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!