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Sony Alpha a99 Full Frame DSLT Announced

Sony Alpha a99 Full Frame DSLT Announced - Sony announce the new Sony Alpha A99 Full Frame Digital SLT with Sony Translucent technology.

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Sony Alpha A99 in Digital SLRs

As part of Sony's range of professional, a mount cameras, this new a99 model is designed to complete the full range of a-mount cameras, targeting both photographers and video-makers.

Sony Alpha a99

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.

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.

Sony Alpha a99 Key Features:

  • Exmor CMOS sensor, 24.3mp, the new sensor has been developed with light-concentration technology, photo diode expansion technology for larger photo diodes on the sensor, a multi-segment optical low pass filter (new) - Sony has been challenged previously regarding noise performance at ISO1600 and above in the past in full frame cameras and this has been designed to resolve this.
  • BIONZ new (high end front end LSI), 14 bit RAW, area specific noise reduction,
  • World's first dual AF system, phase detection af sensor (above mirror) 19-point af, also 102-point focal plane phase detection sensor. 3 dimensional AF tracking
  • AF-D mode (depth mapping, using both AF module for excellent AF tracking), AF range control, (put in place a range using the dial. can set the distance the camera will focus).
  • XGA OLED viewfinder (2369k dots, peaking function, colour temp adjustment, focus magnifier) same as NEX-7, NEX-6, A77, A65, improved optical elements since A77. Digital level guage
  • Magnesium alloy body, light, 733g, lightest full frame camera - lighter than Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Nikon D800, Sony Alpha A900
  • Quick Navi pro - gives access to frequently used features, dual slot SD + MS as well as another SD slot.
  • Movie: developed with Sony's broadcasting team, full HD 60p recording, full time continuous AF movie, PASM manual movie upgraded
  • Sound: audio level display and rec level control, silent multi controller in front of the camera (makes no noise) full HD movie output via HDMI, with shooting info on/off, (simultaneous full HD to screen and other screen)
  • 3inch 921k screen, 3-way tiltable, white magic screen
  • 410 shot battery life
The Sony Alpha a99 is due for a November release, priced at £2500 body only. For more information please visit the Sony website.

Sony Alpha A99 Specifications

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 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
  • 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
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
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

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JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
12 Sep 2012 9:45AM
The AF Range selection looks interesting, wonder how practicable it is to use though ?
Is it the same as the AF limiter on lenses ?

Are epz aware of any Sony or photographic retailers giving presentations / events in the UK where one can get a hands on look at this camera ?

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joshwa Plus
7 846 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 11:07AM
There is a dedicated button on the back, it is a limited number of lenses that will support dual phase detection AF:

24-70/2.8 ZA

There is the plan to expand this but there needs to be indepth analysis of the lenses before hand.
Scottelly 5 35 United States
13 Sep 2012 12:20AM
While it is definitely an upgrade from the A99, I believe Sony is holding something back. Why doesn't it shoot as fast as the A77? It's the same number of megapixels, and this is a year later! Why doesn't it shoot at higher resolution than the 4 year old A900, if it's only going to shoot one frame per second faster? It's the same price, after-all. Although I am very happy that they have included live-view and a fold-out screen (the first full-frame camera in the World with this feature), I think this camera is somewhat disappointing (slow). For the money, I think it should match the speed of the A77. I also think it should have had a bigger review screen than the A77 and A65. I like the new extras that it has, but for twice the price of the A77, I think we can expect a couple of extras. Maybe Sony doesn't want to spoil us, or maybe Sony thinks the A77 sales will be hurt, if they match the functionality of the A77 (as far as speed is concerned) with the A99. I wonder if Sony is trying to sell two camera bodies to photographers who can afford that.

Whatever . . . this is surely a step in the right direction for Sony's full-frame offerings . . . finally. I'm hoping Sony will introduce a new, higher resolution camera next. Maybe they could call it the A1. If they do, I hope it's 36 MP and shoots at 12 fps.

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