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SonyAlpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 137 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (87)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (83)
  • Image stabilization (83)
  • Easy to use (77)
  • Large clear LCD (75)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (77)
  • Travel (73)
  • Sports/action (62)
  • Wildlife (61)
  • Family photos (59)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (46), Semi-pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (10), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (89), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Appealing but expensive technology showcase

It's been a long and at times painful 4+ year wait for Sony fans looking for an update to the classic but clearly aging A900/850 full frame professional cameras, with many hoping that...Read complete review

It's been a long and at times painful 4+ year wait for Sony fans looking for an update to the classic but clearly aging A900/850 full frame professional cameras, with many hoping that Sony would finally become a significant factor in the professional full frame market. The promise of a serious full frame camera was clearly seen in the predecessor model - the Sony A900 undercut the Nikon D3X by almost $5000, while offering similar resolution and features, albeit poorer low light performance at least in JPEG (not in RAW) - and with no video capability at all - making the camera a real throwback to pure stills photography, a feature that inspired more loyalty than aversion among its loyal user base. This is also the first full frame camera Sony has put out in the last four or five years - in that same interval Canon and Nikon together have put out at least eight. This suggests that Sony is taking some risks by moving into areas where it frankly has not been terribly successful or perhaps terribly interested/motivated. Does it live up? Well, based on my admittedly brief and limited experience with this model with production firmware (1+ hour of shooting of both stills and video and then hours of hi-res monitor time on color corrected monitor) mostly yes, but there are some issues . . . . including where Sony has set its price point on this. Overall, this is an appealing choice for individuals looking to upgrade from Sony APS-C models or other subframe DSLRs to full frame cameras - provided they are willing to pay the hefty cost and modest weight penalties, in order to get the extra picture quality at high ISO, along with somewhat better speed of operation and an improved autofocus system. Dynamic range may also be somewhat better than corresponding APS C models - hard to say if dynamic range equals the current very high benchmark set by the Nikon D800. But . . . .Is it really worth the $2000 premium on the already excellent Sony A65 or the nearly $1200 premium on the Sony A77? That's actually a tough question, and mostly for a typical consumer, the answer is probably going to be 'no' - but for professionals (or enthusiasts with lots of money that they are eager to part with) needing the high ISO capabilities of a full frame model, the answer is probably 'yes', given that picture quality on the APS-C chips can't compete with a full frame chip of the same resolution as light declines. But in bright light, the differences are going to be probably too subtle to see, even for the most obsessional pixel peeper. At ISO 100 in RAW with comparable lenses, I really can't tell the difference between the picture this camera generates (even blown up to 100%), and what a Sony A65 can generate - and this was going over identical scenes shot with both cameras at 100% view. But at ISO 1600, the difference is fairly clear, and by 3200, it's not even close - the A65 is a pretty noisy mess, and prints are only usable at small sizes like 4x6. At ISO 3200, the A99 is capable of generating remarkably clean and smooth pictures with minimal noise and much detail. ISO 6400 on the A99 is roughly equivalent to ISO 1600 on the A65 (the last really useable RAW setting for the A65 before being forced to use heavy-handed post-processing NR). So it's way better in low light - but it should be with the much bigger pixels. Usable 6400 is really a plus - esp. when you want to use telephoto to shoot action and need high shutter speeds. Sports shooting will be worlds better compared to even the best m4/3 and APS-C sensor performance at high ISO and long telephoto. But again, this is what a FF sensor should deliver for its cost (and weight) penalties. But one basic question facing the professional user is still "why buy this camera" given the better developed and established pro-camera ecosystems of Canikon? That's also a tough question. I believe the answer is not one single overwhelming advantage, but you have to like the SLT environs and value what it might offer over more traditional DSLR technology. One aspect of this might be the better video due to full time PD (phase detection) auto focus, already demonstrated in several APS-C models like A65 and A77. Another selling point might be just the overall excellence of both video and stills combined. I believe this camera will probably have as good if not better video than anything else in the 35mm DSLR world due to the better autofocus system (PD on both the chip and from the light directed to the AF sensor) - and Sony built-in lots of high-end video features and thoughtful support for all kinds of video accessories that would appeal to the professional videographer or the primary stills photographer looking to occasionally shoot the best possible (broadcast quality) video. First of all, its 1080 60p specification right now puts it ahead of Canon and Nikon, and its full-time phase detection (including phase detection functionality on the sensor itself) means that the camera can continually autofocus using the more accurate PD approach (vs. the slower contrast detection method) while taking movies - something no other DLSR can do. Here's my parsing of the pros and cons of this new camera - again based on limited shooting experience and hands-on time - I probably will change this list as I get a production model I can spend much more time with (just put in my order for one!): Pros: 1) Probably the best video this side of a professional broadcast video camera - and likely well ahead of Canon and Nikon on this one. Video shot in 60p is typically spectacular, and the camera appears particularly good at maintaining tight focus on high-speed subjects and challenging scenes with minimal to no hunting. Uncompressed HDMI output to external recording devices is another plus (shared with D800 but not on the 5DMIII). 2) Great overall image quality for photos - esp. as light declines - equals the great low light performance of the Canon 5DMIII and just a touch more noisy than the Nikon D600. 3) High-resolution EVF gives the photographer lots of relevant control information (but see cons for flip side of this). 4) High resolution 24 MP sensor with good to excellent dynamic range and very accurate color (but again see cons). 5) Able to use Alpha mount APS-C lenses (via sensor crop - but see cons again). 6) At least equal low light performance compared to its two main FF competitors. Comparisons that I did of identical scenes head-to-head with the Canon 5D Mark 3 suggest that the Sony at least equals that camera's truly great low light noise performance. It might be just a nose ahead in this area of low light noise compared to the Nikon D800. Credit extra work on the micro-lenses and getting as much light as possible to each pixel in the sensor - apparently a big focus for Sony in developing this particular sensor. Even ISO 6400 was pretty clean. 7) Configurable menu system similar to Sony's popular A77. 8) With two phase detection systems (one on the chip and one receiving light from the fixed mirror) this offers probably the fastest and most reliable autofocus of any DSLR. In my one hour of shooting with the camera, I was never able to get an out of focus shot either with video or stills, even though I tried (fast-moving subjects, panning, etc.). 9) Having image stabilization built into the sensor instead of the lens has some major advantages - making lenses potentially less expensive and lighter, and giving you the full advantage of IS all the time with any lens in your bag. 10) SLT approach enables full-time live view and phase detection autofocus even when shooting movies, and saves weight too, compared to more conventional DSLR technology. 11) Many neat touches and thoughtful extras, with abundant options for direct control (3 dials and a host of buttons dedicated to a single function (five of which are customizable) and a slick and smoothly silent control wheel in the front of the camera that allows quick access to video settings). Cons: 1) Price - at least $400 above where it should be. 2) EVF is not for everybody - some people simply can't transition from optical viewfinders (what do they know :-) !) 3) EVF really needed a contrast adjustment on A77/65, as images sometimes either had blown highlights in the viewfinder or areas where image too dark to see details - Sony failed to include this badly needed contrast adjustment in their new flagship camera - a major omission in my judgment. 4) only 24 MP - clearly out-resolved by Nikon D800. 5) only 6 FPS with autofocus is really disappointing for a SLT design - their APS C designs were all class-leading in terms of frames per second in high-speed shooting. Canon does the same 6 FPS number while still having to move the mirror up and down, and even the D800 manages 4 frames per second with its much higher megapixel throughput demands on the imaging pipeline, while the $800 Sony A65 does 10 FPS . . . . so what happened here? 6) APS-C lenses will automatically result in a significant drop in resolution - no option to simply allow full frame vignetting (which some users might not mind in some contexts). 7) Shorter battery life relative to its two main competitors (the cost of the excellent EVF) 8) Despite all the emphasis on video, maximum bit rate is only 28 Mb per second, significantly under the new Panasonic GH3 and the Canon 5D Mark 3. 9) Despite the flagship technology (and price!), the A99 still has too shallow a buffer for much high-speed shooting - if shooting RAW plus JPEG, buffer fills up in 18 images or just 1.5 seconds. Can't believe that with all the noise about this issue in previous APS-C models that Sony did so little differently in their flagship camera. 10) Disappointment that USB 3.0, Wi-Fi support and at least some kind of built-in flash all not included in feature set. 11) Price?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Many awesome features but fails in key areas

First let me say, I wanted to love this camera so much! It takes some really great pictures of landscapes (still pics are awesome) but where it falls down is indoor sports...Read complete review

First let me say, I wanted to love this camera so much! It takes some really great pictures of landscapes (still pics are awesome) but where it falls down is indoor sports :( The buffer is way too small for sports - ripping off 15 pictures at 5fps (cont Hi), then waiting 8 - 10 seconds for the buffer to clear is awful as you miss so much action -- like my daughter's gymnastics routine. A camera of this caliber should be on par with the Canon 5d Mk III, which allows for 3x as many pictures in the buffer. Auto focus and tracking is a problem for things like gymnastics where the number of focus points is pretty small (19) where others are greater (ex. the 5d is 61). I know the AF-D has 102 points but they don't support the sigma 70 - 200 lens I have and so I am hobbled. ISO noise at 6400 is pretty low and I am impressed, but I wish 12800 was less noisy. For me, it came down to the buffer size -- If the buffer was bigger, I could live with the camera but I am missing too many shots now due it's size. (shoot 10 shots rapidly then not being able to shoot anything for several seconds is a killer when the gymnastics routine is only 45 - 90 seconds long in the first place) Again, this is an incredible camera for other types of photography -- the EVF is amazing, the folding screen is great, menus are easy to navigate and video support is great too. I understand not everyone does sports or even indoor sports, but for my main need (indoor gymnastics) it just doesn't work and that's a shame :(

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4.0

My Best mate ever

By Daniel Anthony

from Melbourne,Australia

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Been A Sony Alpha User for many years, started out with A200, then A350, bought an A77mk2, now with my A65. got 18-250mm, 18-55mm, and 70-300mm.

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    5.0

    GREAT CAMERA

    By BOBBYLENS

    from Bronx, NY 10451, USA

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

    THIS IS MY FIRST CAMERA BUT AFTER DOING EXTENSIVE RESEARCH BETWEEN SONY, CANON AND NIKON IVE CHOSEN SONY. IT WAS THE ONLY CAMERA THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE SETTINGS WHILE ADJUSTING THE APERTURE, ISO, SHUTTER SPEED, AND WHITE BALANCE. THIS IS HUGE FOR ME SINCE I AM A NEW COMER TO PHOTOGRAPHY. IN FACT, THIS HAS HELPED ME UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE NECESSARY SETTINGS TO TAKE A PICTURE. I WENT SHOOTING WITH A FRIEND WHO IS AN ADVANCED HOBBY PHOTOGRAPHER AND USES A CANON 5D MARK III AND AFTER SHOOTING WITH MY SONY A99, HE IS NOW TRYING TO SELL HIS CAMERA IN ORDER TO BUY A SONY A99 OR A SONY A7S. I ATTEMPTED TO UPLOAD A PHOTO TO SHOW RESULTS BUT IMAGES WERE TOO LARGE.

     
    5.0

    A99 is superb!

    By Randy6414

    from Undisclosed

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

    I've had my Sony A99 for eleven months now, and have shot more than 13,000 frames with it. At the time of my purchase, I was at a major decision point with my gear. I researched all the systems, and shopped the A99, Canon 6D & 5DmkIII, and Nikon D600/D800. Ultimately, it was the A99's EVF that won me over (I love it#, along with the Carl Zeiss 24-70/2.8. The rest of the A99's features are superb, too. Combined with the CZ 24-70, I couldn't be happier with the A99. Still being able to use my old Minolta lenses is a bonus. Here is a more detailed explanation of the A99's features #both good & bad): Things I love: Full frame: the large sensor gives improves low light capability, and shallow depth of field--great for separating a sharp subject from a blurry background. Yes, you can get great shots with an APS-C (crop# sensor, but the full frame sensor is wonderful to work with. 24MP: this seems like a sweet spot--it's plenty for high resolution files that are 4000x6000, yet without getting massive file sizes. 16x20 prints are incredibly detailed, even if cropped. Electronic Viewfinder #EVF): it's bright, clear, and shows accurate exposure. Make an exposure compensation adjustment (I have the rear control wheel programmed for this# and you'll see it instantly in the EVF, all without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Too dark? Too light? Dial in the desired compensation till you like what you see in the EVF--then click the shutter. Yes, you see your "picture" before you even take it. If you want, you can program the A99 to give you an image review on the EVF, and double check your image without moving your eye away from the viewfinder. I have this turned off, as the EVF already shows me what I'm going to get as I press the shutter. I prefer to just keep shooting and then look at them later. AF: it's fast and accurate, especially using the Carl Zeiss 24-70/2.8 with its SSM focus motor. I've programmed the AF/MF button on the back of the body for "back-button focus". I have the focus mode set to AF-C #continuous#. Thus, when I back-button focus I have instant, continuous focus #great for sports/action/kids#. Let off the button and the focus stops, allowing you to recompose #great for landscapes, portraits#. I can also use Direct Manual Focus to fine tune the focus if need be #but I rarely need to.# Even with my 25 year old Minolta 75-300 zoom and it's screw drive focus, I've been able to turn out some very sharp sports photos with Sony's AF system. Articulating LCD screen: this is great for shooting at ground level without laying on your belly, or shooting with the camera over your head. It's also very helpful when the camera is on a tripod pointing upward #such as shooting moon shots at night#. Articulate the screen to your liking and the camera can look upward while you look down #comfortably# at the screen. 6fps, with full AF & exposure capability: serious sports shooters may claim you need higher FPS, but I don't think so. Fire off 6fps during an athletic event and you'll come away with tons of shots. I have learned to rely less on fast FPS and more on my eye so I can capture decisive moments instead of instead of the spray & pray method. The A99 can go higher than 6fps, but you give up continuous focus & exposure adjustment capability between shots. Things that take a little getting used to: The "slideshow" effect in the EVF: generally speaking I think this concern is overstated. Shooting portraits or landscapes one at a time, the slideshow effect is a non-factor. Go to 6fp during sports, especially while tracking or panning with a subject, and it takes some getting used to. But you do get used to it, and once you learn what it is, it's far less of a factor than I originally thought it would be. Remember, even a traditional DSLR loses its optical viewfinder momentarily as the mirror flips up and down. Battery life: with an EVF being a constant drain, the battery will deplete faster than one in a traditional DSLR with OVF. But again, I think this concern is generally overstated. For example, at my son's soccer game last weekend I took 362 shots without depleting it #or even coming close#. Yes, I have the battery grip with the second battery #one in the camera and one in the grip# for long days of shooting. But for casual shooting you won't need more than a single battery. For a long day, the extra battery in the grip has you covered. For really long shoots without recharging you can put an additional battery in the grip #for a total of three#. Want to save power? You can turn off the LCD screen by flipping it inward toward the body. Also, if you aren't going to be shooting for a while, simply turn the camera off, then turn it back on when you want to shoot. It'll "wake up" between the time I turn it on and the time I lift it to my eye. Things that could be improved: AF points: the AF points are clustered near the center of the frame. Put simply, it would be nicer if they were spread out a little further, to cover more of the frame. The joystick: I actually love the joystick control on the back of the body. But I'm a left-eye shooter, and my nose often bumps the joystick, shifting my selected focus zone. I have adjusted to this now, and it rarely happens any more. If you're a right-eye shooter, this is a non-issue. The Carl Zeiss 24-70mm/f2.8: put simply, it is amazing. It's built like a tank, zooms smoothly and focuses quickly and accurately. It's very sharp, and I have no complaints. Yes, it's heavy! But if you're buying a top of the line, constant f/2.8 zoom such as this one, you have no business complaining about the weight. Good glass is heavy. The Sony HVL-F60M flash: I have found this to be easier to use than my F58. I use both--the F60 on camera as the controller, and the F58 wireless, off camera. Both the F58 and the F60 have Sony's "quick shift" bounce head. It took a little getting used to at first, but the quick shift head is great for shooting portraits while switching from landscape to portrait orientation. Simply "flop" the flash head sideways. Even when bouncing the flash off the ceiling, the quick shift is great. Compared to traditional swivel flash heads, I'll take the quick shift any day. I have read complaints about the F60 overheating, but I have not experienced it at all. However, while I use flash frequently, I am not a heavy flash user #such as a wedding photographer might be#. There is also a small delay when using Sony flashes wirelessly, such as I do. It is a small delay, but a bit unsettling when you're first getting used to it. Once you are used to it, it is much less of a concern #although it would be nice if they could make this go away altogether.# Lastly, Sony has switched from the Minolta-style flash hot shoe to Sony's new Multi-Interface shoe. While we all gripe about stuff like that, I suppose it was a necessary move to consolidate all their systems #A mount, E mount, video# to one type of shoe. I have no particular issue with the new shoe, although I happened to like the usability of the old Minolta-shoe #it was faster to slide it on and off, and it clicked #locked# into position. The new shoe takes a fraction longer to slide into positions, and although it locks, it's not as "positive" as the old style shoe. By the way, I have the Minolta-style shoe on my F58 and Maxxum 7D, and the Sony-style shoe on my F60 and A99. I have adapters to go both ways #I can use either flash on my Minolta Maxxum 7D, and either flash on my A99#. The adapters work well and are a non-issue for me. The Sony Vertical Control Grip: I initially bought the grip for the A99 because of the extra battery capacity. On long shoots I'd add the grip #with second battery#, and on short shoots I'd go without the grip. I soon found that in the vast majority of cases I didn't need the capacity of a second battery--but I really liked the ergonomics of the grip. When using a heavy lens, such as the CZ 24-70/2.8, or the Sony 70-400/4-5.6, the extra surface area of the grip is helpful for hand-holding the set up. It gives my hand some extra leverage against the torque of the heavy lenses. I now leave the grip on all the time. When using the grip for vertical shooting, I have found that the AF/MF button #which I have programmed for back button focus, and use a lot# is in an ever-so-slightly different position on the grip compared to the body. This took a little getting used to #I used to pull the camera away from my face to have a look and find the button!# but I am used to it now. Actual shooting with the grip in the vertical position is delightful. The shutter on the grip is at the same height #relative to the lens# as the regular shutter on the body, so vertical shooting is identical to horizontal shooting #except for the aforementioned issue about the AF/MF button placement. One more word on the grip: if you hope to quietly shoot pictures without being noticed, the grip will blow your chances. The A99 is large. The CZ 24-70 is large. Add the grip and the combo becomes huge. One more word about the weight--yes, again, it's heavy. The A99 + 24-70 + grip are close to five pounds. The F60 is another pound. That's serious weight--but if you are serious about image quality, it's worth putting up with it. Over eleven months and 13,000 frames, the A99 & CZ 24-70 have proven to be an excellent combination. They offer top image quality, good ergonomics/usability, they're well built, and I've had no quality problems or glitches at all. There will always be things to improve in a product as complex as a DSLR/DSLT, and I'm sure Sony will offer an upgraded model at some point. But if you're considering the A99 you shouldn't hesitate. It offers excellent image quality combined with a user friendly interface, making it an excellent choice.

     
    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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      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.

       
      5.0

      My first DSLR

      By Alawe

      from Dearborn Hts, MI

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

      Great camera with ton of capabilities

       
      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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            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good camera for wedding

            By SONYholic

            from Los Angeles, CA

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

            a99 with 24-70 lens A good camera can beat Canon for wedding performance. I give 4 stars, for less options of lens.

             
            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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great purchase

                    By lenhart100

                    from Cincinnita, Ohio

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

                    A broad range of features make it the ideal camera, my tripod and monopod has given me the ability to explore the a99.

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Full-Frame SLT

                    By huskymed

                    from Island Falls, ME

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

                    Hands down the best upper-end digital camera I've used (and I've used just about all of them; Canon, Nikon, Fuji, etc.). The pictures are clean and crisp right out of the box, even using standard lenses. The ability to use older Minolta lenses is a plus as well! Would highly recommend this camera to any enthusiast or pro shooter, and have already done so!

                     
                    5.0

                    I Love It

                    By drmrsy

                    from Indianapolis

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

                    I wanted to upgrade from my a350 to a newer camera, if possible a full frame. After doing some research, I decided on the a99. I like how it takes still shots. The view finder is clear & easy on my eyes. I like how easy it is to see all the info in the view finder. All the choices are great helps, like the: level, rule of thirds grid, etc. It's easy to handle. I am still learning what this camera will do. I haven't tried the video yet, but that is not important to me at this time.

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