Born for the Olympics: Sony’s flagship micro-single Alpha 9 II review
The low-key release of Sony’s full-frame mirrorless Alpha 9 II does not stop this flagship model from becoming the focus of attention. As a new product specially designed for sports and news photographers, Sony’s full-frame mirrorless Alpha 9 II compared to the previous version has improved not only the numbers in the parameter table, but also in some places that cannot be reflected by data. Use the “reasonable” invigoration of Sony Alpha 9 II.
This time, our evaluation focus is also on these from Sony Changes in the details of Alpha 9 II. Let everyone see the true strength of this flagship product.
Optimize button details and improve the control feel
Compared with the previous generation, the Alpha 9 II introduced this time has a lot of improvements in the details of the appearance of the fuselage. The most direct feeling is “Balance” and “Comfort”. The first is the handle. While increasing the height, the depth has also been optimized. The handle fits the palm better when holding it, and the little fingers can be placed well even without an additional secondary handle. In addition, when installing the telephoto end lens, the wide handle can also improve the overall balance of the camera.
Secondly, in order to meet the operating habits of professional photographers, the layout and size of the Sony Alpha 9 II buttons have been adjusted. The parameter settings commonly used during shooting all adopt the dial mode, and the setting operation is fast and accurate. The left shoulder of the camera is a combination dial for continuous shooting setting and focus mode adjustment. Both dials use lock adjustment to prevent photographers from misoperation during sports shooting.
The right shoulder of the camera is the conventional shooting mode and exposure compensation dial. The exposure compensation dial adds a lock button, which can be pressed to lock the value. The position of the rear dial has been adjusted. When the parameters are adjusted, the angle and position of the thumb are more comfortable, and the contact surface is larger when dialing, and it is easier to exert force. The C1/C2 shortcut buttons are closer to the shutter assembly, and the button force feedback is harder.
The back of the Sony Alpha 9 II is equipped with a 3.0-inch piece The 3.69 million pixel touchable LCD screen supports up to 120Hz refresh rate. The display can only be manually touched to select the focus point, which is a bit simple compared to the popular full-touch operation. However, most professional photographers are more willing to believe in the operation of the dial, and this Sony screen is also a reasonable choice.
Compared with the previous generation, Sony Alpha 9 II has increased the size of the AF-ON lock button and optimized the accuracy of the multi-function joystick. The control has also been improved. The adjustment of the menu interface can use the front and rear dials to control the main menu and the paging menu. The improvement of these details is to help professional photographers quickly deal with the complex shooting environment, quickly adjust to capture the wonderful.
There are rich interfaces on the left side of the fuselage. In addition to the common headphone and microphone interfaces, Type-C, micro USB and flash interfaces, Ethernet is rarely added. The port can support Sony Alpha 9 II to batch transfer large-size pictures and videos to the FTP server, which greatly improves the work efficiency of professional photographers. The memory card compartment on the right side of the fuselage uses dual SD card slots. According to the official statement, the internal sealing structure has been improved to facilitate photographers to work in a variety of environments without worrying about the storage media being damaged.
Sony Alpha 9 II uses a 2280mAh lithium battery, which is effective Ensure the power life. Under special circumstances, it can also be charged through the Type-C interface.
Faster transmission to meet the needs of professional photographers
For professional sports photographers or news reporters, because they need to publish content in the first time, so the connection performance of the camera There are relatively high requirements. Sony’s full-frame mirrorless Alpha 9 II supports Gigabit LAN interface, 5GHz transmission and USB3.2. At the same time, it cooperates with a variety of APP specially developed by Sony, such as Transfer Taggingadd-on, which greatly improves the work efficiency of professional journalists in the work process. Provide better services for the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games.
In addition, in order to facilitate photographers to filter photos and record photo-related information, Sony’s full-frame mirrorless Alpha 9 II has newly added a voice memo function. The voice can be attached to the picture, and the voice memo can be played at the same time when the picture is played back. During data transmission, the voice file can also be sent to the background editor along with the picture, thereby improving work efficiency.
The high performance performance is still strong
The changes in the hardware parameters of the Sony Alpha 9 II are not big compared to the previous generation, but they are Thanks to the new BIONX processing engine, the image quality of the camera in high-sensitivity mode is also impressive.
Sony Alpha 9 II can be set with mechanical shutter and electronic shutter Shooting method. In different modes, the highest sensitivity is different. In mechanical shutter mode, the native sensitivity is ISO 100-51200, which can be expanded to ISO 50-204800; in electronic shutter mode, the native sensitivity is ISO 100-25600. Can be expanded to ISO 50-25600; while shooting moving images, ISO 100-51200 can be expanded to ISO 100-102400.
ISO 200 shooting Sample
ISO 65535 shooting sample
Through the above comparison chart, we can see that Sony Alpha9 II has excellent noise control within ISO6400. Basically, no noise can be seen on the display with the naked eye. Less obvious noise starts to appear at ISO12800, but the overall picture is still relatively clean. When ISO25600 is above, the color junction begins to appear obvious Noise, but still within an acceptable range. We also tried to shoot a sample with high expansion ISO. You can see the specific effect.
Almost crazy focusing performance
In terms of focusing performance, Sony Alpha 9 II has 693 focal plane phase detection AF points built-in, which can cover about 93% of the viewing area, and has 425 contrast AF points greatly improve the accuracy of focusing. With the enhanced fast hybrid autofocus system, it can track moving objects in real time. The newly upgraded eye focus and other functions make it easier to capture people or animals in motion. To get a clear picture.
Sony Alpha 9 II also supports 20 frames per second without black screen Continuous shooting, the subject can be tracked continuously during the shutter release period, and full-frame focal plane focusing/automatic exposure can also be provided during the continuous shooting, with an electronic shutter speed of up to 1/32000 seconds, far exceeding that of ordinary SLR cameras.
Sony Alpha 9 II has updated many focusing algorithms. During the test, we combined the Sony Alpha 9 II’s multiple focus modes to shoot people and pets in motion. Both the shooting speed and the accuracy of the focus are shocking, and they are absolutely crazy.
When shooting a football game with different motion directions, Sony’s full-frame mirrorless Alpha 9 II Has a very high focus accuracy performance. Even in low-light environments, the camera can quickly track focus. In addition, the clarity and purity of the samples in the high-sensitivity mode have maintained a consistently high standard, which fully meets the needs of large-scale output and news materials.
evolution is for better service
Many people analyzed the hardware index increase ratio at the beginning of the release of Sony Alpha 9 II, and judged whether this new product is worth it or not. If it is just that, then this product is too underestimated. As Sony’s flagship new product, Alpha 9 II is aimed at more “professional” users. This type of user is more concerned about whether the product can be used more smoothly in work. Sony Alpha 9 II provides the most professional and comprehensive solutions for professional journalists such as sports, news, etc. through upgrading the body control experience, improving the focus algorithm, implanting AI technology, and optimizing the connection scheme, effectively improving work efficiency. The outstanding performance of Sony Alpha 9 II at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
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