After there have already been several "sightings" of the Sony Alpha 9 successor by beta testers, the official announcement of the mirrorless full format Sony Alpha 9 seems to come closer. Many market observers expect a launch in 2020. If the pictures circulating on the net actually show the Sony Alpha 9 MKII, at least the case design doesn't seem to have changed much:
Only the small Focus Mode Dial Lock Release Button doesn't seem to be there anymore. Accordingly, the new, inner values of the Sony Alpha 9 MKII should become more exciting. A new sensor design could be pending and should Sony decide to use an internal 10 bit video codec for its DSLMs, the flagship camera could be a good start for a new Sony codec chapter. So the upcoming Sony Alpha 9 will be interesting for all those who are waiting for a new Sony A7S MKIII.
And with the Sony Alpha 7S MKIII, we actually see higher quality video recording as absolutely imperative if Sony wants to continue to be involved in the video-aware full-format DSLM market. With the Panasonic S1H, the first full format DSLM is currently available that records 4K 10 Bit (4:2:0) 50p internally and with the future ProRes RAW support for Nikon Z6, Panasonic S1H and others, the compact full format segment is likely to change again significantly.
Which way Sony will go here in the future remains to be seen. Theoretically, with a future Sony Alpha 7S MKIII, external ProRes RAW recording via Atomos should also be available as an option - as should, of course, the establishment of an internal 10-bit AU drawing. What will be particularly exciting here is how much Sony thinks it has to protect its current full 10-bit FX9 format from a correspondingly equipped A7S MKIII. And here the upcoming Sony Alpha 9 MKII could actually give a small hint, even if the Sony Alpha 9 is a classic sports photographer machine.
Soon we should all be a little smarter - until then we wish you a lot of fun speculating ...