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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
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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differences

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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $2,298.00 vs $2,699.00
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The best price we've seen is $401 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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 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
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SLT-A99:500 shots
              DSLR-A900:880 shots
              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

              Shared Competitors

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              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $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 A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,298 body only

              $1,798 - $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

              $1,899 body only

              $1,899 - $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

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 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

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 - $1,700 with 16-50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

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              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,197 with 28-300mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha DSLR-A900.

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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.