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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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Sony Alpha A99 Hands-on Review
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27 Reasons For

Ten Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras of this age and spec, this camera is one of the most awarded.

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

The writers at two more expert review sites both said that this SLR digital camera was brilliant and gave it their highest award. This camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both Photoreview.com.au and Log.com.tr.

An additional two expert review sites endorsed this camera. This Sony camera received a "Recommended" award from Akam.no, confirming their endorsement and the reviewer at DP Review gave it a "Gold" award and concluded it was terrific.

The writers at two other expert review sites both wrote that this camera was good. Kamerabild.se gave this digital camera a "Top Class" award and Imaging Resource.com gave it a "Dave's Pick" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

This Sony digital 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.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

This digital camera has an exceptional average owner rating based on 72 owner reviews.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of people who reviewed the Sony Alpha A99 concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Photoreview.com.au gave it a rating of 5 stars and said “An improved SLT viewfinder” in their review of the Sony Alpha A99.

A number of Sony Alpha A99 reviewers who reviewed it thought it had an electronic viewfinder. Three years ago Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Amazing EVF” in their review of this digital camera. Dp Review also mentioned “High quality OLED EVF with high magnification”.

One person who bought it concluded that it had a good screen. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert review site Ephotozine “A tilting / swivelling 3 inch screen (unique in full frame DSLRs), electronic level” in their review.

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Good Video Capture

Several Sony Alpha A99 reviewers agreed that the Sony Alpha A99 was good for video recording. Expert website Photographybay.com said “Here's a nice video preview put together by CameraStoreTv of the new Sony A99”. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com gave the product a score of 70 out of 100 and said in their Sony Alpha A99 review “The first full-frame SLT has plenty of strengths such as a fast burst mode, great movie mode and quality pictures.”.

Good Quality Pictures

Seven Sony Alpha A99 reviewers reckoned that this digital camera 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”. Expert review site Popphoto.com mentioned “Speedy AF; Excellent image quality” in their Sony Alpha A99 review. Popphoto.com also said “It shows that the new perspectives being brought to photography by the likes of traditional electronics compa”.

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

A few Sony Alpha A99 reviewers said in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Dp Review mentioned in their review of this digital camera “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”.

Several people who reviewed the Sony Alpha A99 considered that it had a good image sensor. Three years ago Dp Review mentioned in their review of this digital camera on DP Review “Sensor Full Frame de 35 mm con excelentes resultados en condiciones de poca luz”. Expert website Pcquest.com wrote “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

Seven Sony Alpha A99 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good autofocus. Pcmag.com said “Like other Sony SLRs it uses a fixed mirror, which allows for fast autofocus in all shoot”. Pcmag.com also said “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”.

Two Sony Alpha A99 owners who reviewed this digital camera said that it had a good image stabiliser. Three years ago Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Excellent stabilization builtin for video” in their review of the Sony Alpha A99.

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Robust

A number of Sony Alpha A99 reviewers who bought this digital camera thought it was well made. Three years ago Dp Review said “Solid kvalitet”. One Sony Alpha A99 owner thought it was strong and durable.

Good Size

Several Sony Alpha A99 reviewers said in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A99 was a good body shape. Dp Review said on DP Review “A wellconstructed and welldesigned body, solid performance” in their review of this digital camera. Popphoto.com said five years ago “Sony A-mount shooters who want a really rugged and feature-rich body” in their review of this digital camera.

One Sony Alpha A99 owner wrote in their reviews that it was a good weight.

One Sony Alpha A99 owner who reviewed the Sony Alpha A99 thought it was compact. Digital-Photography-School.com wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “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 Alpha A99 owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was good quality. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Great image quality”. Dp Review also said “Light body, bright and detailed viewfinder, most flexible LCD on any camera, high level of customisation, general image quality, superb handling”. Dp Review also wrote “Solid build quality, light weight”.

Easy to Use

Some Sony Alpha A99 owners said that this digital camera was easy to use. Four years ago Expertreviews.co.uk wrote in their Sony Alpha A99 review on Expert Reviews “A pleasure to use and packed with innovative features.”. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au said “Is enjoyable and very satisfying to use” in their review. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said in their Sony Alpha A99 review “It is made to a high standard, its LCD screen and viewfinder are easy to use” and rated the product 4 stars.

A number of Sony Alpha A99 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to handle. One customer who bought the Sony Alpha A99 considered that it was easy to use the menus. Dp Review said “Quick Navi menu for fast access” in their Sony Alpha A99 review.

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Good Technical Features

Some Sony Alpha A99 reviewers who bought it agreed that it had good features. Expert website Videomaker.com said “There are so many features about the α99 that pros want”. Ephotozine.com said on Ephotozine five years ago “The Sony Alpha A99 is literally packed with features with built in image stabilisation, GPS, high speed shooting, HDR modes”. Dp Review wrote “A great feature set”.

Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

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

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Good Connectivity

One customer wrote that the Sony Alpha A99 had gps.

Nice Design

One customer who bought the Sony Alpha A99 reckoned that it was ergonomic.

Acceptable Noise Level

A few customers agreed that the Sony Alpha A99 was quiet. Dp Review wrote in their Sony Alpha A99 review on DP Review three years ago “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 customer who reviewed it thought it had a good flash. Dp Review said on DP Review “Lacks built-in flash”.

Fairly High Megapixel

The average megapixel of similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than a year is 25MP, and the megapixels range from 18MP to 46MP. With a megapixel of 24.3 megapixels, the Alpha A99 has a fairly high megapixel compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A99.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Alpha A99 is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A99. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Sony Alpha A99 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this age and type. This Sony camera has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras that are a similar age to it have a 1920 x 1280 still image resolution(s). This Sony digital camera also have still image resolution(s)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 actually the best still image resolution amongst all cameras of this age and type.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst still image resolution is 480 x 480.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of cameras of a comparable type and age to the Alpha A99 is 460,000 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels. At 1,228,800 pixel, the Alpha A99 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released one year ago.

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Has Eight White Balances

The Alpha A99 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Sony digital camera has a Shade white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A99. The white balances "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

The Alpha A99 has a wider flash exposure correction than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, whereas most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. The flash exposure correction of all digital cameras of this spec and age ranges from ±3EV (1/3 EV step) (worst) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This 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 commonly supported video resolutions on cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. 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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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This camera supports a H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Alpha A99 is more than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Sony digital camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by SLR cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A99. The ISO sensitivity "25600" is also supported by this digital camera.

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TFT Display

This digital camera has a TFT display, which is the most frequently found display on SLR cameras that have been around 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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13 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

A few customers reckoned that the product did not have a good battery life. Dp Review said in their review of this digital camera on DP Review “For some folks, things like the lack of CompactFlash, poor battery life”. Pocket-Lint.com said on expert website Pocket Lint “The battery life isn't good enough”.

Poor Exposure Control

One Sony Alpha A99 owner who bought it considered that it did not have good exposure controls. Dp Review wrote in their Sony Alpha A99 review three years ago “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” .

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Alpha A99 does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A99.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Sony Alpha A99 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A99 also do not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other SLR cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A99, the Alpha A99 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than a year ago, the Sony Alpha A99 does not support wi-Fi.

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Not Waterproof

The Alpha A99 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other SLR cameras that were released around the same time as 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, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A99 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Not 3D

Most SLR cameras that have been around for more than a year are not 3D. The Alpha A99 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Sony Alpha A99 does not support video capability, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A99 also do not support video capability.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Alpha A99 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A99. The flash modess "Pre-flash", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Heavy

With a weight of 733 grams, the Alpha A99 is one of the heavier cameras that were launched more than a year ago amongst SLR cameras of this age. SLR cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A99 have weights of between 420g and 880g.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A99 that we have checked, the Sony Alpha A99's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 36 millimeters is one of the longest. Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A99 have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 18mm and 36mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 28mm.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A99

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this SLR digital camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

The Alpha A99 has a pretty typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This digital camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. 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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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Sony Alpha A99 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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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

10 Awards

log.com.tr Editor's Choice Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick Akam.no Recommended DP Review Gold ljudochbild.se Especially Recommended lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 6 Star PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended kamerabild.se Top Class Ephotozine Highly Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(75)
8 December 2014

This roundup contains the majority of current full-frame camera offerings available. Full-frame cameras have image sensors as large as a frame of 35mm film...

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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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