The Japanese electronics giant has unexpectedly announced the Sony Alpha A9 II without any fanfare and little in the way of pre-release leaks. The Sony Alpha A9 II appears to be much like its predecessor, sharing the A9’s 24.9MP stacked CMOS sensor under the hood. It has the same 693 autofocus (AF) points that can cover 93% of the frame and the same 100-51,200 ISO range that’s expandable to 50-204,800. The A9 II has the ability to capture up to 20fps during continuous shooting without viewfinder blackout. It shares the same 60 AF and auto-exposure calculations per second computation speed. The A9 II carries over the superb 3,686K-dot electronic viewfinder and a 3.0-inch 1.44 million-dot tilt-angle rear touchscreen.
It is noteworthy that Sony has implemented a few tweaks to make the A9 II a faster, smarter snappier than its predecessor. Sony has made are incremental, but those small changes could prove to be game-changing. Sony has indicated the new camera has a more sturdy and durable body, adopting the new button arrangement and deeper grip from the Alpha A7R IV. It means there are double sliding covers over the battery door and card slots to keep out the worst of the weather, and the exposure compensation dial on the top right corner of the camera’s shoulder now sports a locking button to avoid accidental changes.
The A9 II also has a redesigned lens lock button, along with better padding for more shock absorption around the lens mount. There is a low-vibration shutter design that can boost image sharpness with the 5-axis in-body image stabilization upgraded to provide 5.5 stops of stability. Sony also mentioned that it offers a better battery life with at least 50 additional shots as per CIPA testing. There’s an optional new vertical grip for the A9 II that can house two additional batteries. The A9 II now boasts a Gigabit Ethernet port that takes data transfer speeds from 100Mbps to 1Gbps. It also has a 5GHz wireless functionality to the 2.4GHz option and tethered transfer via the USB-C port is an improvement over the older model.