Sony A99

11 Sep 2012 12:57PM
Tomorrow 12th September should be the announcement of the A99.
I am expecting 10FPS, 24 mp, Full frame, fast and accurate focus,with 103 focus points, and Image quality to beat any camera in it's price range.
I do not trust photo magazine reviews, because they are compromised by advertising revenue.
There is an unbiased review due out shortly, I will put the link here, as soon as possible.
Also I will with the help of my friend Malc ( In- flight kingfisher photographer ) compare it with the 1D mk 4 Canon.
Although the Canon is only 18 mp it has dual processors, which makes it faster focusing than the 5D mk3
For his photos see my kingfisher of Europe group:

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macroman 16 15.3k England
11 Sep 2012 1:22PM
A99? I go one better mines an A100. Grin
strawman 16 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2012 2:13PM
I never got past A3, is the rumoured full frame compact camera also true???

On a serious question is it optimised for sports/action use? Sounds like an interesting camera I hope it turns out to be good.
11 Sep 2012 2:39PM

Quote:A99? I go one better mines an A100. Grin

You are correct, You can get the best out of what you know.
In my opinion 90% of the photo is down to the photographer,
But I think it's worth learning something new to improve the last 10% as well.
11 Sep 2012 2:44PM


is it optimised for sports/action use? .

Time will tell, The focusing system has phase detection and 103 focus spots, and 10FPS ( to be confirmed, but info from someone who has used it )
should I hope make it useful for sports/action
12 Sep 2012 12:02PM
Pete Plus
18 18.8k 97 England
12 Sep 2012 12:06PM
If anyone has any questions about the latest cameras, post them here as Josh is with Sony all week so should be able to answer any technical questions.

And here's the first stages of our hands on of the Sony A99
cattyal Plus
14 9.0k 6 England
12 Sep 2012 12:43PM
Way beyond my pocket - or rather what the boss is prepared to spend on me - sadly. I think I'l make do with the A77 Smile
Carabosse 16 41.4k 270 England
12 Sep 2012 1:26PM
2500, body only, puts it head to head with the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D Mk III.

A comparison will be interesting.
Pete Plus
18 18.8k 97 England
12 Sep 2012 1:33PM
Josh has taken some ISO test photos now. Sony A99 ISO test
JJGEE 15 7.7k 18 England
12 Sep 2012 1:42PM
Are the ISO test shots originally RAW files or jpg's ?

I suspect jpg's as CS6 / Lightroom etc. probably does not support the A99.

In which case are they "pure" images or with Noise Reduction switched on ?

Unless of course Sony has used the same RAW format as the A900 Wink .... Can Josh check that one out ?
joshwa Plus
9 908 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 2:02PM
JPEG images, default settings, so ISO NR likely to be on, and on standard settings. Will check re: RAW format, and also the noise reduction options as I know people are interested in that.
Carabosse 16 41.4k 270 England
12 Sep 2012 2:04PM
We need to have a comparison of RAW images really.
joshwa Plus
9 908 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 8:02PM
Unfortunately RAW images can't be published as they are pre-production cameras we are using.
strawman 16 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 11:34PM
Hi for me the more interesting areas of this camera will centre around performance, how good is the new AF system do you see advantages? I would hope that this approach could give an improvement to focusing for sports and action use that could be a good plus point for this camera. I see they have kept AF trim so they are not mixing the contrast AF data from the image sensor to tune AF, I wonder why not?

I am pretty confident that with Sony's recent performance the new 24mp sensor is going to have excellent low noise and high dynamic range but I guess we should wait till detailed reviews are in. I also guess we can assume Sony have optimised this for light gathering rather than go chasing more resolution which from a personal point of view I think is a good thing 24mp is a lot of resolution.

A couple of things confuse me, for example video feature set, fast AF is that good for video? does it not create problems or viewers? and it only offers AF at lens wide open why no contrast AF for stopped down lenses? Anyway not a big video on SLR cameras fan myself so its not a biggie, just a question.

Of more interest sadly it looks like it follows Canon and Nikon recent pricing :-( so its not a low cost option. and also like those companies why does it not have blue tooth/wireless built in, come on Sony you are strong here so get a march on the rest use your strength and add good features. I would trade GPS for a smart linking attribute. Would they have been better off launching a lower cost basic full frame SLT now and getting the march on the rest, then follow up with a high tech high price niche market top of the range camera later? If the Canon And Nikon rumours are true they may have missed a chance there.

Frame rate looks confusing, is it 6fps with AF enabled, and 10fps with no AF? Could be me not reading the info correctly.

Its interesting, but I think Sony could have released a related product, keep the same sensor and cut the AF down a bit, live with slower frame rate and a simpler body design and produced an @ 1,800 full frame camera with wifi link capability so you could drive it from your Sony phone/tablet and uploaded directly to Sony DNLA device. Oh and option to have contrast and phase detect AF working together, go on Sony you know you could do it and are best placed to knock spots off the rest.How many 7F/D300/5DII users would twitch and think of buying?????

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