PIX 2015
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Menus cont.

Play menu

The play menu has all the options you might expect, but also includes the option that allows you to switch between viewing stills, MP4 movies and AVCHD movies.

Option Values / Actions Notes
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Still/Movie Select  • Folder View (Still)
 • Folder View (MP4)
 • AVCHD View

Delete  • Multiple images
Selection screen
 • All in folder

Slide show  • Repeat
 • Interval
1 sec
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
30 sec
 • Image type
Display 3D only
 • Enter
 • Cancel
Image Index  • 4 Images
 • 9 Images
Protect  • Multiple Img.
Selection screen
 • Cancel All Images
Specify Printing  • DPOF setup
Multiple Img.
Cancel All
 • Date Imprint
 • Enter
 • Cancel
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Select Playback Media  • Slot 1
 • Slot 2
Copy   Copies all images of this folder to the memory card in the other slot
Volume Settings Select 0-7  
Playback Display  • Auto Rotate
 • Manual Rotate

Memory menu

Unlike most other brands, Sony likes to write an image database file to the memory card (and the camera will sometimes ask to update this database at startup if you've used your card in another camera). This is also where you define how the camera deals with multiple media cards.

Option Values / Actions Notes
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Select Recording Media  • Slot 1
 • Slot 2
Recording Mode  • Normal
 • Simult. Rec (Still)
 • Simult. Rec (Movie)
 • Sim. Rec (Still/Movie)
 • Sort (JPEG/RAW)
 • Sort (Still/Movie)
Format  • Slot 1
 • Slot 2
Formats the memory card
File Number  • Series
 • Reset
Folder Name  • Standard form
 • Date form
Select REC folder  • 100MSDCF
 • 101MSDCF
 • etc.
New Folder  • OK Creates a new running number folder.
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Recover Image DB  • Enter
 • Cancel
Display Card Space  • Slot 1
 • Slot 2

Time and date settings

Date and time settings get their own section (although they could just as logically be part of the Setup section).

Option Values / Actions Notes
Date/Time setup  • Daylight Svg.: On/Off
 • Y - M - D, Hr:Mn
 • Date format
Area setting Select your location from map display  

Setup menu

The last menu is the Setup menu which allows you to configure general camera settings such as USB transfer modes or language. You'll also find the settings for the GPS module in here. This menu is split across three pages. You can also find the viewfinder and LCD brightness options here as well.

Option Values / Actions Notes
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Menu start  • Top
 • Previous
Delete confirm.  • "Delete" first
 • "Cancel" first
Mode Dial Guide  • On
 • Off
LCD brightness  • Auto
 • Manual
Low (-2) to High (+2)
• Sunny Weather
Viewfinder Bright.  • Auto
 • Manual
Low (-1) to High (+1)
Viewfinder Color Temp.  • -2 to +2  
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GPS Settings  • GPS On/Off
 • GPS Auto Time Cor.
 • Use GPS Assist Data
Power Save  • Max
 • Standard
Power Saving Start Time  • 30 Min
 • 5 Min
 • 1 Min
 • 20 Sec
 • 10 Sec
HDMI Resolution  • Auto
 • 1080p
 • 1080i
CTRL for HDMI  • On
 • Off
Allows camera control with TV remote when connected to a compatible TV
HDMI Info. Display  • On
 • Off
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USB Connection  • Auto
 • Mass storage
 • MTP
 • PC Remote
USB LUN Setting  • Multi
 • Single
Audio signals  • On
 • Off
APS-C Size Capture  • Auto
 • On
AF Micro Adjust  • AF Adjustment Setting On/Off
 • amount +/–20
 • Clear
Page four
Version Displays firmware version  
Language  • Japanese
 • English
 • French
 • Spanish
 • Italian
 • Chinese (Simplified)
 • Chinese (Traditional)
 • German
 • Portuguese
 • Dutch
 • Russian
 • Swedish
 • Danish
 • Norwegian
 • Finnish
 • Polish
 • Czech
 • Hungarian
 • Korean
 • Arabic
 • Farsi
 • Thai
 • Greek
 • Turkish
 • Malay
Varies by region
Cleaning mode  • Enter
 • Cancel
Performs auto sensor cleaning procedure
Demo mode  • On
 • Off
Initialize  • Reset default
 • Rec mode reset
 • Custom reset
Resets shooting settings and camera setup.
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Total comments: 16

I think this review was excellent , very honest and openminded enough to accept the EVF and the great set of amazing features that this camera gets.
If I am free(I mean not need to listen to my partner when I buy a camera), I ‘d sell my D800 for this one or for the 5D3 in a heart beat.
But unfortunaltey , I have to listen to my partner who hates Sony and EVF, so I guess I will have to shoot Nikon or Canon for a while.
That siad , I still love A99v and I really want to buy one since I was a big fan of Sony Zeiss primes from my A900 days.
The A99v is a great camera and it is probably the best camera for portrait and event work.
The 85mmf1.4ZA is a super sharp lens and the 135mmf1.8ZA is even sharper and the 24f2ZA is the best 24mm I have ever shot, well done Sony and thanks for your great review.

Miki Nemeth

"magnified live view is not available in video mode." This is a terribly brilliant feature I got used to on A7. It would be great if Sony included it as a firmware update.


I just don't understand the point, that the A99 empties its buffer twice as fast as Canon's EOS 5D III at Continuous Hi? Both cameras allow 6 fps, but the 5D III can shoot JPEG Large/Fine until the card is full while the Sony stops after 20 frames. When shooting RAW the 5D III can take 17 frames (like the Sony), before the frame rate switches to 2.7 fps (A99: "only" 1.7 fps). The 5D III then needs 4 seconds to empty the buffer, while the A99 needs 7.5 seconds. From my point of view, the 5D III is the faster camera. Or did I get something wrong?


I have owned previously the a55 a77 and for the last 12 months the A99 I paid £1750 new inc tax the a99 paired with the Zeiss 24-70 it a fantastic combo in fact the sony 28-75 2.8 produced stunning results but I would tell lies if i said it was on parr with the Zeiss which really pops the subject although has softness at corner edges @ 24mm is evident...Low light for my use has been great never has any problems...The flash/system shoe is the only annoyance and slight over exposure easily fixed in light room. what would I change upgrade faster AF..sensor 24mp ff is more than ample.In all I am a very happy with my a99 well done sony engineers...

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There's really no way around it. This is hands down sony's best camera to date. They really should revisit this, maybe give it a sensor and/or mount of their A7s , aim to make it better @ low light than Canon 5d3 (much more cleaner than 5d3, almost 1DX spec), and get rid of the translucent mirror maybe. Keep the body as is, make it mirrorless with around 15-18 megapixel and give it FPS of 8-11.

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Waiting for 18Mp,
Mirrorless(or at least the ability to lift the mirror.., somehow...) with high speed AF and low light sensitivity AF down to -3EV[currently seems impossible...]
Touch screen with focus select and AF by touch.

Alternatively to 18Mp - make 36mp with BSI, removing the anti-alias filter and allowing the semi-transparent mirror to be moved out of the way - or else simply have magnificent focus with the sensor itself....wihtout the mirror.....sigh!!!!

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Something that amazes me about the A99 is the fact that it handles high ISO better than the new Nikon D600 and D610 cameras. I just found this out by looking at the ISO 6400 samples here on DPreveiw in their studio shot comparison tool: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/studio-compare#baseDir=%2Freviews_data&cameraDataSubdir=boxshot&indexFileName=boxshotindex.xml&presetsFileName=boxshotpresets.xml&showDescriptions=false&headerTitle=Studio%20scene&headerSubTitle=Standard%20studio%20scene%20comparison&masterCamera=nikon_d600&masterSample=dsc_4526_03&slotsCount=4&slot0Camera=nikon_d600&slot0Sample=dsc_4526_03&slot0DisableCameraSelection=true&slot0DisableSampleSelection=true&slot0LinkWithMaster=true&slot1Camera=sony_slta99&slot1Sample=dsc00049&x=-0.378464142966364&y=0.34409159041539195

Make sure you look at the playing card, after you pick which cameras you want to compare and set the ISO selection box to ISO 6400 (or whatever ISO you want to compare).

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It doesn't handle high ISOs better than the Nikon D600.

Though one way to help with high ISOs is to use good Zeiss lenses and those are more readily available for this Sony.

J Shen

Continued post: During burst shooting, SLT cameras can see a live image preview or can not see ? Thanks for advice !

J Shen

About SLT & SLR cameras, If following two comments (from dpreview) are conflicting each other ? During bursts shooting SLT cameras can see the frames or can not see ? maybe I'm misunderstood. Thanks !
1, Unlike ordinary DSLR cameras, SLT cameras by Sony use Translucent Mirror technology that directs light onto the main image sensor as well as a separate autofocus sensor. This means that subjects stay sharply focused at all times as you compose scenes with the tilt-angle LCD or through the high-resolution, high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder. And with no moving mirror to slow you down, you’ll enjoy non-stop live image preview during speedy burst shooting or while you’re recording Full HD video.
2, One distinct disadvantage to current EVF technology is that when shooting bursts at higher frame rates, you are not seeing a live preview, rather the frames you have just captured. This can make camera panning (to follow a fast moving subject) virtually impossible to do with any accuracy.


Well, my A55 worked just fine for following fast-moving subjects, while shooting at 10 fps, and I believe the A99 is an improvement over the A55. (also can shoot at 10 fps)

Thomas Karlmann

It may be only the a99 RAW for ISO 25600 that is broken. Thanks.

Thomas Karlmann

beomagi: Thanks, I overlooked it.

Thomas Karlmann

DPR Raw Link for a99 Studio Scene appears to be broken. Please fix.


Connectors under flaps here

Thomas Karlmann

This review fails to show the I/O connectors! What is under those flaps? Most importantly where is the PC-sync terminal???? If there isn't one, I'll keep looking for a different camera. Please clarify.

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