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Sony SLT-A99 Digital Camera

SLR 24.3MP CMOS 4x Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Ten industry awards
Its not cheap.
Very short battery life
Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice

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Power

Very Short Battery Life

Seven customers agreed that the Sony SLT-A99 did not have a good battery life. Website Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “Very short battery life”. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Drains Battery Quickly”. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com said “The battery life isn't good enough” but they still gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100.


Reviews

Ten Industry Awards

Experts in digital cameras love this Sony camera and have given it ten awards.

This high megapixel camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Ljudochbild.se and Lydogbillede.dk all of whom thought that this Sony digital camera was very good.

The editors of websites Photoreview.com.au and Log.com.tr both decided that this camera was excellent and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

The writer at one additional expert review site concluded that they would endorse this high megapixel camera. Akam.no gave this camera a "Recommended" award.

Les Numeriques.com gave this camera an "award", Kamerabild.se gave it a "Top Class" award and it received a "Dave's Pick" award from Imaging Resource.com.

Good Expert Reviews

Thirty-five experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Ephotozine have rated this digital camera on average 85 out of 100.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 140 owner reviews this Sony camera has an exceptional average owner rating. Over 77% of reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 23,306 user and expert reviews (including 7,110 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

Its Not Cheap.

Four owners agreed that it was not good value for money. Website Asia.cnet.com mentioned ten years ago “The exceptional quality of its features and functionality easily justify its price”. They also said “Its not cheap.” in their review. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Pro Lenses Costly Heavy” nonetheless they gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Not Cheap

We think this high megapixel camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec. The cheapeast high megapixel camera that has been on the market for more than two years that we found costs £33 and the most expensive costs £6,599.


Audio

Fairly Silent Shutter

Five owners wrote in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A99 was quiet. Website Digitalcamerareview.com scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “Fairly silent shutter”. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Quiet operation” . Abedi mentioned “The result of which is Reduced vibration, almost Silent shots and faster Auto Focus” in their review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was December 2014 when this camera was released.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The SLT-A99 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also support video recording.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The SLT-A99 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Sony digital camera. This camera also supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels. 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Sony SLT-A99 has a relatively average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 1 pixels to 6,300,000 pixels. The SLT-A99 has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) (1,228,800 pixel) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

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Features

A Great Feature Set

Five people who reviewed the Sony SLT-A99 wrote that it had good features. Website Cnet.com wrote “A great feature set”. Expert website Videomaker.com said “There are so many features about the α99 that pros want” . Abedi mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “One of the best features of this camera is the Full frame Digital Zoom which lets you zoom to 400%” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.


Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Sony SLT-A99 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the high megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 4. The SLT-A99 has a fairly small minimum aperture number (only 2.8) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The SLT-A99 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The SLT-A99 has a higher still image resolution than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2624, 3936 x 2216, 2640 x 1760, 2640 x 1488 and 1728 x 1152 and 1728 x 976.

A 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of this age and spec.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony SLT-A99 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This Sony digital camera has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of this spec and age have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera ranges from 4608 x 3456 pixels to 7360 x 4912 pixels.

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24.3 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 24.3 megapixels digital camera.

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Camera

Supports Live View

The SLT-A99 supports live view, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has a Headphone Outputs

The SLT-A99 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have a headphone outputs.

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Has a Microphone in

The SLT-A99 has a microphone in, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has an HDMI

The Sony SLT-A99 has an HDMI. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an HDMI.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Battery

500 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Sony SLT-A99 is a camera that takes 500 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera take between 30 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony SLT-A99 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Sony digital camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera. The ISO sensitivity "25600" is also supported by this camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

With a weight of 733 grams, the SLT-A99 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera. The lightest camera of a comparable type and age to this camera is 90g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 400g.

Alternative cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (£1,519.99) (1.2kg).

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Good Size

Four owners who bought it considered that it was a good body shape. Two owners wrote in their reviews that it was good structurally.

Two people who bought it concluded that it was lightweight. Five years ago Onetrackmind mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It's a pretty lightweight Full Frame camera compared to others” in their review of this digital camera. Matt wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Lightweight so on a walkabout you won't have cramps in your right hand or neck”.

Two people agreed that it was heavy and bulky. None scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “If the mechanics of this camera hold up from heavy use”.

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Design

Solid Build Quality, Light Weight and Good Ergonomics Handling

Seven owners who bought it said that it was ergonomic. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Good ergonomics”. Onetrackmind said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The image quality is outstanding! The ergonomics are stellar” in their review of this digital camera. Korban Dallas mentioned four years ago “Ergonomics are great” in their review of this digital camera.

Four people who purchased this digital camera thought it was good looking. Czm mentioned “Nonetheless this is a beautiful camera” . Diana said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “So far the camera has performed exceptionally with beautiful images” and scored the Sony SLT-A99 5 stars out of 5. Jonathanstewartphotos wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “Once you learn where stuff is, you can get to your desired setting pretty quickly” and scored it 4 stars out of 5.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it was well designed. In April this year expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “These types of camera use a translucent mirror, rather than a traditional mirror design, which allows for faster frame rates”.

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Sturdy Build

Ten owners agreed that this digital camera was well made. Website Asia.cnet.com wrote in their Sony SLT-A99 review ten years ago “Sturdy build” but even so they only scored it 3 stars out of 5. Website Cnet.com said “A well constructed and designed body, solid performance”. Five years ago website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Solid Construction” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Two customers who purchased the product mentioned that it was strong and durable. Three years ago Matt wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The body is rugged” in his review of this digital camera and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

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Great Image Quality

Sixteen people wrote in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A99 was good quality. Website Digitalcamerareview.com said “Great image quality” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Website Asia.cnet.com wrote “Marvellous picture quality”. Dp Review said “Solid build quality, light weight”.

Noise Under Control

Fifteen customers who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use. Dp Review said “Noise under control” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk wrote “A pleasure to use and packed with innovative features.”. Expert website Photoreview.com.au mentioned “Is enjoyable and very satisfying to use” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners who reviewed it thought it was easy to use the menus. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said five years ago “Menu system”. Jdc wrote in their review of the Sony SLT-A99 “Some advantages are the bright image in dark conditions, better display of camera settings”.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Len S. scored the product 80 out of 100 and he said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Surprisingly comfortable to handle”.

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Good Viewfinder

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good viewfinder. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Electronic View Finder”. Onetrackmind mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com five years ago “Being able to review the images instantly in the viewfinder is a big plus that allows me to keep the shot framed up for the next image”. Jeremy said in his review of this digital camera “The viewfinder is great”.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good screen. Dp Review mentioned “Articulating screen” in their review of the Sony SLT-A99.

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Great Image Quality

Twenty-seven customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. A few weeks ago Dp Review mentioned “Image Quality pages published”. Website Imaging Resource.com wrote “Image quality is excellent” in their Sony SLT-A99 review. Website Bhphotovideo.com said five years ago “Fantastic Picture Modes”.

Four customers reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Website Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “Fast FPS shooting” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great Resolution”. Brian H said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The camera was flawless during the shoot and still had 40% battery power after 4 hours of continuous shooting”.

Four owners reckoned that it was good in low light. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Excellent in low light” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Four years ago Steven B wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Outstanding low light performance” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Two customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good image sensor. Jonathanstewartphotos said “The sensor definitely does not disappoint”.

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1080 60 Video

Ten customers who bought the Sony SLT-A99 concluded that it was good for video recording. Three years ago Dp Review said “1080 60 video”. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Easy Switch To Movie Mode” in their review of this digital camera. They also said “Great Movie Shooter” in their review.

Fast Focus for Stills and Video

Six people who bought the product reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Website Digitalcamerareview.com said five years ago “Center focusing point is extremely quick” . Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Fast focus for stills and video”. Jeremy mentioned “Focus peaking is sometimes useful for focusing on some subjects, although for people it tends to outline their hair instead of showing the focus on the eyes” in his review of this digital camera and scored it 80 out of 100.

Two people reckoned that it had a good zoom.

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it had a good lens. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Can Use Crop Sensor Lens”. Jonathanstewartphotos mentioned “Your lens better have a good focus hold button to overcome that serious deficiency” in their review of this digital camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony slta99vgbl, sony slta99vk, sony ilca99m2, sony a99ii
Barcodes 00017256325290, 00027242284296, 00027242847569, 00027242903326, 00616932797873, 03662362013141, 03662362013189, 03662362021733, 04905524896169, 04905524896176, 04905524896190

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