|Discover truly remarkable clarity with Sony's innovative new full frame DSLR that doubles as a world-class filmmaking camera. With the world's first Dual AF system10 and Translucent Mirror technology, you are no longer bound by limitations of the traditional DSLR. This massive leap forward delivers astounding 24MP resolution plus uncompressed, Full 60i/60p HD video recording—all wrapped in an ultra-light, magnesium alloy body.|
24.3 MP 35 mm Full Frame SensorA whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP effective 35 mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 – 32000, and a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise.
Uncompressed HDMI OutputEasily record Full HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection at 30p.
Multi-frame NRExperience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)
World’s first Dual AF system10The 19-point AF system with 11 cross sensors is complemented by a multi-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor with 102 AF points that overlays the image sensor. Taking advantage of Translucent Mirror Technology that simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times.
New AF-D Mode4This highly advanced Continuous AF mode uses 19 AF points with reliable depth-direction focusing performance to steadfastly capture subjects and is strongly assisted by the 102-point multi-point focal-plane phase-detection AF sensor. It continues to accurately focus on the subject whether the subject is moving in depth or plane direction4.
AF Range ControlUsers can set the range of distance from the camera in which subjects can be focused on the AF system. By limiting the AF range, users can prevent unwanted focusing on foreground and background objects. This intelligent function enables reliable performance when photographing sports through wire mesh fences, for example.
PlayMemories™Uniquely smart and easy-to-use, PlayMemories Home™ software makes organizing, editing and sharing your photos and videos a cinch. Instantly import and sort your content by event or date. Then transform your favorites from ordinary to extraordinary with intuitive adjustments and stunning filters. You can even create heartwarming slide-shows complete with transitions and soundtracks in 3 simple steps. Finally, share your picks privately with family and friends or on popular social networking sites like Facebook® and YouTube™. PlayMemories Online™ service can even securely store your content in the cloud allowing virtually all of your devices to access it anytime, anyplace.
Fast continuous shooting speedsHighly responsive continuous shooting at approximately 6 frames per second (fps) is made possible by Translucent Mirror Technology and an enhanced Tracking Focus function offering more advanced acquisition and tracking performance. The Tele Zoom High Speed shooting mode shoots up to 8 fps at 10 MP while maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure.
Newly designed three-way tiltable LCDThe SLT-A99V is the first in the Alpha series to feature WhiteMagic™ technology, which nearly doubles the visibility of the 921k-dot Xtra Fine LCD™ monitor in sunny outdoor conditions. The three-way tilt-able mechanism, highly acclaimed on the A77, is further enhanced for even greater operational ease.
XGA OLED ViewfinderThere’s never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.
World’s lightest Full-frame Sensor Camera10The SLT-A99V is the world’s lightest10 35 mm full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera. It weighs only 733 grams (body only), thanks to features like Translucent Mirror Technology and high-rigidity magnesium alloy panels. Users will enjoy agile and flexible shooting despite the full-frame specifications.
Newly developed Quick Navi ProFor heightened comfort and more intuitive operation, the SLT-A99V features an enhanced version of Quick Navi, which was highly acclaimed in the A900 and A700. Called Quick Navi Pro, this new feature allows users to immediately access all camera parameter settings. Photographers can therefore quickly change settings with just the right hand while shooting photos.
Dual Slot and Media Control FunctionThe SLT-A99V employs dual media slots. One of the slots supports SD Cards and the other supports both SD Cards and Memory Stick® media. This dual slot system allows for simultaneous recording for backup purposes (with recordings sorted RAW/JPEG file type or still/movie data) as well as copying between media. Moreover it allows movie recording to two media cards simultaneously – a world’s first (as of September 12, 2012)
Translucent Mirror TechnologySony’s proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times to realize Full-time Continuous AF that keeps the subject in sharp focus and even during continuous shooting and movie shooting. It also allows the high-precision electronic viewfinder to accurately display the results of camera setting adjustments in real time so the photographer can make sure the results match his or her creative intentions.
Highly rigid body with magnesium alloy outer panelsThe highly robust and durable body meets the heavy-duty needs of advanced amateurs. Both the main outer body panels and interior chassis are constructed of lightweight yet rigid magnesium alloy. Moreover, the grip and front cover are structurally unified to achieve extremely high body rigidity.
Dust and moisture protectionOuter body and moisture countermeasures include the sealing and treatment of major operational buttons/dials and a convex/concave mating structure that tightly interlocks components. Controls also feature a durable structure that withstands the touch usage of advanced amateurs.
Approximate 200,000 shutter release durabilityThe newly developed, highly durable and reliable shutter unit has been proven to endure approximately 200,000 shutter releases. This durability ensures long-lasting shooting performance that takes into consideration the large number of photos shot by advanced amateurs.
Meticulously designed body compliments advanced usersWhile inheriting the popular design concept of the A77, the SLT-A99V enables comfortable photo shooting through meticulously designed features including improved grip thickness that enhances grasping ease, switch and button shapes that are differentiated for easier operation while keeping your eye on the viewfinder, an exposure mode dial lock that prevents unintended turning of the mode dial, etc.
Vertical Grip CapableThe optional VG-C99AM vertical grip designed exclusively for the SLT-A99V can house two batteries, bringing the total number of batteries (including the one in the camera) to three for significantly more hours of shooting (batteries sold separately).
PC Remote Camera ControlEnables users to remotely change various camera settings, switch still/ movie shooting on or off, and automatically transfer still images to enhance the efficiency of the studio photo shooting workflow.
|Lens Compatibility||Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed|
|Camera Type||Sony A-mount interchangeable-lens digital camera|
|Imaging Sensor||"Exmor" CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm)|
|Anti Dust||Charge protection coating on low-pass filter and image sensor shift mechanism|
|Pixel Gross||Approx. 24.7 megapixels|
|Effective Picture Resolution||Approx. 24.3 megapixels|
|Color Filter System||RGB primary color filters|
|Media Type||Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™ media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card|
|Color Space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Still Image Mode||JPEG (Standard, Fine, Extra Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG|
|Still Image Size 16:9||
35mm full frame
L: 6000 x 3376 (20M)
M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M)
S: 2640 x 1488 (3.9M)
L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M)
M: 2640 x 1488 (3.9M)
S: 1728 x 976 (1.7M)
|Still Image Size 3:2||
35mm full frame
L: 6000 x 4000 (24M)
M: 3936 x 2624 (10M)
S: 2640 x 1760 (4.6M)
L: 3936 x 2624 (10M)
M: 2640 x 1760 (4.6M)
S: 1728 x 1152 (2.0M)
|Panorama Still Image Size||
Horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M)
Horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
|Video Format||AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive), AVCHD, MP4|
PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
|Dual Record||Simult. Rec (Still,Movie), Simult. Rec (Still/Movie), Sort (JPEG/RAW), Sort (Still/Movie), Copy|
|Audio Format||Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch|
|Microphone/Speaker||Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-ALST1 (with supplied shoe adaptor) / ECM-CG50 / XLR-K1M (sold separately). Built-in, monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7.|
|Still Image File Format||JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), RAW & JPEG|
|Digital Zoom||Still images: 4x Movie: 4x|
|Smart Zoom® Technology||M: approx. 1.5x, S: approx. 2.3x|
1/2" (1.3 cm) electronic viewfinder (color) (2,359k dots).
Display:Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Digital Level Gauge / Histogram.
Brightness control: Auto/Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
Eyepoint: Approx. 27mm from the eyepiece lens, 22mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter (CIPA standard)
|Diopter Adjustment||-4.0 to +3.0m-1|
|Field of View||100%|
|Magnification||Approx. 0.71 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)|
|LCD Type||3.0" (7.5 cm) TFT drive (1,228,800 dots). Focus Magnifier: (35mm full frame: 5.9x, 11.7x APS-C: 3.8x, 7.7x)|
Tilt angle: 140 degrees upward and 180 degrees downward
Rotation angle: 180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise
|Brightness Control||Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather|
|Real-time image adjustment display||Yes(On/Off)|
|Peaking||Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)|
|Customization||Graphic Display, Display All Info., No Disp. Info., Digital Level Gauge, Histogram, Shooting Info|
|Focus System||TTL Phase-detection AF (CCD line sensors and Focal Plane Phase Detection sensors)|
|Focus Points||Detector 1: 19 points (11 points cross type), Detector 2: 102 assist points|
|AF Modes||Single-shot AF (AF-S), Automatic AF (AF-A), Continuous AF (AF-C), Depth Map Assist Continuous AF (AF-D) selectable|
|Focus Area||Wide (auto,19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable|
|Focus Sensitivity||EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)|
|Focus Features||Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF|
|AF Illuminator||Built-in, LED type (range approx. 3.3 to 23 ft (1-7m))|
|Metering||1200-zone evaluative metering|
|Metering Modes||Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Metering Sensitivity||-2 to 17 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent with f/1.4 lens)|
|Exposure Compensation||+/-5.0 EV (1/3EV, 1/2EV steps selectable)|
|Exposure Settings||AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie (Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) selectable in manual focus mode)|
|Scene Mode(s)||Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight|
|Auto Exposure Lock||Yes with AE lock button (AE also locked when focus is locked in a multi-segment metering mode).|
|Color Temperature||Manual (5 steps)|
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia
(Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
|Exposure Bracketing||Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, 3/5 frames (2.0 EV, 3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable|
Still images: Auto (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), ISO 100-25600;
Movies: ISO 100-6400 equivalent; Auto (ISO 100-3200 equivalent)
|Noise Reduction||Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low/Off)|
|White Balance Mode||Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7, A7 to B7) / Custom (3)|
w/ SD (UHS-I compliant) memory card:
Cont. shooting Hi: Extra FINE 15, FINE 24, STD 29, RAW 15, RAW+JPEG 12 Tele-zoom
Cont. Advance Priority AE (8 fps): Extra FINE 20, FINE 28, STD 31, RAW 19, RAW+JPEG 18
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (10 fps): Extra FINE 20, FINE 26, STD 28
w/ Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo:
Continuous shooting Hi: Extra FINE 14, FINE 18, STD 20, RAW 13, RAW+JPEG 11
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (8 fps): Extra FINE 17, FINE 20, STD 24, RAW 17, RAW+JPEG 16
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (10 fps): Extra FINE 18, FINE 22, STD 24
|Continuous Shooting Speed||
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE: approx. 10/8 fps selectable;
Continuous (Hi:35mm full frame: approx. 6 fps APS-C: approx. 7 fps; Lo: 35mm full frame: approx. 2.5 fps APS-C: approx. 2.5 fps)
|Drive Mode||Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB/DRO), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR2)|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/250 sec.|
|Self-timer||2-sec. or 10-sec. delay|
Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb
Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
|Shutter Type||Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type|
|Flash Compensation||+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)|
|Flash Bracketing||0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0 EV steps, 3/5 frames (2.0/3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable|
|Flash Metering System||ADI; Pre-flash TTL|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless, Off|
|Still Image Playback Options||Single, 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode, Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, off), Image orientation (On/Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection, Delete, Protect|
|Video Playback Options||Forward/Rewind (Movie)|
|Face Detection||On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off (face registration, face selection). Max. 8 faces detectable.|
|Smile Shutter™ technology||Yes|
|Audio Level Display||Yes|
|Image Stabilization||SteadyShot INSIDE in-body image stabilization. Compensation effect: Equivalent to approx. 2.5 to 4.5 steps in shutter speeds *Varies according to shooting conditions and lens used. Type: For still images: Image Sensor-Shift mechanism, For movies: Electronic|
|Headphone Jack||Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)|
|Microphone Input||Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack or Multi Interface)|
|Accessory Shoe||Yes (Multi Interface), Alpha Auto-lock with supplied ADP-MAA adapter|
HDMI mini connector (Type-C)
BRAVIA Sync (link menu)
|USB Port(s)||MiniB, Hi-speed USB (USB2.0) (Mass-storage (Multi LUN), MTP, PC remote|
|Dimensions (Approx.)||Approx. 5 7/8 X 4 1/2 X 3 1/8" (147 x 111.2 x 78.4mm) (WxHxD)|
Approx. 1 lb 9.9 oz (733 g) (body only)
Approx. 1 lb 12.7 oz (812 g) (with battery and memory stick)
|Battery Type||InfoLITHIUM® NP-FM500H (7.2V)|
|Number of Still Images||
Still: Approx. 410 shots with viewfinder, 500 shots with LCD monitor (CIPA measurement)
Movies: Approx. 155 min with viewfinder, approx. 155 min with LCD monitor
|Power Consumption (in LCD Screen Operation)||approx. 3.6W (still images, with SAL2470Z lens)|
|Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation)||approx. 4.2W (still images, with SAL2470Z lens)|
|Supplied Software||Image Data Converter SR (Windows & Macintosh) Image Data Lightbox SR (Windows & Macintosh) Remote Camera Control (Windows & Macintosh) Picture Motion Browser (Windows only)|
|Operating System Compatibility||Windows XP 7 SP3, Windows Vista 8 SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OSX (v10.3-v10.8)|
|Still images||Approx. 2x|
|Multi Interface Shoe||Yes|
|Vertical Grip Connector||Yes|
|Lens compensation||Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion|
|Audio Rec Level||Yes|
|Auto Slow Shutter||Yes|
|HDMI Info. Display||Yes (On/Off)|
|Shop Front Mode||Yes|
|Electronic Front Curtain Shutter||Yes (On/Off)|
|Smart Teleconverter||Approx. 1.4 x / 2x|
|AWB micro adjustment||Yes (G7 to M7 (15 steps), A7 to B7 (15 steps))|
The good The Sony Alpha a99 SLT-A99V has a lot going for it, including excellent photos and very good video, a well-constructed and well-designed body, solid performance, and a great feature set.
The bad For some folks, things like the lack of CompactFlash, poor battery life, and compromises on video autofocus may not be reasonable trade-offs.
The bottom line The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V is a generally great camera that's equally adept at both stills and video, but with a few caveats.