Sony Alpha 65 review

February 18, 2012

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Sony Alpha 65

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The Sony Alpha 65 single lens translucent camera features the same class-leading 24.3-million-pixel sensor as the Alpha 77, yet costs £350 less. We find out how it performs


Sony Alpha 65 at a glance:

  • 24.3-million-pixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
  • 2.359-million-dot XGA OLED viewfinder
  • 3in, 921,600-dot articulated LCD screen
  • Up to 10 frames per second
  • Street price £789 with 18-55mm kit lens

Sony Alpha 65 review – Introduction

The Sony Alpha 77 was named Enthusiast Camera of the Year and was voted Product of the Year by our readers in the 2012 AP Awards. The camera’s imaging sensor and electronic viewfinder (EVF) are its two standout features – and that same excellent sensor and EVF are found in the pared-down and significantly less expensive Sony Alpha 65 on test here.

The announcement of the Alpha 65 and Alpha 77 in August last year brought the current Sony Alpha single lens translucent (SLT) camera range to four models, as they join the Alpha 35 and Alpha 55 that were launched a year earlier.

Although the Alpha 65 and Alpha 77 share a number of key features, there are a few differences in the build, handling and core performance, such as the AF system. As the lower specified of the two, the Alpha 65 will always exist in the Alpha 77’s shadow.

However, the significantly lower price point should make the Alpha 65 a very popular model. It may in turn edge out the Alpha 55 as Sony’s most popular low-end enthusiast-level SLT, placing it against the likes of the Nikon D5100 and Canon EOS 600D.

  • Video: AVCHD: 1920x1080 pixels (at 50fps or 25fps PAL)
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 12m @ ISO 100
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC or Memory Stick Pro Duo
  • Viewfinder Type: 2.359-million-dot XGA OLED electronic, 100% FOV
  • LCD: 3in LCD with 921,600 dots, tilted and articulated
  • AF Points: 15-point with 3 cross-type, auto or manually selectable
  • White Balance Bracket: Auto, 6 presets, Kelvin, plus custom setting
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Sensor: 24.3-million-effective-pixel HD CMOS sensor
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, auto+, PASM and 8 scene modes
  • Weight: 622g approx (including battery and card/s)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion NP-FM500H battery
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Dimensions: 132x97x81mm
  • Drive Mode: 10fps in high-speed mode, 8fps continuous high
  • Metering System: 1,200-zone evaluative metering, centreweighted and fixed centre spot
  • Lens Mount: Sony Alpha mount
  • RRP: £869 (with 18-55mm kit lens)
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3EV or 1/2EV steps
  • ISO: ISO 100-16,000
  • Tested as: Low-end enthusiast-level SLT

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