As a part of the imaging chain, the DxOMark score reflects the sum of the components (sensor, filter pack and lens and in this instance, the semi-transparent mirror) and how each interacts. Although the Sony made 24-MPix sensor is similar to that found in the rival Nikon D600, it’s not identical, and, for one, is unlikely to share the multi-segment OLPF of the Alpha 99.
Be that as it may, while it’s still not a surprise to see the same familiar focal lengths (and variants of the same model in some cases) as the top-performing lenses, the Sony SLT-A99 doesn’t quite achieve the same high-levels of sharpness as either the Nikon D600 or even the Canon EOS 5D Mk III.
For all that, the build, camera specification and handling of the SLT-A99 is, in many ways, superior to the Nikon D600 (with the exception of the AF system perhaps), and when matched with carefully selected lenses is capable of very high image quality and, at the same time, offers a very fulfilling user experience.
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