Sony Alpha A99 Camera unveiled; Specs and Price
As we expected, the Sony has unveiled its most anticipated camera on its Alpha series, named Sony A99. The new Sony A99 is coming with bunch of new features as well as capability replacing all the other Sony camera series. The camera is intended for professional photographers and leading filmmakers.
In terms of specifications, the new Sony Alpha SLT-A99 features an all-new 24.3-megapixel Exmor sensor (there was rumors that the camera would feature 36MP chip) with an increased photodiode area for boosted low light quality, ISO range up to 102,400 and a feature that Sony calls “”world’s first dual-AF system”, that offers two different phase-detect AF systems, including the same 19-point system and additional 102 points on the imager itself.
The Sony A99 offers 1080/60p and 24p options with AVCHD 2.0 and output through HDMI. The camera can deliver the output simultaneously to a monitor, and the face detection focus support in video mode. The camera also offers a 6 frames-per-second burst mode, 14-bit RAW output for stills, the same 921k-dot Xtra Fine twilt-and-swivel LCD and OLED viewfinder found found on the NEX-6 and NEX-7.
There are plenty of other features that include mini USB port, HDMI out, microphone and headphone jacks, a remote control jack, power in, PC Sync socket and GPS. There are also a silent controller next to the lens and dual SD card slots, so that you can duplicate the images, assign video and stills to different cards or copy folders without removing a card.
The new Sony A99 aka Sony Alpha SLT-S99 will be released in October for a price of $2,800, actual release date is not available though. There is also an updated 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II lens that will be available for a price of $7,500 and in September, a new 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 optic is coming.