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Sony Alpha A99
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Sony Alpha A99 Digital Camera

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SLR 24.3MP CMOS Jan 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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13 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

On average Sony SLR digital cameras have good reviews as do all digital cameras manufactured by Sony.

Quite High Megapixel

The Alpha A99 has a fairly high megapixel (24.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Alpha A99. The average megapixel of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A99 is 24MP.

We compared all the other 24.3MP cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D750[plb_2497138_price], and the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Alpha A99 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras that have been around for more than a year. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of this age and type. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A99 is 460,000 pixels and the highest is 2,400,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 1,228,800 pixel, the Sony Alpha A99 has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Has Eight White Balances

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

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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

The Alpha A99 has a wider flash exposure correction than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Sony digital camera has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most digital cameras of this age and spec have a ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. The worst flash exposure correction of all digital cameras of this spec and age is ±1EV (1/3 EV step) and the best is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions 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 resolutions on cameras of a comparable age and spec 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 Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Alpha A99 is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras of a comparable type and age to the Alpha A99. The ISO sensitivity "25600" is also supported by this digital camera.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This digital camera supports a H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Sony Alpha A99 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A99. The auto focusing (AF) modes "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A99 has a better display than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it have an LCD display. 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.

A TFT display is actually the best display across all SLR digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A99.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst display is LCD.

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13 Reasons Against

Price Increase of £304.99

In the last 54 days the Alpha A99 has increased in price by £304.99.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Alpha A99 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year do have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon D750[plb_2497138_price], or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Alpha A99 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha A99 also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Nikon D500[plb_3195942_price], or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Alpha A99 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most similar spec cameras that were released more than a year ago do not support wi-Fi. The Alpha A99 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi including the D500[pl_3195942_price], or the D750[pl_2497138_price] both from Nikon or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than a year, the Alpha A99 does not support video capability.

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Not Waterproof

The Alpha A99 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha A99 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Sony Alpha A99 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A99, the Sony Alpha A99 is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might be worth considering include the Nikon D500[plb_3195942_price].

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Expensive

The cheapeast cameras of a comparable age and type that we found costs £192 and the most expensive costs £5,199. We think that this Sony digital camera looks expensive for a digital camera that has been around for more than a year.

Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony Alpha A99 is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than a year. The flash modess "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Heavy

Cameras that were released more than a year ago have weights of between 400g and 1.3kg, and the average weight is 610g. With a weight of 733 grams, the Sony Alpha A99 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A99.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A99 is 28mm, and the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 36mm. The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Alpha A99 of 36 millimeters is one of the longest amongst similar spec digital cameras that were released one year ago.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A99

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Sony Alpha A99 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A99.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price].

If you would prefer a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Nikon D500[plb_3195942_price] (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth considering include the D750[pl_2497138_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the D500[pl_3195942_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC|XQD and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

The Alpha A99 has a fairly standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Alpha A99.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the D750[pl_2497138_price], and the D500[pl_3195942_price] both from Nikon or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Correction
Flash Metering Modes
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Microphone in
USB Version
Headphone Outputs
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Live View
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
System Requirements

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Expert Reviews

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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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony slta99, sony slta99v, sony slta99vk
Barcodes 00616932797873, 03662362013165, 03662362033620

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