A lot of sources have claimed that Sony will announce a replacement to the A99 flagship A-mount camera in early 2015, but now it appears that the device will actually become official towards the end of this year.
Sony’s flagship camera was unveiled at Photokina 2012. The A99 is the top model for the A-mount, but this fact has not prevented the rumor mill from talking about its successor ever since mid-2013.
Some sources have said that its successor would be launched in 2014. Once 2014 came to an end, some gossip talks suggested that the shooter would be released in 2015. Moreover, some bold predictions claimed that the device will hit the markets in early 2015.
Well, this is no longer possible, so the sources went on a quest to find more Sony A99 Mark II details. It appears that the device is real and that it is on track to be released in 2015, albeit most likely during the later stages of the year.
New Sony A99 Mark II details leaked on the web
A-mount is not dead and Sony has launched a couple of new lenses in order to remind people that it is alive. The Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II and Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II are official now, but this is not enough for the users.
Thankfully, some answers are coming from the rumor mill. Once source claims that a pro-grade A-mount model will be unveiled in 2015 and that it will most likely consists of the successor to the A99.
Another source says that the PlayStation maker is focused on the autofocus system. A new technology will be in place in order to offer improved Phase Detection AF. Additionally, photographers can expected to get S-Log support, and improved RAW compression among others.
Since the information is rather scarce, we should not expect to see this shooter being revealed sooner than late 2015. Either way, the general consensus is that the A99II is real and that it is on its way.
Sony could launch a new A-mount camera placed between the A77II and A99II
A third source is making an intriguing claim. The source has spoken with representatives from Sony Canada, who said that the A77II A-mount camera will be getting a full-frame sensor and will be placed somewhere between the A77II and the A99II.
The reps have not handed out more details, but it appears that this camera is also coming in 2015. It would be interesting to see another full-frame A-mount shooter and if this is how Sony will bridge the gap between the existing A77II and the upcoming Sony A99 Mark II.
Nevertheless, these are unconfirmed reports, so you will have to take them with a pinch of salt.