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SonyAlpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 99 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (86)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (82)
  • Image stabilization (82)
  • Easy to use (76)
  • Large clear LCD (74)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (14)
  • Short battery life (7)
  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (76)
  • Travel (72)
  • Sports/action (61)
  • Wildlife (60)
  • Family photos (58)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (46), Semi-pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (9), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (88), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super SLT compatible w. Minolta legacies

I bought my A65 body to extend the usefulness of my collection of legacy Minolta AF (Maxxum series, so-called A-mount) lenses. What I didn't realize was what a terrific camera it is,...Read complete review

I bought my A65 body to extend the usefulness of my collection of legacy Minolta AF (Maxxum series, so-called A-mount) lenses. What I didn't realize was what a terrific camera it is, lens compatibility aside.

First, the A65 body is indeed *fully* compatible with all of my Minolta AF, Konica-Minolta AF, and 3rd-party licensed Minolta AF (A-mount) lenses (running the gamut from 16-mm fisheye to 300-mm telephoto with 1.4x and 2x teleconverters). The A65 controls those legacy auto-focus lenses with sensitive and accurate auto-focus and aperture controls, and of course manual focus is still always available. (Auto-focus performance had been a concern of mine when I took the plunge and bought the body.) The camera's multi-point auto-focus feature works well.

Second, the performance of the body itself is outstanding. I have used my A65 to take still and motion-picture photography of a rocket launch to Mars, an 18th-century cannon-firing drill, a total lunar eclipse, and sea otters and elephant seals. I mention these because they are about the most challenging targets that photography offers. They require the use of extremely long focal lengths outdoors, in breezes or worse, under sometimes low-light conditions. And you can't get a second chance on these things--the camera has to work properly the first time. My A65 has consistently worked well in these circumstances.

The manual controls have performed flawlessly, as have the automatic controls. The on-board tutorial material for camera operation is easy to access and informative. It's not clear from current on-line documentation, or even in the camera's own user manual, whether a bulb setting is available (needed, e.g., for astrophotography). Don't worry--it's there.

I love the digital frame-view operation. It is excellent for through-the-viewfinder use, as well as the big on-the-camera-back mode and in its flip-down-below-the-back-when-it's-up-high-on-a-tripod mode. The flip-down-below-the-back position is good for holding the camera above your head to shoot over the heads of a crowd, too. Its switcher has an excellent intuition for where your head is, in terms of auto-switching between the view-finder and the big-frame-on-the-camera-back position. And if you want to lock to one mode or another, you can do that. It still feels a little weird sometimes, to not be able to see through the viewfinder until the camera is turned on, but I've become used to it.

The HD video and still quality are amazing--the 24 megapixel array's performance is outstanding, with wide dynamic range, high speed, and excellent color reproduction. It takes professional-level video if you use a tripod and an external microphone. The video files are natively compatible with both PC and Mac video-player and editing apps, at least if you record in the MPEG-4 mode. (I'm not sure about the platform compatibility of the alternate AV-HD file format that's available--I haven't tried it yet.)

The anti-shake feature works reasonably well, but be warned: since the digital array is smaller than the classical 24x36 mm frame size for which most lenses are spec'ed, the camera gives you 1.5x the *effective* focal lengths marked on your lenses. This magnification factor is normal for DSLRs and DSLTs because of their relatively small physical array dimensions. But it means that you must have a VERY stable tripod for lenses with marked focal lengths of 300 mm and above, because now they will effectively be transformed to 450 mm and above. It also means that, if you want to do wide-angle photography, you might need to invest in an even wider-angle lens than the widest one that you've currently got in your arsenal.

The A65's built-in microphone for videos is decent. But as with all body-mounted, built-in mikes, even a slight breeze generates an annoying whooshing sound in the video soundtrack. To mitigate this, I have found that an external shotgun-pattern microphone with a wind-sock cover, plugged into the A65's auxiliary input and gaffer-taped to the tripod to track the camera's pointing direction, works nicely.

If you are going to shoot stills in the fastest-firing frame mode, you need to have a fast (and therefore relatively costly) digital memory card installed. Otherwise, a point will come in the shooting sequence where the camera will stop taking frames so that the memory can catch up.

Overall, I have found the A65 to be an outstanding performer at a reasonable cost--an excellent value for the money. Once you have it, though, you may find yourself wanting/needing to invest in: a high-performance (fast) memory card for high-frame-rate shooting; a better tripod for your long lenses; a good fluid tripod head for videos; a wider-angle lens than the widest you've currently got, to compensate for the 1.5x magnification factor of the digital array size; a remote-control, electronic cable release (it *is* compatible with the legacy Minolta AF series remote releases); and a good external microphone with a wind sock for outdoor video shooting.

Postscript: I didn't think I'd do it, but I ended up buying one more lens for my A65. It's Sony's Zeiss Sonnar 135-mm, f/1.8. It's heavy and pricey but its speed and sharpness are fabulous; I think it's an excellent lens for this body.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

less noise than the a57 and a77

This camera has better image quality and color than the slt-a57 which I tested before I purchased this camera. However the noise level of the a65 was still unacceptable for me and I returned...Read complete review

This camera has better image quality and color than the slt-a57 which I tested before I purchased this camera. However the noise level of the a65 was still unacceptable for me and I returned it. I thought that since the a65 is better than the a57, I would try out the a77. The a77 was a fabulous camera, great color, fast responsive, etc. BUT THE NOISE WAS WORSE THAN THE a65. The reason I'm shouting about the noise is that Sony makes great cameras but I think their only major issue is the noise factor (which I have with my Sony point and shoot as well). This is unfortunate as their cameras are faster, more responsive and enjoyable to use than the Nikons I tried, however the noise is what kills all their cameras (at least the ones I tried out and the point and shoot I own). Next stop for me is Canon. I hope I'll be happy there.

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5.0

Great features at an affordable price.

By FJG

from Ridgefield, CT

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

    Get to use my assortment of Minolta / Konica lenses

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    • No

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    5.0

    excellent

    By pete

    from salt lake city

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

    I love this camera. Great resolution, fast image capture. I bout this and paired it up with a Sony 18-250mm lenses. It is a great all round rig, very versatile.

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    5.0

    Great camera you can grow with.

    By ClydeCr

    from Palmyra, NJ

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I'm not a pro or a techie, but I have been taking photos for 50 years. My first "real" camera was an Argus C4 that I bought used when I was 14. Cameras have sure come a long way since then.
      This a65 is just the camera for the beginner who wants to get serious about photography. Put it on auto and just click away or take advantage of all the fantastic options this camera offers.
      I have owned the a65 for about a month so I'm still learning. So far the camera has not disappointed me. Good image quality, fast auto focus and the continuous shooting drive is super fast (on Hi).
      I use this camera primarily for wildlife photography and, for me, it's ideal. Fast and quiet. All of my lenses including a Sigma 150-500 function perfectly with it.
      I recommend this camera for the aspiring photographer. You won't out grow it anytime soon.

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      5.0

      Superb!

      By dsargent

      from Northern Michigan

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I had the a55 for 2 years before purchasing this. i did a lot of research and really wavered between this and the a77. i got lucky enough that i had the money during the 4th of July sale and the decision was basically made for me. no regrets at all. full video control and 24mp quality is amazing given the price I paid. very fast burst control mode and overall, it's a great camera.

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      5.0

      Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful

      By Jason V

      from San Antonio, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

        This is such a fantastic camera. I can't say it enough. A little fuzz in the high ISO, but when that's ISO 16,000 what can you say? Unlike other makers, Sony still supports beautiful old lenses and build great new ones. The OLED EVF is so great. I wish I'd been won over sooner. I would like the grip to be slightly larger, but its still great. Oh...and 10fps for $? GIMME!

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        4.0

        Upgrade from a55

        By Photo Dad

        from Kernersville, NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Hand Held Twighlight
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

        I've been using the a55 for the past 3 years. Unfortunately it died on me at Acadia National Park (about 60,000 pictures overall). The folks at B&H were very helpful in selecting the a65 as the most comparable current Sony to the a55. The camera was shipped overnight so that there was minimal interuption to my vacation.
        Very similar to the a55 with a few different features and higher resolution. It took a little bit of time to adjust to the new location of some of the buttons, but a fairly easy transition overall. I have about 600 pictures since purchased and I'm very happy with the camera so far.

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        5.0

        Delighted!!

        By Cowboygeno

        from Seattle

        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
        • 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 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          I use the camera for serious amateur photography and for photographing homes in my real estate brokerage business.
          I am delighted with the clarity and tone of the photos taken to date and am very pleased with the Sigma 18-200 lens I ordered with it as well.
          As I need other lenses in my photography, I feel this camera will always do them justice.

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          • No

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          4.0

          It's got a little sibling rivalry.

          By Designated Photoman

          from Northern NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Controls not intuitive
          • Noisy At High ISO

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          I have used all my cameras mostly as a casual photographer taking photos of family functions and vacations. I own several lenses from my Minotla/Konica 35mm cameras so six years ago I purchased my first Sony Alpha DSLR. So I finally decided it was time to upgrade my camera body since I wanted to print some larger cropped and un-cropped prints more than 8" by 10". This camera has the engine of the A7 but without having to pay that flagship price. While some features are missing from the flagship DSLR camera the A65 delivered with having the same pixel count and the majority of the necessary features.

          The liveview feature and the clarity of the viewfinder are excellent. The ability to photograph 10 frames without buffer issues, that I had in my older alpha camera, is a blessing to getting the perfect shot to pick from. I can then place the photos into the computer and with a little Sony software magic, they are something worthy of an entry into a photo contest. I haven't had a lot of time with the camera, but there's one thing that isn't so great about it. Picking some camera operations is confusing. Several times I've unsuccessfully tried to pick a function or menu item to have the camera inform me that's not available in the mode I've selected. Then I'll have the camera already setup and lose a photo opportunity having to change the mode dial so I can make the selection I wanted; since I don't typically shoot in Auto or Auto+ (both work great though) mode. I'm hopeful that once I memorize the choices that aren't available for certain dial settings this won't be an issue.

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          5.0

          Excellent DSLR

          By Joe's Photo Gallery

          from Jacksonville, FL

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

          I traded my Nikon in for the Sony A65 and I LOVE IT! It is the fastest DSLR I have ever seen. You can be very creative with this camera.

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          5.0

          Perfect for me.

          By Wild Bill

          from Delavan, Wisconsin

          About Me Pro 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
          • 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 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

            This camera replaces a Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D 6mp Digital Slr wilth Anti-Shake. All my older & newer Minolta lens all Work on the Sony Alpha SLT-A65 GREAT NEWS A Newer Updated Body plus my Lenses Like having all New System.

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            5.0

            A amazing camera form all aspects

            By Khris P. Kream

            from Somewere in the universe

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

              I am a heavy user and if handles the content very well. It is fast, light, and delivers breath taking pictures and video.

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again and again

              By Antonio Borges

              from Danbury,Ct.06810

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  very good

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  What an upggrade!

                  By Designman

                  from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

                  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

                  • None so far

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Instant Response Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  This is my 2nd Sony Alpha, the first is a A33. I wanted the faster response and higher pixel count of this new body. I am very pleased with what I got. Shooting the grandkids at Easter, I got all the shots I wanted. You press the button, you got the shot. NOW!!

                  So far, I don't have any negative things to say about this purchase.

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                  4.0

                  Great Quality

                  By Andrew the Photographer

                  from Grand Rapids, MI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                  • Noisy At High ISO

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                  This Sony made a great addition to my collection. It is currently the backup for my a57.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent DSLR w/24 Mpixel sensor

                  By DSLR Dad

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I bought this as an update from and A55 and am very satisfied. The electronic viewfinder is excellent and battery life is much improved compared to the A55. I also like the in-body lens correction (for many Sony lenses) for vignetting, chromatic aberration, and geometric distortion. Very satisfied with this purchase!

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                    5.0

                    Wow, as great as I hoped it was

                    By audioblind

                    from Montrose, CO

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    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 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      This camera does everything I hoped it would and was advertised to do, and more, and faster. I really cant stress how well this camera works. If you need advanced auto, it works great! If you know what you're doing and want to manually set things up, it's the easiest to adjust manual settings I have ever used. Also being able to see a representation of the exposure in the viewfinder along with a live histogram is great for getting your shot just right befor clicking the shutter. Also the image stabilization while shooting video is AMAZING! Makes just a steady hand look similar to a steadycam! Can't say enough good things about it, in love!

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                      5.0

                      I love my new Sony A65 camera!!

                      By Timn8r

                      from Reynoldsburg, Ohio

                      About Me Pro 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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                        Needed to upgrade my camera from a Sony A200 due to shooting a lot of sports/action photos, yet had all of the lenses I needed to fit an AF Sony camera. Started reading about the A65 and it had all the features I was looking for. And guess what? It didn't disappoint! Fast auto focus, shutter release time, minimal ISO noise at higher ISOs, and too many more features to name. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for a new or an upgrsde for the camera you have now.

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                        4.0

                        Fantastic Camera

                        By green cricket

                        from Saint Joseph, MN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Noisy At High ISO

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                        I am an amatuer photographer who has been shooting with a Sony since the A100. While it seems that most people look down on Sony, preferring Nikon on Canon, I think Sony has some wonderful cameras. The A65 is incredibly fast, produces razor sharp images (if you don't have the cheapest lenses), and is incredibly user friendly. The body feels comfortable in my hands and 95% of the buttons feel smart in their placement. If you want to upgrade to the A77 for the magnesium frame, I think it would be worth it, but cost was a factor for me and the A65 has the same firmware and specs. Overall, a great camera and I look forward to continued success with Sony's Alpha series.

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                        5.0

                        Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR

                        By Ron

                        from San Bernardino, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Noisy At High ISO
                        • Small LCD Screen

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                        I really love this camera. It is far more improved than my other Alpha camera. I'll keep the old one too.

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                        5.0

                        Alpha SLT-A65 Does The Job!

                        By MKSilver

                        from Window Rock, AZ

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                              I upgraded from A230 to the A65, I sure do notice a magnificent difference and the speed. I have been using the 70-200mm F/2.8 telephoto zoom lens taking photos of my former high school's boys basketball team and sharing the pics on the Facebook's alumni page. I have been getting positive comments of my photos and the students & community like them. I love it! I just wish I had another one like it for my 16-50mm zoom lens. This camera does the job and worth the money!

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