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Sony SLT-A99 Digital Camera

SLR 24.3MP CMOS Jan 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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41 Reasons For

Ten Industry Awards

This camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Ljudochbild.se and Lydogbillede.dk all of whom concluded that this Sony digital camera was great.

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

An other two expert review sites liked this digital camera. The expert at Akam.no gave this SLR camera a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and it received a "Gold" award from DP Review.

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

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Good Expert Reviews

Thirty-three experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and CNET.com have rated this Sony digital camera on average 86 out of 100.

Excellent Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this SLR camera is fantastic based on 72 owner reviews.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five Sony SLT-A99 reviewers who reviewed the Sony SLT-A99 thought it had a good viewfinder. Expert website Photoreview.com.au wrote in their review of the Sony SLT-A99 “An improved SLT viewfinder” and scored it 5 stars. Four people considered that it had an electronic viewfinder. Dp Review said on DP Review “Amazing EVF”.

One person who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good screen. Four years ago Ephotozine.com said in their review “A tilting / swivelling 3 inch screen (unique in full frame DSLRs), electronic level”.

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Good Video Capture

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

Good Quality Pictures

Several Sony SLT-A99 reviewers said in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “The Sony Alpha 99 SLT 99V has a lot going for it, including excellent photos and very good video” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Popphoto.com mentioned “It shows that the new perspectives being brought to photography by the likes of traditional electronics compa”.

Some Sony SLT-A99 owners who purchased it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine.com rated the product 5 stars and said in their review “A high resolution OLED EVF”. Three years ago expert website Smh.com.au mentioned in their review of the Sony SLT-A99 “The viewfinder is a very high resolution electronic d”. Photoreview.com.au wrote in their review of the Sony SLT-A99 “High-resolution EVF make it better suited for shooting movies than its main rivals because you can record video while usin”.

Several customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Dp Review mentioned two years ago “Excellent high ISO output, inbody image stabilization system works with all lenses” in their review of the Sony SLT-A99. Dp Review also wrote “Excellent high ISO performance”. Dp Review also wrote “Excellent high ISO output in both JPEG”.

Several Sony SLT-A99 owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Dp Review wrote in their review on DP Review “Sensor Full Frame de 35 mm con excelentes resultados en condiciones de poca luz”. Expert website Pcquest.com wrote in their review of the Sony SLT-A99 “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 customers thought the product had a good autofocus. Expert review site Pcmag.com mentioned three years ago “Like other Sony SLRs it uses a fixed mirror, which allows for fast autofocus in all shoot”. 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 of this digital camera on DP Review “Fast focus for stills and video”.

Two Sony SLT-A99 reviewers who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Dp Review mentioned in their review on DP Review “Excellent stabilization builtin for video”.

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Robust

Five people said that it was well made. Expert review site Ephotozine.com said four years ago “The Sony Alpha A99 is literally packed with features with built in image stabilisation, GPS, high speed shooting, HDR modes” in their Sony SLT-A99 review. Dp Review mentioned in their review on DP Review “A wellconstructed and welldesigned body, solid performance”. Dp Review also said “Solid build quality, light weight”.

One Sony SLT-A99 owner who reviewed it thought it was strong and durable. Expert review site Popphoto.com said in their review of this digital camera “Sony A-mount shooters who want a really rugged and feature-rich body”.

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Good Size

Several customers said in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A99 was a good body shape. One Sony SLT-A99 owner mentioned that it was a good weight.

One Sony SLT-A99 owner said that it was compact. Three years ago expert review site Digital-Photography-School.com wrote “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

Several Sony SLT-A99 reviewers who purchased the product concluded that it was good quality. Dp Review wrote “Great image quality”. Dp Review also said “High quality OLED EVF with high magnification”. Expert review site Popphoto.com wrote four years ago “Speedy AF; Excellent image quality” in their review.

Easy to Use

Some people who reviewed it said that it was easy to use. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their review three years ago “A pleasure to use and packed with innovative features.” and scored it 4 stars. Expert website Photoreview.com.au mentioned in their review of the Sony SLT-A99 “Is enjoyable and very satisfying to use”. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote in their review of the Sony SLT-A99 four years ago “It is made to a high standard, its LCD screen and viewfinder are easy to use” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Some Sony SLT-A99 owners reckoned that the Sony SLT-A99 was easy to handle. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Detailed viewfinder, most flexible LCD on any camera, high level of customisation, general image quality, superb handling”. One customer considered that the product was easy to use the menus. Dp Review mentioned two years ago “Quick Navi menu for fast access”.

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Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 14,929 owner and expert reviews, Sony has good reviews for its cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its SLR cameras.

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Good Technical Features

Three Sony SLT-A99 reviewers said in their reviews that it had good features. Videomaker.com mentioned in their review “There are so many features about the α99 that pros want” . Dp Review wrote on DP Review “A great feature set” in their review of the Sony SLT-A99.

Good Connectivity

One Sony SLT-A99 owner who bought the Sony SLT-A99 thought it had gps.

Nice Design

One Sony SLT-A99 owner who bought the Sony SLT-A99 concluded that it was ergonomic.

Acceptable Noise Level

Some customers who reviewed the Sony SLT-A99 considered 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 wrote “Fairly silent shutter”.

Good Flash

One Sony SLT-A99 reviewer reckoned that it had a good flash. Dp Review wrote “Lacks built-in flash”.

Has a GPS

has a GPS

The SLT-A99 has a GPS. Most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a GPS to this camera and we think the Nikon D800 ($55.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The SLT-A99 has one of the higher megapixel counts (24.3 megapixels) amongst SLR cameras of this age. The megapixel counts of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SLT-A99 range from 4MP to 52MP.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SLT-A99 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D800 ($55.00).

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on SLR cameras that were released 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.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Nikon D800 ($55.00) (CF|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D800 ($55.00).

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The SLT-A99 has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. Most SLR cameras that have been available for a similar time to it have a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction amongst all comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A99.

The worst light exposure correction across comparable types of digital camera is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The SLT-A99 has a greater number of supported image formats than most SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SLT-A99. The image formats "EXIF" and "RAW" are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 1,228,800 pixel, the Sony SLT-A99 has one of the higher display resolutions amongst SLR cameras of this age. Cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SLT-A99 have display resolutions of between 640 pixels and 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 780,000 pixels.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 24.7 megapixels, the SLT-A99 has one of the more total megapixel counts amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The least total megapixel count of SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SLT-A99 is 10MP and the most is 53MP.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

The SLT-A99 has a quite high maximum ISO speed (25,600) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SLT-A99. The average maximum ISO speed of SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the SLT-A99 is 18,000.

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Very Big Image Effective Megapixels

The average image effective megapixels of cameras of a similar type and age to the SLT-A99 is 19MP, and the image effective megapixels range from 16MP to 25MP. At 24.324 megapixels, the SLT-A99 has a very big image effective megapixels compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 1,650 milliampere * hour, the Sony SLT-A99 has one of the bigger battery capacities amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. The battery capacities of cameras of a similar type and age to the SLT-A99 range from 720mAh to 2,300mAh.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the SLT-A99 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. The most frequently found photo effect is Neutral, but this photo effect is not found on this Sony digital camera. The photo effects Black&White and Vivid are also found on this camera.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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

The SLT-A99 has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most cameras of this age and type. Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SLT-A99 flash exposure corrections range from ±1EV (1/3 EV step) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Has One Image Editing Mode

The number of image editing modes found on the SLT-A99 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SLT-A99.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the SLT-A99 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SLT-A99. This Sony digital camera also support a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the SLT-A99.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The SLT-A99 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by cameras of this age and type. The ISO speed "25600" is also supported by this Sony camera.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The SLT-A99 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most SLR cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SLT-A99. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this Sony camera.

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Supports Four Camera File Systems

The SLT-A99 has a greater number of camera file systems than most SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Sony digital camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of a similar type and age to the SLT-A99. The camera file systems "Exif 2.3", "MPF" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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TFT Display

The Sony SLT-A99 has a TFT display which is better than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Most cameras that have been around for a comparable time 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 in fact the best display amongst all digital cameras of this age and spec.

The worst display across comparable types of camera is LCD.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

Two Sony SLT-A99 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. Dp Review mentioned “For some folks, things like the lack of CompactFlash, poor battery life” in their review of the Sony SLT-A99. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com mentioned in their review of the Sony SLT-A99 “The battery life isn't good enough”.

Poor Exposure Control

One person said in their reviews that the product did not have good exposure controls. Dp Review said 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” in their review of this digital camera.

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The SLT-A99 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago do have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Nikon D800 ($55.00).

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Sony SLT-A99 does not support video recording. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SLT-A99 do support video recording.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support video recording including the Nikon D800 ($55.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most digital cameras of this type and age are not 3D compatible. The Sony SLT-A99 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Nikon D800 ($55.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

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

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Nikon D800 ($55.00) which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The SLT-A99 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SLT-A99 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The SLT-A99 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SLT-A99 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony SLT-A99 is more than most SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Sony digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the SLT-A99. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Sony SLT-A99 is more than most SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SLT-A99. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony SLT-A99

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the SLT-A99.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the SLT-A99 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the SLT-A99.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 733 grams, the SLT-A99 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the SLT-A99.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Nikon D800 ($55.00) (900g) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the SLT-A99 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the SLT-A99.

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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
Sensor Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Lens Mount Interface
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Flash Metering Mode
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Included Cable
Other Features
Colour Temperature
Image Effective Megapixels
Video Compression Format

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 50p60p, slta99, slta99v, slta99vce, sony slta99, sony slta99v, sony slta99vk, sony ilca99m2, sony slta99vc, sony slta99vce, canon ilca99m2, canon ilca99m2c, canon ilca99m2ce, canon ilca99m2cec
Barcodes 00027242847569, 00616932797873, 03662362013141, 03662362013189, 03662362021733, 04548736054509, 04905524896176, 04905524896190

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