|Sony a99 ISO 3200 f6.3 28mm|
Even though I got myself the Sony a99 a while ago, this trip to Singapore was the first time I really got a chance to properly test it out. Having bought the a99 as an upgrade to my a900 one of the main improvement I expected, like many of you out there, is of course the low light performance. So this is just a short post about what I think about the ISO capabilities of the a99 based on my real world experience so far (and the shots that I got) with the camera.There wouldn't be any test charts or anything like that, but I am sure there are plenty of those already on the Internet if you want some.
So is the low light performance better? Of course, that is a given, having taken three years to come up with the new camera there would have been an outcry if it wasn't...but by how much? Well, having had a chance to review the photos I must say...significantly, but maybe not as much as some of us (including myself) had hoped or been dreaming about. I was just secretly wishing that maybe we would be getting ultra clean iso 6400 :). That proved as expected to be wishful thinking.
|Sony a99 ISO 2000 f5 35mm|
Whereas with the a900 I wouldn't use anything above iso 1600, with the a99 I can now use up to iso 3200, but I wouldn't personally push it anymore than that. That might not seem like a big leap, but in real world use that one extra stop proves a huge difference. When I was using the a900 I often found in a lot of situations that iso 1600 was "just nearly enough", and had often thought to myself "if only iso 3200 was usable", well now it is.
|Sony a99 ISO 3200 f5 16mm|
So am I happy with the upgrade in terms of low light performance? I must admit that at first I was slightly disappointed when the test results started coming out, having waited so long for a new full frame camera from Sony I probably set my expectations unrealistically high. Having used the camera myself however, I am very happy with it's low light capabilities and think it is definitely a worthy upgrade from the a900.
There are also many other aspects of the camera that have been improved, which I will be talking about in later posts. I will just have to try and find the time to process all the photos I took during the trip. Over the course of three days I took about 500 photos so it will probably take a while to process them all.