Sony SLT A65

Released August, 2011
  • 24 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Raw files also offer the capacity to fine-tune the colours post-shoot, as well as providing the opportunity to pull extra detail out of under and slightly over-exposed areas in high contrast images, allowing you to get the very best from the A65's superb sensor.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony SLT A65

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

SLT A65
8.6
EOS 70D
8.9
SLT A77
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

SLT A65
8.6
EOS 70D
10.0
SLT A77
9.6
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

SLT A65
8.9
EOS 70D
9.6
SLT A77
9.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

SLT A65
9.3
EOS 70D
9.5
SLT A77
9.3
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 1 more

9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

SLT A65
9.0
EOS 70D
9.3
SLT A77
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony SLT A65

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

SLT A65
717 ISO
Alpha A6000
1,347 ISO
D5200
1,284 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

SLT A65
3,000 LPH
SLT A77
2,400 LPH
EOS 700D
2,400 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A65
138 ms
SLT A58
326 ms
D5200
302 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

SLT A65
54 ms
SLT A55
103 ms
D5200
88 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

SLT A65
2,800 ms
D5200
500 ms
EOS 70D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A65
10 fps
D5200
5 fps
EOS 700D
5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony SLT A65


9.0
The Sony A65 can shoot full-resolution 24.3 megapixel pictures at up to 10fps whilst maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure, an impressively fast rate for such an inexpensive camera.

8.0
Taken at ISO 1600, while there is some visible noise and a very slight reduction in sharpness, the overall result is still a perfectly printable, high quality image.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Over at the other side of the lens mount we find a comfortably large button to release the lens, adjacent to which is a self-explanatory slider switch for alternating between auto and manual focus.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)
If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Sony Alpha 65 is capable of resolving up to around 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
If you've missed our previous reviews of Sony's innovative SLT cameras, here's a brief explanation of how their design differs from that found inside a traditional DSLR: the latter type of camera incorporates a mirror which reflects light entering through the lens up into a prism, which then resolves the image in the optical viewfinder.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

Sensor

At ISO 1600, noise is well-controlled, a good level of sharp detail is maintained and colours remain faithful.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
For more creative photographers who don't want the hassle of processing raw files post-shoot, the A65's impressive range of Picture Effects (some of which are customisable) all produce distinctive results and are very enjoyable to explore.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
The A65 can shoot up to 13 raw files or 11 raw + fine JPEGs in a single 10 or 8 frame burst.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)

Video

Movies can be viewed directly on a compatible HD TV, thanks to the A65's HDMI port, but you'll need to purchase and HDMI cable separately.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
The A65 can record 1080p HD 1920 x 1280 pixel movies at either 50fps or 25fps (PAL), or 60fps and 24fps (NTSC) in the AVCHD format, or 1440 x 1080 pixels at 30fps/25fps in the MPEG-4 format, useful as this format can currently be shared more easily.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)
The loss of the live view feed when using the A65's high-speed burst mode is also a little disappointing.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

Focus

As with Live View, continuous phase-detection AF is possible whilst shooting movies on the A65, a distinct advantage over most DSLR cameras and fast enough to rival Compact System Cameras like the Panasonic Lumix GH series.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)
The mode dial also offers access to a discreet 'no-flash' option, Sony's highly impressive 2D and 3D Sweep Panorama feature, 3D, 10fps continuous burst and HD movie modes.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
The full-time AF – whether you're shooting stills using the Live View system or recording HD movies – is a real gem of a feature that leaves a favourable impression of the level of responsiveness you can squeeze out of a camera built around SLT technology.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

Image quality

By default, colours are natural-looking, with a pleasing level of saturation, while the metering system performs well, producing accurate exposures across an array of different subjects and lighting conditions.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
The A65's 24.3mp sensor resolves bags of sharp detail; while the built-in IS system helps to prevent camera-shake when shooting under overcast or low light conditions.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
The camera's DRO (Dynamic Range Optimizer) and HDR (High Dynamic Range) features also proved to be very effective: handy options which will help avid Auto-mode shooters to expand the dynamic range in JPEGs.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 15.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 16,000 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 15
Cross type focus points 3
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 132 x 97 x 81 mm
Thickness 81 mm
Weight 622 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS Yes
Supports HDR Yes
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization Sensor shift

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection
Autofocus type Phase detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Translucent
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 1.09x
Viewfinder size 0.71x
Display type OLED

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps
Battery life 510 photos
Continuous shooting 10 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 138 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms
Startup delay 2,800 ms
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