Sony® α SLT-A99V Digital SLR

Sony® α SLT-A99V Digital SLR

Sony<sup>®</sup> α SLT-A99V Digital SLR
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. Sony<sup>®</sup> α SLT-A99V Digital SLR


24.3 MP 35 mm Full Frame Sensor

24.3 MP 35 mm Full Frame Sensor

A 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 Output

Easily record Full HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection at 30p.
Uncompressed HDMI Output
Multi-frame NR

Multi-frame NR

Experience 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 system10

The 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.
World's first Dual AF system<sup>10</sup>
New AF-D Mode<sup>4</sup>

New AF-D Mode4

This 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 Control

Users 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.


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.
Sony<sup>®</sup> α SLT-A99V Digital SLR
Fast continuous shooting speeds

Fast continuous shooting speeds

Highly 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 LCD

The 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.
Newly designed three-way tiltable LCD
XGA OLED Viewfinder

XGA OLED Viewfinder

There'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 Camera10

The 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.
World's lightest Full-frame Sensor Camera<sup>10</sup>
Newly developed Quick Navi Pro

Newly developed Quick Navi Pro

For 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 Function

The 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).
Dual Slot and Media Control Function

Translucent Mirror Technology

Sony'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 panels

The 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 protection

Outer 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 durability

The 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 users

While 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 Capable

The 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 Control

Enables 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.

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Lens Compatibility Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed
Camera Type Sony A-mount interchangeable-lens digital camera
Imaging Sensor
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 Wide:
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
Video Mode AVCHD:
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
Type 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 Display
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)
Angle Adjustment 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 Control
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))
Exposure System
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)
Creative Style 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
ISO 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)
Drive System
Burst Buffer 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
Shutter Speeds 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
Convenience Features
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)
Advanced Features
Embedded GPS Yes
Face Detection On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off (face registration, face selection). Max. 8 faces detectable.
Smile Shutter technology Yes
Tracking Focus 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
HD Output HDMI mini connector (Type-C)
BRAVIA Sync (link menu)
PhotoTV HD
USB Port(s) MiniB, Hi-speed USB (USB2.0) (Mass-storage (Multi LUN), MTP, PC remote
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 5 7/8 X 4 1/2 X 3 1/8" (147 x 111.2 x 78.4mm) (WxHxD)
Weight (Approx.) 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)
Auto Portrait Framing
Still images Yes
Clear Image Zoom
Still images Approx. 2x
Multi Interface Shoe Yes
Vertical Grip Connector Yes
LCD screen
Quick Navi Yes
WhiteMagic Yes
Lens compensation
Lens compensation Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Movie function
Audio Rec Level Yes
Auto Slow Shutter Yes
HDMI Info. Display Yes (On/Off)
Other Features
Area Setting Yes
Clock Function,Setting Yes
Eye-Fi ready Yes
Help guide Yes
Shop Front Mode Yes
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Yes (On/Off)
Smart Teleconverter
Smart Teleconverter Approx. 1.4 x / 2x
White balance
AWB micro adjustment Yes (G7 to M7 (15 steps), A7 to B7 (15 steps))

What's in the Box

  • Battery Charger
  • Rechargeable Battery (NP-FM500H)
  • Shoe Adaptor
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • ADP-MAA Multi-interface to Auto Lock Accessory

CNET Editors' Rating
4 out of 5 stars.

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.

  • Design rating is 9.0 out of 10.
  • Features rating is 9.0 out of 10.
  • Performance rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Image quality rating is 8.0 out of 10.