Summary: Probably the best feature for this camera is the ability for live view shooting on rear display. You get real-time continuous display of settings, along with functioning auto-focus while in video mode. The info about this camera says it all, but having it in you hands and then using one without these features, it just seems like the others are missing features. I wish it had built in wireless feature to do live viewing on an iPad display.
Summary: This is my go to camera for challenging photo shoots, it never lets me down. I am not going to get into a lengthy review here as others have spoke to this camera with great detail. I have recently used this camera in a few low light situations, one being a circus where the lighting is absolutely abysmal and the other was a masquerade dance held in a room with no lights other then the flourescent colored light they used for special effects.
Summary: The best camera I ever had!!! For me better than Nikon 800 Amazing designing of all futures. You can change any button in menu which is really good! Camera surprises me with their weight, it's so light, but body is well done. Have been using Minolta for 16 years (9xi, 7D), and I'm finally back by (Minolta)/Sony!
Summary: I own a Sony a350, a550, a55, and a77! I purchased the a99 because I have several lenses that are optimized for both full-frame and APS-C cameras. The features of the a99 are astounding but there is somewhat of a steep learning curve. I bought, and highly recommend, David Busch's book as both as a "quick-start" and as a reference. The 24.3 MP (RAW) images are amazing and the images edited and printed with Lightroom 5 are superb.
Excerpt: The Sony a99 is a brilliant camera & when paired with Carl Zeiss lenses you can't go wrong. I see a lot of reviews from Cannon & Nikon owners who don't own or have ever used the a99 which I find very unusual because how can somebody review a product without using it? Seems to be a bit of false bad reviewing going on by people not willing to let go of a brand name.