The Sony a9 put mirrorless cameras on the map for professionals. Furthermore, it had lightning fast 20 fps blackout-free shooting, a big battery and a fast autofocus system. Tokyo 2020 Olympics is around the corner, and will attract a large array of professional gear. So does the Sony a9 II make the cut?
Design & Construction
The Sony a9 II is very similar to the a9 in body design. Although it does have some changes to make it more professional ready.
- Stronger moisture and dust resistance
- A larger grip, similar to the A7R IV
- New buttons and refined USB-C port have been added for a premium pro body experience.
- Digital Audio Interface has been added.
While the Sony a9 II still borrows the 24.2 MP BSI CMOS stacked sensor from the a9, it has an updated BIONZ X image processor. In addition, the new image processing algorithm is said to boost the Sony a9II’s low light performance and noise handling. In addition the fast hybrid 693 AF point system has been tweaked. This means better AF tracking and accuracy in more scenarios.
Did Sony do enough?
The Sony a9 II could be seen as a facelift to the Sony a9. Although it did not have major changes, it took an award winning formula and made it better. This looks to be a viable option for photographers at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. However there is still a question on the reliability of the weather sealing.
Do you think Sony did enough? Let us know below.