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Sony SLT-A65 Review

by John Smith 213 0

Sony SLT-A65 Review

Sony SLT-A65 is an excellent 24 megapixels Compact SLR camera with a CMOS ( 23.5 x 15.6 mm ) sized APS-C sensor made for commercial, landscapes or sports photographers. Sony for sure made a name for itself in the mirrorless camera industry, and the advanced Sony SLT-A65 won't be an exception. Witness tonal range and precision rendered to astonishing photos sharpness, depth and fascinating texture. The camera is embedded with very short flange focal distance, choices of adapting lenses from other manufacturers mounts are almost unlimited. The new display is a bit dimmer than its predecessor's, so it can be tricky to use in sunlight, even at maximum brightness. This is a vital upgrade to the Sony SLT-A65 easy to use 10.0 fps continuous shooting via the use of Fast Continuous mode, which is very useful. The main update comes in the form of a 24 megapixels CMOS sensor and the use of the modified Image Processor to deliver impressive, more inventive imagery in a variety of shooting situations. Furthermore, one of the most prominent features to switch to the Sony SLT-A65 from lower-end cameras is the modified autofocus system with a significant 15 detection points.

Designed for the refined, creative customer, the Sony SLT-A65 features HD Video capture technologies. The camera works with NP-FM500H batteries, which has enough for 560 shots. The Sony uses conventional SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo memory cards. Fast, solid and you can buy in increasingly large capacities. Additionally, while it may look like just another Compact SLR, Sony has packed plenty of firsts inside the Sony SLT-A65 advanced body. Digital Camera World named it as a first Compact SLR that's well-suited to a lot of users and experience levels. More or less, the upgraded camera itself feels like a high-class imaging device, with a forward-looking, remarkable and beautiful design and easy navigation. Even first-time DLSR owners will quickly feel at home - the camera's buttons are smartly laid out for comfort and easy to use control. No matter the type of photography, from macro to wedding, commercial to wildlife, the camera come through, offers versatile features, wide dynamic range, and the ability to enjoy the striking characteristics of a wide variety of Sony/Minolta Alpha mount new lens. Additionally, like any product, it has a few faults, but the stunning Sony SLT-A65 does everything very well and blows away all other cameras. If you already have bought another camera system, consider it as a backup. And it works as expected. In the month I've spent shooting with the upgraded Sony SLT-A65, I discovered quick and fast autofocus on subjects, moving or still, wide dynamic range and excellent photos quality.

General

BrandSony
ModelSony SLT-A65
Announced2011-11-15
Body TypeCompact SLR
Indicative Price (USD)$699.99

DxO Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score74
DxO Color Depth23.4
DxO Dynamic Range12.6
DxO Low Light ISO717

Sensor

Sensor Resolution24 megapixels
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Dimensions (mm)23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area (mm2)366.60mm2
Max Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Min Native ISO100
Max Native ISO12,800
Max Boosted ISO25600
RAW Supporttrue

Lens

Lens MountSony/Minolta Alpha
Number of Lenses141
Manual Focustrue
Focal Length Multiplier1.5×
Macro Focus Rangen/a

Viewfinder

ViewfinderElectronic
Viewfinder Coverage100%
Viewfinder Resolution2,359k dots
Viewfinder Magnification0.73

Screen

Monitor TypeFully Articulated
Monitor Size3″
Monitor Resolution921k dots
Live Viewtrue
Touch Screenfalse

Photography Features

Min Shutter Speed30s
Max Shutter Speed1/4000s
Continuous Shooting10.0 fps
Shutter Prioritytrue
Aperture Prioritytrue
Manual Exposure Modetrue
Exposure CompensationYes
Custom White Balancetrue
Image Stabilizationtrue
Built-in Flashtrue
External Flashtrue
Flash Range10.00 m
Flash ModesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Max Flash Sync1/160s
WB Bracketingtrue
AE Bracketingtrue

Exposure Modes

Multi-Segmenttrue
Averagefalse
Spottrue
Partialfalse
AF-Areafalse
Center Weightedtrue

Autofocus

Touch Autofocusfalse
Continuous Autofocustrue
Single Autofocustrue
Tracking Autofocustrue
Selective Autofocustrue
Center Autofocustrue
Multi Area Autofocustrue
Live View Autofocustrue
Face Detection Autofocustrue
Contrast Detection Autofocusfalse
Phase Detection Autofocustrue
Number of Focus Points15
Number of Cross Focus Points3

Video Features

Video Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Porttrue
Headphone Portfalse

Connectivity

Wireless ConnectivityEye-Fi Connected
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMItrue

Physical

Weight622g
Physical Dimensions132 x 97 x 81mm
Environmental Sealingfalse
Water Prooffalse
Dust Prooffalse
Shock Prooffalse
Crush Prooffalse
Freeze Prooffalse
Battery ModelNP-FM500H
Battery Life560 shots
Battery TypeBattery Pack

Other Features

Timelapse Recordingfalse
Self TimerYes (2 or 10 sec)
GPSBuiltIn
Storage TypeSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots1

Key Features

  • Announced2011-11-15
  • Body TypeCompact SLR
  • Sensor Resolution24 megapixels
  • Sensor SizeAPS-C
  • Sensor Dimensions (mm)23.5 x 15.6 mm
  • Max Native ISO12,800
  • Lens MountSony/Minolta Alpha
  • Live Viewtrue
  • Continuous Shooting10.0 fps
  • DxO Overall Score74
  • Number of Focus Points15
  • Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080
  • Battery Life560 shots