Sony SLT-A99 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

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Sony SLT-A99

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

76

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate

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differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT-A99

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
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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0.5 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 8 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
126 lenses vs 82 lenses
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More than 50% more lenses available
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
127 ms vs 183 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
147×111×78 mm vs 156×117×82 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$1,998.00 vs $3,891.57
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The best price we've seen is $1,894 cheaper (around 50% less)
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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.74x vs 0.71x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Longer battery life
880 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              SLT-A990.71x
              DSLR-A9000.74x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              SLT-A99812 g
              DSLR-A900895 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SLT-A99$1,998.00
              DSLR-A900$3,891.57
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              SLT-A99126 lenses
              DSLR-A90082 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              19
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              SLT-A9911
              DSLR-A9001
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SLT-A996 fps
              DSLR-A9005 fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT-A991,555 ISO
              DSLR-A9001,431 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $880 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 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 A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,295 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,725 body only

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,121 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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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.