Unraveling the Sony a99 II – 4K as Good as the a7 Line?

Sony a99 II side

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:

Sony a99 II - cut open

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.

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