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Sony Alpha a99 review

Sony gets back in the full-frame game

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This shot was taken at ISO 12,800 using the JPEG-only Multi frame noise reduction mode, chroma noise has been controlled well with just slight loss of detail in some areas.

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Straight from the camera images have lots of detail and vibrant, but not excessively saturated, colours. This ISO 100 image was shot using the auto white balance and the exposure settings suggested by Multi Segment metering.

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We like the results from using the Black & White Creative Style, especially when the contrast is pushed to its maximum setting. You can use the Creative Styles when shooting raw and JPEG files to produce a colour and a monochrome version.

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Using the Daylight white balance setting produced a pleasantly warm, but very natural result with this scene shot under a canopy on a bright sunny day.

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The tilting screen is especially useful when shooting still life scenes, because you can set up the subject and check composition and so on, without having to stoop to peep through the viewfinder.

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Sony's Sweep Panorama mode can be very good, but a few that we made had a band like the one visible on the far left of this image.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLT Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution24.3 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
PictBridgeNo
Image StabilizationOptical
Brand NameSony
DurabilityDust Resistant, Moisture Resistant
FeaturesSelf-timer, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Noise Reduction, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4, MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)733 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, REACH, WEEE
Flash Memory CapacityNo
Maximum Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution24.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-FM500H
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height111.2 mm
Width147 mm
Depth78.4 mm
Autofocus Points19
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAC3, AAC-LC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Fill Flash, Slow Sync, Rear Flash Sync, Red-eye Reduction, High Speed Sync, Wireless Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Rear Curtain Sync
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelSLT-A99V
Product NameA99 Translucent Mirror Interchangeable Lens Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberSLTA99VCE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

It's enough to please the toughest of photo editors, with results in every frame. A full-frame sensor with Translucent Mirror technology is more of everything, the kind of detail, colour and tone you need for demanding tasks. It goes far beyond the limits of your DSLR camera.

Battery Life500 Shot
Package Contents
  • A99 Translucent Mirror Interchangeable Lens Camera
  • NP-FM500H InfoLITHIUM Battery
Display Resolution1228800 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone