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.
Summary: The A99 is a decidedly different proposition for the professional user than what we've seen previously. It clearly feels like a camera which has evolved from models beneath it in its range, rather than one designed specifically to satisfy a professional audience. Regardless of whether the SLT system is as relevant here as it is on cheaper Alpha models, it's strange to find a full complement of professional options awkwardly blended with a range of semi-manual and novelty...
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. Landscape photographers should also appreciate how the fixed mirror reduces camera shake. However, the start-up time can be a hindrance.
Excerpt: The Sony Alpha A99 is Sony's premium full frame Digital SLR and the long awaited update to the Sony Alpha A900 and A850, introducing the SLT (Sony Translucent) technology to full frame, and could very well mark the end of optical viewfinders in Sony Digital SLRs. The Sony Alpha A99 features a 24.3 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor, 6fps continuous shooting, full HD video with continuous AF, and an impressive 2.359million dot OLED electronic viewfinder.
Pros: Excellent noise performance, Great image quality and excellent colour, AF range control, Lens AF fine tuning, Large strap, More standard ISO Flash than previous models, Info-Lithium Battery, Built in GPS, OLED viewfinder looks excellent, Continuous AF in videos, Focus Peaking, Electronic level
Cons: Doesn't automatically switch between memory card slots, Price compared to competition, Loud shutter sound
Summary: Buy this camera if: - You’re looking for a high-resolution DSLR that provides good ergonomics for shooting video and can record high-quality stills and Full HD video clips. - You want minimal noise at high ISO settings. - You want body-integrated image stabilisation that works with all lenses. - The current range of available lenses meets your needs. Don’t buy this camera if : - You don’t like electronic viewfinders.
Pros: You’re looking for a high-resolution DSLR that provides good ergonomics for shooting video and can record high-quality stills and Full HD video clips., You want minimal noise at high ISO settings., You want body-integrated image stabilisation that works with all lenses., The current range of available lenses meets your needs. Buy this camera if:, You’re looking for a high-resolution DSLR that provides good ergonomics for shooting video and can record high-quality stil...
Cons: You don’t like electronic viewfinders., Essential lenses aren't available for the camera body. Don’t buy this camera if :, You don’t like electronic viewfinders., Essential lenses aren't available for the camera body.
Excerpt: Fazit: Die Sony Alpha 99 überzeugt im Test mit sehr guter Bildqualität und umfangreicher Ausstattung. Scharfer OLED-Sucher, eingebautes GPS-Modul sowie in alle Richtungen schwenkbarer Monitor stimmen glücklich. Besserungsbedarf besteht allerdings bei der moderaten Akkulaufzeit und dem nur durchschnittlich schnellen Tempo.
Pros: Hohe Bildqualität, Top-Ausstattung, Schnell, Abgedichtetes Gehäuse
Cons: Kein interner Blitz, Detailtreue, Sucher zieht viel Strom