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Sony Alpha A99 DSLR Hands-On Preview

We look at the new Sony Alpha A99 Full Frame Digital SLR with a new 24.3 megapixel sensor.

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Sony Alpha A99 (6)
Sony Alpha A99 Digital SLR with Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar f/2.8 16-35mm ZA T* lens

The Sony Alpha a99 is designed to provide the Best IQ: with an Exmor full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, new optical low-pass filter, ISO100-25600 (expandable), High speed front end, area specific noise reduction, 200,000 shutter life cycle, 6fps burst shooting, BIONZ processor.

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Sony Alpha A99 Sensor exposed.

It is designed to be leading edge, with high reliability, and features fully fledged Sony movie recording with Full HD at 60,50,25,24 fps. We will be adding more images, using the camera and will update this when possible.


The sensor can be seen below, and is shown next to the APS-C sensor used in Sony NEX cameras, as well as the 1.0 type sensor used in the Sony RX100.

Sony Alpha A99 (1)
Sony Alpha A99 Full-Frame Sensor

Sony Alpha A99 Hands-On Photos of Equipment



Sony Alpha A99 Specifications

ManufacturerSony
Lens
Effective Magnification1x
Image Sensor
Pixels24.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6000
Pixels (H)4000
Sensor TypeExmor CMOS
Sensor Size35mm
Sensor Size (width)35.8mm
Sensor Size (height)23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1,228,800 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Manual
  • Flash
  • Bracket
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting6fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1440x1080
Video FPS30,25fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H
Battery Life (CIPA rating)410shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight812g
Width147mm
Height111.2mm
Depth78.4mm

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Photographs taken using the Sony Alpha A99

One of Four.Rear WindowJulzJulzIn FlightThe Stare OffMedieval TurnerAydon CastleBucketsAlliumsA lovely couple.Casper.JulzMighty FirCotton Top Tamarins.

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Comments


mufftrix 7 10 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 8:52PM
It a shame they not gone for the 36Mp the same as the D800? Lots of nice features but not enough to make me upgrade from the A77 just yet?

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stupot 8 1 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 10:28AM
Very impressed with the A99. Much better than my old A900.

Enjoying it.Smile
24 Jan 2013 10:32PM

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