Built for speed, reliability and productivity
The α9 II offers advances that answer the demands of professional workflows, including sophisticated operability and network connectivity for enhanced support in the field, rugged go-anywhere reliability and unrivalled speed.
High-speed continuous shooting at up to 20fps1
Groundbreaking full-frame Exmor RSTM CMOS sensor and BIONZ XTM processor team up for 20fps continuous shooting1 with AF/AE tracking. Stunning high-speed performance and ample buffer let you capture the decisive moment.
Electronic shutter eliminates blackout typical of SLR mirror cameras. Subject is visible during shutter release, with 60fps live-view and minimal display lag in continuous shooting.
(A) Blackout-free Shooting (B) Shooting with blackouts
AF/AE calculations up to 60 times/sec.3
Light reaches the image sensor without mechanical interruption. Mirrorless construction and speed-enhancing technologies provide AF/AE at the full-frame focal plane.
(1) AF/AE calculations (2) 60 times/sec (3) 20 frames/sec
Electronic shutter speeds up to 1/32000 sec.4
Electronic shutter speeds up to 1/32000 sec.4 far surpass mechanical shutters for a new imaging expression. You can also maintain shallow depth of field without an ND filter, even under bright conditions.
(A mode 1/20000 sec. F8.0 ISO 1000, shot with α9)
No distracting sounds
An anti-distortion electronic shutter allows the scene to be captured silently5, with no risk of mechanical mirror or shutter sounds disrupting the tension at a sports event, for example.
Flicker from fluorescent and other artificial lighting is detected, and shutter operation is timed to suppress exposure and colour anomalies (at high shutter speeds) and inconsistency between continuous shots.
Anti-flicker  ON  OFF
10fps7 with mechanical shutter
The mechanical shutter now allows continuous shooting at up to 10fps7, and can also be used with a flash8. You can deploy high-speed continuous shooting for scenes as appropriate.
Note: This camera is equipped with electronic and mechanical shutters. The features described in this section are primarily related to electronic shutter operation unless otherwise specified.
Full-frame stacked integral-memory CMOS sensor
The 24.2-megapixel9 full-frame high-speed stacked image sensor stores data in integral memory for lightning-fast readout. The CMOS sensor and enhanced BIONZ X image-processing engine together bring you true digital freedom.
[ Stacked back-illuminated structure with integral memory ]
(1) Pixel area (2) Integral memory (3) Hi-speed signal processing circuit (4) Image processing engine
4D FOCUS: Wide AF
With 693 phase-detection and 425 contrast-detection AF points, the sensor provides wide and high-density AF covering 93% of the image.
4D FOCUS: Fast AF
Thanks to responsive enhanced Fast Hybrid AF, the α9 II delivers swift AF even under dim lighting conditions, with a remarkable ability to capture a subject.
4D FOCUS: Steadfast Tracking
Uninterrupted AF and an optimised AF algorithm dramatically enhance AF accuracy and tracking. Even during shutter release, constant AF activation allows continuous tracking of subject motion.
Speed meets artificial intelligence
Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF are both designed for fast, precise and intelligent tracking of your subject, using AI-based algorithms and processing an enormous amount of data in real time.
AI-based Real-time Tracking10
After the subject is specified, precise focus is maintained while the shutter button is half-pressed. Position changes are accurately tracked, providing framing flexibility as you concentrate on getting the best shot.
The AI recognition algorithm efficiently processes colour, pattern, distance, face and eye data from the image sensor for high accuracy.
(1) Face [AI] (2) Eye [AI] (3) Colour (4) Pattern (5) Distance (6) Real-time Processing
Instant focusing on one eye
Even when another object passes in front, Real-time Eye AF can maintain focus on one of the subject's eyes when the shutter is half-pressed, or by pressing AF-ON or a custom button.
Right/left eye selection to meet your need
You can even select a specific eye — left or right — before or during shooting via custom button. Eye selection allows you to focus on composition, lighting, and other details.
Eye AF for Animals
Fast, precise automatic detection and tracking with animal and human eye tracking11 greatly increases the success rate in capturing images of animals in the wild or pets at home12.
Reliable even in low light
Advanced AF algorithms contribute to AF precision at light levels as low as EV-3. ‘Focus Priority in Aperture Drive’ option is for more accurate focusing in dim lighting13 and when the aperture is stopped down.
Improved focus frame usability
Even with the shutter button half-pressed, the focus area can now be moved with the multi-selector to any location. Conveniently, the focus frame colour can be set to red or white to suit the scene.
Beautiful 4K movie recording
Beautiful 4K movie recording is realised. Full-pixel readout with no pixel binning makes it possible to condense approximately 2.4 times the amount of data required for 4K (the equivalent of the amount of data required for 6K) into 3840 x 2160 4K output. Versatile with Fast Hybrid AF performance, Eye AF functions, Touch Tracking, etc.
Real-time Eye AF now for movie shooting
Real-time Eye AF newly supports movie shooting by detecting the subject’s eyes and continuing to track one eye. As the α9 II keeps that eye in precise focus, you can concentrate on composition18.
Touch Tracking for persistent focus on your subject
When shooting movies on the α9 II, a subject touched on the LCD monitor is automatically focused and followed with Touch Tracking. If a human eye is spotted, Real-time Eye AF activates and tracks it too.
Compatible with multi-functional new mic
The Multi Interface Shoe (MI Shoe) is enhanced with a Digital audio interface. Use the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone to record high-quality sound with minimised deterioration.
High-speed data transfer with 1000BASE-T available
Smooth, reliable high-speed data transfer of large image files to a designated FTP server is now available via LAN terminal supporting 1000BASE-T. FTPS (File Transfer Protocol over SSL/TLS) guarantees high security.
Support for background FTP data transfers
To meet pro needs for prompt delivery, the α9 II supports FTP data transfers in the background during and after shooting for JPEG and RAW file delivery19. Up to nine FTP servers can be assigned in advance.
Add voice memos to your images
The new Voice Memo20 function lets you record audio descriptions of content or shooting conditions up to 60 sec. long, attached to images as .wav files. IPTC and camera serial number information can also be embedded in image files.
Remote operation with Remote Camera Tool
Remote operation is available with the Remote Camera Tool21 desktop application, convenient when photographer access is restricted, such as shooting a birds-eye view from the roof of a sports arena.
5GHz Wi-Fi® provided
As well as 2.4GHz-band, high-speed transfer is now possible via 5GHz-band Wi-Fi® (wireless LAN IEEE 802.11ac)22. Wireless PC remote shooting is now also possible23, freeing your shooting styles from the constraints of cables.
Even faster PC remote shooting with wired connection via USB
The newly-adopted USB Type-CTM connection and enhancements to the PC remote shooting algorithm deliver significant improvements in transfer rate. You can transfer large uncompressed RAW images smoothly without workflow interruption.
Easy operation in vertical orientation
The new VG-C4EM provides controls with optimised location, size, shape and material similar to those on the camera body to simulate the operational "feel" when the camera is held vertically.
Extend shooting to professional length
The α9 II uses a high-capacity NP-FZ100 battery. Alternatively, two of these can be used in the optional VG-C4EM Vertical Grip for longer shooting durations and worry-free shooting in the field.
Dual media slots, both supporting UHS-II
Both media slots are compatible with UHS-I and UHS-II for fast data writing. The α9 II can simultaneously or relay record, separate RAW/JPEG data and stills/movies, and copy data between cards.
The new Save/Load Settings function saves and loads camera settings to and from SD memory card for convenient sharing with other α9 II cameras. Under “FTP Transfer Func.” is the “Save/Load FTP Settings” function, which saves and loads the FTP related settings.
Efficient image selection
Apply star ratings and image protection via the review playback display right on the spot. You can now also review large photo collections in 10 or 100 frame jumps, and group-review continuous burst shots.
Improved menu interface
Illustration of custom key settings on the menu screen makes it easier to understand usage. In addition, you can switch between menu tabs using the front dial or Fn button with one hand.
Imaging Edge™ Remote, Viewer, and Edit desktop apps
Elevate your photography with Imaging Edge desktop applications. Use ‘Remote’ to control and monitor shooting live on your PC screen; ‘Viewer’ to quickly preview, rate, and select photos from large image libraries; and ‘Edit’ to develop RAW data into high-quality photos for delivery25.
Capture One (for Sony)
Capture One Express (for Sony)26 is free award-winning editing software that provides RAW development, easy management and powerful editing tools. Capture One Pro (for Sony) can be bought for even more editing tools and tethered shooting capability.