Master the moment with the Sony Alpha a99— Sony's most innovative full-frame DSLR that also doubles as a world-class video camera. With the world's first Dual AF system and Translucent Mirror Technology, you are no longer bound by the limitations of the traditional DSLR. This massive leap forward delivers astounding 24MP photo clarity plus uncompressed 24p/60p/60i video recording—all wrapped up in the lightest full-frame camera body ever.
24.3 MP 35 mm Full Frame Sensor: A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP effective 35 mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 – 32000, and a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise.
World’s first Dual AF system: The 19-point AF system with 11 cross sensors is complemented by a multi-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor with 102 AF points that overlays the image sensor. Taking advantage of Translucent Mirror Technology that simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times.
PlayMemories Camera Apps: Supports PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed.
XGA OLED Viewfinder: There’s never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.
Dual Slot and Media Control Function: The SLT-A99V employs dual media slots. One of the slots supports SD Cards and the other supports both SD Cards and Memory Stick media. This dual slot system allows for simultaneous recording for backup purposes (with recordings sorted RAW/JPEG file type or still/movie data) as well as copying between media. Moreover it allows movie recording to two media cards simultaneously.
Dust and moisture protection: Outer body and moisture countermeasures include the sealing and treatment of major operational buttons/dials and a convex/concave mating structure that tightly interlocks components. Controls also feature a durable structure that withstands the touch usage of advanced amateurs.
Sweep Panorama Mode: Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together.
1200-zone Evaluative Metering: Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations.
Clear Image Zoom: Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation that provides greater shooting flexibility.
Uncompressed HDMI Output: Easily record Full 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices via an HDMI connection in 24p, 60p and 60i frame-rates.
New AF-D Mode: This highly advanced Continuous AF mode uses 19 AF points with reliable depth-direction focusing performance to steadfastly capture subjects and is strongly assisted by the 102-point multi-point focal-plane phase-detection AF sensor. It continues to accurately focus on the subject whether the subject is moving in depth or plane direction.
Fast continuous shooting speeds: Highly responsive continuous shooting at approximately 6 frames per second (fps) is made possible by Translucent Mirror Technology and an enhanced Tracking Focus function offering more advanced acquisition and tracking performance. The Tele Zoom High Speed shooting mode shoots up to 8 fps at 10 MP while maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure.
World’s lightest Full-frame Sensor Camera: The SLT-A99V is the world’s lightest 35 mm full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera. It weighs only 733 grams (body only), thanks to features like Translucent Mirror Technology and high-rigidity magnesium alloy panels. Users will enjoy agile and flexible shooting despite the full-frame specifications.
Translucent Mirror Technology: Sony’s proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times to realize Full-time Continuous AF that keeps the subject in sharp focus and even during continuous shooting and movie shooting. It also allows the high-precision electronic viewfinder to accurately display the results of camera setting adjustments in real time so the photographer can make sure the results match his or her creative intentions.
Approximate 200,000 shutter release durability: The newly developed, highly durable and reliable shutter unit has been proven to endure approximately 200,000 shutter releases. This durability ensures long-lasting shooting performance that takes into consideration the large number of photos shot by advanced amateurs.
PC Remote Camera Control: Enables users to remotely change various camera settings, switch still/ movie shooting on or off, and automatically transfer still images to enhance the efficiency of the studio photo shooting workflow.
D-Range Optimizer: Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.
Built-in GPS: An integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots.
Superior Auto: Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies, the camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Auto HDR technology and lower image noise using three-shot layering technology.
Multi-frame NR: Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600.
AF Range Control: Users can set the range of distance from the camera in which subjects can be focused on the AF system. By limiting the AF range, users can prevent unwanted focusing on foreground and background objects. This intelligent function enables reliable performance when photographing sports through wire mesh fences, for example.
Newly designed three-way tiltable LCD: The A99 is the first in the Alpha series to feature White Magic technology, which nearly doubles the visibility of the 921k-dot Xtra Fine LCD monitor in sunny outdoor conditions. The three-way tilt-able mechanism, is further enhanced for even greater operational ease.
Newly developed Quick Navi Pro: For heightened comfort and more intuitive operation, theA99 features an enhanced version of Quick Navi. Called Quick Navi Pro, this new feature allows users to immediately access all camera parameter settings. Photographers can therefore quickly change settings with just the right hand while shooting photos.
Highly rigid body with magnesium alloy outer panels: The highly robust and durable body meets the heavy-duty needs of advanced amateurs. Both the main outer body panels and interior chassis are constructed of lightweight yet rigid magnesium alloy. Moreover, the grip and front cover are structurally unified to achieve extremely high body rigidity.
Meticulously designed body compliments advanced users: While inheriting the popular design concept of the A77, the A99 enables comfortable photo shooting through meticulously designed features including improved grip thickness that enhances grasping ease, switch and button shapes that are differentiated for easier operation while keeping your eye on the viewfinder, an exposure mode dial lock that prevents unintended turning of the mode dial, etc.
New Multi-Interface Shoe: Unlike conventional cameras, the A99 also features a newly developed Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Handycam accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting (The included ADP-MAA shoe adapter maintains compatibility with conventional Alpha accessories as well).
Auto HDR built into camera: Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot.
Creative Styles: Control how the camera processes your images with 13 finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
Auto Portrait Framing: Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.
Lens Compatibility: Sony A-mount lenses, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta lenses confirmed
Camera Type: Sony A-mount interchangeable-lens digital camera
Digital Zoom: Still images: 4x Movie: 4x
Smart Zoom Technology: M: approx. 1.5x, S: approx. 2.3x
Focus System: TTL Phase-detection AF (CCD line sensors and Focal Plane Phase Detection sensors)
Focus Points: Detector 1: 19 points (11 points cross type), Detector 2: 102 assist points
AF Modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S), Automatic AF (AF-A), Continuous AF (AF-C), Depth Map Assist Continuous AF (AF-D) selectable
Focus Area: Wide (auto,19 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable
Focus Sensitivity: EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Focus Features: Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF
AF Illuminator: Built-in, LED type (range approx. 3.3 to 23 ft (1-7m))
Flash Compensation: +/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Flash Bracketing: 0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0/3.0 EV steps, 3/5 frames (2.0/3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable
Flash Metering System: ADI; Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Wireless, Off
Headphone Jack: Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Microphone Input: Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
Accessory Shoe: Yes (Multi Interface), Alpha Auto-lock with supplied ADP-MAA adapter
DC IN: Yes
HD Output: HDMI mini connector (Type-C) BRAVIA Sync (link menu) PhotoTV HD
USB Port(s): MiniB, Hi-speed USB (USB2.0) (Mass-storage (Multi LUN), MTP, PC remote
Multi Interface Shoe: Yes
Vertical Grip Connector: Yes
Supplied Software: Image Data Converter SR (Windows & Macintosh) Image Data Lightbox SR (Windows & Macintosh) Remote Camera Control (Windows & Macintosh) Picture Motion Browser (Windows only)
Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP 7 SP3, Windows Vista 8 SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OSX (v10.3-v10.8)
Quick Navi: Yes
Imaging Sensor: "Exmor" CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm)
Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on low-pass filter and image sensor shift mechanism
Pixel Gross: Approx. 24.7 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 24.3 megapixels
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Type: 1.3 cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (color) (2,359k dots). Display:Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Digital Level Gauge / Histogram. Brightness control: Auto/Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1) Eyepoint: Approx. 27mm from the eyepiece lens, 22mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter (CIPA standard)
Diopter Adjustment: -4.0 to +3.0m-1
Field of View: 100%
Magnification: Approx. 0.71 x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)
Metering: 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity: -2 to 17 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent with f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Compensation: +/-5.0 EV (1/3EV, 1/2EV steps selectable)
Exposure Settings: AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie (Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) selectable in manual focus mode)
Scene Mode(s): Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
Auto Exposure Lock: Yes with AE lock button (AE also locked when focus is locked in a multi-segment metering mode).
Color Temperature: Manual (5 steps)
Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Exposure Bracketing: Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, 3/5 frames (2.0 EV, 3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable
ISO: Still images: Auto (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), ISO 100-25600; Movies: ISO 100-6400 equivalent; Auto (ISO 100-3200 equivalent)
Noise Reduction : Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low/Off)
White Balance Mode: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7, A7 to B7) / Custom (3)
Media Type: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Color Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
Still Image Mode: JPEG (Standard, Fine, Extra Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9: 35mm full frame L: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M) S: 2640 x 1488 (3.9M) APS-C L: 3936 x 2216 (8.7M) M: 2640 x 1488 (3.9M) S: 1728 x 976 (1.7M)
Still Image Size 3:2: 35mm full frame L: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M: 3936 x 2624 (10M) S: 2640 x 1760 (4.6M) APS-C L: 3936 x 2624 (10M) M: 2640 x 1760 (4.6M) S: 1728 x 1152 (2.0M)
Panorama Still Image Size: Wide: Horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M) Standard: Horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
Video Format: AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive), AVCHD, MP4
Video Mode: AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
Dual Record: Simult. Rec (Still,Movie), Simult. Rec (Still/Movie), Sort (JPEG/RAW), Sort (Still/Movie), Copy
Audio Format: Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Microphone/Speaker: Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-ALST1 (with supplied shoe adaptor) / ECM-CG50 / XLR-K1M (sold separately). Built-in, monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7.
Still Image File Format: JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), RAW & JPEG
LCD Type: 7.5 cm (3.0 type) TFT drive (1,228,800 dots). Focus Magnifier: (35mm full frame: 5.9x, 11.7x APS-C: 3.8x, 7.7x)
Angle Adjustment: Tilt angle: 140 degrees upward and 180 degrees downward Rotation angle: 180 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise
Brightness Control: Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather
Real-time image adjustment display : Yes(On/Off)
Peaking: Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Customization: Graphic Display, Display All Info., No Disp. Info., Digital Level Gauge, Histogram, Shooting Info
Burst Buffer: w/ SD (UHS-I compliant) memory card: Cont. shooting Hi: Extra FINE 15, FINE 24, STD 29, RAW 15, RAW+JPEG 12 Tele-zoom Cont. Advance Priority AE (8 fps): Extra FINE 20, FINE 28, STD 31, RAW 19, RAW+JPEG 18 Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (10 fps): Extra FINE 20, FINE 26, STD 28 w/ Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo: Continuous shooting Hi: Extra FINE 14, FINE 18, STD 20, RAW 13, RAW+JPEG 11 Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (8 fps): Extra FINE 17, FINE 20, STD 24, RAW 17, RAW+JPEG 16 Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (10 fps): Extra FINE 18, FINE 22, STD 24
Continuous Shooting Speed: Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE: approx. 10/8 fps selectable; Continuous (Hi:35mm full frame: approx. 6 fps APS-C: approx. 7 fps; Lo: 35mm full frame: approx. 2.5 fps APS-C: approx. 2.5 fps)
Drive Mode: Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB/DRO), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR2)
Flash Sync Speed: 1/250 sec.
Self-timer: 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
Shutter Speeds: Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec, Bulb Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
Shutter Type: Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Embedded GPS: Yes
Face Detection: On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off (face registration, face selection). Max. 8 faces detectable.
Smile Shutter technology: Yes
Tracking Focus: Yes
Audio Level Display: Yes
Image Stabilization: Steady Shot Inside in-body image stabilization. Compensation effect: Equivalent to approx. 2.5 to 4.5 steps in shutter speeds.
Battery Type: InfoLithium NP-FM500H (7.2V)
Number of Still Images:
Still: Approx. 410 shots with viewfinder, 500 shots with LCD monitor (CIPA measurement)
Movies: Approx. 155 min with viewfinder, approx. 155 min with LCD monitor
Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation): approx. 4.2W (still images, with SAL2470Z lens)
Clear Image Zoom
Still images: Approx. 2x
Audio Rec Level: Yes
Auto Slow Shutter: Yes
HDMI Info. Display: Yes (On/Off)
Electronic Front Curtaion Shutter: Yes (On/Off)
Still Image Playback Options: Single, 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode, Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, off), Image orientation (On/Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection, Delete, Protect
Video Playback Options: Forward/Rewind (Movie)
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.): Approx. 5 7/8 X 4 1/2 X 3 1/8" (147 x 111.2 x 78.4mm) (WxHxD)
Weight (Approx.): Approx. 1 lb 9.9 oz (733 g) (body only) Approx. 1 lb 12.7 oz (812 g) (with battery and memory stick)
Auto Portrait Framing
Still images: Yes
Lens compensation: Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
LCD screen: approx. 3.6W (still images, with SAL2470Z lens)
AWB micro adjustment: Yes (G7 to M7 (15 steps), A7 to B7 (15 steps))
Area Setting: Yes
Clock Function Setting: Yes
Eye-Fi ready: Yes
Help guide: Yes
Shop Front Mode: Yes
Smart Teleconverter: Approx. 1.4 x / 2x