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Sony Alpha SLT-A99V (no lens included)
24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor digital SLR camera body
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Item #: 158A99V
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Original Price: $2,299.99
A full-frame DSLR that pushes the still photography envelope and is infused with Sony's decades of knowledge and experience making some of the world's best broadcast video cameras? Good choice, checking out this page, because the Alpha SLT-A99V is one of Sony's most intriguing digital imaging offerings to date.
Most all photo enthusiasts would be excited by this announcement of a new full-frame DSLR, of course. The full-frame look is gorgeous, lush, and malleable in an artist's hands. The 'A99V does not disappoint, offering tools and technology that enhance its versatility for almost any photographic challenge. But Sony has taken things a step further, welcoming aspiring filmmakers to the fold with features that spring from Sony's long history with the worlds of broadcast video and electronic cinematography.
Sony's been offering low-compression, high-quality 1080/60p video on most of its top cameras for a while now, making it possible for you to capture great video to SD cards and Memory Stick® media. But it's important to note that they've now enabled uncompressed video capture via the on-board HDMI interface, making it possible to route that signal to external solid-state recording devices at frame rates of 60p, 60i, and 24p. In combination with the aforementioned full-frame "look," you'll be able to get moving imagery that's really...moving.
Uncompressed signals mean you'll be able to generate content that rivals the best quality the broadcasters have to offer. What better way to stand out from the film school pack, or have your work recognized at the next film festival you enter? Oh...not to mention, your family vacations will look awesome, too.
Traditional still photography takes on a new dimension with full-frame on the 'A99V. In addition to the features you've come to expect on Sony Alpha DSLR's things like fast continuous shooting, full-time continuous autofocus (even while shooting video), auto HDR for amazing dynamic range the 'A99V has some exciting new features. There's a new Dual autofocus system that combines the image sensor's 19 traditional AF points with a 102-point phase-detection autofocus sensor. This means improved focus tracking in low light, and better detection of changes in depth and direction. The Quick Navi Pro feature enhances your ability to find settings in a hurry. And the new Multi-Interface Shoe enables you to use many accessories from the Sony video Handycam® family, like microphones and video lights, in addition to the flash units you'd expect to use in that location.
Of course, the Sony Alpha SLT-A99V has suggestions for you if you're feeling uninspired. Auto Portrait Framing mode will detect when you take a photo of a person, and save a second copy of your image, cropped with the rule of thirds applied, in either portrait or landscape orientation. And there are 13 creative finishing styles for processing your images, including "Vivid," "Night Scene," and "Autumn Leaves."
You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.
This camera is expensive, but is one ove the best full frame cameras on the market. It's video can not be beat. Crutchfield is the place to buy your sony product!
Pros: Best for video
Cons: Can too many features be a con?
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
|Effective Megapixel Count||24.3|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080/60p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||28.7|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Camera Body Only: The Sony SLT-A99V α (alpha series) DSLR camera is compatible with Sony A-mount lenses. Operation with Minolta/Konica and Minolta lenses has also been confirmed. This product contains the camera body, along with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, USB cable, and software on CD-ROM. No lenses are included.
Translucent Mirror Technology: The A99V features Translucent Mirror Technology, which directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously. This allows the camera to focus and capture the image at the same time. Since the mirror never moves, the time needed to raise and lower the mirror is eliminated.
Tiltable 3" LCD Screen: The A99V uses a 3" TFT Xtra Fine LCD screen with 1,228,800 dots. The TruBlack screen has a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections to increase contrast. The brightness of the LCD monitor is automatically adjusted to surrounding lighting conditions for best visibility. The LCD monitor can be tilted upward 150°,downward 180° and rotated 270° for best visibility when shooting at difficult angles.
0.5" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.5" Tru-Finder OLED electronic color viewfinder has 2,359,296 dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view. The brightness can be manually or automatically adjusted in 3 steps. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder image to your individual eyesight. If you're using the electronic viewfinder to frame your shots, the LCD turns off automatically when you bring the camera up to your eyes.
Quick Navi Pro: The A99V gives you instant access to virtually all camera parameter settings with the enhanced new Quick Navi PRO user interface. Using the LCD screen, the Function button, and the 4-way Multi-selector, you can select and change numerous camera settings on the fly. Functions available on the Quick Navi screen include Auto Mode, Scene Selection, Tele-zoom Cont. Priority AE, Select Recording Media, Quality, Steady Shot (still images), Drive Mode, Flash Mode, Focus Mode, AF area, Object Tracking, Smile, Face Detect, Metering Mode, White Balance, DRO, Auto HDR, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Auto Port. Framing, Exposure Comp, Flash Comp, and ISO.
Display Options: You can choose how much information appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are five options: Graphic Display, Display all information, No display information, Digital Level Gauge, and Histogram. The digital level gauge indicates whether the camera is level in both horizontal and front-to-back directions. The indicators turn green when the camera is level in one of the directions. The histogram displays the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exist in the picture.
Live View: The A99V's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot. The Live View image will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure, and framing. In addition, the on-screen displays will keep you informed on all your settings and recording information.
Top-mounted LCD: The camera features a top-mounted monochrome LCD panel which provides shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, flash compensation, ISO sensitivity, white balance, drive mode, and image quality. The display panel has a switchable backlight for better visibility in low light.
Full Frame Image Sensor: The SLT-A99V features a 35mm full-frame Exmor HD CMOS image sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm). It has approximately 24.7-million total pixels and 24.3-million effective pixels. When a DT lens is attached to the camera, the image size is automatically set to that of an APS-C size setting, and the image is smaller.
Still Image Recording Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG file format in Standard, Fine, and ExtraFine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the supplied Image Data Converter SR software. You can select the following image sizes:
|35mm Full Frame||APS-C||35mm Full Frame||APS-C|
|Large||20M: 6000 x 3376||8.7M: 3936 x 2216||24M: 6000 x 4000||10M: 3936 x 2624|
|Medium||8.7M: 3936 x 2216||3.9M: 2640 x 1488||10M: 3936 x 2624||4.6M: 2640 x 1760|
|Small||3.9M: 2640 x 1488||1.7M: 1728 x 976||4.6M: 2640 x 1760||2.0M: 1728 x 1152|
|RAW||20M: 6000 x 3376||8.7M: 3936 x 2216||24M: 6000 x 4000||10M: 3936 x 2624|
Panorama Photos: The Sweep Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
Movie Recording Formats: The A99V can record 16:9 Full High Definition movies in AVCHD 2.0 Progressive with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. Movies can also be recorded in MP4 mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2-channel audio. You can select from the following bit rates/image quality:
|File Format||Average Bit Rate||Resolution|
|AVCHD 60p 28M (PS)||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60p)|
|AVCHD 60i 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 60i 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 24p 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|AVCHD 24p 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|MP4 HD 1440 x 1080||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080 (30p)|
|MP4 VGA 640 x 480||3 Mbps||640 x 480 (30p)|
Dual Slot Dual Media Options: The A99V camera has two slots for digital media cards, and accepts two types of media for capturing still images. Slot 1 will accept Memory Stick PRO Duo (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo), and SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards, including the new, ultra-high-speed UHS-1 cards. Slot 2 will accept SD cards only. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media.
SteadyShot INSIDE In-Camera Image Stabilization: The SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilizer shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera shake without sacrificing image quality. The compensation effect is equal to 2.5 to 3.5 shutter speed steps, giving you more creative freedom when shooting in low light. And, because it is integrated into the camera body, SteadyShot INSIDE technology works with all compatible α (alpha) system lenses.
Eye-Start Auto Focus: The camera features the Eye-Start Auto Focus system, which begins precision auto focus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if desired.
Dual AF System: The A99V's 19-point high-performance auto focus system is complemented by a multi-point focal plane phase detection AF sensor with 102 AF points that overlays the image sensor. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
Face Detection/Smile Shutter: The camera can detect human faces, and adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image processing and adjusts flash settings for best results. Faces can be registered, and priority given to those faces over others in the frame. Up to 8 faces can be detected and/or registered. When the Smile Shutter feature is enabled, the camera will automatically release the shutter when a slight, normal, or big smile is detected.
Auto Portrait Framing: When taking a photo of a person's face, the Auto Portrait Framing feature analyzes the scene and saves another image of the face with a more impressive composition. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technology with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced, full resolution portraits. This feature can be turned off, if desired.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject. The AF illuminator has a range of approximately 3.3 to 23 feet.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
Exposure Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, the camera offers the following exposure recording modes:
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-5.0 EV in 1/3-step or 1/2-step increments.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
Image Processing (Creative Style): This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes. For each setting, you can adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness. You can choose from the following settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, B & W, and Sepia.
Picture Effect: You can select the desired effect filter to achieve more impressive and artistic expression. There are several Picture Effect options, including Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, and Miniature.
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually (ISO 100-25600) or automatically (with selectable lower and upper limits), depending upon the exposure mode. For movies, sensitivity can be set manually between ISO 100-6400, or automatically between ISO 100-3200.
Flash: The SLT-A99V does not have a built-in flash. The A99V features the newly-developed Multi-Interface Shoe, which allows you to use many of the Sony Handycam accessories such as video lights. For attaching conventional flash units, an ADP-MAA shoe adapter is included. The A99V offers the following flash modes:
Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during long exposures or high ISO settings.
Anti-Dust Technology: Changing lenses on a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera. To help keep the image sensor cleaner for better pictures, the A99V utilizes a static-free anti-dust coating on the imager's filter. The camera also has a cleaning function which vibrates the image sensor for a short time to knock off any dust that may have settled on the imager.
Built-in GPS: The camera has a built-in GPS receiver that can obtain location information from overhead Global Positioning Satellites. This information is recorded in the images and movies shot at that location. Using the supplied "PMB" software, you can import images with location information to your computer and enjoy viewing them with a map which shows their shooting location.
Optional Vertical Grip: The A99V is compatible with the optional VG-C99AM vertical grip. The grip can hold 2 additional NP-FM500H batteries to give you significantly longer shooting times without having to change or charge batteries. The vertical grip has multiple controls that can be used comfortably when the camera is rotated to the portrait (vertical) orientation.
Playback Options: You can view images on the LCD monitor with 3 options: with recording data displayed, without recording data, or histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show. During Index View mode, you can view 4 or 9 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
Rotating Images: Images can be rotated counter-clockwise 360-degrees on the camera's LCD monitor during single image playback.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
HDMI Output: The SLT-A99V provides direct mini-HDMI output to your HDTV screen, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. The output resolution can be set to 1080p, 1080i, or Auto. When connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image playback using the TV remote. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is not supplied.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
InfoLithium Battery: The SLT-A99V is powered by the NP-FM500H InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The approximate number of images that can be recorded with the supplied battery is as follows:
|With Viewfinder||With LCD Monitor|
|Still Images||410 shots||500 shots|
|Movies||155 minutes||155 minutes|
Charging: The supplied InfoLithium battery requires approximately 175 minutes for a full charge. The battery should be fully charged before initial use.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway. When the camera is connected to a TV or the drive mode is set to Remote Commander, the power save mode defaults to 30 minutes regardless of the setting.
Application Software CD-ROM: The following software is included with the SLT-A99V:
PlayMemories Home Ver. 1.3:
Image Data Converter Ver. 4.2:
Remote Camera Control Ver. 3.0:
Compatible Operating Systems (for USB Connection):
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