Sony Introduces Alpha 9 II Adding Enhanced Connectivity and Workflow for Professional Photographers

Sony India Pvt Ltd, today announced Alpha 9 II (model ILCE-9M2). The latest model from Sony’s acclaimed line-up of α™(Alpha™) full-frame interchangeable lens cameras has been created specifically to support working professionals in the fields of photography.

1. Raising the Bar for Built-in Connectivity in the Professional’s Workflow

1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal 1000BASE-T File Transfer over SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS) is
supported for increased data security and PC remote (tether) shooting performance is improved
The Alpha 9 II includes an in-built 1000BASE-T Ethernet terminal, enabling gigabit communication
for high-speed, stable data transfer operations. Additionally, File Transfer over SSL or TLS encryption
(FTPS) is supported for increased data security and PC remote (tether) shooting performance is
improved, with decreased release time lag and reduced live view screen delay when using the
‘Remote Camera Tool’ desktop application 1 . The speed of the camera’s built-in wireless LAN
functionality has also been increased, adding a stable and fast 5 GHz (IEEE 802.11ac) 2 band, in
addition to the 2.4 GHz provided in the Alpha 9. IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards are all supported.

Ethernet terminal, enabling gigabit communication for high-speed, stable data transfer operations
By combining wireless voice / image transfer and automatic voice to text conversion with the ability
to auto transfer images with attached voice memos via FTP, it is possible to shoot and transfer the
results to an FTP server without ever having to operate a smartphone. FTP settings within the app
can also be sent to a camera via Bluetooth®, allowing for a faster workflow.
Voice Memo function that allows spoken information to be attached to images in the form of voice
memos
Designed to improve the speed of news agencies’ workflow, the Alpha 9 II features a new Voice
Memo function that allows spoken information to be attached to images in the form of voice memos
that can be replayed when the images are reviewed. The voice data can also be included with
images sent to an editor, giving them important information needed for effective editing.
Alternatively, a field photographer can also use the ‘Transfer & Tagging add-on’ “Imaging Edge™”
application 3 to transfer voice tags with the images to their mobile device and have the voice memos
automatically 4 converted to text and added to the JPEG images in the form of IPTC metadata 5 . All of
this can be done automatically or manually, selectable by the photographer.

2. The Platinum Standard for Speed and Auto Focus Performance

Ground breaking speed performance including blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 frames
per second with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking, 60 times per second AF/AE calculations
The new Alpha 9 II builds on the impressive legacy of the original Alpha 9, maintaining ground
breaking speed performance including blackout-free continuous shooting 6 at up to 20 frames per
second 7 with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking, 60 times per second AF/AE calculations 8 while
incorporating even more functionality driven directly from the voice of professionals. Updates include
significantly enhanced connectivity and file delivery, continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with
mechanical shutter, evolved AF performance with newly optimised algorithms, a re-designed build to
enhance durability and operability and more.
The camera is able to function whilst continuously calculating Auto Focus and Auto Exposure at up to
60 times per second, with newly optimised AF algorithms that provide notably enhanced AF precision
and performance, ensuring that even the most erratic subject motion, especially in the case of fast
moving subjects, is captured with high precision. The camera offers an anti-flicker 9 shooting mode
that automatically detects and adjusts for the presence of fluorescent or artificial lighting to maximise
image quality.
The advanced focusing system in the new Alpha 9 II is comprised of 693 focal-plane phase-
detection AF points covering approximately 93% of the image area, as well as 425 contrast AF
points. This Fast Hybrid Auto Focus system achieves extremely fast and accurate performance,
ensuring all fast-moving subjects are accurately captured. Additional notable focusing capabilities
include Real-time Eye AF with right eye / left eye selection, Real-time Eye AF for animals 10 –
augmented with a new algorithm, Real-Time Eye AF for movie 11 , Real-time Tracking 12 , selectable
focus frame colour, Touch Pad focus point control while using the viewfinder and more. AF can
continuously track even when continuous shooting is greater than F16 13 , providing further accuracy
for shots that require slower shutter speeds.

Can shoot continuously and completely silently 14 [i] at 20 fps for up to 361 JPEG images 15 [ii] or 239
compressed RAW images 16 [iii], with no viewfinder blackout
The new model can shoot continuously and completely silently 17 at 20 fps for up to 361 JPEG
images 18 or 239 compressed RAW images 19 , with no viewfinder blackout, allowing the photographer
to follow the subject and action with no interruption to the EVF during picture taking.
The new Alpha 9 II has been improved to shoot at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter, about 2x
the speed of the Alpha 9
For times when mechanical shutter is preferred or required, the new Alpha 9 II has been improved
to shoot at up to 10 fps, about 2x the speed of the Alpha 9.

3. Refined Build and Operability

Upgraded dust and moisture resistant 20 [iv] design to meet the needs of professionals
Upgraded dust and moisture resistant 21 design to meet the needs of professionals in even the most
challenging outdoor conditions. Stronger sealing provided at all body seams as well as the battery
compartment cover and media slot
Latest image-processing algorithm reduces noise in the medium-to-high sensitivity range
Latest image-processing algorithm reduces noise in the medium-to-high sensitivity range while
improving subjective resolution and image quality

Improved grip configuration for even greater comfort and sure hold
Improved grip configuration for even greater comfort and sure hold.
Compatible with Sony VG-C4EM Vertical Grip
Dual media slots that are both compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II SD cards

Dual media slots that are both compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II SD
cards, allowing higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds

Other Salient features:
 Upgraded BIONZ X™ image processing engine gains maximum benefit from the sensor’s fast
readout speed. Processor works with front-end LSI to enhance speed in AF/AE detection, image
processing, face detection and accuracy, and more
 5-axis optical in-body image stabilisation system that provides a shutter speed advantage of 5.5
steps 22
 Improved button design and feel. Increased diameter and feedback of the ‘AF-ON’ button; a
refined multi-selector joystick design; an exposure compensation dial lock button and a
redesigned shape and new position for the rear dial

 Redesigned shutter mechanism to suppress even the slightest movement that can cause image
blur. Tested for durability in excess of 500,000 shutter cycles 23
 USB Type-C™ connector that supports fast USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer
 Digital audio interface has been added to the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe) enabling
the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit to be connected directly
to the MI Shoe for cleaner, clearer audio recordings
Availability
The Alpha 9 II will be available across all key retail counters Sony Center and major electronic
stores across the country from 5 th December, 2019 onwards.
Product Best Buy
Alpha 9 II INR 399,990/-

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