It's a nice feature set, but that's a big price jump between the D3200 @ 599 currently and the D5200 @ 899. You're getting better AF and the articulating screen mostly for $300 (keeping in mind that the lens is identical). Assuming body-only would be $499 and $799 the D5200 is over 50% costlier than the D3200.
Other than the slightly high price, it appears to be a nice incremental upgrade, specifically with regards to the 24mp sensor, and the AF system from the D7000, which is taking consumer SLRs to a new level.
Right now, the D7000 is looking like a bargain at current pricing, but as i'm sure the D5200 will drop in a few months, it should be a worthy competitor. On paper it appears to compete well with the T4i, and keep in mind that Canon's sensor tech in the Rebels is a bit dated.
Intence: Can someone please enlighten me, i'm puzzled and confused as to why anyone would purchase this camera. I'm not trying to be a troll, I really don't understand. Low FPS, no major advantages over 5D3 or D800 and similar pricing (keep in mind 5D3 can be had for just over $3k routinely). Specifically, far fewer AF points than both C&N, fewer lens options, relatively average FPS, along with fewer accessories/thid-party support.
Unless you're heavily vested in compatible glass, why would ANYONE purchase this over the D800 or 5D3. I just don't get it? Sony is the underdog in this arena, yet they've priced themselves inline with the competition. Some enthusiasts who have $3k to drop on a camera may buy it, but I can't see pros moving to Sony without either a clear price or feature advantage?
I can undersand the motivation behind the RX1 (FF in a VERY compact package), but I just can't fathom who the target market for the A99 would be.
I suppose I read the specs thinking only of stills. For video, this does appear to be very promising. In fact, that may be how Sony will distinguish themselves from the other two.
TrojMacReady and Jonbee, I stand corrected. I was only looking at the camera from the "still" point of view, neglecting that there's a whole other market looking for premium video. With Canon not offering a flip-screen on anything higher than the 60D (not sure about Nikon) and both C&N missing key video features across the board, the A99 should make for an awesome video camera. I'm guilty of only reading the specs with regard to what I was interested in, instead of looking at the big picture. The A99 would be a delight for videographers.
obayedh: @ steven_k
It will depends on high ISO noise - looks like a great cam for CaNikon to afraid of!!
He's not saying they can't be rented, be realistic, it's FAR easier to rent C&N glass than anything else. I used to shoot Pentax, and know all too well the "left out" feeling of not having the same lens options or limited rental options compared to C&N.
JDT0505: I really don't think pros are going to be jumping ship from Nikon and Canon for an EVF camera. Only 6 fps? Isn't one of the reasons for using SLT to up frame rate by not using a moving mirror? I guess the processor isn't really up to the job. Sony is just throwing out high dollar junk today.
Agreed that this may turn out to be a very nice tool for video. For pure stills (the bread and butter of C&N) it's going to have a hard time given the current competition.
Video and IS are nice, but if you're dropping $3k on a body, then yous should be getting top-end glass. I'm not saying this camera doesn't offer advantages, but it's not offering nearly enough at the price (and to make up for the fact that it won't have the same support as C&N).
Predicting what the price will be is a whole different ballgame. At $2200 this would have been a winner, at $2800 it's just a reason to purchase C&N. FWIW the 5D3 was offered through eBay last week (from a VERY reputable retailer) for $2800. It's routinely sold for just over $3k through the same channels.
My point is that the 5D3 / D800 war has been ongoing for months now. At MSRP the D800 appeared more popular forcing 5D3 prices down. $2800 for the A99 is VERY steep, either Sony didn't want to sell too many, or they've screwed up royally.
How? It's only $200 cheaper than a D800 with a cheaper sensor (don't try and propose than the 24MP is "better" when it will likely be the sensor used in D600). 5D3 can routine be had for just over $3k from an authorized dealer. 6 fps on the Canon. Sony's eco-system is lacking to say the least.
From what I can tell the Sony offers the EVF and the flip-out screen. Prosumer crap that pros won't give a damn about.
To me (and not trying to troll), this is a HUGE screw-up on Sony's part. Priced closer to $2k this would have been a phenomenal camera. Priced close to D800 / 5D3 territory, i'm predicting only a small minority of consumers are going to purchase the Sony (perhaps those who need far better MF abilities, or those who own compatible glass).
Sony's the new kid on the block with FF, and they've priced themselves in the same league as the big boys. Nikon will use the same sensor in their upcoming offerings which leaves Sony in a very awkward position at the current price.
steven_k: I just ordered one from Sony store, amazon, and B&HI hope they ship in October for fall colors in Telluride.I also hope that at base ISO, IQ will surpass the A850/A900Will seeNow,I wonder if any Nikon D800 users will jump,ship?
Why? What does this do that the D800 doesn't? Is it the EVF or the flip-out screen?
I really don't see this as a serious threat to the D800 or 5D3 at Sony's current pricing. Unless there's some feature we're missing. 6 fps, 19 AF points, $2800?!? I am very confused.
We should have full specs on the D600 in 24 hours or so. If rumored pricing turns out to be true, i'd really like to see why the A99 is worth $1000 more than a D600.
Agreed, I really was expecting something huge ... something new, that would put C&N to shame. Instead we have a camera priced very close to the D800 with a lower end sensor (i'm not going purely by MP, but the fact that D800 has the high MP sensor and D600 will likely share this sensor with the A99).
This might be a nice camera to get when the price drops significantly after sales don't materialize. Pros will want the accessories, lenses, and support offered by C&N (not to mention the ability to easily rent a wide array of lenses). Pricing is a bit high for hobbyists when the competition isn't priced much higher. Sony needs to do their homework, while their latest sensors are quite promising, if they keep this up, their camera division will go the same way as the rest of their electronic division.
samhain: Just out of curiosity- why would you not put an optical view finder in a FF camera? Are there pros(or anyone) who said "I don't want an OVF"?Won't having full time evf drain the battery fast? I just don't get it... I know why people like evf, but who doesn't like a big FF OVF?
This body doesn't exactly look small. Are they using the EVF for the sake of using the EVF? It makes sense on the RX1 and the NEX series, and even in the relatively small Sony SLRs, but here? I fail to see the advantage besides adding complexity.
Can someone please enlighten me, i'm puzzled and confused as to why anyone would purchase this camera. I'm not trying to be a troll, I really don't understand. Low FPS, no major advantages over 5D3 or D800 and similar pricing (keep in mind 5D3 can be had for just over $3k routinely). Specifically, far fewer AF points than both C&N, fewer lens options, relatively average FPS, along with fewer accessories/thid-party support.