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Full-Frame Sony A99 DSLT Full Specs Leaked!

By fotosiamo on August 28th 2012

Sony A99

Sony A99 mock-up courtesy of Geeky-Gadgets


Photokina 2012 is right around the corner and some of the biggest camera debuts will be made at the exhibition. Sony, whose 3-years old A850 full frame DSLR is already getting long on the tooth, should be releasing its highly anticipated successor, the A99 DSLT (Digital Single-Lens Translucent).

At the heart of the A99 is Sony’s new 24.3 Mpx Full frame CMOS Exmor sensor, which may be a variant of the Sony-sourced full-frame sensor found in the upcoming Nikon D600.

And just like the Sony A77 APS-C DSLT, the A99 will be using a semi-translucent fixed Prism mirror and electronic viewfinder instead of the traditional mirror box and optical viewfinder.

Look for the official announcement on September 12, and for the A99 to be in the stores late October 2012.

In the meantime, Sony Alpha Rumors got a hold of the full specifications for the new A99.

  • 24.3 Mpx Full frame CMOS Exmor sensor
  • SLT technology
  • New Bionz imaging engine
  • 14 bit RAW recording
  • 10 fps
  • ISO 100 up to 25.600
  • 50 ISO extended (with lower dynamic range)
  • 102 AF point AF (11 cross)
  • AF range
  • MF assist
  • Dual Phase detection system (with AF phase pixels on sensor)
  • 30 sec and 1/8000 maximum shutter speed
  • Time Lag 0.05 sec.
  • Shutter life guarantee of 200,000 cycles
  • 2.360 million OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 3″ 921k LCD with same tilting system of the A77
  • Full HD video recording at 1920×1080/60p AVCHD format
  • HDMI output
  • Built-in stereo mic
  • Built-in flash with guide number of 12
  • Auto HDR capability
  • New multi-segment low pass filter
  • Photodiode expansion technology
  • Light concentration technology
  • Selective noise reduction
  • Ultrasonic anti dust system
  • In body image stabilization
  • Two memory slots: SD and SD+MS cards
  • USB: 2.0
  • Announced on September 12, 2012
  • Available in stores in late October 2012
  • New accessories to be released with the a99: battery grip, flash, remote control, microphone etc.
  • Very light, weather sealed magnesium alloy body. With 730 g this is the lightest FF body on market!
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      […] some rave reviews from its camera line-up recently, and they look to update their DSLR line with the rumoured A99, and a couple of new cameras in the NEX […]

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    2. John Smith

      I understand these specs are “rumored” but the a99 better have more changes than the full frame sensor from the a77. I really hope this be able to shoot tethered, and possibly have a double exposure mode

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    3. Ryan Cooper

      Only USB2.0 is disappointing. Other than that I like those specs. In fact I kinda wish the D800 had been something similar to that.

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    4. Anonymous

      I’m also really excited to see how clean this sensor shoots. 

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    5. Ivan

      These specs look good!

      Hmmm, Sony, who provides the sensors for Nikon, are also trying to compete with Nikon’s DSLR’s at the same time. I suppose it’s a win win either way for Sony, but I find it odd that Nikon allowed this to happen when they signed on with Sony.

      From what I understand, isn’t the market share of Sony’s DSLR’s is low compared to Nikon and Canon? However, if they continue to innovate and offer a comparable or better products at a better price point, they could begin to make a dent in the Canon/Nikon univers. Yes? No?

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      • Ryan Cooper

        That is correct, I think where Sony’s offering is still weak is that Nikon and Canon have a much much larger array of lenses and accessories. In terms of camera quality Sony makes great cameras that can definitely throw their weight around with the big boys.

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      • Bk

        sony offer enough and innovate in the last year/s 

        their quality at the same or lower prices is great and only because all the 
        newbies/amateurs outside of asia tend to buy nikon or canon just because everyone does/tells them doesn’t make them weak

        they should do more marketing imo – never saw a tv ad or online/magazine ads that really “pop”

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