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From a video shooter's perspective, I find the following kind of odd:
Comparing the 3 cameras based on their video alone, the Sony a99, the Canon 6D and the 5DIII (I currently own the 5dIII and used to own the Sony a99), it seems as if DPR is very critical of the Canons and almost apologetic for the Sony a99.
First of all, the Sony a99 video is very soft, lacks detail, has a very low bitrate, crazy moire and aliasing issues, and the softness doesn't get any better even with grading.
If you look at the 6D video page, there are extensive tests on the moire issues.
If you look at the 5DIII video page, there is an extra page from EOSHD that complains about the "not true 1080p" video image, no mention of how much the video sharpens up in post (ask Philip Bloom about this). Andrew Reid is a famous GH2 / BlackMagic supporter and very harsh on the 5DIII's video.
If you look at the Sony a99 video page, they do ZERO moire tests and pretty much hype up the full HDMI output and barely touch on how poor the video IQ is - almost like they are completely sponsored by Sony.
The a99 got a higher overall rating than either Canon 5DIII or 6D, even though:
The A99 video has much lower detail, blows out highlights, has worse moire and aliasing than either Canon in video mode. For stills, it's much worse (nosier) at higher ISO than either Canon. Has the SLT mirror that robs 1/3EV to 1/2EV of light. Has all the AF points crammed only in the center of the frame. Has a paltry buffer than only does 6 fps for about 2 seconds. Has flash sync issues at 1/250. Far, far fewer lens selections and a camera body that is likely to leak from the memory card door and battery compartment when wet. Also the shoe was changed for the a99 and all the Sony/Minolta flashes no longer work without the clunky adapter save one.
Bottom line - who cares what DPR has to say? They should stick to point and shoot camera reviews.