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.
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 ...
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.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Great image quality, AF-D is the best tracking system we've seen, Excellent stabilization built-in for video, Fast FPS shooting, Center focusing point is extremely quick, Fairly silent shutter, Amazing EVF
Cons: Autofocus is only best in the center, Very short battery life, Slow startup, A tad more smudging at the higher ISOs than we'd like, Deep menus that aren't intuitive at first, No autofocus in manual video mode
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
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...
Summary: On paper the Alpha 99 reads well, and for the best part it is impressive in the hand, too. It is made to a high standard, its LCD screen and viewfinder are easy to use, and there are useful additional accessories available, namely the battery grip that can extend the battery life threefold.
Excerpt: This 24 megapixel camera is Sony’s top, full frame DSLR using the SLT (single lens translucent) technology. The mirror is not hinged but is semi-translucent and the viewfinder is a very high resolution electronic device.