Sony debuted its previous full-frame camera, the A900, way back in 2008 and a lot has changed in four years. What hasn’t changed, though, is resolution. While the A99’s 24.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS Exmor sensor has just a tick less resolving power than its predecessor, the chip itself has been totally redesigned to produce less noise at high ISOs. (ISO range on the new camera is 100-25,000.)
Like other recent cameras in Sony’s SLT lineup, the A99 uses the company’s Translucent Mirror Technology, which simultaneously directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor for faster speeds. On the downside, the technology prevents placing an actual optical viewfinder in the camera but there is Sony’s crisp 2359K-dot, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, which is clear and accurate.
You can also compose shots using the tilting, 3-inch vari-angle, 912K-dot LCD screen. The A99 boasts a dual autofocus system with 19 points (11 cross points) plus an additional 102 points if you need them. It can shoot at 10fps with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000ths of second. Other still features include 14-bit RAW output and a new multi-segment low pass filter.
For movies, the A99 can capture full 1080p HD at super smooth 60p and record sound via a built-in stereo microphone. Images and videos can be recorded to two memory slots for SD and/or SD+MS cards. All these features are housed in an extremely light, weather sealed magnesium alloy body.
We got to check out the A99 in person recently. At the top of this story is shot we captured of the new flagship, full-frame DSLR from Sony.
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