While Sony’s 24.3-million-pixel, full-frame Alpha 99 has a glittering specification on paper, the true test is how the camera handles a number of demanding situations in the field. Read the Sony Alpha 99 review...

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Sony Alpha 99 review


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The competition

Image: Nikon D800 

The Alpha 99 competes against the likes of the Nikon D800 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which makes its retail price good value at around £300 and £500 less respectively. The use of a fixed translucent mirror means there are several differences between the Alpha 99 and the competition, especially in the handling.





The Alpha 99 is the lightest full-frame, DSLR-style camera around, which helps for a long day’s shooting. It is the only camera in its group with an articulated screen, and with an EVF. Thankfully, the EVF provides an authentic viewing experience, with the benefit of exposure preview and manual-focus aids.

Image: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

As for handling, the start-up time, lag in some controls and slightly deceptive specification on fast frame rates means the Alpha 99 does not quite compete at this professional level.




  1. 1. Sony Alpha 99 at a glance:
  2. 2. Sony Alpha 99 review - Features
  3. 3. Sony Alpha 99 review - High speed shooting
  4. 4. Sony Alpha 99 review - Build and handling
  5. 5. Sony Alpha 99 review - White balance and colour
  6. 6. Sony Alpha 99 review - Metering
  7. 7. Sony Alpha 99 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Sony Alpha 99 review - Autofocus
  9. 9. LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Dynamic range
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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