Has Sony discontinued the Alpha 9 II?

Sony announced the launch of the full-frame Sony Alpha 9 III last November and the camera hit the shops earlier this year. Ever since then, it was only a matter of time before its predecessor, the Sony Alpha 9 II was discontinued. Has that day come around already?

News from Japan

News of the Alpha 9 II’s demise was posted on the Japanese photo blog Asobinet. That website reported that the Alpha 9 II had been listed as discontinued by many major Japanese camera retailers. In addition, Sony’s Japanese website doesn’t feature the Alpha 9 II in its list of camera bodies. However, Sony does still include the Alpha 7 R IV and Alpha 7 III, both of which have been superseded by newer models.

What about elsewhere?

The US Sony website does still show the Alpha 9 II as well as the Alpha 9 III. The older model is marked as “Out Of Stock.” However, you can submit a request to be emailed when the Alpha 9 II is available. There is even better news on the Sony U.K. website. That currently lists the Alpha 9 II as available for delivery in as little as two days. In addition, camera retailers such as B&H in the U.S. still show the Alpha 9 II as in stock.

Alpha 9 III vs. 9 II

The Sony Alpha 9 III has a number of improvements compared to the Alpha 9 II. The headline feature is that the Alpha 9 III has the world’s first-ever 35 mm full-frame global shutter image sensor. However, the Alpha 9 II is still a great camera. You can shoot 4K video up to 30 using a full pixel readout so you get the detail from 6K of information. In addition, the Alpha 9 II can output uncompressed UHD (3840 x 2160) video up to 30 fps with 0-bit 4:2:2 color.  You also get up to 5 stops of 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization.

What we think

All good things come to an end, and it looks like that applies to the Sony Alpha 9 II. Even so, there is still some stock out there if you act quickly. The Alpha 9 III has several improvements for video work, such as the global shutter, but it also costs $1,500 more than the Alpha 9 II. If you don’t need a camera from Sony’s professional range, the company has a number of cheaper full-frame offerings. However, if you do need the very best, the Alpha 9 II could save you some money. Don’t delay though; it won’t be around forever.

Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.

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