Sony SLT-A99 Review

Overall 54
Imaging 32
Features 67
Size 70
Price 100

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 147 x 111 x 78 mm
  • Weight: 812 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Sony A900.
  • Replaced by Sony A99 II.

Sony SLT-A99 Summary

This review is devoted to SLT-A99 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Dec 12, 2012. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Sony developed this model to replace their older product A900 and, after some time, Sony has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one A900.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #15 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 54/100 and it takes a rank of #35 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony SLT-A99 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony SLT-A99 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 14.0
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Storage Slots: 2

CONs

  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1555
  • Number Of Focus Points: 19
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 11
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Battery Life: 500 shots
  • Timelapse Recording: No

Complete Comparison of Sony SLT-A99 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony SLT-A99. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony SLT-A99

Sony SLT-A99 has the following external dimensions 147 x 147 x 78 mm (57.87 x 43.7 x 30.71″) with the weight of 812 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sony SLT-A99, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony SLT-A99 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 78mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony SLT-A99 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony SLT-A99 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony SLT-A99 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony SLT-A99 — 500 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Sony SLT-A99 — 78 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Sony SLT-A99 — 812 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Sony SLT-A99 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony SLT-A99 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony SLT-A99 Photo and Sensor Features

Sony SLT-A99 comes with Bionz processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony SLT-A99 has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Sony SLT-A99 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Semi-Pro DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony SLT-A99, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 89 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony SLT-A99’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony SLT-A99 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Sony SLT-A99 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony SLT-A99

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony SLT-A99 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,229k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Sony SLT-A99’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,359k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony SLT-A99 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, SLT-A99 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, SLT-A99 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

In addition, SLT-A99 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony SLT-A99, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony SLT-A99 allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 formats.

Sony SLT-A99 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Sony SLT-A99 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Sony SLT-A99 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect SLT-A99 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony SLT-A99 provides a shooting life of 500, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Sony SLT-A99 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Sony SLT-A99 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony SLT-A99’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony SLT-A99’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SLT-A99 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony SLT-A99 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A99 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A99 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Sony SLT-A99 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A99 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A99 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large Full frame(35.8 x 23.8 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (147 x 111 x 78 mm)

Sony SLT-A99 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A99 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A99 can be called a 91 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big size (147 x 111 x 78 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (19)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (11)
  • Small battery life (500 shots)

Sony SLT-A99 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A99 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A99 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (812 g)
  • Big size (147 x 111 x 78 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Sony SLT-A99 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A99 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A99 can be called a 98 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (14.0)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages

Sony SLT-A99 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model SLT-A99
Announced Dec 12, 2012
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of Lenses 141
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,229k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,359k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.71
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 89
DxO Color Depth 25.0
DxO Dynamic Range 14.0
DxO Low Light ISO 1555
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 35.8 x 23.8 mm
Sensor Area 852.04 mm2
Sensor Resolution 24.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 19
Number of Cross Focus Points 11
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 812 g
Physical Dimensions 147 x 111 x 78 mm
Battery Life 500 shots
Battery Type 500 shots
Battery Model NP-FM500H
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo; SD, SDHC and SDXC
Storage Slots 2

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