• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Sony A99 II advantages over Sony A9

  • Less expensive
    $3198 vs $3998
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer video battery life
    135 vs 105 minutes
    Capture more video
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Less shutter lag
    0.11 vs 0.22 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    42.4 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Sony A9 advantages over Sony A99 II

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.93 vs 4.51 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,517 vs 2,317 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 490 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 10.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    364 vs 61 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 11.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    240 vs 25 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Superb image quality at low, moderate ISOs; Improved high ISO performance; Fast continuous shooting speeds; Very impressive hybrid autofocus; High-quality 4K UHD video; Rugged camera body.

  • Multi-selector joystick can be awkward to use; No EVF live view at fastest burst rate; Buffer clearing is slow with no UHS-II support; 4K UHD video isn't as full-featured as E-mount counterparts.

  • New sensor offers incredible performance; Excellent image quality at low & high ISOs; Very good dynamic range; Phenomenal 20fps burst speed & deep buffer; Very good battery life for a mirrorless; 4K video; Dual card slots.

  • Slow buffer clearing; Only one card slot is UHS-II compatible; Touchscreen underutilized; No lossless RAW compression option; No 4K/60p option.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5DS

Sony A99 II
Canon 5DS
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A9
Canon 5DS
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Sony A99 II
Canon 5DS R
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A9
Canon 5DS R
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Sony A99 II
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
Sony A9
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Top deck display

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Sony A99 II
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
Sony A9
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Nikon D850

Sony A99 II
Nikon D850
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3097
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
Sony A9
Nikon D850
  • $3998
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3097
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
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