Estimated Street Price: $2,800 (body only)
Previous TMT cameras used APS-C sensors. Now, Sony has introduced the first full-frame TMT camera, the flagship SLT-A99. It features a new 24.3-megapixel, full-frame Sony Exmor HD CMOS sensor and 14-bit capture (another first for the SLT line) and a new twist on the TMT AF system—besides the standard 19-point TMT AF system, there are also 102 phase-detection AF points on the image sensor itself. This provides more accurate tracking of fast-moving subjects against complex backgrounds. An in-body AF Range Control further helps AF speed and accuracy.
An excellent 2.36-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder provides eye-level viewing for stills and video, while the 3-inch LCD tilts and rotates for easy odd-angle shooting.
The A99 is the first full-frame DSLR to do full HD 1080 AVCHD video at 60p (a capability recently introduced in some Sony APS-C cameras) as well as 24p; it also does 1080, 720 and 480 video at 30p in MP4 format. You get continuous phase-detection AF for video, convenient eye-level viewing when desired and stereo sound via a built-in mic or an optional external mic. Full-res, 24.3-megapixel still images can be shot at up to 6 fps (cropped APS-C-format images at up to 10 fps).
STANDOUT FEATURE: The first full-frame Translucent Mirror Technology camera.