Pro DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony Alpha A99 II, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 92 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Alpha A99 II’s sensor.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Sony Alpha A99 II with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Alpha A99 II

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Alpha A99 II is equipped with a Fully articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,229k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Sony Alpha A99 II’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,359k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Alpha A99 II are its 12.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Alpha A99 II comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Alpha A99 II unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Sony Alpha A99 II stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 399 points.

In addition, Alpha A99 II has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Moreover, apart from the face detect AF system, Alpha A99 II comes with another excellent feature – Eye Tracking AF. This AF system allows the camera to detect people’s eyes and automatically lock the focus on them. In addition, this feature accurately tracks all the movements made by the selected subject. Eye tracking AF feature presented in Alpha A99 II is a perfect tool for portrait photography. It will come in handy especially when you have a quite narrow depth of field and use fast lenses. This system easily finds faces and automatically focuses on them.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Alpha A99 II, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Alpha A99 II allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S formats.

Sony Alpha A99 II supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Alpha A99 II.

Alpha A99 II comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.

In addition, Sony Alpha A99 II is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Sony Alpha A99 II a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Sony Alpha A99 II is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Alpha A99 II is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Alpha A99 II with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Alpha A99 II provides a shooting life of 490, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Sony Alpha A99 II is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Sony Alpha A99 II for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Alpha A99 II’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Alpha A99 II’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Alpha A99 II to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Alpha A99 II for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A99 II performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A99 II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (42 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Sony Alpha A99 II for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A99 II performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A99 II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large Full frame(35.9 x 24 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (143 x 104 x 76 mm)

Sony Alpha A99 II for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A99 II performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 100. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A99 II can be called a 100 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (12.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (399)
  • Big Number of CrossFocus Points (79)
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2317)
  • Big size (143 x 104 x 76 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Small battery life (490 shots)

Sony Alpha A99 II for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A99 II performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A99 II can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (849 g)
  • Big size (143 x 104 x 76 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Sony Alpha A99 II for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha A99 II performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha A99 II can be called a 99 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (42 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.4)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2317)

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages

Sony Alpha A99 II Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha A99 II
Announced Sep 19, 2016
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of Lenses 141
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,229k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,359k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.78
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 12.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes auto, fill, slow sync, redeye reduction, rear sync, high-speed sync, wireless
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 92
DxO Color Depth 25.4
DxO Dynamic Range 13.4
DxO Low Light ISO 2317
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 35.9 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 861.60 mm2
Sensor Resolution 42.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 7952 x 5304
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO 102,400
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 399
Number of Cross Focus Points 79
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 849 g
Physical Dimensions 143 x 104 x 76 mm
Battery Life 490 shots
Battery Type 490 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS Duo slots
Storage Slots 2

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