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Sony Alpha A99
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Sony Alpha A99 Digital Camera

Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick DP Review Gold PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice
SLR 24.3MP CMOS Jan 2015
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Details Have Nowhere To Hide Sony's flagship Alpha a99 interchangeable lens camera fully leverages the potential of Translucent Mirror Technology, the 35mm full-frame format and Sony's... More
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25 Reasons For

Ten Industry Awards

Four expert review sites all concluded that this SLR digital camera was great. This Sony digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from both Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com, Ljudochbild.se gave it an "Especially Recommended" award and it received an "Especially Recommended 6 Star" award from Lydogbillede.dk.

This digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both Photoreview.com.au and Log.com.tr, both of which concluded that this SLR digital camera was terrific.

An additional two expert review sites liked this SLR digital camera. This Sony camera received an Akam.no "Recommended" award and the writer at DP Review concluded that it was exceptional and gave it a "Gold" award.

This Sony camera received a "Top Class" award from Kamerabild.se and Imaging Resource.com gave it a "Dave's Pick" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

This Sony camera has an average expert rating of 86% based on thirty-three expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and CNET.com.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this Sony digital camera rated it as excellent.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Sony Alpha A99 owners who reviewed it thought it had a good viewfinder. Expert website Photoreview.com.au mentioned four years ago “An improved SLT viewfinder” in their review of the Sony Alpha A99 and scored the product 5 stars.

Four Sony Alpha A99 reviewers who bought this digital camera thought it had an electronic viewfinder. Two years ago Dp Review wrote in their Sony Alpha A99 review on DP Review “Amazing EVF”.

One Sony Alpha A99 reviewer who reviewed the Sony Alpha A99 thought it had a good screen. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A99 on Ephotozine “A tilting / swivelling 3 inch screen (unique in full frame DSLRs), electronic level”.

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Good Video Capture

Some Sony Alpha A99 reviewers agreed that it was good for video recording. Photographybay.com said four years ago “Here's a nice video preview put together by CameraStoreTv of the new Sony A99”. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com mentioned “The first full-frame SLT has plenty of strengths such as a fast burst mode, great movie mode and quality pictures.” in their Sony Alpha A99 review.

Good Quality Pictures

A few customers who reviewed it considered that it was able to produce good images. Dp Review said on DP Review “The Sony Alpha 99 SLT 99V has a lot going for it, including excellent photos and very good video” in their Sony Alpha A99 review. Popphoto.com mentioned “It shows that the new perspectives being brought to photography by the likes of traditional electronics compa” in their review.

Six Sony Alpha A99 owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com said on expert review site Ephotozine “A high resolution OLED EVF” in their review of this digital camera. Smh.com.au said in their review “The viewfinder is a very high resolution electronic d”. Expert website Photoreview.com.au mentioned “High-resolution EVF make it better suited for shooting movies than its main rivals because you can record video while usin” in their Sony Alpha A99 review.

Several customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Dp Review wrote “Excellent high ISO output, inbody image stabilization system works with all lenses”. Dp Review also wrote “Excellent high ISO performance”. Dp Review also said “Excellent high ISO output in both JPEG”.

A few people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Two years ago Dp Review mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A99 on DP Review “Sensor Full Frame de 35 mm con excelentes resultados en condiciones de poca luz”. Pcquest.com mentioned three years ago “The flagship A99 model combines the 24.3 effective megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor with the BIONZ image processing engine aiming to deliver high image performances in both still”.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of Sony Alpha A99 owners who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good autofocus. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned “Like other Sony SLRs it uses a fixed mirror, which allows for fast autofocus in all shoot” in their review of this digital camera and scored the Sony Alpha A99 80 out of 100. Pcmag.com also wrote “The Sony Alpha 99 is a full-featured full-frame D-SLR that can focus as quickly when recording video as it does for still images.”. Dp Review said in their review on DP Review “Fast focus for stills and video”.

A few people who reviewed the Sony Alpha A99 considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera on DP Review “Excellent stabilization builtin for video”.

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Robust

A number of Sony Alpha A99 reviewers who purchased the Sony Alpha A99 considered that it was well made. Dp Review said on DP Review “Solid kvalitet”. One customer who reviewed the Sony Alpha A99 concluded that it was strong and durable.

Good Size

Four Sony Alpha A99 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was a good body shape. Dp Review wrote in their Sony Alpha A99 review “A wellconstructed and welldesigned body, solid performance”. Four years ago expert website Popphoto.com wrote “Sony A-mount shooters who want a really rugged and feature-rich body” in their review of the Sony Alpha A99.

One Sony Alpha A99 reviewer concluded that it was a good weight.

One Sony Alpha A99 owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Digital-Photography-School.com mentioned “After a run of compact digicams it sure was a change of scenery to grasp this major one for review”.

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Good Product Quality

Six Sony Alpha A99 reviewers who bought the product reckoned that it was good quality. Two years ago Dp Review mentioned “Great image quality”. Dp Review also wrote “High quality OLED EVF with high magnification”. Four years ago Popphoto.com wrote in their review “Speedy AF; Excellent image quality”.

Easy to Use

A number of Sony Alpha A99 owners said in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Expertreviews.co.uk said “A pleasure to use and packed with innovative features.” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 80 out of 100. Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Is enjoyable and very satisfying to use”. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A99 “It is made to a high standard, its LCD screen and viewfinder are easy to use”.

Several Sony Alpha A99 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to handle. Two years ago Dp Review mentioned “Detailed viewfinder, most flexible LCD on any camera, high level of customisation, general image quality, superb handling”. Dp Review also mentioned “Solid build quality, light weight and good ergonomics handling”.

One person wrote that the product was easy to use the menus. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Quick Navi menu for fast access”.

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Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony digital cameras and also specifically for Sony SLR digital cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Technical Features

A few customers who reviewed it said that it had good features. Expert website Videomaker.com mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A99 “There are so many features about the α99 that pros want”. Ephotozine.com mentioned “The Sony Alpha A99 is literally packed with features with built in image stabilisation, GPS, high speed shooting, HDR modes” in their review of the Sony Alpha A99 and gave it a score of 5 stars. Dp Review said in their Sony Alpha A99 review “A great feature set” .

Good Connectivity

One Sony Alpha A99 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it had gps.

Nice Design

One customer who purchased the Sony Alpha A99 thought it was ergonomic.

Acceptable Noise Level

A number of people who purchased the Sony Alpha A99 wrote that it was quiet. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Fast burst mode beyond its rivals, continuous autofocus in good light, movie mode, silent adjustment dial, electronic viewfinders don't come any better, full-frame image quality, vari-angle LCD mount”. Dp Review also said “Fairly silent shutter”.

Good Flash

One Sony Alpha A99 owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good flash. Dp Review mentioned “Lacks built-in flash” in their review.

Supports Full HD Video

Like most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A99, the Alpha A99 supports Full HD video.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Alpha A99 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Sony digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A99. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A99 has a higher still image resolution than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of this spec and age have a 5472 x 3648 still image resolution. This camera also have still image resolutions of 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2624, 3936 x 2216, 2640 x 1760, 2640 x 1488 and 1728 x 1152 and 1728 x 976. Across all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A99 the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 6016 x 4000.

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The Alpha A99 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera has a Shade white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The white balance modes "Auto", "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this Sony camera.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is typical of many digital cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 424|640 x 480|1280 x 1024|1440 x 1080|1920 x 960|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony Alpha A99 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by cameras of a comparable age and type to the Alpha A99. The ISO speed "25600" is also supported by this Sony camera.

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TFT Display

This digital camera has a TFT display, which is the most frequently found display on SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

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16 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One Sony Alpha A99 reviewer concluded that this digital camera was not good value for money. Dp Review said in their review of the Sony Alpha A99 on DP Review “AF point adjustment shows in black which can be hard to see, battery life really doesn't cut it, limited buffer feels inconsistent with burst feature, pricey”.

One Sony Alpha A99 owner mentioned that it was not cheap. Expert website Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned “The a99 is a wonderful camera against stiff competition from the Canon 5D MkIII (more expensive) and the Nikon D600 (cheaper” in their Sony Alpha A99 review.

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Poor Battery Life

Several Sony Alpha A99 owners said that it did not have a good battery life. Dp Review mentioned in their review on DP Review two years ago “For some folks, things like the lack of CompactFlash, poor battery life”. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com said in their review “The battery life isn't good enough”.

Poor Exposure Control

One Sony Alpha A99 owner who bought the Sony Alpha A99 concluded that it did not have good exposure controls. Dp Review mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A99 on DP Review “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”.

Price Increase of £304.99

In the last 8 days the price of the Alpha A99 has increased by £304.99.

Does Not Have a GPS

The Alpha A99 does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A99 also do not have a GPS.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Sony Alpha A99 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A99 do have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most digital cameras of this age and spec do not support WiFi connectivity. The Alpha A99 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not Waterproof

Most similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A99 are not waterproof. The Alpha A99 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony Alpha A99 does not have an image stabiliser, although this is within the context that most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A99 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Alpha A99 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A99 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A99, the Alpha A99 does not support video recording.

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Expensive

We think this SLR digital camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of a similar age and spec. The cheapeast digital camera of a similar spec and age that we found costs £193 and the most expensive costs £2,899.

Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Alpha A99 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this age and type. The flash modes "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Heavy

The Sony Alpha A99 is one of the heavier SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A99 (733 grams) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A99 the weights range from 420g to 880g, and the average weight is 600g.

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Very Wide

With a width of 147 millimeters, the Alpha A99 is very wide compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A99. Across all the SLR digital cameras that were released one year ago the widths range from 120mm to 150mm, and the average width is 140mm.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length

Digital cameras that came out more than a year ago have minimum focal lengths of between 18mm and 36mm. When compared to other SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A99 that we have checked, the Alpha A99's minimum focal length of 36 millimeters is one of the longest.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A99

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this Sony camera was released.

Average Screen Size

The Alpha A99 has a fairly standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 24.3 megapixels, the Alpha A99 has a pretty typical megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This digital camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Design
Colour
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Correction
Flash Metering Mode
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Microphone in Socket
USB Version
Headphone Out Port
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Live View
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Special Features

10 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(75)
8 December 2014

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Small coverage area for AF, also
AF tracking accuracy lags behind its competitors
For some folks, things like the lack of CompactFlash, poor battery life, and compromises on video autofocus may not be reasonable tradeoffs
For some folks, things like the lack of CompactFlash, poor battery life, and compromises on video autofocus may not be reasonable trade-offs
26 May 2014

It was never going to be a case of achieving overnight success, especially as something as complex as the D-SLR market. Sony was full of very ambitious plans when it launched its first Alpha D-SLR... Read more…

31 January 2014

Imaging Resource.com

Sony rocked the world when it introduced the Alpha A99 at Photokina in September of 2012...

The a99 is a wonderful camera against stiff competition from the Canon 5D MkIII (more expensive) and the Nikon D600 (cheaper). The Sony will be enticing for anyone with Minolta legacy lenses, many...

19 June 2013

DateJune 20, 2013 (1) Read later This 24-megapixel camera is Sony's top full-frame DSLR using SLT (single lens translucent) technology. The mirror is not hinged but is semi-translucent... Read more…

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User Reviews

(68)
Reviewed 26 April 2013 by SonyPhotog
SonyPhotog would recommend the Sony Alpha SLT-A99 (Verified Purchase)

For me, Sony's translucent technology is a must because I am not physically able to use the viewfinder due to a crippling bone disease and limited range of motion problems. This technology has... Read more…

Reviewed 17 November 2012 by JDC
JDC would recommend the Sony Alpha SLT-A99 (Verified Purchase)

I specialize in wildlife photography. For several weeks I have been "pushing the envelope," critically testing the Sony A99 in photographing birds under difficult situations such as dim light,... Read more…

Reviewed 15 November 2012 by Jeremy
Jeremy would recommend the Sony Alpha SLT-A99 (Verified Purchase)

The image quality from this camera is stunning. It's great to be able to crank the ISOs up so high, and still (after shooting RAW and processing my images in Lightroom 4.2) get clean, colourful... Read more…

Reviewed 14 November 2012 by Blackriver
Blackriver would recommend the Sony Alpha SLT-A99 (Verified Purchase)

I shoot anything and everyting. I run my own portrait buisiness and run a modest gallery where I sell my own "fine art" photography. This camera is a dream to use. The other guys... Canon and... Read more…

Reviewed 12 November 2012 by ScottV
ScottV would recommend the Sony Alpha SLT-A99 (Verified Purchase)

I have been a Sony camera user for about 5 years (previously Canon). After using the A580 and the A850 for the past few years, it took a little time to get used to the EVF. Other than the refresh... Read more…

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