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Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 samples gallery

By dpreview staff on Oct 10, 2012 at 23:24 GMT
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Just Posted: Full-size, real world samples from the Sony A99. We've been shooting with Sony's latest full-frame flagship camera down in San Francisco and Monterey, California as part of a Sony press trip - our first opportunity to get hold of a production-standard camera. We've put together a samples gallery taken in a variety of lighting conditions and at a range of apertures and featuring multiple subjects.

Sony Alpha SLT-A99 preview samples - published 10th October 2012

There are 28 images in the samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. Because our review images are now hosted on the 'galleries' section of dpreview.com, you can enjoy all of the new galleries functionality when browsing these samples.

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kforever
By kforever (Oct 11, 2012)

Gradation between Lightened and Shadow little bit "shallow" (low contrast) than xpro1 i think? or because of my eyes? Or jpeg compression?

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sik_photos
By sik_photos (Oct 11, 2012)

Is it me, or does DPR go out of its way to "dumb down" its early sample photos, as if the camera were handed to a soccer mom on lunch break with one hand on the cell phone?

This very well might be a camera with great ergonomic and very good video/ focus features, but its going to have to prove its low-light abilities to offset these very MEH looking samples.

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harry cannoli
By harry cannoli (Oct 11, 2012)

I believe DPReview post samples with the camera set "Out of the Box".

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wetsleet
By wetsleet (Oct 11, 2012)

"Is it me, or does DPR go out of its way to "dumb down" its early sample photos, as if the camera were handed to a soccer mom..."

I've often asked myself the same question about the guys who run our great country, whilst all the truly gifted politicians are too busy driving cabs.

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tesch
By tesch (Oct 11, 2012)

Seems like a lot of bar shots from the crew at DPReview latley. ;)

2 upvotes
BMWX5
By BMWX5 (Oct 11, 2012)

I see a Gold Award for this camera and RX1 and 2012 Cameras of the Year! Anything less will be a conspiracy ;-)

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Lucas_
By Lucas_ (Oct 11, 2012)

I totally agree...!

1 upvote
Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Oct 11, 2012)

Hasn't pretty much every DSLR reviewed in the last two years at least received a silver award anyway?

Awards have less meaning if everyone gets one...

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BMWX5
By BMWX5 (Oct 11, 2012)

A57 is golden!

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Nectar D Or
By Nectar D Or (Oct 11, 2012)

The RX1 is certainly a candidate for camera of the year, and the sample pictures were absolutely fabulous.

But I don't know about this one. Based on the above samples I wouldn't give it even a silver award. I wouldn't even consider buying it if I was a pro. I guess we will need to wait for more samples and reviews.

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morganb
By morganb (Oct 11, 2012)

@Albino_BlacMan

i think it just comes down to DSLR technology is maxing out and everyone is doing it great now.

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borobudur
By borobudur (Oct 11, 2012)

I m guessing the jpgs are only 1 stop behind Nikon...which is a good thing.

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rrccad
By rrccad (Oct 11, 2012)

was there some technical difficulties with the camera?

i must be missing something .. but some of those shots just look ..weird.

99 and 105 i would expect far better detail from the 24-70 ziess .. and i'm not sure what that 16-35 is doing on one shot .. 75's grass on the right hand side just again looks odd?

sony's jpg engine once again being a pile of .. ?

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ET2
By ET2 (Oct 11, 2012)

When are studio images coming?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Oct 11, 2012)

Some time after we get the camera back to Seattle - we don't yet know when that will be.

1 upvote
JohnBee
By JohnBee (Oct 11, 2012)

Were these taken with a preproduction unit?

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Dapple 101
By Dapple 101 (Oct 11, 2012)

Does no-one ever read the text?

"our first opportunity to get hold of a production-standard camera"

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aarif
By aarif (Oct 11, 2012)

I don't like the jpegs

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Oct 11, 2012)

Looks like the 16-35 had a decentering issue at 20mm, a bit sloppy to slip through quality control at such a price and even worse to hand such a lens out to testers of a new camera....
The 500mm looks mighty sharp wide open though. Thanks for posting.

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Lucas_
By Lucas_ (Oct 11, 2012)

Great samples, the A99 was already amazing me for its awesome features and beautiful design, now those first shot samples show what really counts! Just wonderful in every sense.
I just can't wait to make one mine...

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deniz erdem
By deniz erdem (Oct 10, 2012)

why do sony jpeg always have that blotchy look to them? i know the raw files are probably very impressive but why sony? why dont you have good jpegs?

4 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Oct 10, 2012)

Now that they "Own" olympus....that is the first thing they should change. Olympus is known to have the best Jpeg engine on the market. For years they made great pictures from poor sensors.

2 upvotes
BMWX5
By BMWX5 (Oct 11, 2012)

Did you see the RX1 samples? These are also impressive samples. I think they really improve their jpeg engine.

5 upvotes
sonnydee
By sonnydee (Oct 11, 2012)

blotchy look where? i ithink the jpgs looks impressive, even the high iso ones.

5 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Oct 11, 2012)

You have to look at the images at 6000x4000 1:1. Seems like they do everything to get rid of noise, even if it does not look bad.

2 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Oct 11, 2012)

Does not really matter, who will shoot Jpeg anyway :)

1 upvote
Michaels7
By Michaels7 (Oct 11, 2012)

@BMWX5. A good friend of mine, images were part of that RX1 gallery. The images with the model in the red gown playing pool. Matthew Jordan Smith is the photographer.

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JohnBee
By JohnBee (Oct 11, 2012)

I don't show JPG so I never payed attention but I think you're on to something. Might be time to put a little R&D into that.

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Mannypr
By Mannypr (Oct 11, 2012)

Can you be a bit more speciific on the blotchiness ? Can you give me an example so that I might see it ?

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Marcelobtp
By Marcelobtp (Oct 11, 2012)

I htink the best jpeg output now is from Fuji...

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (Oct 11, 2012)

Totally agree with Marcelobtp that Fuji's JPEGs are superb. Not sure how long people are going to keep insisting that Olympus has good JPEGs when the OMD's are just average compared to years gone by.

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Paul_B Midlands UK
By Paul_B Midlands UK (Oct 11, 2012)

shooting JPG's isnt a crime as far as I know, its a reasonable expectation to expect quality JPG and RAW.

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Michael_13
By Michael_13 (Oct 11, 2012)

@marike6:
I don't see why OMD should only be average.
Oly and Fuji are both superb with JPGs and very similar. I still prefer Oly's colors to Fuji's - but this is a matter of personal taste.

1 upvote
jsis
By jsis (Oct 11, 2012)

if you buy this camera to shoot JPEGs then you're buying the wrong camera...

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