I'd read on the web that the Sony a99 has video that is flat and unsharp. Since I own one and plan to use it for interviews and various art projects I decided that I should test it. I decided to use it the way I would normally use the camera in my day to day work as a photographer and moving picture guy. I needed to do a video of a very wonderful concert pianist named, Anton Nel, for Zachary Scott Theatre and their production of 33 Variations. I set up the camera on a Manfrotto tripod complete with a 501 HDV fluid head. I used a Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G lens. I lit the scene with a couple of small LED panels from the left hand side of the frame. Really just some fill light. While it's immaterial to the video quality I know there are always people interested in sound so, this was recorded with s single Sennheiser EW 100 G3 wireless lav mic set up. As you can probably see in the video the mic is pinned right in the middle of Mr. Nel's black shirt. No attempt was made to grade the footage and the content is a small snippet of the interview. I am posting it here so that people can see what the video looks like from this camera.
That said, Vimeo processes the clips before posting. The clip started life a 1080p 24fps @ the lowest compression setting in the camera. I output the clip directly from FCP-X to vimeo as a 720HD file. I'd love for everyone to be able to see the clip as I first previewed it, on a larger screen, in my studio.
I find the footage to be of high quality but I am not a daily shooter. Video is a sideline to my photography business.