Play And Print Functions
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:
| ||16:9 ||3:2 |
|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:
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856 (23M)
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160 (12M)
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856 (15M)
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)
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:
- AF (Auto focus) Mode: You can select between 3 modes:
- Single-Shot AF: The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
- Continuous AF: The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down.
- Automatic AF: This mode automatically switches between single-shot AF and continuous AF depending on the movement of the subject.
- Depth Map Assist Continuous AF: After the
camera focuses on the subject using the 19 AF areas, the camera
uses the 102 AF points to continue to focus on the subject.
- Object Tracking: When Object Tracking is enabled, the camera allows you to select a subject to be tracked while it moves through the frame. The subject remains in focus until you press the shutter release.
- Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by switching to MF on the lens and rotating the focusing ring to achieve a sharp focus.
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:
- Single Shooting: Default setting for standard picture taking.
- Continuous Shooting: When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously.
There are two speeds: High (6 fps full frame/7 fps APS-C) and Low (2.5
fps). For faster continuous shooting, you can select Tele-zoom
Continuous Priority AE on the Mode Dial, which captures a narrow center
area of an image (10 or 8 fps). The maximum number of recordable frames
varies by Speed, Image Quality, and Memory Card type.
- Self-Timer: You can set the camera to two different self-timers:
10 second for self photos, 2 second to reduce camera shake.
- Bracket: You can choose from four types of bracketing:
Continuous, Single, White Balance, and DRO (Dynamic Range Optimizer).
- Remote Commander: You can shoot still images and movies
using the optional
RMT-DSLR2 or still images only with the optional RMT-DSLR1.
Exposure Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, the camera offers the following exposure recording modes:
- Auto: This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically.
- Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).
The other settings can be adjusted manually.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after
adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the
appropriate shutter speed.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot
after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the
- Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
- 1, 2, 3: Lets you recall the three combinations of
frequently-used modes and settings stored in Memory.
- Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for
the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with
a suitable setting for the subject. Choose from: Portrait, Sports Action,
Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, or Night
- Sweep Panorama: Shoots expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
- Tele-zoom Continuous Priority AE: The camera shoots continuously while the shutter button is pressed fully down. The camera records at a maximum of about 10
or 8 images per second (selectable).
- Movies: Recording movies in Full HD or standard definition in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio
with exposure adjusted manually (shutter speed and aperture).
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:
- Multi Segment: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
- Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.
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:
- Auto WB: This mode adjusts the white balance automatically.
- Daylight: This mode adjusts for outdoors and sunlit subjects.
- Shade: This mode adjust for shady conditions on a clear day.
- Cloudy: This mode adjust for a cloudy sky.
- Incandescent: This mode adjusts for incandescent lighting.
- Fluorescent: This mode adjusts for florescent lighting (select Warm white, Cool white, Day white, or Daylight)
- Flash: This mode adjusts for flash conditions.
- Custom: In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light sources, use of the custom white balance is recommended in order to accurately reproduce the whiteness.
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:
- Autoflash: In auto mode the flash automatically fires if it is dark or against light.
- Fill-Flash: In this mode the flash fires every time the shutter is released.
- Slow Sync: Slow sync shooting allows you to shoot a clear image of both the subject and the background by slowing the shutter speed.
- Rear Sync: In rear sync mode, the objects illuminated by other light sources are captured first, then the flash is fired right before the exposure is completed.
- Red-eye Reduction: Reduces the red-eye phenomenon during flash use.
- Wireless: The camera can use the flash light to transmit signal to an external off-camera flash to produce a more three-dimensional image. (Requires optional wireless flash unit such as HVL-F58AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F56AM, or HVL-F36AM).
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
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)
Play And Print Functions
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.
- DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
- Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
- Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the supplied "Picture Motion Browser" software and print the images.
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:
Compatible with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, and Windows 7 SP1 only
- Set images shot with the camera and display them on the computer.
- Organize images on the computer on a calendar by shooting date to view
- Retouch (red-eye reduction, etc.) print, send still images as email
attachments, and change the shooting date.
- Edit images on the computer, such as trimming, resizing.
- Print or save still images with the date.
- Create Blu-ray discs or DVD discs from AVHCD movies imported to a
computer. (Internet connection required when disc is created for the first
Image Data Converter Ver. 4.2:
Compatible with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS
X v10.5 -- 10.8
Open and edit images recorded in RAW mode with various corrections, such as tone curve, and sharpness.
Adjust images with white balance, exposure, creative style, etc.
Save the images displayed and edited on a computer. You can save the image as RAW format, or save it in the general file format.
Display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with the camera.
Rate the images on a scale of 5.
Set color labels.
Remote Camera Control Ver. 3.0:
- Compatible with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS
X v10.5 -- 10.8
- Set up the camera or record an image from the computer.
- Record an image directly to the computer.
- Perform an Interval Timer Shooting.
Compatible Operating Systems (for USB Connection):
- Windows: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1
- Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.3 -- v10.8