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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)

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    (8)

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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

No 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)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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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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      • No

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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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        • Yes

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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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        • No

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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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            • No

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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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              • Yes

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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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                    • No

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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

                      Best Uses

                        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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