While it may be a camera designed for the leading filmmakers and studios, the Sony Alpha A99 would make any DSLR photographer happier. It sports a lightweight 25.9 ounce body, 24.3 megapixel Exmor sensor, two auto-focus systems — one 19-point then a 102-point AF depending on the shooting situation — 1080/60p HD recording and 24p options with AVCHD 2.0, including uncompressed output through HDMI (with simultaneous output to a monitor) and phase-detect focus support in video mode.
When shooting, there’s 6 frames-per-second burst mode, 14-bit RAW output for stills, the same 921k-dot Xtra Fine twilt-and-swivel LCD included with the A77 with WhiteMagic and TruBlack color technologies, with an OLED viewfinder, also found on A77, NEX-6 and NEX-7 cameras. And of course, lenses like the updated 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II lens for $7,500 or a 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 optic coming in September fit perfectly on Sony’s news full-frame professional camera.
The Sony Alpha A99 ships later this fall, starting at $2,800, body only.