Sony Alpha A99 Review

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“A great camera with plenty of features and easy-to-use controls”

The battle for the best DSLR camera is fierce where powerful companies like Nikon and Canon are competing each other. Still, Sony doesn’t give up and launching the A99 model, hoping to defeat the rest. Even more, Sony is leading an aggressive marketing campaign in order to make sure users will be aware of this amazing camera (a tactic they have also used before launching the A77 II model).

The Sony Alpha A99 is an entry-level camera (in the professional category) that fits both amateurs and professionals with features like a full frame sensor, GPS tracking, swivel-tilt LCD screen, easy to use controls, and AF-D. It also comes with a new hot shoe to accommodate a new type of accessories and a flash which is quite anticlimactic for Sony. But don’t understand things the wrong way! This was a smart move as now you can easily use third party flashes.

You should also know that this is a lightweight model due to the lack of a viewfinder and a moving prism.

Design

The shape featured by Sony A99 is quite unusual and it may seem a little bulky and senseless at first. But this feeling goes away the moment you hold it in your hands. The shape is specially created to offer the perfect grip for any type of hands as well as to make a long-term usage, which will be as easy and pleasant as possible.

The camera’s weight is only 1.8lbs, with a light memory card and battery which make it extremely convenient for photo shoots or pictures on the go. The control buttons are cleverly positioned so you can use them naturally without having to look to pay a lot of attention to the camera itself.

Build Quality

In terms of build, the camera feels sturdy even though it is quite weightless. The material that covers the body is nice to touch and doesn’t retain fingerprints. Also, the swivel-tilt LCD screen is useful for capturing the right video moments. Still, keep in mind that this is not a touch screen.

If you think about it, you might say that Sony is trying to compete with Cannon’s latest model, the EOS 100D which is considered to be the lightest DSLR camera.

Performance

Sony A99 behaves admirably, and if you have a compatible lens, the AF-D mode is absolutely great. If not, you have the possibility to manually select the AF point.

The 24MP sensor was specially designed to capture as much light as possible which makes the Sony Alpha A99 a great camera for dim light. Furthermore, the internal build allows users to make an improved quality of still images.

Regarding viewfinder, the Sony A99 features an electronic viewfinder, a 2.4M dot resolution OLED Tru-Finder EVF, which is quite popular in this niche these days. The beauty of an EVF (electronic viewfinder) is that you can set features like white balance, focus, and other customizable information without changing the position of the camera or your body.

Sadly, it looks like Sony forgot to work on the battery. This is actually one of the aspects that take down the greatness of this camera.

Image Quality and Video

A99 comes with an amazing image stabilization that contributes to the stunning images this camera is capable of producing. According to the type of lens used, images are very sharp, allowing your creative mind to work freely during the editing phase. Also, the colors are accurate and the tones correspond with reality.

In terms of video quality, Sony managed to give us Full HD videos with a continuous live view.

Features

This camera is so rich with features, that it takes a while to get used to everything. It may be possible that you will never use some of these features since they are very specific to a certain type of images. We loved the full frame sensor, the Dual AF system, and the electronic viewfinder.

Of course, the GPS features and the fact that the ISO setting can go up to 25,600 shouldn’t be ignored.

Final Thoughts

PROS:
  • High image quality
  • AF-D and manual AF
  • Great built-in video stabilization
  • An EVF filled with great features
CONS:
  • Low battery life
  • Bulky aspect
  • Manual video mode doesn’t allow AF

Sony A99 is a great camera, with lots of cool features and fantastic image stabilization for both videos and still images. We loved the EVF and the swivel-tilt screen that makes it incredibly easy to shot videos. We would recommend it to an enthusiast looking for a camera that produces a stunning quality of photography.

9.2 Total Score
Excellent!

Design
8
Performance
8.2
Image Quality and Video
9.5
Features
9
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