The Alpha 65 has the feel of the less expensive Alpha 55, but comes equipped with the excellent 24.3-million-pixel sensor found in the Alpha 77.
To get the most out of the sensor, opting for the 16-50mm f/2.8 lens over the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit optic is advisable. However, the size and weight of the 18-55mm lens better suits the Alpha 65’s build.
Compared to its competition, the Alpha 65 has the best image quality in good light without a doubt. The camera’s overall performance, namely its continuous shooting, has upped the bar for low-end enthusiast-level cameras to follow.
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
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
Tested as:Low-end enthusiast-level SLT