Sony Alpha SLT-A99 Brief Review

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  • 24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS resolution
  • 1080/60p HD recording with stereo sound
  • On-chip phase detection for dual autofocus
  • 3-inch articulated LCD with 1.229 million dots
  • 100% OLED viewfinder with 2.3 million dots
  • 6fps continuous burst
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Focus limiter
  • RAW capture
  • Manual modes
  • Release Date: 2012-09-11
  • Final Grade: 94 A

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Sony Alpha SLT-A99
24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS resolution; 1080/60p HD recording with stereo sound; On-chip phase detection for dual autofocus; 3-inch articulated LCD with 1.229 million dots; 100% OLED viewfinder with 2.3 million dots; 6fps continuous burst; Sensor-shift image stabilization; Focus limiter; RAW capture; Manual modes;
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The A99 replaces the aging A900 as Sony's premier full-frame camera, and does so with graceful curves and a lightweight body that belie some serious technology under the hood. Sony is now entirely committed to their SLT technology, which replaces the mirror with a semi-translucent mirror that allows the camera to gather autofocus information full time. While there can be no optical viewfinder with such a setup, most who try electronic viewfinders quickly realize that there are some key advantages, like seeing exposure and shooting information in the viewfinder, that are quite useful. The A99 is the first full-frame SLT camera from Sony, and comes with a new 24 megapixel sensor with on-chip phase detection pixels, 1080/60p video recording at 28 mbps, 2.3 million dot OLED viewfinder, in-body stabilization and 6fps continuous burst mode. Sony is boasting about the autofocus abilities of the A99, which include features like focus limiting and extensive focus tracking options. And of course, expect image quality to be excellent throughout the ISO range.

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