Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Camera

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78% Gold Award
Overall then the Sony SLT-A65 is an exceptionally well specified camera not only considering its class, but the consumer-level DSLR field as a whole.”

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Key Features

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 10 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 15-point AF system
  • ISO 100-1600, expandable up to 25,600
  • 1080p HD video
  • 3.0 inch articulated LCD with 921,600 dots
  • Electronic OLED viewfinder with 2,400,000 dots
  • 1200-zone metering system
  • Pop-up built in flash and hotshoe
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/MemoryStick Pro Duo card slot

Product Description

A beginner-friendlier model with class-leading sensor resolution, the Sony Alpha SLT-A65 is part of that manufacturer's line of translucent mirror system cameras, introduced alongside the higher-specified Sony Alpha A77. The A65 offers two of the more advanced model's key features, namely the 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor and excellent 2.4M-dot OLED finder at a significantly lower price. So rather than a stripped-down A77, the A65 is a solid competitor in the mid-range DSLR class. The A65's 10 frames per second continuous shooting at full resolution is nothing short of impressive, and useful features like Sony's excellent Sweep Panorama mode and Auto HDR are also included.

Specs

Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Sensor
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2832, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 2000, 3008 x 1688
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz
Image
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 15
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1.1×
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 10.00 m
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Continuous drive 10.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (Optional)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Rechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 622 g (1.37 lb / 21.94 oz)
Dimensions 132 x 97 x 81 mm (5.2 x 3.82 x 3.19)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS BuiltIn

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Gold Award
Gold Award
78 %
Overall Score

The Sony SLT-A65 is an exceptionally well specified camera for its class. The 24 MP CMOS sensor, the OLED EVF and the 10 fps continuous mode are real stand-out features in the mid-level bracket of the market. Add the well thought-out ergonomics to that and you got yourself a camera that is a pleasure and fun to use in almost any shooting situation.

Good For

Feature-lovers and photographers on a budget who want maximum pixel count

Not So Good For

User Reviews

3.95 out of 5 stars
  • Gmanmi, Feb 27, 2013 GMT:
    Excellent mid-range SLR/SLT

    Its been a year since I got the Sony SLT-A65, and I have really enjoyed using the camera. I moved up from a compact camera the Canon S90. After many weeks of research online, the shortlist came down to the Canon 60D and the SLT-A65. I was a little unsure of the Sony DSLR lineup but now I am really comfortable with a full Sony system. The main advantages of the A65 that I see are: Full time live view Fast autofocus (depending on lens) 24 MP resolution that allows for cropping Availability ...

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  • Digiman69, Dec 7, 2012 GMT:
    A65 great all around DSLR

    Great EVF what you see is what you get, immediate feedback to manual override. Light body but good ergonomics. Fast enough AF and great speed 10fps when needed. (very usable 8fps with continuous focus) Noisy at all iso much more than my A850 but stay up to iso800 and setting the right jpg customization you'll get great shots enjoying in camera HDR, Sweep Panorama, Peak Focus for MF. Don't undervaluate in camera stabilization, the translucent technology does mean higher noise but even no ...

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  • vlad2304, Nov 4, 2012 GMT:
    Big dissapointment

    I was looking to buy Sony SLT-A65 since its anouncement but sold it with loss after 3-4 weeks of using. Main reason is bad performance after ISO exceeds 1200-1600. In real life it means that if you are using zoom lens at 300 mm in conditions other than bright sunny day you have to raise ISO and shutter speed and as result get noisy pics. The only thing that I liked is great EVF. Problems: Noisy pictures at ISO higher than 1200.

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WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • Sony a65 camera body
  • Lens kits includes either DT 18-135mm f/3.5-6.3 or DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
  • Battery Charger (BC-VM10)
  • Rechargable Battery (NP-FM500H)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM

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