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Sony Alpha A99 Digital Camera

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SLR 24.3MP CMOS Jan 2015
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8 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Sony is one of the better rated camera manufacturers according to average user and expert reviews, and Sony also has good reviews for its SLR cameras.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Alpha A99 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than a year also support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 700D - Kiss X7i[plb_3074295_price], or the Pentax K-S1[plb_2449390_price].

Other cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to look at include the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price].

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Supports Two Image Formats

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

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The Sony Alpha A99 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This digital camera has a Shade white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the Alpha A99. The white balance modes "Auto", "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this 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 cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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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 typical of many cameras of this spec and age. 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 Sony Alpha A99 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that were released more than a year ago. This digital camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A99. The ISO speed "25600" is also supported by this camera.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A99 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most SLR cameras that have been around for a similar 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.

This camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display amongst all digital cameras of this type and age.

The worst display across similar types of camera is LCD.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS

Most SLR cameras that came out more than a year ago do not have a GPS. The Alpha A99 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also have a GPS including the Canon EOS 700D - Kiss X7i[plb_3074295_price], or the Pentax K-S1[plb_2449390_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A99 have a built-in flash, however the Sony Alpha A99 does not have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to look at including the Pentax K-S1[plb_2449390_price], or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony Alpha A99 is not waterproof. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A99 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Alpha A99 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Alpha A99 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this spec and age are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

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

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price], or the Nikon D7200[plb_2778086_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A99 do not support video recording. The Sony Alpha A99 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

Other cameras which also support video recording that you might also want to look at include the Nikon D7200[plb_2778086_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

Across all the SLR cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A99 the maximum focal lengths range from 75mm to 300mm, and the average maximum focal length is 140mm. At only 75 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A99 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were released one year ago.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

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

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Heavy

Cameras of a comparable type and age to the Alpha A99 have weights of between 420g and 880g, and the average weight is 620g. The Alpha A99 is fairly heavy (733 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A99.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Nikon D5500[plb_2701324_price] (420g).

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of 32 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A99 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The shortest minimum focal length of cameras of this age and type is 18mm and the longest is 50mm.

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Very Small Screen Size

At only 3 inches, the Alpha A99 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A99. SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A99 have screen sizes of between 3" and 3.2".

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think the Pentax K-S1[plb_2449390_price], the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price], and the Sigma SD1 Merrill[plb_2717529_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth considering include the D810A[pl_2751370_price] (3.2"), or the D7200[pl_2778086_price] (3.2") both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Very Wide

Across all the comparable spec cameras that were released more than a year ago the widths range from 120mm to 150mm, and the average width is 140mm. At 147 millimeters, the Alpha A99 is very wide compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A99.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A99

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Sony released the Alpha A99.

Average Megapixel Count

The Alpha A99 has a pretty standard megapixel count (24.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A99.

Other 24.3MP digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price].

If this digital camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Nikon D810A[plb_2751370_price] (36.3MP), or the Sigma SD1 Merrill[plb_2717529_price] (46MP) which is also higher rated.

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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 typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Pentax K-S1[plb_2449390_price] (FLU|EXD|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), 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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MOS Sensor Type

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Pentax K-S1[plb_2449390_price], or the Sony Alpha A77[plb_2716029_price] which has better reviews.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
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
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
HD Type
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
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
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System

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Expert Reviews

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8 December 2014

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The electronic viewfinder is a 2.4millimetre dot screen, but it still has the feeling of looking at a television, unlike the traditional mirrorprism viewfinder
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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Barcodes 00017256325290, 00027242284296, 00027242847569, 00027242903326, 00616932797873, 03662362013165, 03662362033620, 04905524896169

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