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Sony Alpha SLT-A99

alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the focus and portability. The image quality and performance also get good feedback. Views are divided on the value for money, while some have doubts about the exposure.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony Alpha SLT-A99 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Alpha SLT-A99 (Body Only)


I admit, I really didn't like Sony's first full-frame cameras, the DSLR-A900 and its stripped-down sibling, the DSLR-A850 . I used to use them as examples of poor noise reduction and for before-and-after examples for the virtues of third-party...

The Sony Alpha a99 SLT-A99V has a lot going for it, including excellent photos and very good video, a well-constructed and well-designed body, solid performance, and a great feature set.

For some folks, things like the lack of CompactFlash, poor battery life, and compromises on video autofocus may not be reasonable trade-offs.

The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V is a generally great camera that's equally adept at both stills and video, but with a few caveats.

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Sony Alpha 99 (SLT-A99V)


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, but it doesn't have an optical viewfinder.

Excellent high ISO performance. Fast focus for stills and video. 5.7fps shooting. Quiet. Articulating rear LCD. 1080p60 video capture. Integrated GPS

No optical viewfinder. Lacks built-in flash

The Sony Alpha 99 ($2,799.99 direct, body only) is the company's top-end digital SLR camera. It sports a 24-megapixel full-frame image sensor, and like other Sony SLRs it uses a fixed mirror, which allows for fast autofocus in all shooting modes, and a...


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Sony SLT-A99


The Sony SLT-A99 is the Japanese camera maker's flagship model, aimed squarely at DSLR enthusiasts who will settle for nothing less than a full frame sensor in a rugged body with a plethora of external and customizable controls. It arrives almost four...

Very good JPEG output at default settings ; Excellent high ISO output in both JPEG and Raw images ; Wide dynamic range Raw files ; Pleasing metering and white balance results ; Solid build quality, light weight and good ergonomics / handling ; In-body...

Small coverage area of AF array compared to its peers ; Autofocus not compatible with manual exposure control in video mode ; No histogram available in video mode ; Live view not available with continuous shooting above 3 fps (an image review is...

The SLT-A99 is a feature-rich camera that still provides a wealth of easily accessed manual user controls. It stands out as the only full frame camera to offer in-body stabilization, an EVF and articulated rear screen. Budding videographers will enjoy...


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Sony SLT-A99 Preview


Sony has finally announced the successor to the powerful DSLR-A900, with the introduction of the Alpha SLT-A99. The most powerful dSLR Sony has created to date, the a99 is packed with their latest technologies, including a new 24.3-megapixel full-frame...

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Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review


After a four-year wait, Sony has brought out a replacement to the full-frame Alpha a900 camera, the 24.3MP Sony Alpha a99.

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Sony Alpha A99 Camera Review – Specs, Features and Price


With the launch of Sony A99 new DSLR, Sony is surely going to beat the Canon and Nikon and grab the number 1 position. It has interchangeable lens and Sony has launched it with the alpha series tag. Let's have the complete ...

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Sony A99: Camera Test


We took a preproduction version of the Sony Alpha 99 ($2,798, street, body only) out for a field test a couple of months ago. We thoroughly enjoyed the various innovations that Sony built into its latest transmissive-mirrored camera body—the first of...

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Sony Alpha SLT-A99


Sony's new flagship is built with video in mind.

24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor; Full-time double phase-detection autofocus; Lighter than competing full-frame SLRs

Translucent mirror has some inherent light-gathering disadvantages

The Alpha series has been on an upswing since Sony launched its first translucent-mirror camera in 2010, but the superiority of the A77 really surprised us this year. So to get what is essentially a full-frame version of that camera is big news.


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Sony Alpha A99


The Sony A99's body is built to be durable, and it includes several impressive features, such as a large sensor, an image stabilizer and a dynamic range optimizer. We are disappointed with the battery life, but overall, this is a great DSLR for the...

The high resolution, 24.3 megapixels, is one of the many highlights of this camera

This DSLR has a shorter battery life than most cameras of this caliber

Although there are some issues with the shorter battery life, this is an affordable, solid and professional DSLR.

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Sony Alpha SLT-A99 REVIEW


After a run of compact digicams it sure was a change of scenery to grasp this major one for review.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:35.8 x 23.9 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/8000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-FM500H


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection / No
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes