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Post on 12 Sep 2012 - 10:31 PM by Scottelly Views 354
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For those of you who did not know, the new A99 is in fact a reality, and it is now posted at B&H and available for pre-ordering. Who knows when it will actually arrive, but probably soon.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/891513-REG/Sony_slta99v_SLT_A99V_Digital_C...

For more info. check SonyAlphaRumors.com here:

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/livecoverage-new-sony-cameras-and-lenses-announce...

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Scottelly
Scottelly  235 forum posts United States
12 Sep 2012 - 11:20 PM

A little comparison and other information:

The Sony A99, which is a 24 megapixel full-frame camera, weighs 816 grams, while the much more expensive Nikon 24 megapixel camera weighs in at 1,200 grams (that's the Nikon D3x). The Nikon D800, which is a 36 megapixel camera weighs in at 1,000 grams and does not shoot nearly as fast (only 4 fps in full resolution mode). The Sony shoots full 24 megapixel images in manual mode faster than any other camera that is capable of such high resolution (but still slower than the A77, which I think is just plain stupid). Interestingly, there is a 10 fps mode on the dial.

The A99 looks to be the first Sony Alpha that captures 14 bit color!

It has a screen on the back that is similar to the A77 screen . . . the first time in history that a high-quality full-frame camera has a fold-out preview and review screen. Yay!

Fortunately, they did NOT do away with the GPS, so we can now finally get a full-frame camera with GPS built into the camera! Yay again!

The A99 has 2 memory card slots (SD card slots), and one of those is a multi-slot, which gives the choice for you to use Sony memory sticks OR those little SD cards. Don't as me why they didn't make both slots the same, with the choice to put either type of memory card in both slots. That would have made sense to me.

This new A99 camera costs about the same as an A900 did.

Oh, and just in case you are wondering where the weather seals are, since nobody seems to be mentioning them, they are indeed there (according to Imaging-Resource.com), just like in the A77.

It seems to me that Sony is holding back. Like fighters in a ring, Sony, Nikon, and Canon seem to be taking hits and giving them, but like a fixed fight, there seems to be some cooperation going on. Sony has not buried the Nikon cameras with this new camera. It's as if Sony does not want to just take away their competition, for fear that Nikon will not only fold up and stop buying sensors, but because Nikon helps to educate and motivate people to buy digital cameras, and it seems that Sony knows that it is better to have MORE players on the field (or in the ring). I think Sony is content to hold back and let Nikon keep a little edge, while delivering features that Nikon refuses to introduce (such as a full-frame camera body with a fold-out screen).

Here is more information about the new A99:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/09/12/Sony-Alpha-SLT-A99-24MP-Full-Frame-DSLR-...
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/sony-a99/sony-a99A.HTM

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Scottelly
Scottelly  235 forum posts United States
16 Oct 2012 - 4:28 AM

Here is a video that describes some features of the A99, which may not be immediately apparent.

http://youtu.be/AjEwsnwbwbs

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