Summary: Always wanted a full frame camera and own an Sony A77 as well. This camera delivers on the full frame format and now finally a "live view" vs. its predecessor the Sony A9. The A9 viewfinder was a traditional prism that I feel was superior to the mirror-less but did not offer all the bells that this camera offers including extreme light weight and better software. The A99 camera will bring the best out of low aperture lenses with full AF.
Summary: my camera came assembly like some one use it, maybe is a open box, they sold me like new, the strap attached, also de battery was installed, the flash shoe adaptor and the connector protect cap did not came.
Summary: I shoot a lot of wedding videos and do some photography. I got this camera for 1700 refurbished. Here are my initial thoughts. I come from the a57 which is the much cheaper version by sony. The a57 has been a fantastic video dslr for my needs. So the a99 would be a natural upgrade. However, after I bought it I read all the horror stories about soft video no details etc.
Excerpt: I purchased this camera because it has a higher resolution and ISO than my older cameras, which are becoming less reliable, while using the lenses I own. I am using this camera for a number of photography projects including macro, scenic, artistic, HDR, and long-exposure. I was able to use it right out of the box in P, A, S, and M modes with minimal setup. To do more advanced photography, however, there is a significant learning curve.
Pros: Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Excerpt: I would give the A99 a full five stars if it were $2,000, or if it offered better high ISO IQ and a faster frame rate. I really do love this camera. Unlike other cameras I've owned I appreciate it more every time I use it. I resisted buying the A99 because (1) I really like my A77 also, (2) I really like my Canon 1D4 and (3) I was upset with Sony for not offering more than a 6 fps burst rate in a $2800 camera when the lesser A77 - with the ...
Excerpt: Everything I want and need except that it will not tether to my lap top. Shame! Sony do something about that.Otherwise an amazing camera in every way! Flash great. Battery grip supplies needed power for video.So it only is good for 200,000 shots. Can buy two replacements with the money I saved by not buying a 400,000 C---- or N----.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD
Probably greatest Sony camera ever made but not perfect
Adam Brown, Amazon
16 January 2014
Summary: I've been shooting with this camera for a couple months now. Been shooting Sony dSLRs/dSLTs ever since their first model, the Sony A100. Before that, I shot with Minolta film SLRs. In the last couple years, I really refined my photography hobby, spent more time and developed more skill. I had been shooting with the very good A55, but decided it was time to step up to a more capable camera. For the most part, I have not been disappointed in the A99.
Excerpt: My wife offered me the opportunity to upgrade my camera in the coming months. I've been a bit infatuated with the idea of full frame with full frame prices becoming more accessible, at least aside from Sony dSLRs. For better or worse, my lens collection keeps me pretty faithful to Sony. The A7/7r don't appeal to me, as I have no interest in adapters or less of In-body-image-stabilization. So I rented the A99 for a week.