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Sony Alpha SLT-A99

Model Features: 24.3MP 35mm full-frame sensor, 14-bit RAW output 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. The camera’s Exmor CMOS sensor features 24.3 million pixels which, via the BIONZ image processor, can output raw files at a rate of six frames per second, while the camera’s unique dual phase detection AF system is designed to keep up with fast moving...
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Sony A99 Review

Ken Rockwell
2 June 2013
  • Summary: 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.
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Overall 8

Sony a99 SLT-A99V proves equally adept at stills and video

5 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
27 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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Expert Review

20 February 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. http://youtu.be/6MgYk92FqsI To see her full lab tests and sample images, check out Angela’s Sony Alpha 99 review on our sister site TechRadar.
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Overall 9

Sony Alpha A99 Review: One Exceptional Camera

Digital Camera Review
21 December 2012
  • Excerpt: Sony's A99 is a formidable entry into the full frame game, and it proves to many that the company will be as aggressive as it needs to be to get to the #1 spot in the camera market over Canon and Nikon. The camera has features that will appeal widely to enthusiasts and professional alike such as AF-D, GPS tracking, an excellent swivel-tilt LCD screen for video, a bright EVF, and relatively simple controls with the exception of the caves of menus.
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Expert Review

22 November 2012
  • Conclusion: Although it's not perfect, the electronic viewfinder is very good, and we would urge skeptics to take a look at it to see what the future holds. Optical viewfinders aren't perfect either, we've just got used to accepting their shortcomings - not showing the impact of exposure settings adjustments, white balance changes or enough detail for very precise manual focusing.
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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
30 October 2012
  • 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. Purely from the perspective of specification, the D800 offers a higher pixel count as well as a faster start-up time, although it cannot match the A99’s burst rate, nor can it equal the LCD’s handy...
  • 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

Expert Review

DP Review
17 September 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. Budding videographers will enjoy brisk AF performance, as well as the option to output uncompressed video.
  • 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, High quality OLED EVF with high magnification, Articulated rear LCD, Quick Navi menu for fast access to shooting options, Five customizable buttons with a wide range of functi...
  • 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 in video mode, AF tracking accuracy lags behind its Nikon and Canon peers, Tedious navigation through menu system, Inconvenient separation of still image and video files durin...
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Sony A99: Camera Test

Pop Photo
1 December 2010
  • 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 progression of photographic technology.
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