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Sony Alpha A99 Digital Camera

SLR 24.3MP CMOS 4x Jan 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Good brand
Supports video recording
Has an image stabilizer

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Good Brand

Based on 23,045 expert and owner reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Alpha A99 supports video recording, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Alpha A99 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Sony digital camera). This camera also support video resolutions of 640 x 424 pixels, 1280 x 1024 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels and 1920 x 960 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 in fact the best supported video resolution across all high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of 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 the most frequently found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Alpha A99 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think a cheaper camera such as the Sony ILCE-7 ($948) or you might consider a better rated camera such as the Nikon D610 + AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR + AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED + 32GB are also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Sony DSC-RX10.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A99 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s), whereas most high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Sony camera 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 across all digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

The worst still image resolution across comparable types of camera is 640 x 360.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A99 has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The image resolution of all digital cameras of this age and type ranges from 4608 x 3456 pixels (worst) to 7360 x 4912 pixels (best).

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Ports & Interfaces

Has a Headphone Outputs

The Alpha A99 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Microphone in

The Alpha A99 has a microphone in. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also have a microphone in.

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Has an HDMI

The Alpha A99 has an HDMI, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Display

Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Sony Alpha A99 has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) (1,228,800 pixel) amongst digital cameras of this age. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 460 pixels, the highest is 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 820,000 pixels.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Alpha A99 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

There are a number of other 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III ($2,040.97) which has better reviews; or the Sony ILCE-7 ($948) which is cheaper.

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Camera

Supports Live View

The Alpha A99 supports live view, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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Lens System

Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the cameras of a similar age and type to this camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 130, and the average maximum aperture number is 14. The Alpha A99 has one of the smaller maximum aperture numbers (22) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

Cameras of this spec and age have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 4. At only 2.8, the Alpha A99 has a fairly small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Alpha A99 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 105 millimeters) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of cameras of a similar type and age to this camera range from 18mm to 1,600mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 36 millimeters, the Alpha A99 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 6mm to 75mm.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Sony Alpha A99 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

There are a number of alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including cheaper digital cameras such as the Sony ILCE-7 ($948).

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Battery

500 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera take between 30 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Alpha A99 which takes 500 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

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

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

Digital cameras of this spec and age have weights of between 90g and 1.5kg, and the average weight is 400g. The Sony Alpha A99 is one of the heavier comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera (733 grams) amongst high megapixel cameras of this age.

If you are not concerned about having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony ILCE-7 ($948) (416g and cheaper); or the Nikon D610 + AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR + AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED + 32GB (760g and higher rated).

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this Sony digital camera was released.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony slta99vk
Barcodes 00616932797873, 03662362013165, 03662362033620

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