Sony Alpha a99 II DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Model #ILCA-99M2

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Specifications

Viewfinder/Display

Viewfinder Eye Point 22.9 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.78x
Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +3 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting LCD (1,228,800)
Screen Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.51"
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,359,296

Power

AC Power Adapter AC-PW10AM AC Adapter (Optional)
Battery 1x NP-FM500H Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1600 mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)

Physical

Weight 1.87 lb / 849 g with battery and memory card
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.6 x 4.1 x 3.0" / 142.6 x 104.2 x 76.1 mm

Performance

Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Self Timer 10 seconds, 5 seconds, 2 seconds
Connectivity 1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, Multi Interface Terminal, Wired Remote Port

Imaging

Lens Mount Sony Alpha/ Minolta
Camera Format Full-Frame (1.0x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 43.6 MegapixelEffective: 42.4 Megapixel
Max Resolution 42 MP: 7952 x 5304
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 35.9 x 24.0 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAWMovies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4, XAVC SAudio: AAC, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SDXCSDHCSDMemory Stick Pro DuoMemory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way

Focus Control

Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 79, 15 cross-type
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)

Flash

Max Sync Speed 1 / 250 seconds
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System P-TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Proprietary
Flash Modes AutoHi-Speed SyncOffRed-eye ReductionSlow SyncWireless
Built-in Flash No

Exposure Control

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous Shooting Up to 12 fps at 42 MP
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter PriorityMetering Range: EV -2.0 - EV 17.0Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Metering Method Average metering, Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering, Highlight Weighted
Shutter Type: Electronic & MechanicalSpeed: 1/8000 - 30 seconds
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 (Extended Mode: Auto, 50-102400)

AV Recording

Focus ManualContinuous Auto
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, StereoOptional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
File Size 3840 x 2160p1920 x 1080p1280 x 720p
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Format 4KXAVC S3840 x 2160p / 29.97 fps (100 Mbps) / 23.98 fps (100 Mbps) / 25 fps (100 Mbps) / 29.97 fps (60 Mbps) / 23.98 fps (60 Mbps) / 25 fps (60 Mbps)High DefinitionXAVC S1920 x 1080p / 120 fps (100 Mbps) / 100 fps (100 Mbps) / 120 fps (60 Mbps) / 100 fps (60 Mbps) / 59.94 fps (50 Mbps) / 50 fps (50 Mbps) / 29.97 fps (50 Mbps) / 23.98 fps (50 Mbps) / 25 fps (50 Mbps)High DefinitionAVCHD1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (28 Mbps) / 50 fps (28 Mbps) / 23.98 fps (24 Mbps) / 23.98 fps (17 Mbps) / 25 fps (24 Mbps) / 25 fps (17 Mbps)1920 x 1080i / 59.94 fps (24 Mbps) / 59.94 fps (17 Mbps) / 50 fps (24 Mbps) / 50 fps (24 Mbps) / 50 fps (17 Mbps)High DefinitionAVCHD (MPEG4)1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (28 Mbps) / 29.97 fps (16 Mbps) / 50 fps (28 Mbps) / 25 fps (16 Mbps)1280 x 720p / 29.97 fps (6 Mbps) / 25 fps (6 Mbps)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Frame Rate @ 3840 x 2160: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps@ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps@ 1920 x 1080: 120 fps, 100 fps, 15 fps, 12 fps, 8 fps@ 1920 x 1080: 6 fps, 4 fps, 3 fps, 2 fps, 1 fps@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
Exposure Control Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISOAuto: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 - 6400Manual, 100 - 25600
Exposure Compensation -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Expert Reviews
Top ten reviews.33936013
3 August 2016
8.3/10

The Sony Alpha a99 is a unique camera. It delivers the look and feel of a professional DSLR with the functionality of a mirrorless camera. It’s an excellent choice for those considering a different take on professional photography.

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    This camera has excellent autofocus tracking.

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    Battery life is poor when compared to other professional cameras.

Digital camera review.32822754
5 April 2013
8.8/10

By all means, this is a camera that can hold its own with the 5D Mk III and D800. Though its standard autofocus may not be as good as its competitors, where it excels is in tracking focusing.

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    Great image quality, AF-D is the best tracking system we've seen, Excellent stabilization built-in for video, Fast FPS shooting, Center focusing point is extremely quick, Fairly silent shutter, Amazing EVF

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    Autofocus is only best in the center, Very short battery life, Slow startup, A tad more smudging at the higher ISOs than we'd like, Deep menus that aren't intuitive at first, No autofocus in manual video mode

Pc magazine.32817846
19 February 2013
8.0/10

The Sony Alpha 99 is a full-featured full-frame D-SLR that can focus as quickly when recording video as it does for still images, but it doesn't have an optical viewfinder.

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    Excellent high ISO performance. Fast focus for stills and video. 5.7fps shooting. Quiet. Articulating rear LCD. 1080p60 video capture. Integrated GPS.

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    No optical viewfinder. Lacks built-in flash.

What digital camera.32818507
30 October 2012
8.9/10

A comparison with its two most immediate rivals, Nikon’s D800 and Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III models, shows it to be currently priced a little higher than the latter and significantly higher than the former, although this is largely due to how long each has spent on the market.

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    Light body, bright and detailed viewfinder, most flexible LCD on any camera, high level of customisation, general image quality, superb handling, Smart Teleconversion function, high-quality video

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    Delay in changing exposure settings, slow start up, electronic viewfinder can stagger, occasional focus freezing issues, unhelpful error messages lead to dead ends in operation

Dp review.32823956
12 December 2012
8.4/10

The SLT-A99 is a feature-rich camera that still provides a wealth of easily accessed manual user controls. It stands out as the only full-frame camera to offer in-body stabilization, an EVF, and an articulated rear screen.

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    Very good JPEG output at default settings, Excellent high ISO output in both JPEG and Raw images, Wide dynamic range Raw files, Pleasing metering and white balance results, Solid build quality, light weight and good ergonomics / handling, In-body image stabilization system works with all lenses,...

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    Small coverage area of AF array compared to its peers, Autofocus not compatible with manual exposure control in video mode, No histogram available in video mode, Live view not available with continuous shooting above 3 fps (an image review is displayed instead), Magnified live view not available in...

Shutterbug.32823264
14 June 2013

The new SLT-A99 is Sony’s first full-frame camera with an electronic viewfinder. While former Sony full-format cameras like the A900 or A850 offered a standard SLR system, the new A99 offers an electronic viewfinder with extremely high resolution (2.3 million RGB dots).

Cnet.33586669
23 July 2013
8.2/10

The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V is a generally great camera that's equally adept at both stills and video, but with a few caveats.

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    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.

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    For some folks, things like the lack of CompactFlash, poor battery life, and compromises on video autofocus may not be reasonable trade-offs.

20 August 2013

Sony’s flagship camera, the Alpha SLT-A99, provides the demanding photographer with excellent image quality and a host of innovative features through its use of a full frame sensor and its SLT electronic viewfinder system.

Ken rockwell.34354950
8 June 2013

I really like the Sony A99, especially for people and family shots. The AF system is marvelous, and the colors and focus are always great. Likewise for nature, landscape and fine-art work, the A99 excels for its fantastic viewfinder that lets us see much better what we're doing while we're doing it...

Pop photo.32824722
10 December 2012

Even though the Canon won our 2012 Camera of the Year award (see page 58), the Sony A99 remains one of the best new cameras we’ve seen this year. It shows that the new perspectives being brought to photography by the likes of traditional electronics companies are having a positive effect on the...

User Reviews
Amazon.32817384
21 April 2015
10/10

A superb, impressive product. Sony has done it again. But be aware that the Sony A99 is not for the beginner photographer. It is a complex and sophisticated professional class instrument which demands a significant investment of time and effort in order to learn to use effectively.

Cnet.33586669
19 April 2013
10/10

I got the a99 and spent about 35 hours shooting in 20-30F degree weather all weekend long. As a street fashion photographer it is customary for me to carry around a camera in my hand for 6-10 hours a day, so my review will be based with these conditions in mind (heavy and continuous use) and in...

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    I say everything in summary

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    I say everything in summary

Adorama.32830004
28 January 2014
8.0/10

Everything I want and need except that it will not tether to my lap top. Shame! Sony do something about that.Otherwise an amazing camera in every way! Flash great. Battery grip supplies needed power for video.So it only is good for 200,000 shots.

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    Easy to Use, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD

Dp review.33575663
8 February 2013
10/10

My best camera ever. With the vertical grip and the handstrap it is glued to my hand just like a natural extension of my artistic brain.

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    My best camera ever. With the vertical grip and the handstrap it is glued to my hand just like a natural extension of my artistic brain.

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    None

Photography review.34752477
14 November 2012
10/10

Well let me start out by saying I don't shoot video so I can't base any of this review on the a99s video capability. But right out of the box I noticed just how the a99 looks like the a77. They are almost the same size but the a99 just ever so slightly bigger. Most of the controls are the same.

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    Electronic view finder, in body image stabilization, fast and low light focus, focus peaking, much improved dynamic range and very low noise up to 6400 iso,

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    No pop up flash. No factory supplied screen protector

Product Highlights
  • 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 0.5" 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log3 Gamma
  • S&Q Motion in Full HD from 1-120 fps
  • Hybrid Phase Detection AF System
  • ISO 102400 and 12 fps Shooting with AF
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 3.0" 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & NFC; 14-Bit Raw Output
8.8/10
Average Expert Score
9.0/10
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Sony Alpha a99 II DSLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Multi Interface Shoe Cap
  • ALC-B55 SLR Camera Body Cap
  • NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1600mAh)
  • BC-VM10A Battery Charger
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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