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Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera - SLT-A65V

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24.3 Megapixels/ 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Design/ Shoots Up To 10 fps Continuous/ Tru-Finder OLED Electronic Viewfinder/ HD Movies At 60p/60i/24p Full HD (1920x1080) Resolution/ 3D Sweep Panorama Mode/ 3" Xtra Fine Tilt/Swivel LCD Screen/ Main Sensor Quick AF Live View/ ISO 16000 Sensitivity/ AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) Mode/ Upgraded BIONZ Image Processor/ Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)/ 1200-Zone Exposure Metering/ SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization/ Advanced Anti-Dust Technology/ APS-C Size HD CMOS Image Sensor/ Sony Exmor Technology/ 11 Picture Effect Modes/ 15-Point Auto Focus/ Body Only/ Black Finish
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Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera, Model SLTA65V

Best of both worlds, 24.3 megapixel and up to 10 fps. Get action photos, HD Movies and Live View shots that other cameras miss, thanks to Sony’s exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology. Enjoy smooth and creative HD video at full 1920 x 1080 resolution – at either 60p or 24p frame rate - plus the world’s first OLED electronic viewfinder.

Features:

  • 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Design
    Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. Sony changes all that with the award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology system. It directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously
  • 24.3 MP; best-in-class resolution
    You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to an APS-C sensor with 24.3 megapixels. It’s the worlds’s first 24.3MP APS-C DSLR
  • Ultra-fast up to 10 fps continuous
    The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. Shoots up to 10 frames per second at full-resolution 24.3 megapixels with continuous auto focus (AE locked after first frame)
  • World’s first OLED viewfinder
    There’s never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail
  • HD Movies at 60p, 60i, or 24p
    Capture spectacular HD Movies. This is the world’s first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. AVCHD™ Progressive codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web
  • HD movies with full manual control
    Now you don’t need to surrender control when you shoot HD movies. Enjoy the full expressive potential of Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual (P/A/S/M) control in HD movie mode
  • Full-time Phase Detection AF
    You get fast, accurate auto focus in every mode—even HD Movie and Live View—thanks to Sony’s exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology. While Contrast Detection Auto Focus often hunts for correct focus, Phase Detection AF knows exactly where correct focus is, and goes straight for it
  • Full-Time Live View in LCD or EVF
    You can use both the LCD monitor and OLED Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots in Live View. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays
  • World’s shortest release time lag
    Helps ensure that the image you want is the image you get. Once auto focus occurs, release time lag is the delay between fully pressing the shutter release and when the camera actually starts taking the picture. Long lag makes it harder to capture fast-moving objects. The Sony A65 boasts the world’s shortest release time lag at only 0.05 seconds
  • Object Tracking AF
    Locks onto a specified object and maintains focus even as the subject moves. Unpredictable subjects stay in focus even while zooming. You can concentrate on composition without worrying about focus
  • 6-image layering
    Leverages the fast BIONZ® processor to capture six images in a fraction of a second, and then combine the data. The result is one incredible single image that gets a cleaner result in Multi-Frame NR mode or sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode
  • Multi-frame NR
    Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Handheld Twilight mode
    Get gorgeous shots at night without a tripod. Combines six frames into a single image for smooth, low-noise evening shots. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Auto HDR built into camera
    Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • 3D Sweep Panorama™ Mode
    Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats
  • Sweep Panorama™ Mode
    Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together
  • Shot Result Preview
    See the results before you take the shot. This preview takes the guesswork out of camera settings by showing the effects of the aperture, shutter and DRO settings on the depth of field, motion and dynamic range
  • Tilt/swivel LCD screen
    Tilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel under the camera for self-portraits. Finally, the monitor folds flush to the camera with the LCD exposed for shooting or protected for travel
  • 921K dot TruBlack™ LCD screen
    Sony's 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD™ monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack™ screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further
  • Main Sensor Quick AF Live View
    Combines the fast focus of Phase Detection AF with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony® Translucent Mirror Technology. You get accurate images and 100% framing on the LCD monitor or eye-level viewfinder
  • ISO 16000 sensitivity
    Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor™ APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ® image processor
  • AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) mode
    Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode
  • Graphic Display
    Clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results
  • Upgraded BIONZ® image processor
    The brain of the camera is a Sony’s BIONZ® image processor substantially upgraded for the demands of 24.3 megapixel photography. Chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 16000. Also enables fast processing for up to 10 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 24.3 MP images, 2D/3D Sweep Panorama™ modes and 6-image layering
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
    Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off
  • 1200-Zone exposure metering
    Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations
  • SteadyShot INSIDE™ stabilization
    Image stabilization reduces blur by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You'll reduce blur with every A Mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture standard zoom lenses
  • HDMI® output for HD viewing
    Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI® output. In addition, the BRAVIA® Sync system works with compatible Sony® BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote
  • Up to 560 Shots of battery life
    Take up to 560 shots on a single charge with Sony® Stamina™ battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM® battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence
  • P/A/S/M exposure modes
    The camera offers a full range of controls from the beginner's AUTO+ mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control
  • Advanced Anti-Dust Technology
    Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor
  • Built-in Flash (GN12)
    To help you shoot more effectively, the camera includes a built-in flash (Guide Number 12) that can also trigger a wireless accessory flash (sold separately). The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately)
  • Slot for two media types
    For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (Class 4 or higher recommended, sold separately)
  • APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor
    With 19.5 times the area of the typical camcorder image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between amateur and professional-looking video, delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds
  • Sony® Exmor™ technology
    Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The Exmor™ sensor provides more than 5,600 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per second
  • 11 Picture Effect modes
    Discover innovative ways to make your images and videos pop. These include Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature
  • Face Detection and Registration
    The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of people. Can prioritize children or adults. Face Registration can remember friends and family members and prioritize them
  • Smile Shutter™ technology
    Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter™ mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity
  • 15-point Auto Focus
    To maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony incorporates Phase Detection AF of great sophistication. 15 sensors with 3 cross sensors maximize precision for both vertical and horizontal subjects

Specifications:

Camera

  • Lens Compatibility: Sony A-mount lens
  • Camera Type: Sony A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor: Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
  • Processor: BIONZ™ image processor
  • Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
  • Pixel Gross: Approx. 24.7 megapixels
  • Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 24.3 megapixels
  • Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.5x
  • Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters

Recording

  • Media Type: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™ media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
  • Color Space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
  • Still Image Mode: JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
  • Still Image Size 16:9: L size: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M size: 4240 x 2400 (10M) S size: 3008 x1688 (5.1M)
  • Still Image Size 3:2: L size: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M size: 4240 x 2832 (12M) S size: 3008 x 2000 (6M)
  • Panorama Still Image Size: Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)
  • Video Format: AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
  • Video Mode: AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
  • Video Signal: NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Audio Format: Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
  • Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Stereo Microphone
  • Still Image File Format: JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Mount Type: Sony A-mount

Viewfinder

  • Type: 0.50" XGA OLED EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (2,359k dots)
  • Diopter Adjustment: -4.0m-1 to +3.0m-1
  • Field of View: 100%
  • Magnification: 1.09x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )

LCD Display

  • LCD Type: 3.0” TFT Xtra Fine™ LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack™ technology
  • Angle Adjustment: Tilt angle: Down: Approx. 180 degrees Rotation angle:180 degrees counterclockwise and 90 degrees clockwise
  • Brightness Control: Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2)
  • Coverage: 100%
  • Live View: Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)
  • Real-time image adjustment display: Yes(On/Off)
  • Histogram: Yes (On/off)
  • Grid Display: Yes (On/off)
  • Customization: Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback

Focus Control

  • Focus System: TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)
  • Focus Points: 15 points (3 points cross type)
  • AF Modes: Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Automatic AF(AF-A) selectable, Manual Focus
  • Focus Area: Wide (auto,15 points)/Zone/Spot/Local selectable
  • Focus Sensitivity: EV -1 to 18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
  • Focus Features: Predictive control(AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock, Eye-start AF
  • AF Illuminator: Built-in LED, Range: approx. 3' - 15' (1m-5m)

Exposure System

  • Metering: Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
  • Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Metering Sensitivity: -2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)
  • Exposure Compensation: +/-3.0EV(1/3EV steps)
  • Exposure Settings: AUTO,AUTO Advanced (AUTO+), Scene Selection (SCN), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama (3D), Continuous Advance Priority AE (10fps), Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
  • Scene Mode(s): Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
  • Picture Effect(s): 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature
  • D-Range Optimizer: Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)
  • Auto Exposure Lock: Yes (AE Lock button)
  • Color Temperature: 2500 - 9900 k with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7)
  • Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Portrait , Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
  • Exposure Bracketing: Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, /1/3EV, 2/3EV increments, 3 frames
  • ISO: Auto (ISO 100-1600); Selectable ISO100 - 16000 equivalent
  • Noise Reduction: Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)
  • White Balance Mode: Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White) , Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom

Drive System

  • Burst Buffer: JPEG Standard (18 shots) JPEG Fine (17 shots) RAW (13 shots) RAW+JPEG (11 shots)
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: Continuous (Hi: up to 8fps,Low: up to 3fps) Continuous Priority AE (10fps)
  • Drive Mode: Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracket (Continuous/Single/WB), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)
  • Self-timer: 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
  • Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter

Flash

  • Flash Compensation: ±2.0EV(1/3EV steps)
  • Flash Coverage: FOV coverage up to 18 mm (in the focal length)
  • Recycling Time: Approx. 3 sec.
  • Flash Bracketing: 0.3/0.7EV steps, 3 frames
  • Flash Metering System: ADI flash / Pre-flash TTL
  • Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless, Off
  • Flash Type: Built-in, Pop-up Auto
  • Guide Number: 10 (in meters at ISO100)

Advanced

  • Auto High Dynamic Range: Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
  • Embedded GPS: Yes
  • Sweep Panorama: Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical, and 3D Panorama
  • Face Detection: On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off
  • Smile Shutter™ technology: Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
  • Image Stabilization: SteadyShot INSIDE in-body image stabilization

Interface

  • Accessory Shoe: Yes (Alpha)
  • BRAVIA® Sync™: Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
  • DVDirect: Yes, via USB
  • HD Output: HDMI (TypeC mini)
  • Memory Card Slot: Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
  • PhotoTV HD: Yes, with BRAVIA Sync™ enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
  • USB Port(s): USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)

Power

  • Battery Type: InfoLITHIUM® NP-FM500H (7.2V)
  • Number of Still Images: Approx. 510 images with viewfinder, 560 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)

Software

  • Supplied Software: PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2
  • Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-v10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS. Camera (via USB), Image Data Converter, and Image Data Lightbox software are compatible with Mac OS

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 3-7/8"
  • Width: 5-1/4"
  • Depth: 3-1/4"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1 lbs 3.1 oz
  • Shipping: 3 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details

Footnotes:

  1. Requires 3D HDTV, HDMI cable (at least 10.2 Gbps) and active 3D glasses sold sep
  2. Among interchangeable lens cameras with APS-C size sensors as of August 2011
  3. Among DSLRs
  4. Records in 29 minute segments
  5. Requires HDTV and HDMI® cable sold sep
  6. Compatible with BRAVIA® Sync or Theatre Sync™ HDTVs connected via HDMI®
  7. Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage. Battery capacity decreases over time and use
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TypeDSLR
Effective Pixels24.3 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)3.88
Width (inches)5.25
Depth (inches)3.25
Built-In FlashYes
Focal Length18mm-55mm
Focus ModesPortrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3
LCD TypeTFT
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay2-sec., 10-sec.
Shutter Speed1/4000 to 30 seconds
Storage MediaDual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Power SourceInfoLITHIUM® NP-FM500H (7.2V)
White BalanceAuto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White) , Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
  

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Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera
 
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5.0

Liked so much, I bought two A-65's

By Thoma

from Newport, Minn.

Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera:

No need to ever buy a new camera. Works well with 70/400 telephoto lens. Works good with 2.8/20 fisheye lens. It gives me total control, I call it real time photography. Sony has great gear. I will buy the Sony name every time because Sony says to me; real, really good stuff!

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5.0

Love my new A65

By Lambo

from San Francisco

Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera:

After being a Canon camera enthusiast for many years, I made the switch to Sony and what a fun and amazing camera! They really pulled out all the stops and packed this camera with more features than you can imagine, at a price point like this. I got the lens kit with an 18-135mm lens and probably the best all around lens you can have, along with it's quality. This camera has enough features to compare to manufacturers with price points 2-3x as much. Stunning image quality with it's 24.3mega pixels and fast focusing! A Pro would feel at home with this camera. Sony offers many high end lenses also!

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5.0

I love this camera 5***** all the way

By Anonymous

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera:

I had a Canon Ti2 before I bought this camera because of the 24 Megapixel, 10 pictures at a time and landscape mode, great for night pictures, and Im a Sony fan now!!!!

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4.0

Best for the money

By SuperTech

from Nebraska

Pros

  • Great feature set and specs

Cons

  • A little soft

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera:

    I've owned every generation of the Sony/Minolta DSLR from almost the beginning of the Sony era (A200). Before that I had a Nikon F2AS for many years and loved that old mechanical monster dearly. When it came to be necessary to upgrade to digital I did a lot of research. Unless you have a lot of money and need to get rid of it, or you are a real pro, there is no reason to blow the thousands of dollars to get real high end camera. The super expensive models by Camera Manufacturers that will Go Unnamed in This Review are great for pros that need the name or need a camera tough enough to use all day every day for years. In the Semi-Pro arena nothing beats the Sony. 24 Mpx, mirror-less, AMOLED finder, great lenses and not ridiculously expensive. They do the hand shake compensation in the body so I get compensation on all lenses. No need to buy a special super expensive "VR" lens. It even works with my macro 50mm f2.8 or old Minolta lenses. I can't recommend the A65 for sports shooting. As with all of the current generation Sonys, the viewfinder gets behind so you can't see what is actually happening to the split second. 10 frames per second sounds good but if you can't see the action you can't shoot it. For video it is a lot better than the A55, which used to overheat in a few minutes, but still limits you to 20 minutes. You can't just stop and restart every 20 minutes, the sensor will overheat. So for the school play you need a camcorder, not an SLR. I shoot mainly landscapes or closeup product shots, and it is great for both of those uses. For flash work, you can RF slave the Sony dedicated flashes with no additional hardware. All in all I recommend the Sony lineup. You basically have to pay double to get the same feature/performance point with other manufacturers, and then pay more again for special lenses and flash slave units.

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    4.0

    I love this camera, however...

    By Parsec

    from Akron, Ohio, USA

    Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera:

    I've also got an a33, which is a good camera; the a65 is a GREAT camera. The image quality is fantastic! The controls are well-positioned & intuitive; the on-screen control menu is quick & easy to navigate. Build quality is good, in operation it is fast & quiet, and the slightly larger a65 fits my medium-sized hands even better than the a33. Built-in gimmicks like smile- and face-detection are easy to disable (and best left that way). HOWEVER... the a65 does NOT work equally well with all Sony lenses, let alone legacy Minolta lenses or 3rd-party A-mount lenses. It back-focuses with quite a few Sony lenses and there's nothing you can do about it. For example, with a Sony 85mm f2.8 lens it focuses as sharp as a tack, but with a Sony 35mm f1.8 it back-focuses about 1.5" at 3 ft. With a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 it focuses flawlessly, but with a Sony 28mm f2.8 it back-focuses about 1" at 3 ft. I have experimented with more than one a65 body with identical results. THE PROBLEM is in the firmware: The a37/57 are positioned as entry-level cameras for the amateur photographer, who isn't likely to have a problem with slight back-focusing (nor notice it, probably). The a65/77 are positioned as mid-range cameras for the advanced amateur or semi-pro, who will be unhappy with even a little back-focusing. Strangely though, the firmware in the a65 (currently v.1.05) has the limitations of the a57 rather than the utility of the a77 firmware. In the a77 the user can manually correct the way the camera focuses with specific lenses, thereby eliminating any back-focusing issues. You can't do that with the a65, unless/until Sony decides to upgrade the a65 firmware to include that feature. I still like my a65, and I would recommend it - with the caveat that one should purchase it body-only and get a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 for one's everyday lens. Any other lenses, new or used, should be tested for proper focusing prior to purchase. ...and I will keep my fingers crossed, hoping that Sony adds user-enabled focus correction to a65 firmware v.1.06 or v.2.0...

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    5.0

    BEST CAMERA EVER

    By SHIV

    from NEW YORK

    Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera:

    I THINK THIS IS THE BEST CAMERA I EVER HAD......

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    4.0

    The new beast in town

    By Shadead

    from Williamsburg, Va

    Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera:

    Overall this is a great camera that has since made it possible for me to capture thousands of photos from several events. I was able to shoot around 2000 photos for one event on a single battery! I have also been able to make large prints with with very little upsizing and also crop in on some where I wouldn't have been able to previously. Focus peeking is amazing. This is quite possibly the greatest feature ever put into a camera. It has made my macro photographs a thousand times easier to capture and I get the shot I really want. I do have some minor frustrations with the camera though. One is that the flash (HVL-42am) seems to be unpredictable in TTL but works wonderfully when choosing the power manually. My other frustration is with the selection of individual focus points which was extremely easy with the alpha300. With a few functions mapped to the d-pad you now have to go into the function menu select the focus on location setting and then set the focus spot you would like. Luckily the focus in the default mode is generally very good but it certainly can't read your mind. And one final problem with the camera is that in some cases of low light the EVF will only display a black screen. As long as you have a decent source of light its not bad; even a low powered street light. I had the biggest problem with trying to get some shots of the night sky. I was able to get the shots but I had to just focus to infinity and keep taking shots till I found the settings and angle I wanted. I have only used the video mode a tiny bit but it seems to work very well. You do need a fast memory card though to prevent stuttering in the write process and I would suggest sticking with manual focus as the autofocus seemed to want to refocus itself at times for no apparent reason.

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    5.0

    Love it!

    By A65MACGuy

    from Minnesota

    Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera:

    I upgraded from my a100 and WOW! Flash photo's are 200% better. Video is great. Special effects are awesome. Love all the settings - plenty of different settings that will more than meet my needs. I do mostly family and landscape type (not a pro thought I could be one once but those guys are good!) I will have a lot to learn with this but so far completely satisfied. I do know I will need to get new glass. My old xi lens are a little old for this. Saving for the 16-50 Sony and the 55-200. The 35mm 2.8 works great!

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    5.0

    very happy with it

    By dondanim

    from District, DF

    Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera:

    i upgraded from the a55 i buy a year ago. all improved, all better, cant complain. the improvement in zoom and pictures effects is what i love the most. i just hope sony add the time-lapse function in the drive mode, or just put in the self-timer menu an "i will keep taking shots every second until you cancel it" also it would be great that ratter than gps (the thing most useless, i belive everyone turn it off) they put blutooth, why? it would not be great to use my xperia as a remote shutter, or an external microphone, i will love it. since i see most of my pictures in my bravia full hd, i will like a 1920x1080 picture mode (with the added zoom efffect please or increased iso) so my pictures will perfectly fit my screen, like my old hx1. well... i dream this features for this year upgrade, miss it, i hope at least one will do it when i upgrade next year.

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    5.0

    The A65 will be my new workhorse of a camera

    By SafetyRick

    from SE Washington State

    Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera:

    My waiting has been rewarded over and over. I use my A65 for pics for Grandkids, macro photos, urban landscape, & nature. The controls are easier to understand that Canon & Nikons. I use an A55 at work and bought a A65 for personal use. I love the extras that the A65 affords. I was surprised when I ran the battery dry when using it for backlight for sunrise pictures. I attended the 2012 WPII conference's Sony booth and met the great crew at the Sony booth. They listened carefully to my questions/opinions and gave me great hints. I hope they relocate the movie button as I often press it when preparing to take shots.

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