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Sony Alpha SLT-A99
8.2 out of 10

Sony Alpha SLT-A99

Model Features: 24.3MP 35mm full-frame sensor, 14-bit RAW Read more

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20 August 2013
  • Excerpt: Sony’s flagship camera, the Alpha SLT-A99, provides the demanding photographer with excellent image quality and a host of innovative features through its use of a full frame sensor and its SLT electronic viewfinder system.
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Sony Alpha SLT-A99 DSLR Review

14 June 2013
  • Excerpt: The new SLT-A99 is Sony’s first full-frame camera with an electronic viewfinder. While former Sony full-format cameras like the A900 or A850 offered a standard SLR system, the new A99 offers an electronic viewfinder with extremely high resolution (2.3 million RGB dots).
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Sony A99 Review

Ken Rockwell
8 June 2013
  • Conclusion: I really like the Sony A99, especially for people and family shots. The AF system is marvelous, and the colors and focus are always great. Likewise for nature, landscape and fine-art work, the A99 excels for its fantastic viewfinder that lets us see much better what we're doing while we're doing it...
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Expert Review

2 May 2013
  • Summary: After a four-year wait, Sony has brought out a replacement to the full-frame Alpha a900 camera, the 24.3MP Sony Alpha a99. In her Sony A99 review video, our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, takes a look at Sony’s latest full frame offering, the Sony Alpha SLT-A99.
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Overall 9
Design 10
Value for money 9
Features 9
Performance 8
Picture quality 9

Sony A99 Review

What Digital Camera
13 April 2013
  • Summary: A comparison with its two most immediate rivals, Nikon’s D800 and Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III models, shows it to be currently priced a little higher than the latter and significantly higher than the former, although this is largely due to how long each has spent on the market.
  • Pros: Light body, bright and detailed viewfinder, most flexible LCD on any camera, high level of customisation, general image quality, superb handling, Smart Teleconversion function, high-quality video
  • Cons: Delay in changing exposure settings, slow start up, electronic viewfinder can stagger, 
occasional focus freezing issues, 
unhelpful error messages lead to dead ends in operation
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Overall 8

Sony Alpha A99 ( body only)

13 March 2013
  • Summary: The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V is a generally great camera that's equally adept at both stills and video, but with a few caveats.
  • Pros: The Sony Alpha a99 SLT-A99V has a lot going for it, including excellent photos and very good video, a well-constructed and well-designed body, solid performance, and a great feature set.
  • Cons: For some folks, things like the lack of CompactFlash, poor battery life, and compromises on video autofocus may not be reasonable trade-offs.
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Overall 8

Sony Alpha 99 (SLT-A99V)

PC Magazine
19 February 2013
  • Conclusion: The Sony Alpha 99 is a full-featured full-frame D-SLR that can focus as quickly when recording video as it does for still images, but it doesn't have an optical viewfinder.
  • Pros: Excellent high ISO performance. Fast focus for stills and video. 5.7fps shooting. Quiet. Articulating rear LCD. 1080p60 video capture. Integrated GPS.
  • Cons: No optical viewfinder. Lacks built-in flash.
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Overall 8

Expert Review

DP Review
12 December 2012
  • Summary: The SLT-A99 is a feature-rich camera that still provides a wealth of easily accessed manual user controls. It stands out as the only full-frame camera to offer in-body stabilization, an EVF, and an articulated rear screen.
  • Pros: Very good JPEG output at default settings, Excellent high ISO output in both JPEG and Raw images, Wide dynamic range Raw files, Pleasing metering and white balance results, Solid build quality, light weight and good ergonomics / handling, In-body image stabilization system works with all lenses, ...
  • Cons: Small coverage area of AF array compared to its peers, Autofocus not compatible with manual exposure control in video mode, No histogram available in video mode, Live view not available with continuous shooting above 3 fps (an image review is displayed instead), Magnified live view not available ...
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Sony A99: Camera Test

Pop Photo
10 December 2012
  • Summary: Even though the Canon won our 2012 Camera of the Year award (see page 58), the Sony A99 remains one of the best new cameras we’ve seen this year. It shows that the new perspectives being brought to photography by the likes of traditional electronics companies are having a positive effect on the...
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Expert Review

23 August 2015
  • Excerpt: It was never going to be a case of achieving overnight success, especially as something as complex as the D-SLR market. Sony was full of very ambitious plans when it launched its first Alpha D-SLR back in 2006, and then reality set in and the enormity of taking on the established ‘photo brands’ –...
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