Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens

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Product Highlights
  • 24.3MP Exmor APS-C HD CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror
  • OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0" Tilt/Swivel LCD Screen
  • Full HD 1080/60p/24p Video Capture
  • SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 10 fps with Continuous Autofocus
  • Built-In Flash
  • Includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens

The Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens from Sony is a versatile and high performance DSLR that is bundled here with an 18-55mm lens which offers the 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-82.5mm for wide-angle to short telephoto shooting situations. The SLT-A65 houses a 24.3MP APS-C sensor and the BIONZ image processor for particularly sharp imaging in both stills mode and Full HD 1080 video. The Sony Translucent Mirror technology allows light to hit both the image sensor and the Phase detection AF sensor at the same time, thus offering faster and more accurate autofocus as well as continuous shooting speeds of up to 10 fps at full resolution. ISO sensitivity up to 16000 enables clear shooting in low light and SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization compensates for camera shake to give you blur-free images when shooting with slower shutter speeds.

The Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder provides bright, high-resolution eye-level composition with 2359k-dot resolution and accurate colors. Camera adjustments can be viewed in real time and menu options are visible within the viewfinder. In addition, a 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD monitor with 921K-dot resolution and 100% field of view is available for composition and playback. Sunny Weather mode enables the LCD to be seen in bright light and tilt and swivel functionality lets you easily shoot at odd angles.

Full HD 1080 video capture is supported at 60i, 60p and 24p with the AVCHD progressive codec. The MP4 codec is also available to create smaller files ready for internet upload. Full manual exposure control in video mode and a built-in stereo microphone is available for professional results.

The SLT-A65 is a camera for all levels of shooters and provides full manual exposure control and dual media card slots as well as many assistive and creative functions. Auto HDR enables taking balanced shots of high contrast scenes, Sweep-panorama makes taking panorama images easy and Face Detection provides optimal camera settings when shooting portraits and group shots. Numerous Scene modes allow for auto adjustments to match the exact scene you are shooting and Picture Effects lets you add creative touches to your images. A pop-up flash is available as is a hot shoe mount for an external flash.

The DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II lens is a particularly compact zoom lens given its equivalent focal length range of 27-82.5mm. The SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor) responds very quickly yet focuses smoothly and silently, which is especially helpful when shooting video. Two aspherical lenses and one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens element minimize aberrations for impressive image quality.

 

24.3MP Exmor HD APS CMOS Sensor and BIONZ Image Processor
The 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor HD CMOS sensor produces high resolution imagery that exhibits notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 16000 with advanced noise reduction technologies. The BIONZ image processer also contributes to a high image quality and also provides enhanced speed and performance throughout the camera system, including a fast full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 10 fps.
2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Technology
Translucent Mirror Technology is a unique design that enables the mirror to continuously direct light to both image and autofocus sensors to provide continuous phase- and contrast-detection focusing for quick and precise performance. The additional speed afforded to the camera by eliminating the need for a swinging mirror benefits many shooting features including the fast continuous shooting rate, continuous focusing when shooting movies and working in continuous shooting modes, and also allows for the use of a high resolution electronic viewfinder for eye-level live view monitoring.
15-Point Continuous Autofocus
Utilizing the Translucent Mirror Technology, the autofocus system is able to continuously monitor the image frame and alter the autofocus quickly and responsively. This continuous focusing is especially useful when critical focus is required during video recording or when shooting in continuous modes. It uses 15 points, including three cross-type sensors, for a great deal of accuracy and speed when determining focus placement. The focusing system also works in collaboration with subject recognition technologies to provide enhanced focus tracking, Object Tracking AF, that can lock onto subjects and maintain focus even while zooming and when the subject is moving within the frame.
Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens
The included 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27-82.5mm and features a portable design that makes it ideal for use in a wide variety of shooting situations. The integrated SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor) provides quiet, quick, and precise focusing that well-suits video applications and tracking of moving subjects. Additionally, this lens features a refined rear element shade that helps to minimize internal surface reflections and prevent flare and ghosting in order to produce clear, contrast-rich imagery.
OLED EVF and Tilting LCD Monitor
For live view monitoring, image review and playback, and menu navigation two distinct viewing options are available: a high-resolution electronic viewfinder or a large rear LCD monitor.
  • The 0.5" XGA Tru-Finder OLED EVF features a bright and sharp 2,359k-dot resolution and provides 100% frame coverage for complete compositional accuracy. The finder has adjustable magnification and eye-point settings for more comfortable viewing possibilities and the eye-level viewing position can also serve as an additional point of contact between oneself and the camera for greater stability when shooting with longer lenses and in low-light conditions.
  • The rear 3.0" 921k-dot Xtra Fine LCD monitor provides a larger medium for viewing and composing imagery. TruBlack technology is integrated into the design to promote greater visibility in bright conditions and it also features a tilting design that can turn downward 180° and then rotate 90° in either clockwise or counter-clockwise orientation to support working from high and low angles.
  • Full HD Video Recording
    Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording is supported in both 60i/p and 24p frame rates in the high-quality AVCHD version 2.0 format. The Translucent Mirror Technology enables both full-time live view monitoring and continuous autofocus while recording for greater precision and ensured sharpness. Additionally, recording is also possible at 1080/30p in the MP4 format for a more streamlined workflow when shooting for web purposes. When recording videos, full manual exposure control is also available in P/A/S/M modes for greater versatility in how videos look. An HDMI port is integrated into the camera's design to support high definition playback on an HDTV and, additionally, the BRAVIA Sync system is available for playback control using a BRAVIA television's remote control.
    SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
    Sony's SteadyShot INSIDE is in-camera, sensor-shift type image stabilization that helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake in order to produce sharper, clearer imagery. Since the image stabilization system is housed within the camera body, any compatible A-mount lens can be used in conjunction with the A65 to receive image stabilization benefits.
    Multi Frame NR and Hand-held Twilight
    Similar in theory to an HDR image, Multi Frame NR and Hand-held Twilight feature a noise reduction technology that automatically combines six different images into one file for a reduction in noise up to two ISO stops (to an equivalent of ISO 25600). These modes also provide you with the ability to make handheld exposures with minimal image blur due to the fact that six individual exposures are being made at a faster shutter speeds compared to one long exposure.
    Other Camera Features
  • A short shutter release lag time of only 0.05 seconds benefits working with fast-moving subjects and for more spontaneous shooting.
  • Sweep Panorama mode allows you to automatically create a broad panoramic image simply by pressing the shutter and panning about the scene. Individual exposure will be stitched into a single clean image exhibiting a much broader perspective than normal. 3D Sweep Panorama functions similarly and allows you to produce wide-ranging 3D images that are saved in the MPO file format.
  • AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) mode combines a host of intelligent exposure technologies to analyze the scene at hand in order to produce clean, vivid imagery in a direct and intuitive manner.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) improves the image and exposure quality when working with backlit and high contrast situations by increasing the amount of detail within shadow and highlight regions.
  • Advanced Anti-Dust Technology works to keep the surface of the CMOS sensor clean and dust-particle-free by way of a static-free coating and a vibration mechanism to dislodge any dust on the surface.
  • Face Detection and Recognition can recognize and prioritize up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance, and flash in order to highlight the intended subjects.
  • In addition to a host of intelligent auto shooting modes, full manual control is also possible in Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, and Manual settings. On-screen prompts and tips are available, too, to help refine usage of these modes.
  • The memory slot in the A65 accepts both SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo type memory cards.
  • 11 Picture Effects settings are available for creatively enhancing the look of imagery: 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.
  • Imaging
    Lens Mount Sony Alpha/ Minolta
    Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 24MP: 6000 x 4000
    Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO, RAW
    Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    Audio: AAC, AC3
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual
    Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
    Autofocus Points 15
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.09x
    Diopter Adjustment - 4 to +3 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (921,600)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-1600 (Extended Mode: 100-16000)
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
    Remote Control RMT-DSLR1 (Optional)
    Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority, Sweep Panorama
    Metering Range: EV -2.0 - EV 17.0
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Fill-in
    Off
    Rear Sync
    Red-eye Reduction
    Slow Sync
    Wireless
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Guide No. 32.81' (10 m) ISO100 
    Max Sync Speed Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    File Size 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
    1920 x 1080i (Full HD)
    1440 x 1080p (HD)
    640 x 480p (SD)
    Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
    @ 1440 x 1080: 30 fps
    @ 640 x 480: 30 fps
    Exposure Control Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 - 1600, Expandable to 16000
    Exposure Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Focus Auto
    Manual
    Continuous Auto
    Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080
    29 min.
    1440 x 1080
    29 min.
    640 x 480
    29 min.
    Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
    Performance
    Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps
    Shutter Lag 0.05 Seconds
    Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec
    Connectivity HDMI C (Mini)
    USB 2.0
    Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7
    Mac: OS X 10.3 or later
    Power
    Battery 1x NP-FM500H  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1650mAh
    Physical
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.2 x 3.8 x 3.2" / 132.1 x 97.5 x 80.7 mm excluding protrusions
    Weight 1.37 lb / 622 g with battery and memory card
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length 18 - 55mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22 - 36
    Angle of View 77.4° - 19.4°
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
    Magnification 0.34x
    Elements/Groups 8/7
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Autofocus Yes
    Image Stabilization No
    Filter Thread Front:55 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.82 x 2.72" (71.6 x 69 mm)
    Weight 7.83 oz (222 g)
    Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens
  • DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens
  • NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1650mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • Front Lens Cap
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyAlpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (6)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (14)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Fast shutter speed (11)
    • Large clear LCD (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Family photos (10)
      • Sports/action (8)
      • Travel (8)
      • Video (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7), Casual photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

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      4.0

      Nice Improvement

      By Mike

      from Windsor, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compatibility
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Oled Viewer

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

      I bought the A65 as an upgrade to my Konica/Minolta 5D, since it uses the same lenses and accessories. I've only had the camera for a short time, but so far it fills the gaps I was looking for: Faster autofocus and shoot, higher resolution. I have played with a few of the special modes, such as auto-panorama and low light noise reduction, and have been pleased with the results. Only having the camera for a short time, I have not done any really serious shoots with it yet, but it feels at least as good as my 5D and I expect it will surpass my expectations. (I have to admit I was worried when Sony took over from Minolta, but they've carried the day!)

      So far the only slight downside has been the OLED viewfinder, vs the standard optical (ground glass) finder in the older camera. In normal lighting, the OLED is excellent, but in dimly lit situations it gets a little noisy for my taste. How that affects my actual shooting remains to be seen.

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      4.0

      Great camera

      By Wayne

      from Lucas, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

        This is a great camera, lots of functionality - both manual and automatic modes. Also takes great HD movies. I replaced my earlier Sony a390 with this one, and was amazed by how much more this camera can do.

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        5.0

        Lots of bang for the money. I love it.

        By William in Arkansas

        from NWA Arkansas

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance
        • Quiet
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

          This is easy to use. Was just what they said it was. The arrived on time and everything that was supposed to come with the camera was present I am going to use this site for all my needs.

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          5.0

          Sony a65 and B&H - A Great Combo!!!

          By jsam1951

          from Locust Grove, Ga.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • 10 frames per second
          • Attractive Camera
          • Better Priced Dslr
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great At Red Reduction
          • Great Red Eye Reduction
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet
          • Strong Built In Flash
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Handheld Twilight
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Video

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

          I purchased the Sony a65 after a lot of research. As one of the other reviewers had stated, I too had a film SLR when I had purchased a Canon AE-1 many years ago and since then had only dealt with the Point and Shoot Digital Cameras. I have only begun to scratch the surface of what this camera is capable of doing. I can say that it takes Beautiful photos using the Auto feature and I have taken some photos with the Scene feature at night using the Hand Held Twilight. One word, WOW!!!
          I checked pricing on several web sites and in the Box stores. A word of advice...you will have a hard time beating B&H pricing and Service. I had called on a Tuesday afternoon a little after 4pm and the order was placed and had arrived at my location in Georgia at 2 pm on Thursday afternoon.
          Less than 48 hours to process and ship the order for it to arrive at my home. I have purchased from B&H previously and I will again. Thank-you B&H. Consider me a satisfied and life time customer.

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          5.0

          Trip to the stars

          By royjetski

          from smith mountain lake va

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

            This camera takes great pictures of family, friends, pets, and most important to us of the moon and stars. I bought this camera mostly to hook up to my telescope and what a great job it does.

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            5.0

            They got this one right.

            By Rolie

            from Pina Beach, Panama

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

            I'm not a pro nor am I a novice but this sure beats the Brownie I used back in the 50's. Humor my friend. For my standards, this unit fits the bill. Lite on the hands and quick to catch what passes my way and with ease. I like taking video and doing short docs about events in the rugged terrain of Panama. The quality of output is superior to my old T3i and glad I made the switch. My only criteria is that the unit works when I need it too and to produce professional results. Well, what can I say.... this unit does more than I ever expected. I like technology.

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            5.0

            Great Camera!

            By Mike from Iowa

            from Quad Cities, Iowa

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

              This camera is very easy to use and will take advanced photos with a small learning curve. When purchased I hadn't taken SLR pictures since using a Canon AE1 from days gone by, and this DSLR style camera made the transition into SLR style digital photography a joy. Intuitive and stylish design is exceptionally functional. Will likely stay with Sony for digital photography. Did I mention the awesome price point from B&H? B&H simply cannot be beat, awesome camera, awesome price. Thank you!

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              4.0

              Great for starter photography

              By Mr. Gecko

              from Huntsville, AL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Not Expensive
              • Professional Gear
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD
              • Works With Most Professio

              Cons

              • Bad View Finder Sensor
              • Class 10 Sd Card Not Fast
              • Fast Storage With Ms Only
              • Low End Lens
              • Noisy At High ISO
              • Poor In Low Light

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                I bought this camera as a starting photographer. I love being able to take great photos compared to my iPad, I love that I have attachments available to take impressive photos and time lapse, and lots of great control over the shutter speed and apreture.

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                4.0

                Great camera for the price

                By Marrera

                from Houston, tx

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                Easy to handle

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                5.0

                Love it!

                By Tweb

                from Altanta, GA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                  Sturdy, durable, quick shutter speed, feels like I should be courtside taking professional pictures

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                  5.0

                  Alpha SLt-A65 a very Versatile Camera,

                  By Dave

                  from Pennsylvania

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                    I use this camera for travel,landscapes,seascapes, etc. portraiture,and some sports events.
                    I have found the pictures to be very sharp. I also like the hugh nuumber of creative features. It is easy to use, and very comfortable to handle. It is well designed. I like that it offers me great choices for shooting in all kinds of conditions. The image stabilization really works well.

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                    4.0

                    Exactly what I expected

                    By Kevin the Recent Grad

                    from Denver, CO

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                      I'm an amateur videographer and recent college grad. I didn't have a lot to spend but I wanted a diverse DSLR that could shoot decent video.

                      The good:

                      • Shoots 1080p60 (albeit AVCHD)
                      • Excellent auto-focusing and object-tracking
                      • External microphone-in jack
                      • 270° Swiveling LCD
                      • DC-in port for long shoots

                      Some considerations:

                      • No optical viewfinder
                      • Lack of expansive Canon or Nikon lens library (though Sony/Minolta Maxxum collection is pretty good)

                      The electronic viewfinder works very well, with minimal lag and excellent detail, and live-view mode is more than adequate.

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                      5.0

                      Nice camera at a great price

                      By Tim Montoya

                      from Fort Lauderdale, FL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                        I got this camera to see what all the hype was about for mirrorless DSLRs. I take paintball photograpy so being able to take 10 shots a second really helps. If you have the right SD card (high speed) this camera is ridiculous. It shoots very fast and paired with the OLED viewfinder (100% crop) this camera is all I could have wanted.I have yet to test the video capabilities, but I will soon and I will update this review.

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                        4.0

                        first DSLR

                        By Jon

                        from Philadelphia, PA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

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                            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II Lens:

                            This is my first DSLR, and I'm very happy with my purchase. My decision was between the Canon T5i and this one, but I chose this because the tech specs were a bit stronger, and the cost is lower. Also, with the image stabilizer built into the body, it leads to lower price lenses down the line - I won't have to pay for it again every time I buy a new lens. I've got a long way to go to learning how to use this, but I think this will be a good entry level camera for me.

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                            Memory Cards

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                            Required item: A memory card is not included, be sure to purchase enough storage capacity.

                            Sony -  8GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
                            • You Pay: $7.25
                             

                            A lens is not included. Get the type of lens for the shot you need.

                            Sony -  50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens
                            • You Pay: $168.00
                             

                            Batteries & Power

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                            Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                            Sony -  NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1650mAh)
                            • You Pay: $42.95
                             
                            Watson -  NP-FM500H Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1500mAh)
                            • You Pay: $19.99
                             

                            Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect.

                            Hoya -  55mm alpha MC UV Filter
                            • You Pay: $15.90
                             
                            Hoya -  55mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter
                            • You Pay: $29.90
                             

                            Flash & Accessories

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                            Get a flash to add light to your picture.

                            Sony -  HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash
                            • You Pay: $398.00
                             

                            Will only work with this adapter SOADPAMA

                            Bolt -  VS-260 Compact On-Camera Flash for Sony/Minolta TTL
                            • You Pay: $69.95
                             

                            Bags & Cases

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                            Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                            Ruggard -  Hunter 25 DSLR Holster Bag
                            • You Pay: $29.95
                             
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