We took a closer look at the video capabilities of the new Sony a99 II announced at Photokina 2016, and how it compares to the a7S II and a7R II. This new flagship A-Mount camera is a high-spec performer in the photography world: it has a translucent mirror, a dedicated auto focus sensor, and Sony says it even performs better than the A7R II for stills. The camera was only announced a few days ago and here are all the video features at a glance: The new Sony a99 II – cut open on display at Photokina 2016 Sony a99 II – Features at a Glance: 42MP full frame CMOS sensor A-Mount lens system 4K UHD video recording in 24/25/30p @ 100mbps (XAVC S, MP4 and AVCHD formats). 1080p HD recording up to 120fps @ 100mbps 5-way sensor stabilization ISO sensitivity of 100-25600 (expandable). S-LOG 2 and S-LOG 3. So, as Sony’s new flagship DSLR, we expect it to perform quite well for stills. But what about video? The image quality is almost the same as the a7R II as it uses the same image sensor with 4K at 25p with a full-pixel read out with no pixel binning. The s35 format is also available for video, oversampling the 15MP image to make the 4K image. However, when comparing the Sony a99 II to that favourite among video shooters, the a7S II, things get a little different. The full frame read out of the a7S II produces a better image, but in s35 mode, the Sony a99 II with its 15MP oversampling can produce very sharp 4K video. The camera will cost $3200 and is available for pre-order now.Read more
The announcement of the Sony a99 II makes it the Japanese manufacturer’s new flagship DSLR camera. It features all the good stuff from the original a99 such as the translucent mirror technology (TMT), but raises the bar with new and improved autofocus capabilities, a newly designed 42MP sensor as well as internal 4K UHD video in XAVC-S format. Our Facebook Live Stream from the Sony press conference at Photokina: The Sony a99 II – features at a glance: Internal 4K UHD recording to APS-C format with full pixel readout, no pixel binning 4K UHD recording in full frame mode without cropping XAVC-S format with up to 100 Mbits for 4K resolutions New ‘Slow and Quick’ mode: 1 fps to 120 fps (100fps in PAL countries) Video features: picture profiles, TC, clean 4:2:2 HDMI out, S-Log2 & S-Log3 with monitor LUT, zebras 5-axis SteadyShot 3-axis tiltable LCD screen The Sony a99 II at Photokina 2016 And since it’s a DSLR camera, here are the features for still photography: 42.4 megapixel full frame 35mm Exmor R CMOS sensor Hybrid Phase Detection AF system 79-point dedicated phase detection AF sensor 399 focal plane phase detection AF points up to 12fps continuously Translucent Mirror Technology, meaning no moving mirror 5-axis SteadyShot (same as in the a7R II) The Sony a99 II records 4K video in APS-C (S35) format. Oversampling collects approx. 1.8 times as much information as needed for 4K movie output, creating a very clean and detailed image with no pixel binning involved. There is also another mode in which the camera uses the full frame sensor for recording video without cropping. 4K UHD recording in APS-C mode Also, the LCD screen on the back is tiltable in 3 axis, which is a nice feature especially in DSLR style cameras. On top of that, the camera has a dual card slot built-in, an XGA OLED viewfinder with 0.78x maginification, an assignable front multi-controller and improved menus in terms of both readability as well as usability. Pricing and availability The camera is scheduled for November 2016 and will be approximately € 3,600 for the EU market (around $3,199 for the US, C$3,999 for Canada) for the body only. A first hands-on after the press conference at Photokina 2016 For all the deatails, head over to Sony’s micro site.Read more
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