Sony SLT-A99

Announced Sep 12, 2012 •
24 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor
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Announced Sep 12, 2012

The Sony SLT A99 is Sony's flagship full frame interchangeable lens camera, and nominally replaces the A900, which was released all the way back in 2008. It uses Sony's 'SLT' design with a 2.3M dot OLED electronic viewfinder, and has a fully-articulated 1.2M dot 3" rear LCD. Its in-body image stabilisation system works with all lenses, new or old.

The thoroughly modern A99 features a 24MP 36x24mm CMOS sensor that features on-sensor phase detection, creating a dual AF system that promises improved focus tracking and focus precision. It also includes Sony's Quick Navi interactive status panel and a host of features for video shooters, including a 'silent' control dial, mic and headphone sockets and focus peaking, to make the most of its 1080p60 HD video capability.

Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,229,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Storage types Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo; SD, SDHC and SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 812 g (1.79 lb / 28.64 oz)
Dimensions 147 x 111 x 78 mm (5.79 x 4.37 x 3.07)
GPS BuiltIn

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Our review

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 brisk AF performance as well as the option to output uncompressed video.

Good for: Photographers looking for outstanding high ISO performance. DSLR enthusiasts who want the option to shoot using live view without sacrificing AF performance.

Not so good for: Dedicated sports shooters and those who prefer an optical viewfinder.

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