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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A99

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Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality Better image quality 89.0 vs 79.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14 EV vs 12.3 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SLT-A99's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Color depth Better color depth 25 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Lens availability More lenses available 123 lenses vs 82 lenses
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50% more lenses available
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 127 ms vs 183 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,555 ISO vs 1,431 ISO
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The SLT-A99 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 147x111x78 mm vs 156x117x82 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 812 g vs 895 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A900

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Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Battery life Longer battery life 880 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.74x vs 0.71x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        SLT-A99:0.71x
        DSLR-A900:0.74x
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        SLT-A99:Full frame 35.8x24.0mm
        DSLR-A900:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
        SLT-A99:24 MP
        DSLR-A900:24.4 MP
        Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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        Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
        100%
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
        Professional
        Weight Heavy Help
        SLT-A99:812 g
        DSLR-A900:895 g
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Lens availability Few lenses available Help
        SLT-A99:123 lenses
        DSLR-A900:82 lenses

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        SLT-A99:6 fps
        DSLR-A900:5 fps
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        SLT-A99:1,555 ISO
        DSLR-A900:1,431 ISO

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        competitors

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        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,199 - $3,399 body only

        $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,398 body only

        $1,398 with 16-50mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,698 - $2,298 body only

        $1,770 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Focus points Has much more focus points
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,642 - $1,899 body only

        $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 - $1,897 body only

        $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony SLT A77 II

        Sony SLT A77 II

        Pro DSLR

        $1,048 body only

        $1,648 - $1,649 with 16-50mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,297 body only

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT-A99.

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Competitors

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        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        Live view Has live view
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        True resolution Much lower true resolution

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        Avatar for Jack Keck Jack Keck (0:58 PM, November 08, 2012)
        "fewer lenses available"??? there is the exact same number of lenses available, both sony and minolta lenses work with both cameras, if anything, less lenses work with the a99 when it comes to sigma lenses, some of the older lenses do not work with the slt's and none of this shows me the performance in way of IQ in comparing the 2 cameras.