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Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens - SLT-A65VK

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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/ Black Finish
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Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens, Model SLTA65VK

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 Type: A-mount 18-55mm zoom lens
  • Lens Mount Type: Sony A-mount
  • Aperture (Max.): f/3.5 - 5.6
  • Aperture (Min.): f/22 - 36
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): APS-C 35mm eqv. 27mm to 82.5mm
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Lens Groups-Elements: 8 elements, 7 groups
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.82ft (0.25m)
  • Aperture Blade: 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Aspheric Elements: 2

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: 4 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
Red Eye ReductionYes
Effective Pixels24.3 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)3.875"
Width (inches)5.25"
Depth (inches)3.25"
Built-In FlashYes
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)3"
LCD TypeTFT Color
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay10 sec. or 2 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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This is a somewhat revised review, as I have had a chance to spend lots of time with this camera over the last two weeks and taken roughly 1000 pictures. Although I feel this...Read complete review

This is a somewhat revised review, as I have had a chance to spend lots of time with this camera over the last two weeks and taken roughly 1000 pictures. Although I feel this is one of the best electronics purchases I have made in the last 10 years, I can see some problems that need addressing in firmware updates. JPEGs (and Sony's default jpeg algorithm could use some tweaking) print out sharply at 30 by 20 print sizes (as long as I stay under ISO 800). RAW images will print sharp to 36x24 easily. When paired with the new Sony 16-50mm 2.8 lens (see separate review for this remarkable lens), takes some of the best pictures this side of a Nikon D3x ($8000 full frame pro camera) - if you stay to ISO 800 and under. Pros: 1) Best viewfinder in the business (2.4 million dot OLED), as bright as any full frame viewfinder, and with far more useful information. Once you've used it, you won't be able to go back. Paradigm changing - once you experience what you can do creatively with this new tool, optical viewfinders are primitive and confining. 2) Class leading 24 megapixel resolution (at low to medium ISO, yields remarkably detailed images, esp in RAW). 3) Many useful shooting modes including terrific panorama and high dynamic range modes. Intuitive and yet deep & customizable operating system. But can be put in simple AUTO and AUTO+ modes for the less technical. 4) Full-time live view system - far better than the clunky live view systems 'tacked on' in traditional DSLRs. 5) Class-leading video resolution (1080 at 60p) with as good video capabilities as any camcorder. Takes better video than any DSLR if you shoot in 60p. 6) Intuitive and well thought-out ergonomics. 7) Fast and responsive operation. 8) Fastest continuous shooting in its class (10 frames per second). Fast focusing, decent menu speed (improved w/ new firmware) 9) Excellent image stabilization system (and no more sensor overheating that plagued the Sony A55!). 10) In-camera GPS (can be defeated). 11) Good battery life (significant battery upgrade from the Alpha 55). 12) Best features/price ratio in the middle to high-end consumer/prosumer model DSLR group. 13) Easy access to any Minolta lens and a decent selection of Sony lenses for reasonable money, particularly a superb new 16-50 mm 2.8 lens (see separate review). 14) Ability to remove most CA, distortion, and vignetting in increasing number of Sony lens (firmware-based). When used with the new 16-50mm 2.8 lens, produces very sharp images, w/out any visible classic optical distortions (CA, vignetting, barrel distortion, etc). 15) The few legit knocks on the camera are potentially addressed in firmware updates, unless Sony is falling asleep, which is doubtful, given what they have invested in this new technology. Firmware correction of lens optical aberrations is one of most under-appreciated but valuable features of the camera. These firmware corrections work with many popular Sony lenses, more to be included in future firmware. Makes big difference in large prints. It basically means that these classic distortions are really a non-issue for those corrected lenses (see DP Reviews treatment of this in A65 coverage). Cons: 1) Some increase in noise at higher ISO, particularly in RAW images without NR. Not surprising in view of increased pixel density. 2) Early firmware bugs - some have been improved, but still room for more improvements? (i.e., Using Sony's HVL-F42 bounce flash and still getting badly overexposed pictures - this happens mostly with bounce flash. Doesn't matter if flash set to TTL (through the lens) or ADI (advanced distance integration). Other firmware bugs and weaknesses (like JPEG definitions) could also be improved. 3) Not as svelte as the Alpha 55 (but for those with big hands, the extra heft and size work). A bit porky with the 16-50 2.8. 4) Limited control in high-speed shooting modes. 5) Screen blacks out once you fill up the buffer in high-speed shooting and you have to wait until all the images are dumped onto your card. 6) Loss of live view in high-speed shooting modes can make aiming the camera a bit tricky. 7) Switching between viewing photos vs. videos is still a bit cumbersome and awkward. 8) Not able to buy bundled with Sony's superb new 16-50 2.8 lens (see separate review). For me, this suggests that a subtle but real shift of power is taking place in digital photography - and although professionals still gravitate toward the Big Two, there is increasing reason now to seriously consider Sony. Little question that Sony is now making the best compact ILC cameras (the NEX series), and starting to challenge Canon and Nikon in areas of their traditional dominance. In the space of just over one year, Sony has made traditional DSLRs look clunky, limiting and . . . . well, almost obsolete. Buy one or at least try one. Unless you are ideologically married to an optical viewfinder - or shoot in the virtual dark - you'll love this camera.

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LCD Issues and Poor Design For Remote Control

Finding some design flaws with this camera that I didn't uncover in my pre-purchase research. I shoot video and a need is to control the camera remotely. Problem is the remote sensor is on...Read complete review

Finding some design flaws with this camera that I didn't uncover in my pre-purchase research. I shoot video and a need is to control the camera remotely. Problem is the remote sensor is on the front of the camera, which means I have to be in front to control it. But that conflicts with the LCD screen that is poorly designed because it flips down, not out to the side, so when you rotate the LCD to point forward (in front of the camera where I must be to remote control) then the LCD is below the camera behind my tripod which blocks the view. The LCD should flip out sideways, like Canon cameras do, so you can view it without the tripod in the way. Also, Canon cameras have the remove sensor on the LCD, which makes sense -- while viewing the LCD you can always control with remote by pointing to the LCD, and rotating the LCD lets you remote control from any direction you want. That would be superior the the A65 limitation of only having the remote sensor on the front.

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5.0

AMAZING CAMERA!!!

By zukugin

from Castle Rock, CO

Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens:

Ok, so this camera is amazing, I have had the camera for more than 5 months! and nothing has changed since the day I bought it. When you buy it, I recommend that you get 2 lenses, one of them are obviously the 18-55mm and I also recommend getting the 75-300mm lens, because with a bigger lens you can take AMAZING pictures of flowers, water, and other small things that look great. Also I would get this camera because it is just like a normal point-and-shoot but BETTER!! I say that because Sony created the translucent mirror and you can record a video and your camera will auto-focus by ITSELF!!! You will not get that from ANY OTHER DSLR camera. Also this camera has more Mega-Pixels than a $6,000 Nikon or Canon DSLR Camera. Now, why wouldn't you buy this camera?

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3.0

LCD Issues and Poor Design For Remote Control

By AtlantaWebDesignGA

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens:

Finding some design flaws with this camera that I didn't uncover in my pre-purchase research. I shoot video and a need is to control the camera remotely. Problem is the remote sensor is on the front of the camera, which means I have to be in front to control it. But that conflicts with the LCD screen that is poorly designed because it flips down, not out to the side, so when you rotate the LCD to point forward (in front of the camera where I must be to remote control) then the LCD is below the camera behind my tripod which blocks the view. The LCD should flip out sideways, like Canon cameras do, so you can view it without the tripod in the way. Also, Canon cameras have the remove sensor on the LCD, which makes sense -- while viewing the LCD you can always control with remote by pointing to the LCD, and rotating the LCD lets you remote control from any direction you want. That would be superior the the A65 limitation of only having the remote sensor on the front.

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5.0

Great Camera

By dstromain

from Georgia

Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens:

This is my second 'semi' professional camera and I am very impressed. I have 4 yr old boys and since having this camera I have not missed great shot due to it rapid shutter speed. It can take up to 10 shots in a split second and with kids that is a must. I am an avid outdoor photographer as well and I haven't found anything I don't like about this camera yet. You have to be patient with this one. If you don't know a lot about cameras you can still take awesome pictures and videos by using the auto settings. If you dig in deeper and use the more complex manual settings, you will not be disappointed.

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5.0

Great DSLR for Video

By Happy65user

from Cleveland, Ohio

Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens:

I bought the A65 primarily for video. I compared it to the two other leading brands in the store (they actually let me try all of them), and found the A65 had more features and functions. It also has an external mic jack, live HDMI output to an external monitor, USB to download to a computer, all video formats, adjustable mic level -- all those features a videographer needs. It shoots for 29 minutes for a take compared to 20 minutes or less for the others, and works very well in low light. I use separate studio lights for video and separate flash for most photos. I use a separate recorder for audio. I purchased separate Sony and after-market lenses (not kit lenses: one zoom lens cost almost as much as the camera). I take semi-professional and commercial videos, and find it competes favorably with video cameras costing three times as much that I rent. It is not too heavy to carry all day. It works very well with GarageBand and iPhoto/iMovie on my Apple computer. I use both autofocus and manual focus in video. It takes great close-up photos of insects, birds, and flowers. Images are sharp, but you can adjust for special effects. As a new product design engineer, I find the build quality excellent. The ONLY problem I know is that it is difficult to find handbooks on the A65, like those you can find readily on the other two popular cameras. Since I am also a retired chief editor for a leading engineering magazine, I decided to write that book (my second one). Look for it on line on "the big river" during the next few months.

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5.0

Right On!

By CJinCNJ

from Central Jersey

Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens:

I've been taking pictures from snapshots to billboards for more than 60 years now, and I've never handled a piece of machinery like this before. And, does it feel good to hold something with weight to it! The picture resolution allows a lot of forgiveness in composition and in framing action shots. Great focus with either the stock lens or my old Maxxum lenses (an added bonus that they match up well). A couple of irritants... everyone who has asked to see it has hit the movie button and left videos of noses and ceilings (wish it and a few other buttons had guards or locks or required a second release). I would like to see options stratified between must/often needed and gingerbread that you rarely use. I've had a battery problem I have yet to figure out, but spare batteries were the first thing I bought after an SD card. Overall, though, thumbs up all the way.

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5.0

AMAZING

By Annette

from Islip, NY

Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens:

I love my Sony A65vk, the pictures are amazing, clear and the final outcome is perfections. Love my Sony.

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5.0

Great purchase

By lachew68

from queensbury,ny

Pros

  • Best decision I made

Cons

  • none

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    Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens:

    I have this camera for 3 months and this was the best decision I made over the cannon and nikon cameras as for features and price. I always had point and shoot cameras and this camera was a no brainer for features.

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    5.0

    An excellent camera .... I'm really pleased

    By Stuart

    from Overland Park, KS

    Pros

    • Picture quality, Frames per second, Easy access to controls

    Cons

    • I'm not fully sold on the view finder

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      Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens:

      I initially got hooked on the Sony Alpha cameras about 4 years ago when I bought the A300. I've always been pleased with this camera but was looking for something that offered a far quicker 'fps' option to enable me to capture better shots at my kids' sporting events. In general, Sony always seems to be a step ahead of the competition and certainly when I did my due diligence this time, the same was true. For example the Canon at this price is only 18 megapixels and 5 fps, compared to the A65 which has 24 megapixels and 10 fps! I deliberated for a couple of weeks as to whether to upgrade to the A57 or the A65. The A57 was about $100 cheaper but I finally decided on the A65 because of the higher number of megapixels and the built-in GPS. So, on to the other features of the camera .... here are just a few of my highlights (please keep in mind that I've only had the camera for a few days so I'm sure there are more): White balance - Although I had the option to change the white balance on my A300, it was hidden in one of the menus and to be honest I never bothered adjusting it. On the A65, Sony has provided direct access to WB settings from the wheel on the back of the camera. Plus there's a WB matrix, which shows on either the screen or viewfinder. The matrix makes it easy to make subtle WB changes and the effects show immediately on the screen/viewfinder before you take the picture. Very cool. Viewfinder / Screen switching - On the A300 you had to flick a switch to change between the screen and the viewfinder. With the A65 Sony has added a sensor so that the camera recognises when you want to use the viewfinder and immediately switches. On/Off and ISO / Exposure settings. Sony has amended the body design and button layout, making the on/off, ISO and exposure options much easier to access with just your right hand. Spirit Level. I'm sure this isn't the correct term for it, but I'm really liking the on-screen (in viewfinder) spirit level option that enables you to make sure that you're taking picture at a particular angle - e.g., perfectly horizontal. One final point. When I bought my first DSLR (the A300), I was told that one of the most important things was the feel of the camera in your hand. I think this is absolutely key if you're going to be using the camera a lot. The A65 is very comfortable to hold - the body/grip enhancements that Sony have made are great. I hope this has been helpful. Happy shooting!

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      5.0

      Love my new Sony A65

      By Tooter

      from Central Texas

      Pros

      • lots of bells and whistles

      Cons

      • No video tutorial and the camera is quite heavy.

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        Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens:

        I've only had my A65 about a month and have not had many photo ops. The photos I have shot turned out great. I paid extra for my lens, an 18-250, but it is well worth the money, even though it's a slow 3.5. One lady at the same photo shoot I was recently, said she coveted my lens. I think that was a compliment to my camera. I love all the features of the camera but learning how to use them is pretty much a learn by doing experience. The user's manual is brief and there is no video tutorial. Before I bought this Sony I used a point and shoot smaller Sony which took great photos but I was ready to upgrade to an SLR. So, I bought a Nikon 3100. It had lots of good features and a great video tutorial. Trouble was, the photos were out of focus. Nikon tried to fix it but I ultimately returned it for a refund. After much research, I purchased the A65 and have been very pleased. For an advanced amateur, it's well worth the money. Hopefully, a good video tutorial on how to use all its features is in the making. Are you listening Sony????? BTW, the picture you see here is using the panaramic feature. I love it.

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        4.0

        AMAZING CAMERA, I LOVE IT DESPITE ITS FLAWS !!!

        By ImaBoss

        from Staten Island NY

        Pros

        • EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CAMERA !

        Cons

        • 50-300MM LENS IS NOT ALL THAT, ACCESSORIE PRICING, STANDARD FLASH SUCKS

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          Comments about Sony A65 Black Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm Lens:

          CAMERA IS AMAZING EVERY FEATURE ON IT WORKS PERFECTLY AND PICTURES COME OUT MINT, AS I SAID BEFORE THE UPGRADED LENSES KINDA SUCK NOTHING SPECIAL, THE ACCESSORIES ARE STUPID EXPENSIVE WHICH IS ANOTHER CON IN MY BOOK, AND THE FLASH IS THE MOST ANNOYING PART, THE OEM FLASH THAT THE CAMERA COMES WITH IS PUNY AND BARELY LIGHTS ANYTHING UP DEF NEEDS AN UPGRADED FLASH, BUT THE UPGRADED FLASH COSTS $375.... LOSE LOSE THERE.. OVERALL THE CAMERA IS AWESOME. JUST NEEDS A FEW TWEAKS.

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