Summary Sony SLT A65

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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Help 24 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 16,000 ISO
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The Sony SLT A65 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
10 fps
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help


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The Sony SLT A65 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
16,000 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
138 ms shutter lag
Announced Old Help
August 2011
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Weight Heavy Help
622 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Screen size Below average sized screen Help
Startup delay Poor startup delay Help
2800 ms startup delay
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
24 MP
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
510 shots
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
126 lenses
Viewfinder Uses battery, see less detail Help
Size Slightly large Help
Professional size (132×97×81 mm)
Thickness Thick Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second




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Avatar for sviet sviet (2:26 PM, September 02, 2013)
just got this camera, impressed with most of the functions, one thing can't figure out - the sales guy said that video can be shoot continously but looks like the camera stops in about 30 min. Is it possible to make it shoot longer videos? Thank you!
Avatar for sviet sviet (2:22 PM, September 02, 2013)
Could not find this by pressing FN button.... getting the 'drive mode', 'flash mode', 'face detection' and 'smile shutter', nothing about sharpness.... am I looking in the wrong place?
Avatar for Joe Joe (9:02 PM, August 22, 2013)
LOVE IT and bought a second one...Waiting for the new A69 in 2014...Can't go wrong...switched from Canon - best decision ever...
Avatar for Mubashir Mehmood Rana Mubashir Mehmood Rana (2:28 PM, June 19, 2013)
Hello, I want to buy a camera, any suggestions???? Thanks rana
Inquisitive One (11:17 PM, March 03, 2013)
I'm actually thinking of getting this camera, mostly for making videos. Do you think it would be worth it for someone who plans on vlogging?
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:25 PM, December 18, 2011)
Thanks guys, we've fixed that up finally!
Darkpawn99 (2:57 PM, December 18, 2011)
That's what I figured. A few web sites (including this one) list the a65 as having two.
Darkpawn99 (2:54 PM, December 18, 2011)
Thanks Simbarashe!  They sort of buried it in there! I wouldn't think to look for a sharpness control under 'creative styles' you think it would be under a general setting menu. Thanks again!
Avatar for Simbarashe Cha Simbarashe Cha (6:34 PM, December 14, 2011)
You can adjust the sharpness by going to the FN menu to the right of the LCD panel. It will let you set sharpness, contrast and saturation on NORMAL and custom modes. From here you can also access the metering mode and customisable focus priorties; basically the stuff that distinguishes normal photos from ones taken by people who know what they're doing. I also found it curious that they don't really articulate this but am happy that it's all basically in one place and easy to get to while using the EVF. 
Avatar for Simbarashe Cha Simbarashe Cha (6:32 PM, December 14, 2011)
There's no 2nd storage slot, that's on the 77. 
Darkpawn99 (4:13 AM, December 14, 2011)
Also I think the specs are wrong on the a65. I own one but I'll be damned if I can find that 2nd storage slot.
Darkpawn99 (4:17 PM, December 13, 2011)
I bought the a65 about a month ago and so far so good, but the photo's are a little soft staright out of the camera. I've read several reviews that said the sharpness level can be adjusted on the camera but I can't find anything in the menu's to adjust the level. Is anyone aware of how to do this. If I could get the images a little more crisp it would save me time in photoshop adjusting every image.
Avatar for Simbarashe Cha Simbarashe Cha (10:00 PM, November 29, 2011)
I didn't save any of the photos with the A55 because I shot using the same memory card (it didn't occur to me at the time that I would be posting spec comparisons for everyone!) .. That said I should mention that on the function menu for the A65 you can up the sharpness on the camera body; I've seen a decided increase in sharpness since. In an edit to my original post, I've been able to control background blur on low light images up to 3200 ISO. At 3200 it's a little noisy for my taste but Lightroom can correct that level ISO on Sony pics with perfectly acceptable results. Anything past 3200 is unacceptable for me though and in this regard only I do miss the Nikon body.
camerabuyer (1:21 AM, November 22, 2011)
Thanks for your insights.  Were these pictures taken with the A65?  Could you post comparison photos taken with the A55 and A65?
Avatar for Simbarashe Cha Simbarashe Cha (2:46 PM, November 18, 2011)
I love the A65. I purchased the A55 and A65 at the same time since the A65 was in short supply and figured I'd sell or return it if I didn't think it was a better value than the A65. Things I love about the A65: dedicated ISO button, continuous video recording does not overheat the sensor to shutdown like the A55, it is bulkier and feels more substantial in my hands. Things I didn't love so much: at low light (I use the DT 35/1.8), background details get mushy at ISO 800 or better (overall picture quality though is decent up to 1600 ISO as advertised), and on a side by side comparison the A55's photos come out slightly sharper, though the A65 produces more accurate color and balance. I don't think everyone will find the A65 to be $200 more valuable than the A55, especially if you don't care about the video function, but all in all, the camera with a good lens takes ridiculously good photos, and when I'm out using it I don't feel like I'm missing out on not having a Canon or Nikon, which is huge. 
Mirajx (9:54 AM, November 04, 2011)
Is it available now in UK ?
MonkeyAss (10:57 AM, September 25, 2011)
when will you add the remaining specs?
Avatar for Fabrizio Lungo Fabrizio Lungo (4:38 PM, August 26, 2011)
No problem. Really want this camera but it depends on price in the UK.
Avatar for Fabrizio Lungo Fabrizio Lungo (4:33 PM, August 26, 2011)
That's fair enough.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:48 PM, August 24, 2011)
We're quoting the camera as weight 622g including battery and memory card.  
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:45 PM, August 24, 2011)
Thanks for pointing out those mistakes Fabrizio, I rushed a bit to get the new cameras up on the site, I'll get those fixed up asap!
Avatar for Fabrizio Lungo Fabrizio Lungo (3:41 PM, August 24, 2011)
There are a lot of mistakes on the specs here.

The A65 shoots at 10fps
I am fairly certain it has continuous AF during video
It weight 543g

I think this needs updating. full specs: