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Sony Alpha a99

Sony Alpha a99
alaScore 91

347 reviews

Apr, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 347 reviews of Sony Alpha a99. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and image quality. The screen and performance are also appreciated, but there are some less positive views about the energy efficiency and flash.

usability, performance, screen, image quality, portability

price, battery, flash, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha a99 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Alpha a99


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Sony Alpha a99 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People really like the viewfinder and focus. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. There are some critical views about the lens, and opinions are divided on the portability.

performance, usability, image quality, focus, viewfinder


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2024

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Alpha a99


alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Sony Alpha a99 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2024

Expert review by : Mike Topham (

Sony Alpha A99 hands-on


We take a closer look at Sony's full-frame, 24MP DSLR.

The only things we found which may be applicable to a wider range of users include a slightly slow AF performance from the 28-75mm F2.8 SAM lens which is bundled with the Alpha A99, and a rather loose door to the side which accesses the microphone and...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Angela Nicholson (

Sony Alpha a99 review


Sony gets back in the full-frame game

24.3MP ; Noise under control ; AF Range control ; Articulating screen

AF slower than rivals ; Poor non-cross type AF ; Object Tracking mode is limited

After a four-year wait, Sony has brought out a replacement to the full-frame Alpha a900 camera, the 24.3MP Sony Alpha a99.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Sony Alpha A99


We knew the Sony Alpha A99 - the first full-frame single lens translucent (SLT) camera - was on its way, having played with it extensively back in 2012. Sony's transition from the traditional DSLR space to the SLT fold has seen the company make the...

Fast burst mode beyond its rivals, continuous autofocus in good light, movie mode, silent adjustment dial, electronic viewfinders don't come any better, full-frame image quality, vari-angle LCD mount, teleconverter mode, AF Range option

Centralised AF point arrangement, autofocus system not as fast or customisable as competition, AF point adjustment shows in black which can be hard to see, battery life really doesn't cut it, limited buffer feels inconsistent with burst feature,...

Taken in isolation and the Sony Alpha A99 has the makings of a great full-frame camera: sturdy build, a fast burst mode, decent image quality and an excellent movie mode are polished up all the more by quirky additions such as the silent mode dial,...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Hands on: Sony Alpha a99 review - Pocket-lint


There's been a lot of talk about the Sony Alpha a99 for a long time now. The replacement for the full-frame a900 isn't a conventional DSLR, as was expected,

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Sony SLT-A99 review


A pleasure to use and packed with innovative features, but there are a few shortcomings too

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Sony Alpha a99 SLT-A99V review


I admit, I really didn't like Sony's first full-frame cameras, the DSLR-A900 and its stripped-down sibling, the DSLR-A850 . I used to use them as examples of poor noise reduction and for before-and-after examples for the virtues of third-party...

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.

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

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

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (

Sony Alpha 99 review


On paper the Alpha 99 reads well, and for the best part it is impressive in the hand, too. It is made to a high standard, its LCD screen and viewfinder are easy to use, and there are useful additional accessories available, namely the battery grip that...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : ePHOTOzine (

Sony Alpha A99 DSLR Review


The Sony Alpha A99 is Sony's premium full frame Digital SLR and the long awaited update to the Sony Alpha A900 and A850, introducing the SLT (Sony Translucent) technology to full frame, and could very well mark the end of optical viewfinders in Sony...

Excellent noise performance, Great image quality and excellent colour, AF range control, Lens AF fine tuning, Large strap, More standard ISO Flash than previous models, Info-Lithium Battery, Built in GPS, OLED viewfinder looks excellent, Continuous AF...

Doesn't automatically switch between memory card slots, Price compared to competition, Loud shutter sound

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Matt Golowczynski (

Sony A99 review


Sony's full-frame A99 has been a long time coming, but has the wait been worth it? The What Digital Camera Sony A99 review finds out

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

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

Oct, 2012

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Sony Alpha A99 DSLR Hands-On Look


We look at the new Sony Alpha A99 Full Frame Digital SLR with a new 24.3 megapixel sensor.

Sep, 2012

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