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Sony A99 Black Digital SLR Camera - SLT-A99V

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24.3 Megapixel 35mm Full Frame Sensor/ Uncompressed HDMI Output/ Fast Continuous Shooting Speeds/ Dual AF System/ AF Range Control/ Multi-Frame NR/ Three-Way Tiltable LCD Display/ XGA OLED Viewfinder/ Quick Navi Pro/ Dual Slot And Media Control Function/ Highly Rigid Body With Magnesium Alloy Outer Panels/ Dust And Moisture Protection/ Auto HDR Built Into Camera/ Sweep Panorama Mode/ D-Range Optimizer/ Built-In GPS/ Auto Portrait Framing/ Clear Image Zoom/ Superior Auto/ Body Only/ Black Finish
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Sony A99 Black Digital SLR Camera, Model SLTA99V

Discover truly remarkable clarity with Sony's innovative new full frame DSLR that doubles as a world-class filmmaking camera. With the world's first Dual AF system and Translucent Mirror technology, you are no longer bound by limitations of the traditional DSLR. This massive leap forward delivers astounding 24MP resolution plus uncompressed, Full 60i/60p HD video recording—all wrapped in an ultra-light, magnesium alloy body.


  • 24.3 MP 35 mm Full Frame Sensor
    A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP effective 35 mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 – 25600, and a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise
  • Uncompressed HDMI Output
    Easily record Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection in 60p and 60i frame-rates
  • Fast continuous shooting speeds
    Highly responsive continuous shooting at approximately 6 frames per second (fps) is made possible by Translucent Mirror Technology and an enhanced Tracking Focus function offering more advanced acquisition and tracking performance. The Tele Zoom High Speed shooting mode shoots up to 8 fps at 10 MP while maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure
  • World’s first Dual AF system
    The 19-point AF system with 11 cross sensors is complemented by a multi-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor with 102 AF points that overlays the image sensor. Taking advantage of Translucent Mirror Technology that simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times
  • New AF-D Mode
    This highly advanced Continuous AF mode uses 19 AF points with reliable depth-direction focusing performance to steadfastly capture subjects and is strongly assisted by the 102-point multi-point focal-plane phase-detection AF sensor. It continues to accurately focus on the subject whether the subject is moving in depth or plane direction
  • AF Range Control
    Users can set the range of distance from the camera in which subjects can be focused on the AF system. By limiting the AF range, users can prevent unwanted focusing on foreground and background objects. This intelligent function enables reliable performance when photographing sports through wire mesh fences, for example
  • Multi-frame NR
    Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Newly designed three-way tiltable LCD
    The SLT-A99V is the first in the Alpha series to feature WhiteMagic™ technology, which nearly doubles the visibility of the 921k-dot Xtra Fine LCD™ monitor in sunny outdoor conditions. The three-way tilt-able mechanism, highly acclaimed on the A77, is further enhanced for even greater operational ease
  • XGA OLED Viewfinder
    There’s never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail
  • World’s lightest Full-frame Sensor Camera
    The SLT-A99V is the world’s lightest10 35 mm full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera. It weighs only 733 grams (body only), thanks to features like Translucent Mirror Technology and high-rigidity magnesium alloy panels. Users will enjoy agile and flexible shooting despite the full-frame specifications
  • Newly developed Quick Navi Pro
    For heightened comfort and more intuitive operation, the SLT-A99V features an enhanced version of Quick Navi, which was highly acclaimed in the A900 and A700. Called Quick Navi Pro, this new feature allows users to immediately access all camera parameter settings. Photographers can therefore quickly change settings with just the right hand while shooting photos
  • Dual Slot and Media Control Function
    The SLT-A99V employs dual media slots. One of the slots supports SD Cards and the other supports both SD Cards and Memory Stick® media. This dual slot system allows for simultaneous recording for backup purposes (with recordings sorted RAW/JPEG file type or still/movie data) as well as copying between media. Moreover it allows movie recording to two media cards simultaneously – a world’s first (as of September 12, 2012)
  • Translucent Mirror Technology
    Sony’s proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times to realize Full-time Continuous AF that keeps the subject in sharp focus and even during continuous shooting and movie shooting. It also allows the high-precision electronic viewfinder to accurately display the results of camera setting adjustments in real time so the photographer can make sure the results match his or her creative intentions
  • Highly rigid body with magnesium alloy outer panels
    The highly robust and durable body meets the heavy-duty needs of advanced amateurs. Both the main outer body panels and interior chassis are constructed of lightweight yet rigid magnesium alloy. Moreover, the grip and front cover are structurally unified to achieve extremely high body rigidity
  • Dust and moisture protection
    Outer body and moisture countermeasures include the sealing and treatment of major operational buttons/dials and a convex/concave mating structure that tightly interlocks components. Controls also feature a durable structure that withstands the touch usage of advanced amateurs
  • Approximate 200,000 shutter release durability
    The newly developed, highly durable and reliable shutter unit has been proven to endure approximately 200,000 shutter releases. This durability ensures long-lasting shooting performance that takes into consideration the large number of photos shot by advanced amateurs
  • Meticulously designed body compliments advanced users
    While inheriting the popular design concept of the A77, the SLT-A99V enables comfortable photo shooting through meticulously designed features including improved grip thickness that enhances grasping ease, switch and button shapes that are differentiated for easier operation while keeping your eye on the viewfinder, an exposure mode dial lock that prevents unintended turning of the mode dial, etc.
  • Vertical Grip Capable
    The optional VG-C99AM vertical grip designed exclusively for the SLT-A99V can house two batteries, bringing the total number of batteries (including the one in the camera) to three for significantly more hours of shooting (batteries sold separately)
  • PC Remote Camera Control
    Enables users to remotely change various camera settings, switch still/ movie shooting on or off, and automatically transfer still images to enhance the efficiency of the studio photo shooting workflow
  • New Multi-Interface Shoe
    Unlike conventional cameras, the SLT-A99V also features a newly developed Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Handycam® accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting (The included ADP-MAA shoe adapter maintains compatibility with conventional Alpha accessories as well)
  • New Flash/Video Light
    The new optional accessory HVL-F60M flash with video light offers high output, Sony’s original Quick Shift Bounce mechanism, a new video light for movie shooting and improved operational interface
  • New Wireless Commander Control
    The new optional accessory RMT-DSLR2 Remote Commander® for movie shooting that includes a dedicated movie record button
  • Auto HDR built into camera
    Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Sweep Panorama™ Mode
    Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together
  • D-Range Optimizer
    Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off
  • Creative Styles
    Control how the camera processes your images with 13 finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste
  • 1200-zone Evaluative Metering
    Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations
  • Built-in GPS
    An integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots
  • Auto Portrait Framing
    Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits
  • Clear Image Zoom
    Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation that provides greater shooting flexibility
  • Superior Auto
    Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies, the camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Auto HDR technology and lower image noise using three-shot layering technology



  • Lens Compatibility: Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed
  • Camera Type: Sony A-mount interchangeable-lens digital camera

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor: "Exmor" CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm)
  • Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on low-pass filter and image sensor shift mechanism
  • Pixel Gross: Approx. 24.7 megapixels
  • Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 24.3 megapixels
  • Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters


  • Media Type: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™ media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
  • Color Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Still Image Mode: JPEG (Standard, Fine, Extra Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
  • Still Image Size 16:9: 35mm full frame L: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M) S: 2640 x 1488 (3.9M) APS-C L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M) M: 2640 x 1488 (3.9M) S: 1728 x 976 (1.7M)
  • Still Image Size 3:2: 35mm full frame L: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M: 3936 x 2624 (10M) S: 2640 x 1760 (4.6M) APS-C L: 3936 x 2624 (10M) M: 2640 x 1760 (4.6M) S: 1728 x 1152 (2.0M)
  • Panorama Still Image Size: Wide: Horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M) Standard: Horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
  • Video Format: AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive), AVCHD, MP4
  • Video Mode: AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
  • Dual Record: Simult. Rec (Still,Movie), Simult. Rec (Still/Movie), Sort (JPEG/RAW), Sort (Still/Movie), Copy
  • Audio Format: Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
  • Microphone/Speaker: Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-ALST1 (with supplied shoe adaptor) / ECM-CG50 / XLR-K1M (sold separately). Built-in, monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7.
  • Still Image File Format: JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), RAW & JPEG


  • Digital Zoom: Still images: 4x Movie: 4x
  • Smart Zoom® Technology: M: approx. 1.5x, S: approx. 2.3x


  • Type: 1/2" (1.3 cm) electronic viewfinder (color) (2,359k dots). Display:Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Digital Level Gauge / Histogram. Brightness control: Auto/Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1) Eyepoint: Approx. 27mm from the eyepiece lens, 22mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter (CIPA standard)
  • Diopter Adjustment: -4.0 to +3.0m-1
  • Field of View: 100%
  • Magnification: Approx. 0.71 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)

LCD Display

  • LCD Type: 3.0" (7.5 cm) TFT drive (1,228,800 dots). Focus Magnifier: (35mm full frame: 5.9x, 11.7x APS-C: 3.8x, 7.7x)
  • Angle Adjustment: Tilt angle: 140 degrees upward and 180 degrees downward Rotation angle: 180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise
  • Brightness Control: Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather
  • Real-time image adjustment display: Yes(On/Off)
  • Peaking: Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
  • Customization: Graphic Display, Display All Info., No Disp. Info., Digital Level Gauge, Histogram, Shooting Info

Focus Control

  • Focus System: TTL Phase-detection AF (CCD line sensors and Focal Plane Phase Detection sensors)
  • Focus Points: Detector 1: 19 points (11 points cross type), Detector 2: 102 assist points
  • AF Modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S), Automatic AF (AF-A), Continuous AF (AF-C), Depth Map Assist Continuous AF (AF-D) selectable
  • Focus Area: Wide (auto,19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable
  • Focus Sensitivity: EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
  • Focus Features: Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF
  • AF Illuminator: Built-in, LED type (range approx. 3.3 to 23 ft (1-7m))

Exposure System

  • Metering: 1200-zone evaluative metering
  • Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Metering Sensitivity: -2 to 17 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent with f/1.4 lens)
  • Exposure Compensation: +/-5.0 EV (1/3EV, 1/2EV steps selectable)
  • Exposure Settings: AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie (Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) selectable in manual focus mode)
  • Scene Mode(s): Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
  • Auto Exposure Lock: Yes with AE lock button (AE also locked when focus is locked in a multi-segment metering mode).
  • Color Temperature: Manual (5 steps)
  • Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
  • Exposure Bracketing: Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, 3/5 frames (2.0 EV, 3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable
  • ISO: Still images: Auto (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), ISO 100-25600; Movies: ISO 100-6400 equivalent; Auto (ISO 100-3200 equivalent)
  • Noise Reduction: Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low/Off)
  • White Balance Mode: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7, A7 to B7) / Custom (3)

Drive System

  • Burst Buffer: w/ SD (UHS-I compliant) memory card: Cont. shooting Hi: Extra FINE 15, FINE 24, STD 29, RAW 15, RAW+JPEG 12 Tele- zoom Cont. Advance Priority AE (8 fps): Extra FINE 20, FINE 28, STD 31, RAW 19, RAW+JPEG 18 Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority
  • AE (10 fps): Extra FINE 20, FINE 26, STD 28 w/ Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo: Continuous shooting Hi: Extra FINE 14, FINE 18, STD 20, RAW 13, RAW+JPEG 11 Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (8 fps): Extra FINE 17, FINE 20, STD 24, RAW 17, RAW+JPEG 16 Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (10 fps): Extra FINE 18, FINE 22, STD 24
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE: approx. 10/8 fps selectable; Continuous (Hi:35mm full frame: approx. 6 fps APS-C: approx. 7 fps; Lo: 35mm full frame: approx. 2.5 fps APS-C: approx. 2.5 fps)
  • Drive Mode: Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB/DRO), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR2)
  • Flash Sync Speed: 1/250 sec.
  • Self-timer: 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
  • Shutter Speeds: Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type


  • Flash Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
  • Flash Bracketing: 0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0 EV steps, 3/5 frames (2.0/3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable
  • Flash Metering System: ADI; Pre-flash TTL
  • Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless, Off


  • Still Image Playback Options: Single, 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode, Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, off), Image orientation (On/Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection, Delete, Protect
  • Video Playback Options: Forward/Rewind (Movie)


  • Embedded GPS: Yes
  • Face Detection: On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off (face registration, face selection). Max. 8 faces detectable.
  • Smile Shutter™ technology: Yes
  • Tracking Focus: Yes
  • Audio Level Display: Yes
  • Image Stabilization: SteadyShot INSIDE? in-body image stabilization. Compensation effect: Equivalent to approx. 2.5 to 4.5 steps in shutter speeds *Varies according to shooting conditions and lens used. Type: For still images: Image Sensor-Shift mechanism, For movies: Electronic


  • Headphone Jack: Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
  • Microphone Input: Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack or Multi Interface)
  • Accessory Shoe: Yes (Multi Interface), Alpha Auto-lock with supplied ADP-MAA adapter
  • DC IN: Yes
  • HD Output: HDMI mini connector (Type-C) BRAVIA Sync (link menu) PhotoTV HD
  • USB Port(s): MiniB, Hi-speed USB (USB2.0) (Mass-storage (Multi LUN), MTP, PC remote
  • Multi Interface Shoe: Yes
  • Vertical Grip Connector: Yes


  • Battery Type: InfoLITHIUM® NP-FM500H (7.2V)
  • Number of Still Images: Still: Approx. 410 shots with viewfinder, 500 shots with LCD monitor (CIPA measurement) Movies: Approx. 155 min with viewfinder, approx. 155 min with LCD monitor
  • Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation): approx. 4.2W (still images, with SAL2470Z lens)


  • Supplied Software: Image Data Converter SR (Windows & Macintosh) Image Data Lightbox SR (Windows & Macintosh) Remote Camera Control (Windows & Macintosh) Picture Motion Browser (Windows only)
  • Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP 7 SP3, Windows Vista 8 SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OSX (v10.3-v10.8)

Auto Portrait Framing

  • Still images: Yes

Clear Image Zoom

  • Still images: Approx. 2x

LCD screen

  • Quick Navi: Yes
  • WhiteMagic: Yes

Lens compensation

  • Lens compensation: Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion

Movie function

  • Audio Rec Level: Yes
  • Auto Slow Shutter: Yes
  • HDMI Info. Display: Yes (On/Off)


  • Area Setting: Yes
  • Clock Function,Setting: Yes
  • Eye-Fi ready: Yes
  • Help guide: Yes
  • Shop Front Mode: Yes

Power consumption

  • LCD screen: approx. 3.6W (still images, with SAL2470Z lens)


  • Electronic Front Curtaion Shutter: Yes (On/Off)

Smart Teleconverter

  • Smart Teleconverter: Approx. 1.4 x / 2x

White balance

  • AWB micro adjustment: Yes (G7 to M7 (15 steps), A7 to B7 (15 steps))

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 4-1/2"
  • Width: 5-7/8"
  • Depth: 3-1/8"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1 lbs 9.9 oz
  • Shipping: 3 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
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Effective Pixels24.3 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)4.5
Width (inches)5.88
Depth (inches)3.13
Digital Zoom4x
Built-In FlashYes
Focus ModesPortrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay2-sec., 10-sec.
Shutter SpeedStill images: 1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
Storage MediaSD, Memory Stick
Power SourceBattery Pack NP-FM500H
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7, A7 to B7) / Custom (3)


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It's been a long and at times painful 4+ year wait for Sony fans looking for an update to the classic but clearly aging A900/850 full frame professional cameras, with many hoping that...Read complete review

It's been a long and at times painful 4+ year wait for Sony fans looking for an update to the classic but clearly aging A900/850 full frame professional cameras, with many hoping that Sony would finally become a significant factor in the professional full frame market. The promise of a serious full frame camera was clearly seen in the predecessor model - the Sony A900 undercut the Nikon D3X by almost $5000, while offering similar resolution and features, albeit poorer low light performance at least in JPEG (not in RAW) - and with no video capability at all - making the camera a real throwback to pure stills photography, a feature that inspired more loyalty than aversion among its loyal user base. This is also the first full frame camera Sony has put out in the last four or five years - in that same interval Canon and Nikon together have put out at least eight. This suggests that Sony is taking some risks by moving into areas where it frankly has not been terribly successful or perhaps terribly interested/motivated. Does it live up? Well, based on my admittedly brief and limited experience with this model with production firmware (1+ hour of shooting of both stills and video and then hours of hi-res monitor time on color corrected monitor) mostly yes, but there are some issues . . . . including where Sony has set its price point on this. Overall, this is an appealing choice for individuals looking to upgrade from Sony APS-C models or other subframe DSLRs to full frame cameras - provided they are willing to pay the hefty cost and modest weight penalties, in order to get the extra picture quality at high ISO, along with somewhat better speed of operation and an improved autofocus system. Dynamic range may also be somewhat better than corresponding APS C models - hard to say if dynamic range equals the current very high benchmark set by the Nikon D800. But . . . .Is it really worth the $2000 premium on the already excellent Sony A65 or the nearly $1200 premium on the Sony A77? That's actually a tough question, and mostly for a typical consumer, the answer is probably going to be 'no' - but for professionals (or enthusiasts with lots of money that they are eager to part with) needing the high ISO capabilities of a full frame model, the answer is probably 'yes', given that picture quality on the APS-C chips can't compete with a full frame chip of the same resolution as light declines. But in bright light, the differences are going to be probably too subtle to see, even for the most obsessional pixel peeper. At ISO 100 in RAW with comparable lenses, I really can't tell the difference between the picture this camera generates (even blown up to 100%), and what a Sony A65 can generate - and this was going over identical scenes shot with both cameras at 100% view. But at ISO 1600, the difference is fairly clear, and by 3200, it's not even close - the A65 is a pretty noisy mess, and prints are only usable at small sizes like 4x6. At ISO 3200, the A99 is capable of generating remarkably clean and smooth pictures with minimal noise and much detail. ISO 6400 on the A99 is roughly equivalent to ISO 1600 on the A65 (the last really useable RAW setting for the A65 before being forced to use heavy-handed post-processing NR). So it's way better in low light - but it should be with the much bigger pixels. Usable 6400 is really a plus - esp. when you want to use telephoto to shoot action and need high shutter speeds. Sports shooting will be worlds better compared to even the best m4/3 and APS-C sensor performance at high ISO and long telephoto. But again, this is what a FF sensor should deliver for its cost (and weight) penalties. But one basic question facing the professional user is still "why buy this camera" given the better developed and established pro-camera ecosystems of Canikon? That's also a tough question. I believe the answer is not one single overwhelming advantage, but you have to like the SLT environs and value what it might offer over more traditional DSLR technology. One aspect of this might be the better video due to full time PD (phase detection) auto focus, already demonstrated in several APS-C models like A65 and A77. Another selling point might be just the overall excellence of both video and stills combined. I believe this camera will probably have as good if not better video than anything else in the 35mm DSLR world due to the better autofocus system (PD on both the chip and from the light directed to the AF sensor) - and Sony built-in lots of high-end video features and thoughtful support for all kinds of video accessories that would appeal to the professional videographer or the primary stills photographer looking to occasionally shoot the best possible (broadcast quality) video. First of all, its 1080 60p specification right now puts it ahead of Canon and Nikon, and its full-time phase detection (including phase detection functionality on the sensor itself) means that the camera can continually autofocus using the more accurate PD approach (vs. the slower contrast detection method) while taking movies - something no other DLSR can do. Here's my parsing of the pros and cons of this new camera - again based on limited shooting experience and hands-on time - I probably will change this list as I get a production model I can spend much more time with (just put in my order for one!): Pros: 1) Probably the best video this side of a professional broadcast video camera - and likely well ahead of Canon and Nikon on this one. Video shot in 60p is typically spectacular, and the camera appears particularly good at maintaining tight focus on high-speed subjects and challenging scenes with minimal to no hunting. Uncompressed HDMI output to external recording devices is another plus (shared with D800 but not on the 5DMIII). 2) Great overall image quality for photos - esp. as light declines - equals the great low light performance of the Canon 5DMIII and just a touch more noisy than the Nikon D600. 3) High-resolution EVF gives the photographer lots of relevant control information (but see cons for flip side of this). 4) High resolution 24 MP sensor with good to excellent dynamic range and very accurate color (but again see cons). 5) Able to use Alpha mount APS-C lenses (via sensor crop - but see cons again). 6) At least equal low light performance compared to its two main FF competitors. Comparisons that I did of identical scenes head-to-head with the Canon 5D Mark 3 suggest that the Sony at least equals that camera's truly great low light noise performance. It might be just a nose ahead in this area of low light noise compared to the Nikon D800. Credit extra work on the micro-lenses and getting as much light as possible to each pixel in the sensor - apparently a big focus for Sony in developing this particular sensor. Even ISO 6400 was pretty clean. 7) Configurable menu system similar to Sony's popular A77. 8) With two phase detection systems (one on the chip and one receiving light from the fixed mirror) this offers probably the fastest and most reliable autofocus of any DSLR. In my one hour of shooting with the camera, I was never able to get an out of focus shot either with video or stills, even though I tried (fast-moving subjects, panning, etc.). 9) Having image stabilization built into the sensor instead of the lens has some major advantages - making lenses potentially less expensive and lighter, and giving you the full advantage of IS all the time with any lens in your bag. 10) SLT approach enables full-time live view and phase detection autofocus even when shooting movies, and saves weight too, compared to more conventional DSLR technology. 11) Many neat touches and thoughtful extras, with abundant options for direct control (3 dials and a host of buttons dedicated to a single function (five of which are customizable) and a slick and smoothly silent control wheel in the front of the camera that allows quick access to video settings). Cons: 1) Price - at least $400 above where it should be. 2) EVF is not for everybody - some people simply can't transition from optical viewfinders (what do they know :-) !) 3) EVF really needed a contrast adjustment on A77/65, as images sometimes either had blown highlights in the viewfinder or areas where image too dark to see details - Sony failed to include this badly needed contrast adjustment in their new flagship camera - a major omission in my judgment. 4) only 24 MP - clearly out-resolved by Nikon D800. 5) only 6 FPS with autofocus is really disappointing for a SLT design - their APS C designs were all class-leading in terms of frames per second in high-speed shooting. Canon does the same 6 FPS number while still having to move the mirror up and down, and even the D800 manages 4 frames per second with its much higher megapixel throughput demands on the imaging pipeline, while the $800 Sony A65 does 10 FPS . . . . so what happened here? 6) APS-C lenses will automatically result in a significant drop in resolution - no option to simply allow full frame vignetting (which some users might not mind in some contexts). 7) Shorter battery life relative to its two main competitors (the cost of the excellent EVF) 8) Despite all the emphasis on video, maximum bit rate is only 28 Mb per second, significantly under the new Panasonic GH3 and the Canon 5D Mark 3. 9) Despite the flagship technology (and price!), the A99 still has too shallow a buffer for much high-speed shooting - if shooting RAW plus JPEG, buffer fills up in 18 images or just 1.5 seconds. Can't believe that with all the noise about this issue in previous APS-C models that Sony did so little differently in their flagship camera. 10) Disappointment that USB 3.0, Wi-Fi support and at least some kind of built-in flash all not included in feature set. 11) Price?


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WORST Flash System ever

I'm so disappointed with the flash system of this camera, to write a correct review. The only thing I want to say is; If you are a serious photographer, and your field is...Read complete review

I'm so disappointed with the flash system of this camera, to write a correct review. The only thing I want to say is; If you are a serious photographer, and your field is wedding, or any events involving the use of flashes (not studio flash), please stay away from this camera. I own an a700 and a900, so I know what I'm talking about and I can tell you this camera has a SERIOUS FLASH ISSUE, and it's not new. You can just Google "a77 flash overexposure" or "a77 flash inconsistency". I STILL DON'T GET IT, WHY SONY DIDN'T ADDRESS THAT ISSUE YET. This is an inexcusable failure for a professional camera, and for SONY not even acknowledged it and fix it.

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A99 is superb!


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I've had my Sony A99 for eleven months now, and have shot more than 13,000 frames with it. At the time of my purchase, I was at a major decision point with my gear. I researched all the systems, and shopped the A99, Canon 6D & 5DmkIII, and Nikon D600/D800. Ultimately, it was the A99's EVF that won me over (I love it#, along with the Carl Zeiss 24-70/2.8. The rest of the A99's features are superb, too. Combined with the CZ 24-70, I couldn't be happier with the A99. Still being able to use my old Minolta lenses is a bonus. Here is a more detailed explanation of the A99's features #both good & bad): Things I love: Full frame: the large sensor gives improves low light capability, and shallow depth of field--great for separating a sharp subject from a blurry background. Yes, you can get great shots with an APS-C (crop# sensor, but the full frame sensor is wonderful to work with. 24MP: this seems like a sweet spot--it's plenty for high resolution files that are 4000x6000, yet without getting massive file sizes. 16x20 prints are incredibly detailed, even if cropped. Electronic Viewfinder #EVF): it's bright, clear, and shows accurate exposure. Make an exposure compensation adjustment (I have the rear control wheel programmed for this# and you'll see it instantly in the EVF, all without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Too dark? Too light? Dial in the desired compensation till you like what you see in the EVF--then click the shutter. Yes, you see your "picture" before you even take it. If you want, you can program the A99 to give you an image review on the EVF, and double check your image without moving your eye away from the viewfinder. I have this turned off, as the EVF already shows me what I'm going to get as I press the shutter. I prefer to just keep shooting and then look at them later. AF: it's fast and accurate, especially using the Carl Zeiss 24-70/2.8 with its SSM focus motor. I've programmed the AF/MF button on the back of the body for "back-button focus". I have the focus mode set to AF-C #continuous#. Thus, when I back-button focus I have instant, continuous focus #great for sports/action/kids#. Let off the button and the focus stops, allowing you to recompose #great for landscapes, portraits#. I can also use Direct Manual Focus to fine tune the focus if need be #but I rarely need to.# Even with my 25 year old Minolta 75-300 zoom and it's screw drive focus, I've been able to turn out some very sharp sports photos with Sony's AF system. Articulating LCD screen: this is great for shooting at ground level without laying on your belly, or shooting with the camera over your head. It's also very helpful when the camera is on a tripod pointing upward #such as shooting moon shots at night#. Articulate the screen to your liking and the camera can look upward while you look down #comfortably# at the screen. 6fps, with full AF & exposure capability: serious sports shooters may claim you need higher FPS, but I don't think so. Fire off 6fps during an athletic event and you'll come away with tons of shots. I have learned to rely less on fast FPS and more on my eye so I can capture decisive moments instead of instead of the spray & pray method. The A99 can go higher than 6fps, but you give up continuous focus & exposure adjustment capability between shots. Things that take a little getting used to: The "slideshow" effect in the EVF: generally speaking I think this concern is overstated. Shooting portraits or landscapes one at a time, the slideshow effect is a non-factor. Go to 6fp during sports, especially while tracking or panning with a subject, and it takes some getting used to. But you do get used to it, and once you learn what it is, it's far less of a factor than I originally thought it would be. Remember, even a traditional DSLR loses its optical viewfinder momentarily as the mirror flips up and down. Battery life: with an EVF being a constant drain, the battery will deplete faster than one in a traditional DSLR with OVF. But again, I think this concern is generally overstated. For example, at my son's soccer game last weekend I took 362 shots without depleting it #or even coming close#. Yes, I have the battery grip with the second battery #one in the camera and one in the grip# for long days of shooting. But for casual shooting you won't need more than a single battery. For a long day, the extra battery in the grip has you covered. For really long shoots without recharging you can put an additional battery in the grip #for a total of three#. Want to save power? You can turn off the LCD screen by flipping it inward toward the body. Also, if you aren't going to be shooting for a while, simply turn the camera off, then turn it back on when you want to shoot. It'll "wake up" between the time I turn it on and the time I lift it to my eye. Things that could be improved: AF points: the AF points are clustered near the center of the frame. Put simply, it would be nicer if they were spread out a little further, to cover more of the frame. The joystick: I actually love the joystick control on the back of the body. But I'm a left-eye shooter, and my nose often bumps the joystick, shifting my selected focus zone. I have adjusted to this now, and it rarely happens any more. If you're a right-eye shooter, this is a non-issue. The Carl Zeiss 24-70mm/f2.8: put simply, it is amazing. It's built like a tank, zooms smoothly and focuses quickly and accurately. It's very sharp, and I have no complaints. Yes, it's heavy! But if you're buying a top of the line, constant f/2.8 zoom such as this one, you have no business complaining about the weight. Good glass is heavy. The Sony HVL-F60M flash: I have found this to be easier to use than my F58. I use both--the F60 on camera as the controller, and the F58 wireless, off camera. Both the F58 and the F60 have Sony's "quick shift" bounce head. It took a little getting used to at first, but the quick shift head is great for shooting portraits while switching from landscape to portrait orientation. Simply "flop" the flash head sideways. Even when bouncing the flash off the ceiling, the quick shift is great. Compared to traditional swivel flash heads, I'll take the quick shift any day. I have read complaints about the F60 overheating, but I have not experienced it at all. However, while I use flash frequently, I am not a heavy flash user #such as a wedding photographer might be#. There is also a small delay when using Sony flashes wirelessly, such as I do. It is a small delay, but a bit unsettling when you're first getting used to it. Once you are used to it, it is much less of a concern #although it would be nice if they could make this go away altogether.# Lastly, Sony has switched from the Minolta-style flash hot shoe to Sony's new Multi-Interface shoe. While we all gripe about stuff like that, I suppose it was a necessary move to consolidate all their systems #A mount, E mount, video# to one type of shoe. I have no particular issue with the new shoe, although I happened to like the usability of the old Minolta-shoe #it was faster to slide it on and off, and it clicked #locked# into position. The new shoe takes a fraction longer to slide into positions, and although it locks, it's not as "positive" as the old style shoe. By the way, I have the Minolta-style shoe on my F58 and Maxxum 7D, and the Sony-style shoe on my F60 and A99. I have adapters to go both ways #I can use either flash on my Minolta Maxxum 7D, and either flash on my A99#. The adapters work well and are a non-issue for me. The Sony Vertical Control Grip: I initially bought the grip for the A99 because of the extra battery capacity. On long shoots I'd add the grip #with second battery#, and on short shoots I'd go without the grip. I soon found that in the vast majority of cases I didn't need the capacity of a second battery--but I really liked the ergonomics of the grip. When using a heavy lens, such as the CZ 24-70/2.8, or the Sony 70-400/4-5.6, the extra surface area of the grip is helpful for hand-holding the set up. It gives my hand some extra leverage against the torque of the heavy lenses. I now leave the grip on all the time. When using the grip for vertical shooting, I have found that the AF/MF button #which I have programmed for back button focus, and use a lot# is in an ever-so-slightly different position on the grip compared to the body. This took a little getting used to #I used to pull the camera away from my face to have a look and find the button!# but I am used to it now. Actual shooting with the grip in the vertical position is delightful. The shutter on the grip is at the same height #relative to the lens# as the regular shutter on the body, so vertical shooting is identical to horizontal shooting #except for the aforementioned issue about the AF/MF button placement. One more word on the grip: if you hope to quietly shoot pictures without being noticed, the grip will blow your chances. The A99 is large. The CZ 24-70 is large. Add the grip and the combo becomes huge. One more word about the weight--yes, again, it's heavy. The A99 + 24-70 + grip are close to five pounds. The F60 is another pound. That's serious weight--but if you are serious about image quality, it's worth putting up with it. Over eleven months and 13,000 frames, the A99 & CZ 24-70 have proven to be an excellent combination. They offer top image quality, good ergonomics/usability, they're well built, and I've had no quality problems or glitches at all. There will always be things to improve in a product as complex as a DSLR/DSLT, and I'm sure Sony will offer an upgraded model at some point. But if you're considering the A99 you shouldn't hesitate. It offers excellent image quality combined with a user friendly interface, making it an excellent choice.


My first DSLR


from Dearborn Hts, MI

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Great camera with ton of capabilities

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Good camera for wedding


from Los Angeles, CA

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a99 with 24-70 lens A good camera can beat Canon for wedding performance. I give 4 stars, for less options of lens.

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Great purchase


from Cincinnita, Ohio

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A broad range of features make it the ideal camera, my tripod and monopod has given me the ability to explore the a99.


Excellent Full-Frame SLT


from Island Falls, ME

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Hands down the best upper-end digital camera I've used (and I've used just about all of them; Canon, Nikon, Fuji, etc.). The pictures are clean and crisp right out of the box, even using standard lenses. The ability to use older Minolta lenses is a plus as well! Would highly recommend this camera to any enthusiast or pro shooter, and have already done so!


I Love It


from Indianapolis

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I wanted to upgrade from my a350 to a newer camera, if possible a full frame. After doing some research, I decided on the a99. I like how it takes still shots. The view finder is clear & easy on my eyes. I like how easy it is to see all the info in the view finder. All the choices are great helps, like the: level, rule of thirds grid, etc. It's easy to handle. I am still learning what this camera will do. I haven't tried the video yet, but that is not important to me at this time.


just keeps getting better.


from Providence, RI

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My first SLT the a55. Loved the camera but, it was to small for my hands and no battery grip in sight. Moving on to the a77 kit. What a sweet 16-50 mm lens. I was disappointed that it was FF and could not shoot the same number of frames per sec. Now my a99. I was a skeptic on making the jump but, I'm happy I did. Is it perfect? No camera will ever be but, what the SLT camera can do leaves my Canon and Nikon users looking at the a99 with respect. If you do not have this camera and are waiting, wait no more. I love making adjustments without taking my eye off my subject. Adjusting color in the viewfinder is great. So many advanced features that make the a99 the best ever todate. Now Sony it is time for the A1S that medium format camera that I've been reading about. Make like the SLT.

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Beast of a Camera


from Denver, CO

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I upgraded from the Sony a57 to this camera at the beginning of December, and so far I am blown away. I had demo'd my friends Canon 5D Mark III before purchasing this camera, and I feel that, while the Canon does a little better on the higher ISO's, this camera's features are on a completely different scale. A main selling point for the Sony line is their inclusion of Image Stabilization within the body, making nearly any lens viable in a professional setting. I don't have to worry about IS in any lens that I buy because it is built into the body. Also, while not nearly as fast as my Sony a57, this body really utilizes the 35mm Full Frame sensor to produce high quality and sharp images. I have recently purchased the Carl Zeiss f2.8 24-70mm Lens, and that lens plus this body produces some amazing, nearly 3D photos. Overall, while I sometimes get pressure from the market for not using the Canon or Nikon lines, I feel sorry for people that spend this amount of money on a camera of this quality, and then have to worry about whether or not the lens comes with IS. I am extremely pleased by the build quality of the Sony a99, and look forward to this years projects using this camera.


Liked so much, I bought two A-65's


from Newport, Minn.

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No need to ever buy a new camera. Works well with 70/400 telephoto lens. Works good with 2.8/20 fisheye lens. It gives me total control, I call it real time photography. Sony has great gear. I will buy the Sony name every time because Sony says to me; real, really good stuff!

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