Sony has launched yet another new mirrorless camera and the latest model is somewhat of a big deal. The a9ii builds on the success of Sony’s flagship sports and action camera, the a9 that was launched back in 2017 and targeted at professional action photographers.
So, what’s new on the a9ii? Well, interestingly, Sony has chosen to retain the same stacked 24.2-megapixel full-frame image sensor that was on the original a9. The first difference of note though is all about speed. When using the electronic shutter, the a9ii can fire off 20fps (frames per second) like the original a9, but when photographers use the mechanical shutter they can now shoot up to 10fps with the a9ii – double the speed of the a9.
Being able to press the shutter and capture 20fps for up to 361 JPEG images or 239 compressed RAW images is a huge draw for action photographers who can’t afford to miss crucial, split second moments.
The a9ii also gains what Sony calls ‘enhanced connectivity and workflow’ and these features are squarely aimed at pro photographers – many of which will be using these new features at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The features include a built-in 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal and now File Transfer over SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS) is supported too.
The speed of the camera’s built-in wireless LAN functionality has also been increased over the original a9 and tethered shooting performance has been improved too. The a9ii features a Voice Memo function that enables spoken information to be attached to images in the form of voice memos – useful for when transferring images to a picture editor back in the newsroom.
Other upgrades see the a9ii offer an IBIS system that delivers up to 5.5 stops of compensation, improved dust and moisture resistance and a new button configuration on the rear of the camera. Available from November, the a9ii will cost around $4,500/£4,799.