Sony Alpha A99 hands-on pictures

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Sony Alpha A99 hands-on
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Martin Daler

September 24, 2012, 10:30 pm

"The Sony Alpha A99 is a full-frame DSLR"
No it isn't.


September 25, 2012, 12:11 pm

@martin daler

Erm.... Yes it is?

Martin Daler

September 26, 2012, 2:47 am

Erm... no, it isn't. It is not a reflex camera, it has no reflex mirror or pentaprism or optical viewfinder - it has a fixed pellicle mirror and an electronic viewfinder. Does the difference matter? Well, possibly, if you are looking for an accurate review, or if the differing benefits of each type of camera matter to you.


September 27, 2012, 7:45 am

I am not sure which definition of 'Full Frame' you are going with and I would not sound so adamant. "Full frame" is not a reference to mirror or pentaprism or lack thereof. If is a reference to sensor size. A sensor that is equivalent to 35mm film and that won't crop the image for any given focal length as opposed to a crop sensor such as the 1.5 crop APS-C or Micro 4/3rd. (see chart:

Martin Daler

September 27, 2012, 3:29 pm

You are of course correct in what you say, but it has no bearing on what I was referring to, which is that the camera under review is not a DSLR, full frame or otherwise. It is a DSLT. The difference has nothing to do with the sensor size and everything to do with the reflex mirror and pentaprism (or lack of).

And I am not suggesting that there is anything 'wrong' with a DSLT either - only that it is different from a DSLR and that, in so far as each technology brings its own benefits and compromises I would think that to start off a review by befuddling the two is not ideal, especially when comparing the review camera to other recently launched DSLRs (I notice that it has now been corrected in any case).


September 27, 2012, 3:32 pm

Hi guys,

The DSLR/DSLT mishap was mine, not the original writer's. I added a summary paragraph at the beginning of the hands-on to act as a quick summary of the camera, but apparently produced it a little too quick-ly.

I hope you will find it in your hearts to forgive me, one day. It's good to see we have readers that notice these things, mind!


Camilo Ramírez

January 25, 2013, 12:02 pm

It is a Full Frame SLT - single lens Translucent -, no mirror, no optical viewfinder.
But it's full Frame.

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