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Sony A99 Announced


12 Sep 2012 9:05AM
There's a preview on DPR which looks very encouraging. It's mainly as trailed in the Sony Rumours site but the main surprise is that it has phase detection AF both as a separate AF sensor and also built into the chip, which is said to give better focus. The new 24Mp FF sensor is also designed to optimise light reception from all angles. It's smaller and lighter than Canikon FF cameras and will significantly undercut them in price. It also has the usual SLT movie capability which, as DPR says, "is likely to be enjoyed particularly by photographers wanting to get the most out of their video clips without having to re-train as a video focus puller". It's going to be interesting to see how good this new sensor is.

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Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
12 Sep 2012 9:12AM
Some specifications here Sony A99
JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
12 Sep 2012 10:06AM
Good to know that there will be a Sony FF camera available to fall back on if my A900 has a mishap.

Not sure it was such a good idea to discontinue both the A850 & A900 without a replacement..... cannot imagine such a scenario at either Nikon or Canon ! !

Hope my local camera shop can get Sony along with the A99 for an hands on demonstration Wink
joshwa e2
4 710 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 11:44AM
If you have any questions about the new Sony products, let me know. I'll try ask and reply.
JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
12 Sep 2012 12:01PM
Admittedly I have only had a quick look at the details but have not yet spotted anything relating to dynamic range ?

Has that been improved ?
Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
12 Sep 2012 12:08PM
There's a group set up here for photos taken using Sony Alpha cameras which includes a forum on the A99
joshwa e2
4 710 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 6:40PM
In answer to JJGEE, they have developed a new full frame sensor, in response to complaints about the levels of noise the previous full-frame sensor had. The new sensor is said to have the best image quality in Alpha history, with "high resolution, wide dynamic range and high ISO sensitivity for corner to corner high quality images"

In fact, it's probably best to show you the pictures explaining the technology implemented in the full frame sensor.

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JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
12 Sep 2012 7:16PM

Quote:In answer to JJGEE,.......

Thanks Josh
joshwa e2
4 710 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 7:57PM
They also say that the new sensor has dynamic range 2.4x wider than the A900 (In the RX1 brochure). Smile
13 Sep 2012 9:57AM
Sony are pricing it a bit higher than was expected - 2500 puts it in competition with the D800. Even if it's a better camera it'll struggle at that price. I wonder how much they're going to charge for the rumoured 36Mp FF SLT which arrives early next year - I guess that'll be more than the D800. Sony's newly designed 300mm f2.8 is also very expensive. Looks like they've decided that selling at a loss to get market share isn't working.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
13 Sep 2012 3:00PM
It will probably drop about 10% quite quickly but will still be above the "psychological" 2k mark. Hmm....

If there is a 36Mp SLT they will have to be very careful with their pricing because of the Nikon D800.
JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
14 Sep 2012 10:31AM
Well, the A99 was only officially released 2 days ago and not available for a few weeks BUT my local camera shop has it for pre-order with a discount of 201 at 2,499 ! !

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