Sony A99 II Field Test
Sony A99 II Field Test Part I
The A-mount camera Sony shooters have been waiting for
The Sony A99 Mark II came as something of a surprise. Sony's seemingly steadfast focus on their mirrorless and premium fixed-lens cameras has only recently been interrupted by the A68 this past spring. Otherwise, while 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the Alpha camera line, new A-mount cameras have been few and far between.
Following up on the original A99 four years later, the A99 II is poised to deliver high-end professional performance and overall top-notch image quality for A-mount users. If anyone thought that the Sony A-mount was dead, the A99 II is Sony's clear and decisive response to those fears. Now the question becomes, is the Sony A99 II simply a statement that the A-mount is still alive, or does it stand on its own as an excellent camera? Read on to find out.
Sony A99 II Field Test Part II
A99 II continues to impress thanks to excellent autofocus
Sony A99 II offers fast, accurate & dependable performance
I have used many Sony cameras, and a sore point for me has always been the camera's menu system. While the A99 II does not feature perfect menus -- if such a thing exists -- its menus are better than previous Sony cameras I've worked with. They have improved organization, which results in slightly faster menu navigation. Further, the camera uses a new font designed for improved legibility.
Alongside its decent, and improved, menus, the A99 II offers an excellent user experience in many regards, including its good in-body image stabilization, impressive electronic viewfinder, dependable metering performance, sophisticated autofocus system and more.