DanCart: Its quite amazing that this is the first high end camera to "dump" the Compact Flash memory card slot and format.....
all will eventually
choochoo22: I'm confused.
Not so long ago we had compact cameras with CD autofocus and DSLRs with PD. The compacts all used live view. But live view only works without a mirror or the mirror up, and PD only worked with the mirror down. So $100 compact had full time live view while a $6000 DSLR could not, but it focused faster and more accurately. Accurate summary from a few years ago?
Then Sony comes out with the SLT design using a fixed, translucent mirror to allow live view and PD to work at the same time. Now you could have both, at the cost of losing some of the light.
More recently, the Nikon 1 (followed by a lengthening list of others) demonstrates that PD points can be incorporated on the main sensor to provide full time live view with fast, accurate focusing, and no mirror or light loss. So, SLT obsolete. I thought so. I expected next generation NEX and "A" to incorporate this. But they didn't.
Now the A99 uses PD on sensor but STILL HAS SLT MIRROR. Huh! What did I miss?
choochoo, you are missing the fact that the pdaf DOESN'T work very well, yet. Perhaps eventually it will, and perhaps then the slt will become obsolete. But not for years.
floz: There's no CompactFlash support, but there is GPS in the camera, so the specs table is slightly off...
They had it wrong, Francis, and have now corrected it: the camera HAS built-in GPS. I wish it had wireless, however.
Francis Carver: DP Review Specs for Alpha 99 (page 2 of this review):
"Storage types: Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo."
DP Review Description for Alpha 99 (page 3 of this review):
"The A99 features dual card slots. The upper position is compatible with both SD and Memory Stick, the lower one only with SD."
Suddenly gone are both CompactFlash and UMDA, phew.... that's brutal.
Oh, well. I guess it's safe to assume that the A99 does NOT take 2.5-inch SSDs, correct?
What camera does take 2.5" SSDs, Francis?
Kiril Karaatanasov: DPReview folks can you double check the ISO figures in the a99 preview. You say 100-25600 in one place and 200-6400 in another yet this camera should also have iso 50, right
Yes, it does 50 extended, not native.
VivaLasVegas: This is the paper tiger everyone is talking about, yawn......good night everyone!
Are you from Sin City also, Goth? Go find yourself a light.
Gionni Dorelli: Any word on tethered shooting via USB cable?
Omitting it on the a77 was a "no buy" for me.Omitting it on the a99 means a switch to Nikon.
Apparently both wireless and cable, Gionni. I too remain baffled by its lack with the A77.
Mr_Beast: Are the specs above incorrect? no gps etc? the official Sony page seems to suggest otherwise...
they had it wrong for a good while
redhed17: Interesting the haven't put an XQD slot on it. Looks like it could be a dead format already if the people who make the cards are not embracing it in their top of the range models. :-/
the reason for no XQD in this camera is simple, I believe: too expensive as of yet to put it into a moderately-priced camera
Reilly Diefenbach: A nice camera, I'm sure, but for an extra $200 you're not going for the D800?
not really, if you compare apples to apples
Peiasdf: So $2800 is right. Still too expensive. $2000~$2400 is much better
Hey, you have some major mistakes in this post. First, you say that the additional lens is the 28-75 SAM< which was released maybe three years ago. The new lens is a new 300 f2,8.
And the ISO rnage seems to be for som eother camera, not recognizable for a recent up-market Sony camera. I believe that this camera has ISO from 100-25600 without boost, to 50 with boost, in third of a step increments.