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Sony SLT-A99

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A multi award winning and fully featured 24.3 megapixel camera
SLR 24.3MP CMOS Black Dec 2014
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Sony SLT-A99 Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features, we have ranked the Sony SLT-A99 number 159 across all digital cameras.
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194 Reviews + 13 Awards
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Overall Score
42
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 43?

It has very good expert reviews and terrific user reviews with 95% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report good picture quality, excellent design and product quality. However they also report sub-standard battery life.
This Sony digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
6000 x 4000 pixels image resolution
Fairly high megapixel
Heavy

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared the SLT-A99 with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for portrait photography. However good for everyday photography as well being good for landscape photography.
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Should You Buy it Now?

Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. You may want to consider buying now before the price goes up.
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Sony SLT-A99 Video Reviews


How Big is the Sony SLT-A99?

The Sony SLT-A99 is 147mm wide and 78.4mm tall. It is 111.2mm deep and weighs 733g.

Sony SLT-A99 front dimensions

Sony SLT-A99 size in context

Sony SLT-A99 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

13 Industry Awards

Experts really like this Sony digital camera and have given it 13 awards.

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

This Sony camera was given a "Recommended" award by review websites Akam.no, Dkamera.de and Digitaltrends.com all of whom thought that this Sony digital camera was very good.

This camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both websites Log.com.tr and Photoreview.com.au, both of which decided that this Sony camera was outstanding.

The writer at website Digifotopro.nl decided that this digital camera was great and gave it their "Silver" award.

The authors at three more expert review sites all said that this camera was very good. Imaging Resource.com gave this Sony camera a "Dave's Pick" award, it received a "Top Class" award from Kamerabild.se and it received an "award" from Les Numeriques.com.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 37 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this Sony camera is 85 out of 100. Digital camera experts think this camera is one of the better cameras.

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User Reviews Are Excellent

The average user rating of this digital camera is brilliant based on 157 user reviews. Over 75% 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. This camera in the top 20% of all the digital cameras when ranked by user rating.

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Customers Report Inferior Battery Life

Two customers thought it did not have a good battery life.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

17 owners who reviewed the Sony SLT-A99 wrote that it was able to produce good images and two people thought the product had a good picture resolution.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Four owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was good looking and three customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was ergonomic.

Customers Report Good Product Quality

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality.

Sony Digital Cameras Have Very Good Reviews

Based on 29,814 expert and owner reviews (including 10,342 verified purchases), Sony has very good ratings for its digital cameras. Sony also has very good ratings specifically within its cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three customers thought this digital camera had a good viewfinder.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

11 people who bought it considered that it was easy to use.

Users Report Acceptable Noise Level

Three people who reviewed the product considered that it was quiet.

Customers Report it is Robust

Two owners concluded that it was strong and durable.

Users Report Good Technical Features

Three owners who bought the product concluded that it had good features.

  • There are so many features about the α99 that pros want…
    Videomaker.com September 2012
  • One of the best features of this camera is the Full frame Digital Zoom which lets you zoom to 400%…
  • This camera does have a lot of nice auto features that will save you a tremendous amount of time in post…

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

Three people reckoned that it had a good autofocus.

  • Cannot use the focus magnification to get critical focus in video mode; have to do this in stills mode…
  • The continuous preview effect, which immediately alerts me to focus and exposure problems without having to take a test shot…
    JDC (Bhphotovideo.com) - November 2012
  • One of the best features of this camera is the Full frame Digital Zoom which lets you zoom to 400%…
  • The result of which is Reduced vibration, almost Silent shots and faster Auto Focus…
  • 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…
  • Your lens better have a good focus hold button to overcome that serious deficiency…

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Two owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was a good body shape and two customers who purchased it considered that it was lightweight.


Features

6000 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The SLT-A99 has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras. Most cameras have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Cameras maximum image resolutions range from 2592 x 1944 pixels (worst) to 7680 x 5120 pixels (best).

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Fairly High Megapixel

With a megapixel of 24.3 megapixels, the SLT-A99 has one of the highest megapixels amongst cameras of this age. Across all the cameras the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP.

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Heavy

The weights of cameras range from 1g to 1.5kg. The SLT-A99 is fairly heavy (733 grams) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the SLT-A99 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras.

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Supports 25, 100 and 1 More ISO Sensitivity

The SLT-A99 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 200, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Sony camera. The ISO sensitivities 100, 25600 and 25 are also supported by this camera.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The SLT-A99 has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras. In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2624, 3936 x 2216, 2640 x 1760 and 2640 x 1488 and 1728 x 1152. The still image resolution of all cameras ranges from S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664 to 6016 x 4000.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The SLT-A99 has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other cameras do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The SLT-A99 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other cameras also feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Sony SLT-A99 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other cameras.

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Supports Live View

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

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Has a Microphone in

The SLT-A99 has a microphone in. Most of the other cameras also have a microphone in.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Sony SLT-A99 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other cameras also have a headphone outputs.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The SLT-A99 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The SLT-A99 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other cameras.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on cameras.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of cameras is 600,000 pixels, and the display resolutions (numeric) range from 3 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 1,228,800 pixel, the Sony SLT-A99 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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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 two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. This camera also support a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels and 640 x 480 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. Across all cameras the video resolution ranges from 320 x 120 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best).

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500 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The SLT-A99 is a camera that takes 500 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other digital cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Average Digital Zoom

The SLT-A99 has a pretty average digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The SLT-A99 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other cameras also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Sony SLT-A99 features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other cameras.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

Sony released the SLT-A99 in December 2014.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

canon ilca99m2cec, sony ilca99m2cec, sony slta99vk, sony a99ii

Barcodes:

00616932797873, 03662362013141, 03662362013189, 03662362021733, 04548736054509, 04905524896176, 04905524896190

Frequently Asked Questions About the Sony SLT-A99

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