Sony A99 Review

4.5
January 11, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Lens Mount

Sony A-mount YES

Lens Compatibility

All types of Sony A-mount lenses YES
Minolta & Konica Minolta α/MAXXUM/DYNAX lenses YES

Image Sensory

Image sensor type CMOS Sensor
Image sensor colour filter R, G, B, Primary color
Size (mm) 35.8 x 23.9mm

Camera

Total sensor Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 24.7
Effective Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 24.3
Automatic White Balance YES
White balance: Mode Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature & color filter, Custom
White balance: custom setting YES
White balance: types of color temperature 2500 - 9900 k (G7 to M7,15-step) (A7 to B7, 15-step)
White balance bracketing 3 frames, H/L selectable
ISO Sensitivity Setting ISO100 - 25600 equivalent

SteadyShot INSIDE

System: Sensor-shift mechanism YES
SteadyShot INSIDE scale (in viewfinder) NO
Camera-Shake warning (in viewfinder) NO
SteadyShot INSIDE capability Approx. 2.5 EV - 4.5 EV decrease in shutter speed (varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
SteadyShot INSIDE compatibility All Sony DSLR lenses and A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta

Anti-Dust

Charge protection coating YES

Auto Focus System

TTL phase-detection system YES
Contrast AF system NO
Sensor 19 points (11 points cross type)
Sensitivity Range (at ISO 100 equivalent); EV -1 to 17
Eye Start AF System (on off selectable) YES
AF Area: Wide focus area YES (auto with 19 areas)
AF Area: Spot YES
AF Area: Local focus area selection YES
AF Area: Multi Point NO
AF Area: Center Weighted NO
AF Area: Flexible Spot NO
AF Modes Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, Depth Map Assist Continuous AF
Predictive Focus Control YES
Focus Lock YES
AF Illuminator YES (with built-in LED)
AF Illuminator range (meters) Approx. 1-7

Auto Exposure System

Light metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
Light metering cell Exmor™ CMOS Sensor
Light metering: Multi segment YES
Light metering: Spot YES
Light metering: Center weighted YES
Exposure: Automatic YES
Exposure: Program Auto YES
Exposure: AUTO YES
Exposure: Shutter priority YES
Exposure: Aperture priority YES
Exposure: Manual YES
Exposure: Scene selection YES
Sweep Panorama YES
Anti Motion Blur NO
AE Lock YES
Exposure compensation YES (+/-5.0 EV, 1/3, 1/2 EV step selectable)
AE Bracketing With 1/3EV, 1/2EV, 2/3EV, 2.0EV, 3.0EV increments, 3 /5frames (2.0EV, 3.0EV : only 3frames) selectable

Shutter

Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed Range (seconds) 1/8000 - 30 and bulb
Flash Sync Speed; second 1/250
Flash Sync Speed (With Steady Shoot On); second 1/250

Flash Control

Flash Metering System ADI / Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation +/-3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Built-in-Flash Recycling Time (approx. time in seconds) NO
Flash Mode Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Rear flash sync. Slow Speed sync.
Wireless flash mode YES (with optional compatible accessory flash)
Red-Eye Reduction YES
Flash Popup NO

Viewfinder

Type Electronic
Focusing Screen NO
Field of View (%) 100
Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity) 0.71x
Eye Relief Approx. 27mm from the Eyepiece lens
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +3.0 diopter

Live View

Live View YES

LCD screen

Screen Size 7.5cm / 3" Wide
Monitor Type TFT drive
LCD Total Dot Number 1,228,800
Brightness adjustable YES
Tilting screen YES
Rotating screen YES

Recording

Drive Mode Single, Continuous, 10 seconds and 2 seconds Self-timer, Bracket (continues, single, white balance bracket, DRO bracket)
Continuous-Advance Rate (approx. frames per second at maximum) max. 10/8 fps
Number of Continuous Advance Extra fine: 14 images/Fine: 18 images/Standard: 20 images/RAW & JPEG: 11 images/RAW: 13 images
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards (UHS-I compliant)
Recording Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format)
Image Size L - JPEG (pixels) 6000 x 4000 (24M)
Image Size M (pixels) 3936 x 2624 (10M)
Image Size S (pixels) 2640 x 1760 (4.6M)
Panorama size:Max. degrees of sweep angle(focal length 16mm/18mm) Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M), Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
3D Panorama size:Max. degrees of sweep angle(Focal length:16mm/18mm) NO
Still Image quality RAW, RAW+JPEG, Fine, Extra fine, Standard
Movie Recording Format AVCHD / MP4
Video Compression MPEG-4 AVC, H.264
Audio recording Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Movie recording mode - AVCHD 1920 x 1080 (60p/50p recording 28 Mbps, 60i/50i 24 Mbps, 60i/50i 17 Mbps, 24p/25p 24 Mbps, 24p/25p 17 Mbps)
Movie recording mode - MP4 1440 x 1080(Approx.30fps/25fps, Progressive) Approx.12Mbps(Average bit-rate) / VGA(640 x 480, Approx.30fps/25fps, Progressive), Approx.3Mbps(Average bit-rate
Noise Reduction (Long exp.NR) On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second
Noise Reduction (High ISO NR) YES
Noise Reduction (Multi Frame NR) YES
Color Space (sRGB) YES
Color Space (Adobe RGB) YES
Color mode/DEC/Creative styles Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia
Dynamic Range Optimizer Off, Auto

Playback/Edit

White/Black Out Alert YES
Index Playback YES
Enlarge (Maximum magnification) L size: 16.7x, M size: 11.8x, S size: 8.3x
Image Rotation YES
Auto Image Rotation YES

General

GPS YES
InfoLITHIUM Battery Indicator YES
Histogram Indicator YES
Exif Exif Ver.2.3
Exif Print YES
PictBridge NO
Menu Language English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Greek, Turkish
Zone Matching NO
Depth-of-Field Preview YES
PRINT Image Matching III YES
Remote Release Terminal YES
IR Remote Control YES (with accessory RMT-DSLR1/RMT-DSLR2)
DPOF(Digital Print Order Format) YES
Indicator of remaining memory space NO
Beep Sound On/Off selectable
File Number Memory On/Off selectable
Folder Name Mode Standard and Date

Jacks

Video Out NO
HD/HDMI® Out YES
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed YES
USB Mode Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote

Power/Others

Battery System NP-FM500H
Supplied Battery NP-FM500H
Stamina (battery life in CIPA condition) Approx. 410 shots(Viewfinder) / approx. 500 shots(LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Weight (g) (Body only) Approx.733

Dimensions

Width (mm) 147
Height (mm) 111.2
Depth (mm) 78.4

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