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Sony Alpha SLT-A99V Full-Frame SLR Digital Camera with 3-Inch LED - Body Only (Black)

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  • 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • SLT design with fixed, semi-transparent mirror
  • 19-point AF system with full-time phase-detection AF in video mode
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 3.0 inch semi-articulated LCD with 1.23m-dots
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting with AF
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DPReview Sony Alpha SLT-A99 Overview
DPReview Gold Award December 2012
We have to applaud Sony's forward-thinking efforts to leverage all of its existing technology - including its high quality OLED EVF - into its flagship model and not be afraid to look beyond the status quo of what a full frame DSLR-style camera should be.
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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 an articulated rear screen. Budding videographers will enjoy brisk AF performance, as well as the option to output uncompressed video.

Reasons to buy

  • Very good JPEG output at default settings
  • Excellent high ISO output in both JPEG and Raw images
  • Wide dynamic range Raw files
  • High quality OLED EVF with high magnification

Things to consider

  • Small coverage area of AF array compared to its peers
  • Autofocus not compatible with manual exposure control in video mode
  • No histogram available in video mode
  • Live view not available with continuous shooting above 3 fps

Suggested for

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

Not suggested for

Dedicated sports shooters and those who prefer an optical viewfinder.
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Discover truly remarkable clarity with Sony's innovative new full frame DSLR that doubles as a world-class filmmaking camera. With the world's first Dual AF system10 and Translucent Mirror technology, you are no longer bound by limitations of the traditional DSLR. This massive leap forward delivers astounding 24MP resolution plus uncompressed, Full HD video recording—all wrapped in an ultra-light, magnesium alloy body.

From the Manufacturer


"The A99 gives very good image quality, particularly so at high ISO sensitivities, placing it among the best performing full frame cameras we've seen to date. And with 24MP resolution, only of the class-leading 36MP Nikon D800 resolves more detail. Dynamic range is equally impressive as well, easily on par with its peers. And the camera's multi-shot HDR mode provides JPEG shooters with an easy way to capture both highlight and shadow detail that exceeds single-shot capability." 

"There's a lot to like in the Sony SLT-A99. It's a camera that combines very good image quality with a high degree of camera customization and an ergonomically well-designed control layout. It incorporates all of Sony's recent technology advances in both stills and video performance. A900 users who've patiently waited for an upgrade and are amenable to using an EVF will be hard-pressed to find much fault with the A99, as it represents a significant step forward in just about every respect other than output resolution.

We ourselves, find very little to criticize outside of relatively minor operational concerns and find the A99 well-suited to variety of applications from landscape to studio work. The biggest challenge here for Sony is that its rivals Nikon and Canon have stepped up their already considerable game and now offer lineups of full frame DSLRs targeted specifically at working photojournalists, well-heeled enthusiasts and most recently, budget-conscious shooters. Make no mistake though, Sony does offer features that are entirely unique to the full frame DSLR market such as in-body stabilization that works with all lenses, an articulated screen and superior live view/video AF performance.

We have to applaud Sony's forward-thinking efforts to leverage all of its existing technology - including its high quality OLED EVF - into its flagship model and not be afraid to look beyond the status quo of what a full frame DSLR-style camera should be. Add impressive dynamic range, top-notch low-light performance and impressive video specifications and the Sony A99 comfortably earns our highest honor, the Gold Award."

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DSLR quality. Wi-Fi convenience.

Sony’s new flagship α99 surpasses all expectations. By fully leveraging the
potential of Translucent Mirror Technology, the 35mm full-frame format
and Sony’s professional broadcasting technology, it takes a major leap
forward in quality, performance and handling ease. Meet the future of Sony α.
Full Frame 24 Megapixel resolution . World’s first Dual AF system. Full-frame Sensor Camera.
A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 – 32000, and a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise.
The 19-point AF system with 11 cross sensors is complimented by a multi-point focal plane phase detection AF sensor with 102 additional AF points. By maximizing the strengths of both sensors, focus precision is vastly improved.
The SLT-A99 is the world’s lightest10 35 mm full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera. It weighs only 1.63lbs., thanks to features like Translucent Mirror Technology and high-rigidity magnesium alloy panels. It's an added convenience when you're traveling or on a long shoot.

Full Frame 24 Megapixel resolution
A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP effective 35 mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 – 32000, and a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise.
Uncompressed Full 1080
HDMI® output
Easily record Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection (sold separately) in 60p and 60i frame-rates.
Up to 25600 ISO Range sensitivity
Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)
World’s first Dual AF system10
The 19-point AF system with 11 cross sensors is complemented by a multi-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor with 102 AF points that overlays the image sensor. Taking advantage of Translucent Mirror Technology that simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times.
Quick Navi Pro
For heightened comfort and more intuitive operation, the SLT-A99 features an enhanced version of Quick Navi, which was highly acclaimed in the A900 and A700. Called Quick Navi Pro, this new feature allows users to immediately access all camera parameter settings.
The World's Lightest Full Frame DSLR Camera
The SLT-A99 is the world’s lightest10 35 mm full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera. It weighs only 740 grams, thanks to features like Translucent Mirror Technology and high-rigidity magnesium alloy panels. Users can therefore enjoy agile and flexible shooting despite the full-frame specifications.

Product description and full feature list
The SLT-A99 Digital Camera is equipped with the latest technology to bring you
incredible entertainment quality. Explore the full range of features and options below.

AF Range Control
Users can set the range of distance from the camera in which subjects can be focused on the AF system. By limiting the AF range, users can prevent unwanted focusing on foreground and background objects. This intelligent function enables reliable performance when photographing sports through wire mesh fences, for example.

Fast continuous shooting speeds
Highly responsive continuous shooting at approximately 6 frames per second (fps) is made possible by Translucent Mirror Technology and an enhanced Tracking Focus function offering more advanced acquisition and tracking performance. The Tele Zoom High Speed shooting mode shoots up to 8 fps at 10 MP while maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure.

Newly designed three-way tiltable LCD
The SLT-A99V is the first in the Alpha series to feature WhiteMagic™ technology, which nearly doubles the visibility of the 921k-dot Xtra Fine LCD™ monitor in sunny outdoor conditions. The three-way tilt-able mechanism, highly acclaimed on the A77, is further enhanced for even greater operational ease.

XGA OLED Viewfinder
There’s never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.

Dual Slot and Media Control Function
The SLT-A99V employs dual media slots. One of the slots supports SD Cards and the other supports both SD Cards and Memory Stick® media. This dual slot system allows for simultaneous recording for backup purposes (with recordings sorted RAW/JPEG file type or still/movie data) as well as copying between media. Moreover it allows movie recording to two media cards simultaneously – a world’s first.

Translucent Mirror Technology
Sony’s proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times to realize Full-time Continuous AF that keeps the subject in sharp focus and even during continuous shooting and movie shooting. It also allows the high-precision electronic viewfinder to accurately display the results of camera setting adjustments in real time so the photographer can make sure the results match his or her creative intentions.

Highly rigid body with magnesium alloy outer panels
The highly robust and durable body meets the heavy-duty needs of advanced amateurs. Both the main outer body panels and interior chassis are constructed of lightweight yet rigid magnesium alloy. Moreover, the grip and front cover are structurally unified to achieve extremely high body rigidity.

Dust and moisture protection
Outer body and moisture countermeasures include the sealing and treatment of major operational buttons/dials and a convex/concave mating structure that tightly interlocks components. Controls also feature a durable structure that withstands the touch usage of advanced amateurs.

Approximate 200,000 shutter
release durability

The newly developed, highly durable and reliable shutter unit has been proven to endure approximately 200,000 shutter releases. This durability ensures long-lasting shooting performance that takes into consideration the large number of photos shot by advanced amateurs.

Meticulously designed body compliments advanced users
While inheriting the popular design concept of the A77, the SLT-A99 enables comfortable photo shooting through meticulously designed features including improved grip thickness that enhances grasping ease, switch and button shapes that are differentiated for easier operation while keeping your eye on the viewfinder, an exposure mode dial lock that prevents unintended turning of the mode dial, etc.

Vertical Grip Capable
The optional VG-C99AM vertical grip designed exclusively for the SLT-A99 can house two batteries, bringing the total number of batteries (including the one in the camera) to three for significantly more hours of shooting (batteries sold separately).

PC Remote Camera Control
Enables users to remotely change various camera settings, switch still/ movie shooting on or off, and automatically transfer still images to enhance the efficiency of the studio photo shooting workflow.

New Multi-Interface Shoe
Unlike conventional cameras, the SLT-A99 also features a newly developed Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Handycam® accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting (The included ADP-AMA shoe adapter maintains compatibility with conventional Alpha accessories as well).

New Flash/Video Light
The new optional accessory HVL-F60M flash with video light offers high output, Sony’s original Quick Shift Bounce mechanism, a new video light for movie shooting and improved operational interface.

New Wireless Commander Control
The new optional accessory RMT-DSLR2 Remote Commander® for movie shooting that includes a dedicated movie record button.

Auto HDR built into camera
Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Sweep Panorama™ Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together.

D-Range Optimizer
Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.

Creative Styles
Control how the camera processes your images with 13 finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.

1200-zone Evaluative Metering
Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations.

Built-in GPS
An integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots.11

Auto Portrait Framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.

Clear Image Zoom
Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation that provides greater shooting flexibility.

Superior Auto
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies, the camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Auto HDR technology and lower image noise using three-shot layering technology.

1. Records in up to 29 minutes segments.

2. In meters, IS0 100

3. Requires 3D HDTV, HDMI cable (at least 10.2 Gbps) and active 3D glasses sold sep.

4. Note that at the time of launch the following lenses support AF-D: SAL2470Z, SAL2875, SAL50F14, SAL300F28GII, SAL70400G, SAL50050F4G.

5. Compatible with BRAVIA® Sync or Theatre Sync™ HDTVs connected via HDMI®.

6. Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage. Battery capacity decreases over time and use.

7. Requires compatible BRAVIA® HDTV and HDMI® cable sold sep.

8. Not used.

9. Files compatible with iMovie® '09 or later on Mac. Software not compatible with Mac OS® X.

10. Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras with a full-frame image sensor (as of September 12, 2012) according to Sony’s internal survey.

11. Map service requires PC with internet. Service provided by Google and subject to change without notice.

© 2012 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, BIONZ, BRAVIA, Exmor, InfoLITHIUM, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Remote Commander, Theatre Sync, Sweep Panorama, Xtra Fine LCD, Tru-Finder and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. AVCHD is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac OS and iMovie are trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Sony is not responsible for typographical and photographic errors. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice. *Logo mentions need to be included if logo shown or listed in copy


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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,301 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
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  • Date first available at September 11, 2012

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280 of 294 people found the following review helpful By The Experimentalist on December 11, 2012
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This camera is not for novices and neither is this review. Fasten your seatbelt!

The A99 is probably the most technologically sophisticated DSLR on the planet with the caveat that the video is less than stellar. While the camera's unique features for still shooting, when taken individually, may not sound like much, I've found that they are powerfully synergistic with each other and with the electronic viewfinder (EVF). The result for me is a capability for real-time decision-making and optimization of settings well beyond what I can do with any other camera, even the A77. While I doubt that any one person could make practical use of all of the A99's features, that's not my problem. There is a base set of features, some of which are brand new, that bring real magic and are improving my photography. For example, there's one new A99 exclusive that gives me unprecedented, real-time, simultaneous control of the shutter-speed, aperture, and ISO triad. I can quickly cause the flash to expose for the distance to any feature, anywhere in a scene. As with the A77, I can see an approximation of DRO as well as basic exposure before I shoot, eliminating trial and error.

Now for a dose of reality: The A99 is a full-frame (FF) camera, which means that it costs more, and its lenses are heavier, bigger, typically smaller in zoom range, and generally much more expensive than for APS-C. It has an important competitor in Sony's A77 with the same resolution in a smaller sensor - some would say the A77 is the best of both worlds if you're not concerned with sensor noise. On video, I beat the A99 with a $400 Handycam. The decision to buy may require consideration of all of these things. I'm going to do my best to help you sort it all out.
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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful By T Payne on November 8, 2012
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Make no mistake; this is a top notch camera. I can't imagine anyone will dispute that. But this camera directly competes with the likes of Canon and Nikon (Nikon D800 for example). I have been a Nikon enthusiast for about 15+ years and have gone from film (N80) to digital (D70) to better digital (D7000) and recently went to full format (D600). As I've progressed, I have noted one glaring problem with basically ALL Nikon and Canon cameras: that would be the phase detect autofocus. The bottom line is that I have yet to see a DSLR that doesn't back-focus or front-focus to some extent. This is why there are autofocus fine tune settings on most DSLRs and this works fine with prime lenses. But if you are using a zoom lens then you usually need to adjust a certain amount on one end and a different amount on the other. Since there is only one focus adjustment for the whole lens, you end up compromising with less than perfect focus at all focal lengths. This never worked well for me because I am absolutely obsessed with perfect focus. These ongoing focus issues with Nikon and Canon annoy me to no end. I thought if I upgraded to a better camera (like the Nikon D600) with a serious lens (Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8), then my problems would be solved. Wrong again! Suffice it to say that after using a LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System and Reikan's FoCal software, I concluded that the D600 was back-focusing either slightly or a lot (depending on which lens I used and at what focal length). That was frustrating. I didn't even bother looking at the D800 because it was totally plagued with this problem from day 1 (see all the negative reviews - have they solved that yet?).Read more ›
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By D. Cotting on June 11, 2013
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The more comfortable you are with your camera, the better you will be able to develop your skills, and the more confident you'll become.

To give you a little back story, m first DSLR was a Canon Rebel XTi that I purchased around six years ago. It was a dependable, wonderful camera to learn on. Around 3 years ago ,I had already upgraded some lenses (including a 24-70 L), and flashes (580exii), so a body upgrade seemed like the next logical step, and I was debating between the 7D and the 5D mark ii. I opted for the 7D over the 5D mark ii, primarily for the lower price, but also for the better autofocus and build quality. The 7D was a very good camera, however I was never particularly satisfied with it. I don't know if it was my lens, or the body itself, but I was never satisfied with the focus. It was often front or back focusing, despite my best attempts to adjust the micro focus. Even on a tripod, at fast shutter speeds, the focus was regularly off. Additionally, the noise due to the crop sensor was really rough, especially at 1600 or above. All of these things made shooting seem like a chore, particularly in post. I got to the point where i was rarely taking my camera out, because I had lost confidence that I could "get the shot." After trying my lens on several of the newer bodies (5D mark iii and 6D), I determined that the focus issues were my 7D, and not the lens, so I decided I wanted to jump to one of the full-frame bodies. For comparison's sake, I decided to look at the Nikon and Sony options as well. I was obviously already heavily invested in the Canon system, so a jump to a new system would have to involve some serious changes.
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