As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Sony SLT A99 is also often compared to boutiques, mirrorless and entry-level DSLRs. The Sony SLT A99's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Z6 and the D610) and Sony (such as the A7R and the Alpha DSLR-A200)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A99 compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen, has a screen which flips out and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 36.2 MP), has much more startup delay (700 ms vs 300 ms), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism) and has a slightly shorter battery life (500 shots vs 880 shots).

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1
3 years newer
$1,797 (body only)
$2,197 28-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-1 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the K-1 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.4 fps vs 6 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much thicker: 3.4" vs 3.1"

common strengths of the K-1 and SLT A99

  • Flip-out screens
  • Built-in GPS

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
1 year newer
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the SLT A99)

  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 6 fps
  • Many more focus points: 79 vs 19
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the A77 II and SLT A99

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
similar age
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly longer battery life: 980 shots vs 500 shots
  • Much thinner: 2.8" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the SLT A99)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.5 fps vs 6 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the 6D and SLT A99

  • Built-in GPS

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year newer
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Longer battery life: 900 shots vs 500 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No built-in GPS
  • Significantly thicker: 3.2" vs 3.1"

common strengths of the D610 and SLT A99

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A850 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Longer battery life: 880 shots vs 500 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A850 (vs the SLT A99)

  • No live view
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 6 fps
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the DSLR-A850 and SLT A99

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years newer
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much longer battery life: 1230 shots vs 500 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the SLT A99)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D750 and SLT A99

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A99 compared to boutique competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a weather sealed body, has a much longer battery life (500 shots vs 250 shots), has a built-in GPS and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it is slightly larger (professional size (147×111×78 mm) vs prosumer size (133×85×70 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 102,400 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, has slightly fewer focus points (19 vs 4,779) and is older (august 2012 vs august 2018).

Nikon Z6

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6 years newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,229k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 500 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Z6 and SLT A99

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the SLT-A68 and SLT A99

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
similar age
$2,398 - $2,798

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX1 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (113×65×70 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 498 g vs 812 g
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX1 (vs the SLT A99)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 500 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-RX1 and SLT A99

  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS RP

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6 years newer
$1,299 - $1,699

Significant advantages of the EOS RP (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Many more focus points: 4,779 vs 19
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (133×85×70 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the EOS RP (vs the SLT A99)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 500 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the EOS RP and SLT A99

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A99 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), can focus continuously while recording movies, significantly more lenses available (126 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a slightly longer battery life (500 shots vs 340 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, has slightly fewer focus points (19 vs 325), is older (august 2012 vs may 2015), is significantly larger (professional size (147×111×78 mm) vs standard size (133×92×49 mm)) and is slightly more expensive ($3,198.00 vs $998.00).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
2 years newer
$488 (body only)
$462 - $498 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G7 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (125×86×77 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)
  • Much lighter: 410 g vs 812 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G7 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • No weather sealing
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DMC-G7 and SLT A99

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony A7R

Sony A7R
1 year newer
$1,604 (body only)
$2,148 35mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7R (vs the SLT A99)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (127×94×48 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 465 g vs 812 g

Significant disadvantages of the A7R (vs the SLT A99)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A7R and SLT A99

  • Weather sealed
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
2 years newer
$998 (body only)
$1,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7 II (vs the SLT A99)

  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (127×96×60 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)
  • Lighter: 599 g vs 812 g

Significant disadvantages of the 7 II (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • No built-in GPS
  • Fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 126 lenses

common strengths of the 7 II and SLT A99

  • High resolution screens: 1,230k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
4 years newer
$1,098 (body only)
$1,498 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly more focus points: 425 vs 19
  • Much smaller: Mid size (120×67×53 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.46x vs 0.71x
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and SLT A99

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony a7 II

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2 years newer
$1,698 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7 II (vs the SLT A99)

  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (127×96×60 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)
  • Lighter: 599 g vs 812 g

Significant disadvantages of the a7 II (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • No built-in GPS
  • Fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 126 lenses

common strengths of the a7 II and SLT A99

  • High resolution screens: 1,230k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
3 years newer
$939 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,404 - $1,499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 19
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (133×92×49 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 507 g vs 812 g

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Lower resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 1,229k dots

common strengths of the X-T2 and SLT A99

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A99 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,229k dots vs 460k dots), significantly larger viewfinder (0.71x vs 0.61x) and takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 16.1 MP).

However, on average it doesn't shoot as fast continuously (6 fps vs 8 fps), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror), is much larger (professional size (147×111×78 mm) vs prosumer size (129×95×78 mm)), doesn't have a built-in focus motor and is much more expensive ($3,198.00 vs $391.29).

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
4 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the DSLR-A200 and SLT A99

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
6 months newer
$330 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 8 fps vs 6 fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Much lower true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the SLT A58 and SLT A99

  • Large viewfinder size: 0.65x vs 0.71x
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
5 months older
$1,994 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A57 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 6 fps
  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×98×81 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A57 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the SLT A57 and SLT A99

  • Large viewfinder size: 0.72x vs 0.71x
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony SLT A65

Sony SLT-A65
1 year older
$241 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A65 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 6 fps
  • Much smaller: Professional size (132×97×81 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A65 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,229k dots
  • No weather sealing
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the SLT A65 and SLT A99

  • Large viewfinder size: 0.71x vs 0.71x
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
similar age
$391 (body only)
$548 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-30 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm) vs Professional size (147×111×78 mm)
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the K-30 (vs the SLT A99)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,229k dots

common strengths of the K-30 and SLT A99

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.71x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection