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Sony Alpha a65 review

High-end features in an SLT for a lower-end price

Our results from the lab have been compared against the Sony Alpha 55, Canon EOS 60D and Nikon D5100 all available in kits at a similar price.

Raw files – while considerably noisier than the A65's JPEGs – make the most of the level of detail that the sensor retains at the higher settings, offering plenty of scope to clean up shots and make the most of their potential.

Resolution charts

As part of our image quality testing for the Sony Alpha 65, we've shot our resolution chart with the DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 SAM lens fitted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Sony Alpha 65 is capable of resolving up to around 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 100
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 100

JPEG images

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 100
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 200
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 400
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 800
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 1600
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 3200
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 6400
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 12800
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 16 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 16000
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 16000

ISO 16000, score: 16 (see full image)

Raw images

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 100
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 200
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 400
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 800
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 1600
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 3200
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 6400
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 12800
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 16 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review  resolution iso 16000
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 16000

ISO 16000, score: 16 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLT Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution24.3 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Product Familyalpha
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSony
FeaturesSmile Detection, Face Detection, Live View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)543 g
Minimum Focus Distance249.94 mm
Maximum Image Resolution6000 x 4000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution24.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick PRO Duo
Height97.5 mm
Width132.1 mm
Depth80.7 mm
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelSLT-A65
Product Namealpha SLT-A65 Digital SLT Camera
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberSLTA65VK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Take your photography to the next level with this α65 DSLR camera and included 18-55mm zoom lens. Featuring Sony's groundbreaking Translucent Mirror Technology, you can focus and shoot simultaneously for fast, precise performance and continuous shooting of up to 10 frames per second, complete with continuous auto focus. View setting adjustments in real time with a Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder, and choose from three HD movie modes super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or richly cinematic 24p-to optimize the look and feel of your videos (records in 29-minute segments).

Battery Life560 Shot
Display Resolution921600 Pixel