Sony Alpha SLT-A99V DSLR Camera

Sony’s first full-framed DSLR was way back around four years ago in the name of A900, and though this may be breakthrough at that camera age, the A900 could be considered a camera in trial, hence the flaws you can now recognize. Thankfully, last year was another age for full-frame DSLRs, and with Sony, they have managed to observe some from the competition like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D for some key improvements to focus on. This year, the company introduces its new flagship for the full-frame SLR category, the new Sony Alpha SLT-A99V, which though at a hefty price is also package of features to deal with, not only on the stills side of the camera but also with video shooting as well.

One of the biggest breakthroughs in the Sony Alpha SLT-A99V is that it has a remarkable body size and weight that makes the competitors look antique. Bodied in the same weather-sealed magnesium alloy construct, the SLT-A99V measures 4.4inches in height, 5.8inches for the length, and 3.4inches for the depth, of which the latter is depended for the kind of lens kit you’d use. Like the EOS 6D of Canon, the SLT-A99V still does not house a built-in camera for its relatively bulky size, but at least it compensates by adding a fully-functioning stereo microphone for enhanced video experience, a powerful tilt-out type of display, plus GPS though without Wi-Fi (you can have the accessory at least optionally).

The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V sports its very own style of display to truly make the price of $2,800 worth the buy. The said tilt-out type of display not only allows users to lift the display up and down, but with a hinge to support horizontal articulation, the SLT-A99V is but fantastic in a lot of ways despite not being touch-capable. Though I am not really confident with the build quality of the hinge, at least I am pleased with how the display at 1.229k-dots worked without delays, not to mention the rich black colors and brightness control that you’d surely love to see for yourself. The SLT-A99V also has a good interface, but it can be a real pain to learn and master the new joystick as the navigation controller.

The SLT-A99V also introduces a silent control dial that should really help coping up with new settings while recording video. The said dial also has its own ‘select’ button on its core, and this is but amazing also for directly switching between options in a much simpler interface without removing your eyes from the EVF. And since I mentioned it, the SLT-A99V also geared a very outstanding EVF (though not optical, but Sony promises a pre-shot view of the picture to be captured with all your settings like exposure values on it) with 2,359k-dots plus a solid 100% view coverage. I am impressed actually with this technology, and with the inclusion of the said articulating screen, shooting actions and subjects from low-lit scenes are a buzz and a fuzz.

On the spec line and features set, the Sony Alpha SLT-A99V features a 24.3MP Exmor full-frame CMOS sensor with standard ISO capability from 100 to 25,600, a dual AF system (a 19-point phase contrast sensor above the mirror plus a 102-point focal plane sensor) that maximizes the included translucent mirror technology for a more directed light without the fraction-of-a-second delay, a new-in-its-age BIONZ Image processor that really does well with 14-bit RAW shooting and image processing, an in-camera sensor-shift type stabilization technology, 6fps continuous shooting at full resolution, enhanced 1200-zone metering, and Auto HDR. The SLT-A99V sadly has a very short battery life of a little more than 400 shots, and that’s without the use of the battery-draining GPS feature.

The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V sports a very highly detailed output to sum up its brand, and I am actually impressed as to how it managed to control details and noise at least up to ISO 3200. I’d say, the SLT-A99V is not still the greatest in handling noise and grains, but at least it comes with an in-camera correction for distortion and aliasing effect. Colors are a lot accurate, but this can be changed by how you change your own settings, and performance-wise, the SLT-A99V is still not the fastest as expected. Lastly, with the new AF system, the SLT-A99V does well with keeping up the subject up on track even in 1080p60p movie recording, but the enhanced feature also brought its own more-complicated interface that you’d take time to learn.

The Sony Alpha SLT-A99V is not really a full-framer for everyone in its price, though there’s hardly any question as to how much such an SLR can perform. Having a more compact body, translucent mirror technology, and in-camera stabilization, this camera is really something pros would love to bring along. With only a few hiccups and still being not the best in its time, I’d say you could always learn about the competition if they can give you the points you’d love at a much better price.

Sony Alpha SLT-A99V DSLR Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 125,000.00

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