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Sony Alpha 9 II - mirrorless camera for professionals

Sony Alpha 9 II – spiegellose Kamera für Profis

Sony presents the successor to the established two years ago top model Alpha 9. The Sony Alpha 9 II remains with its two-layered full frame CMOS image sensor with 24.2 megapixels and built-in memory in the core unchanged. However, some improvements and new features and optimized connectivity for more satisfaction, especially in professional sports photographers and photojournalists should ensure - as with the new voice memo feature that can attach spoken information as voice memos to the images, which are then reproduced in the examination of images can be. The improvements also include continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per second with a mechanical shutter, a higher autofocus performance with optimized algorithms, more processing power and a revised terms of capacity and operation housing.

Due to the requests of professional Sony has expanded among other things, connectivity and networking capabilities of the Alpha 9th Thus, the Sony Alpha has a built-9 II-1000 BASE-T Ethernet terminal for fast and stable data transmission in the gigabit range. In addition, the file transfer using SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS) is supported to enhance data security. The performance in tethering with the desktop application "Remote Camera Tool" has been improved. Shutter lag was reduced as well as delays in the Live View screen. When WLAN kamaeraeigenen the 2.4 GHz band of the first Alpha 9 is a stable, fast 5 GHz Band (IEEE 802.11ac) was added. In addition, the Alpha 9 II is now equipped with a USB C-terminal, which allows a fast data transfer according to USB 3.2 Gen. 1 The multi-interface accessory shoe (MI accessory shoe) of the camera has been extended by a digital audio interface.

In addition, the enhanced BIONZ X-image processor improved in combination with the front-end LSI, the speed in the AF / AE detection, the image processing and the accuracy of face recognition. The camera allows uninterrupted, completely silent continuous shooting at 20 frames per second without a viewfinder blackout. In situations in which the mechanical shutter is preferred or required, can be with the new Sony Alpha 9 II up to 10 frames per second record - about twice as many as in the first Alpha. 9

Moreover, Sony has optimized the design and feel of the keys in the Alpha 9 II: A larger diameter and better feedback to the AF-ON button, multi-select button on the joystick design, a lock button for the wheel of the exposure compensation and changes in shape and position the rear control dial are among the innovations.

The newly designed closure system suppresses according to Sony even the smallest movements that could lead to image blur. The manufacturer promises a lifespan of more than 500,000 cycles.

Even when weather protection Sony has improved. The seals on all housing edges and on the cover of the battery compartment and in the media connection has been reinforced.

For the Alpha 9 II (ILCE-9M2) calls Sony at a price of 5400 Euro. The camera will be available shortly. The price of the previous model, which cost at first 5300 euros, has now dropped to 3,900 euros. For more information on the Websites of Sony.

Sony Alpha 9 II – spiegellose Kamera für Profis


Sony Alpha 9 II – spiegellose Kamera für Profis

Press release from Sony

The new Alpha 9 II by Sony for professional sports photographers and photojournalists

The camera combines the unrivaled speed ofAlpha 9 with new features, enhanced connectivity and workflows specifically for professional requirements.

Berlin, 03 October 2019, Sony today announced the Alpha 9 II presented (model ILCE-9M2). The latest model in the segment of full-frame system camera from Sony is designed to meet the needs of professional photographers, including in the fields of sports photography and photojournalism, to justice.

The new Alpha 9 II builds on the impressive achievements of the first Alpha. 9 It shines with the same ground-breaking speed, including blackout-free shooting1 with up to 20 frames per second2With auto focus, auto exposure tracking at 60 AF / AE calculations per second3, At the same time, it provides even more enhancements that respond directly to the feedback from professional photographers. These include considerable advantages in the connectivity and transferring files, continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per second with a mechanical shutter, a higher AF performance with optimized algorithms, and a renewed housing that improves the durability and usability.

Unique tool for professionals

"The voices of our customers are of utmost importance for Sony - we always hear about," says Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. "The Alpha 9 II is the direct result we have had since the introduction of the original Alpha 9 with agency, sports and news photographers countless feedback sessions. We have extended the connectivity and networking capabilities, improving the professional workflow tremendously. In addition, we have made subtle adjustments to the design, interface and computing power to complete the user experience. Complemented by our extremely versatile E-mount system, with its 55 previously announced native lenses - including the 600-mm and 400-mm super-telephoto zoom lenses of the G Master Series, this new camera is a unique tool for professionals in challenges of all kinds. "

Advanced connectivity simplifies professional workflows

The Alpha 9 II has an integrated 1000Base-T Ethernet terminal for fast and stable data transmission in the gigabit range. In addition, the camera supports file transfer using SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS) to increase data security. The performance in PC-controlled recordings (tethering) has been improved: The shutter lag was reduced as well as delays in the Live View screen when the desktop application "Remote Camera Tool"4 is used. In order to increase the speed of the built-in wireless functionality, the 2.4 GHz band of the first Alpha 9 was a stable, fast, 5 GHz Band (IEEE 802.11ac)5 added. The standards IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac are all supported.

Combined voice and video transmission

The Alpha 9 II is specifically designed to improve the workflow in news agencies. It has a new voice memo feature that allow you to attach a voice memo to pictures to spoken information that can be reproduced then in checking the images. The voice data can also be added to the photos that are sent to editors in order to provide them with important information needed for effective processing. Alternatively, a photographer in action and the "Transfer & tagging add-on" with the Imaging Edge Mobile App Sony6 use to transmit voice tags along with the photos on his mobile device, the voice notes automatically7 convert it into text and add the JPEG images in the form of IPTC metadata8, All this can be done either automatically or manually, depending on the preference of the photographer.

The combination of wireless voice / image transmission and automatic speech-to-text conversion with the ability to automatically transfer images with attached voice notes via FTP, photographers can take pictures and send them to an FTP server without using even a smartphone to have to. The FTP settings in the app can also be sent via Bluetooth to a camera to speed up the workflow.

Top performance with speed and autofocus

Just like the original Alpha 9 is the new Alpha 9 II with the acclaimed multi-layer 35mm Exmor RS full frame CMOS image sensor with 24.2 megapixels9 equipped built-in memory. It thus offers the same unmatched speed and excellent image quality as its predecessor. The camera allows uninterrupted, completely noiseless10 Continuous shooting at 20 frames per second for up to 361 JPEG images11 or 239 compressed RAW images12 without a viewfinder blackout. So the photographer can track the subject and the scenes during recording without interruption in the electronic viewfinder. In situations in which the mechanical shutter is preferred or required, can hold up to 10 frames per second with the new Alpha 9 II - about twice as many as in the first Alpha. 9

The camera can record up to 60 times per second calculate the auto focus. This is ensured by optimized AF algorithms that significantly improve the accuracy and performance of autofocus and ensure that even the most unpredictable movement of the subject, which are found for example in sport often be detected with high precision. At sporting events, also makes the new anti-flicker mode13 Alpha 9 II paid, the neon lighting or other artificial light automatically detects and makes appropriate adjustments to ensure optimal image quality.

The advanced system of the new focus Alpha 9 II comprises 693- phase auto focus points, which cover about 93% of the image area. these are supplemented by 425 contrast AF points. This hybrid autofocus system ensures that even fast moving subjects can be accurately detected. Other impressive features of the focusing system include real-time AF with eye detection, can be selected in which the right and left eye, a real-time eye-AF for animals14 - with a new algorithm - a real eye-AF for video15, Real-time tracking16, Selection of the focus frame color, setting the focal point via touchpad when using the viewfinder, and more. Autofocus can the subject even when shooting at a larger aperture value F1617 track, thus providing greater accuracy in shots that require slow shutter speeds.

Optimized design and operation

The advanced BIONZ X image processor a maximum benefits from the fast reading speed of the sensor. In combination with the front-end LSI, the processor improves the speed in the AF / AE detection, the image processing and the accuracy of face recognition.

The improved dust and moisture-repellent18 Design meets the requirements of professional photographers even in difficult outdoor conditions. The seals on all housing edges and on the cover of the battery compartment and in the media connection has been reinforced.

Advanced image processing algorithms reduce the noise in the medium to high speed range while optimizing the subjective resolution and image quality. In addition, in the camera an optical image stabilization system having five axes, which corresponds to a shorter by 5.5 steps shutter operates19.

For improved grip, more comfort and secure fit, the Alpha 9 II is compatible with the vertical grip VG-C4EM from Sony.

optimized also the design and feel of the keys in the Alpha 9 II: A larger diameter and better feedback to the AF-ON button, a sophisticated multi-select button on the joystick design, a lock button for the wheel of the exposure compensation and changes in shape and position the rear control dial, are among the new features.

The newly designed closure system suppresses even the smallest movements that could lead to image blur. With a tested life greater than 500,000 cycles20 the system is extremely durable.

Fast connections for fast data transfer

The USB Type-C connection ensures fast data transfer in accordance with USB 3.2 Gen 1. The two media slots are both compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II SD card, enabling a higher total capacity and faster read and write speeds.

The multi-interface accessory shoe (MI accessory shoe) of the camera has been extended by a digital audio interface. Thus, the new shotgun microphone ECM B1M or XLR Adapter Kit XLR K3M can be connected directly to the MI accessory shoe to allow cleaner, clearer audio.

Suggested retail price and availability

Alpha 9 II (ILCE-9M2) Sony: 5,399 €

Availability: October 2019

For detailed product information for Alpha 9 II visit: https://www.sony.de/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras/ilce-9m2

Exclusive stories, videos and exciting new recordings with the latest cameras and other α Sony products can be found at https://www.sony.de/alphauniverse, The European photography platform from Sony is available in 22 languages. There you will find product news, contests and a current schedule of events by Sony in the individual countries.

1 Electronic shutter control. For slower speeds, the display refresh is slower.

2 "Hi" burst mode. At 1/125 sec. Or higher. In AF-C mode, the maximum continuous refresh rate on the recording mode and the lens used depends. For some lenses a software update may be required. More information about the compatibility of the lenses, please visit the support site of Sony.

3 When the shutter speed is 1/125 sec or higher. The number of AF calculations depends on the lens used.

4 Version 2.0 or later. For more information on the new application updates on the website for "Remote Camera Tool" https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/app/remotecameratool/l/index.php.

5 Models sold in some countries / regions only support Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b / g / n (2.4GHz). The 5 GHz communication may be restricted in some countries and regions.

6 Version 1.1 or later. Ver. 1.1.1 will be released in October of 2019. For more information on the new application updates on the site for the transfer and tagging add-on under https://sony.net/ttad/.

Available 7 Only in regions where Google services are available. Voice memos that last longer than 50 seconds can not be converted to text.

8 "IPTC metadata" means metadata standards contained in digital images, formulated by the IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council).

9 Approximate number of megapixels (effective).

10 Noiseless Recording is possible when the shutter type to be set to "electronic" and the audio signals to "Off".

11 "Hi" burst mode, UHS-II memory card. Test conditions from Sony.

12 "Hi" burst mode, compressed RAW, UHS-II memory card. Test conditions from Sony.

13 fibrillation is detected only at 100 Hz and 120 Hz. The speed of continuous shooting may decrease. Images with anti-flare system for electronic shutter, bulb exposure or video recordings is not possible.

14 only still images

15 In this function, the eyes of animals are not tracked.

16 "Tracking" in the menu

17, when the [shutter motor AF] camera is set to [Focus Priority], the aperture value can be set to greater than F16. The speed of continuous shooting decreases. Compatible lenses: [SEL200600G] [SEL35F18F] [SEL400F28GM] [SEL600F40GM]

18 Not guaranteed 100% dust and moisture proof.

19 CIPA standards. Only nod / yaw stabilization. Planar T * FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. Long Exposure NR disabled.

20 In-house tests at Sony with electronic front shutter curtain.

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John Wilwerding

John Wilwerding has thus collected in the mid-eighties and before the advent of Photoshop & Co. experience in the digitization of photos and in electronic image processing. Since 2001 he has been a freelance media designer and since 2005 worked for the DOCMA magazine.

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