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Sony Alpha a99

alaTest has collected and analyzed 354 reviews of Sony Alpha a99. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviews about the screen and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the flash and energy efficiency. Reviews are divided on the lens.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha a99 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Alpha a99

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sony Alpha a99 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SONY A99 Translucent Mirror Interchangeable Lens Camera with Full Frame (24.3MP, CMOS Sensor)SONY A99 Translucent Mirror Interchangeable Lens Camera with Full Frame (24.3MP, CMOS Sensor)

Mar, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Alpha a99

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Sony Alpha a99 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Alpha SLT-A99V Full-Frame 24.3 MP SLR Digital Camera with 3-Inch LED - Body Only (Black)Sony Alpha SLT-A99V Full-Frame 24.3 MP SLR Digital Camera with 3-Inch LED - Body Only (Black)

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony readies the A99 Mark II A-mount full-frame camera for action

 

With a new everything -- body, sensor and autofocus system -- Sony's targeting pro sports photographers with the updated version of its fixed-mirror camera.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony a99 SLT-A99V proves equally adept at stills and video

 

But being very good at both may not be enough for people who'd prefer a camera to be excellent at one or the other.

The ; 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.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Alpha a99 SLT-A99V review

 

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.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Sony Alpha SLT-A99 ( Body Only)

 

Image quality The photo quality is great -- pretty much what you'd expect from a full-frame camera -- with well-resolved detail, accurate color (as long as you use the Neutral Creative Style setting), and a broad tonal range with very good latitude in...

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.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

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.

Sony has included an integrated GPS radio. When enabled, location data is added automatically to photos, so you can later view where they were taken on a map—Lightroom, iPhoto, Aperture, Picasa, and other software applications support this, as do photo...

Feb, 2013

GOLD AWARD!

Expert review by (dpreview.com)

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...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

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...

Sep, 2012

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sony A99 Review

 

The Sony A99 is a 35mm full-frame camera with a Dual AF system and pro-style video features. The Sony A99 has a newly developed 24.3 megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor, Dual AF System with 19 sensors (including 11 cross sensors) and 102 AF point...

The Sony A99 combines virtually all of the company's latest cutting-edge camera technologies with an excellent full-frame sensor and a proven body design to create a realistic rival to the likes of the Nikon D800 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III....

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Ken Rockwell (kenrockwell.com)

Sony A99 Review

 

I really like the Sony A99, especially for people and family shots. The AF system is marvelous, and the colors and focus are always great.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : jmeyer (digitalcameraworld.com)

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.

Feb, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AC3, LC-AAC
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Noise reduction:
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1650
Battery level indicator: Yes
Battery life (CIPA standard):500 / 700
Battery performance:1650
Battery Technology:Lithium
Battery Type:NP-FM500H
Battery voltage:7.2
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Brightness adjustment: Yes
Built-in processor:BIONZ
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, MPF, RAW
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Rotating
Image processor:BIONZ
Live view: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, TUR
Photo effects:Black&White, Vivid / Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
Playback mode:
Saturation adjustment: Yes
Scene modes:Landscape, Portrait, Sunset
Self-timer:2, 10 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
Shooting modes:Auto, Movie, Program
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade

Design

Color of product:Black
Energy Star certified:N

Display

Display:TFT
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):1228800
Field of view:100
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Flash

Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Flash metering modes:Wireless triggering, With synchro cord
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:1/250

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:19
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Filter size:2.64 / 3.03 / 3.23
Focal length range (f-f):0.945 - 2.76 / 1.1 - 2.95
Lens mount interface:Sony A
Lens structure:16/14 / 17/13
Lens structure (elements/groups):16/14 / 17/13
Lens Type:Standard zoom
Maximum aperture number:22 / 32
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.95 / 4.13
Minimum aperture number:2.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.26 / 1.42
Mounting type:Bayonet

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 25600
ISO sensitivity (max):25600
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Highlight-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:1

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Aperture priority AE: Yes
Auto exposure: Yes
Color temperature:2500
Display tilting: Yes
Effective megapixels (image):24.324.7
HDMI out:
Manual exposure: Yes
Panorama: Yes
Shutter priority AE: Yes
USB 2.0 connectors:
Video compression formats:H.264
Video out:

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:USB
Handheld remote control: No

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG, RAW / JPG, RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):1.41 x 0.941
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:6000 x 4000
Megapixel:24.3
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor format:Full-frame
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):3936 x 2624 (10M), 2640 x 1760 (4.6M), 12416 x 1856 (23M), 5536 x 2160 (12M), 8192 x 1856 (15M), 3872 x 2160 (8.4M) / 6000 x 4000\n6000 x 3376\n3936 x 2624\n3936 x 2216\n2640 x 1760\n2640 x 1488\n1728 x 1152\n1728 x 976
Total megapixels:24.7

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Mini
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
USB connector:Mini-USB B
USB connector type:Mini-USB B
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/4000 / 1/8000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:AVC, AVI, DIVX, H.264, M2TS, MKV, MP4, MPEG, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MPG, XVID / Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows NT, Windows RT, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Technical Details

Audio recording formats:

Video

Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,H.264,MP4,MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 424,640 x 480,1280 x 1024,1440 x 1080,1920 x 960,1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electronic
Magnification:0.71 / 0.77
Viewfinder type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.09
Height:4.37 / 4.38
Lens diameter:3.05 / 3.27
Lens length:3.7 / 4.37
Lens weight:19.9 / 33.7
Weight:25.9
Weight (including battery):28.6
Width:5.79