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Sony Alpha a65 review

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

Our Verdict


  • · Class-leading Full HD movie mode Responsive full-time phase detection AF system
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in Image Stabilization system (SteadyShot INSIDE)
  • Highly impressive OLED EVF


  • Noise isn't as well controlled compared to rivals
  • Inclusion of only one control dial hampers manual shooting
  • Slight delay in registering button presses can be frustrating
  • Loss of live view feed when shooting in high-speed modes
  • Two-way LCD design can cause issues with tripod usage

Sony alpha 65 review

The A65's large APS-C CMOS sensor and the manual control it offers make it possible to generate some very pleasing shallow-depth-of-field effects. (See full image)

Sony alpha 65 review

The A65 is capable of capturing highly-detailed, sharp images with pleasingly saturated colours. (See full image)

Sony alpha 65 review

The metering system has coped pretty well with this high contrast scene, managing to retain plenty of detail in the shadows. (See full image)

Sony alpha 65 review

At ISO 1600, noise is well-controlled, a good level of sharp detail is maintained and colours remain faithful. (See full image)

Sony alpha 65 review

The extra warmth that the A65 tends to inject into images works very well in this case, adding a bit of punch to this overcast, autumnal scene. (See full image)

Sony alpha 65 review

Taken at ISO 1600, while there is some visible noise and a very slight reduction in sharpness, the overall result is still a perfectly printable, high quality image. (See full image)

Sony alpha 65 review

The camera's AF Tracking system puts in a very good performance, proving its worth by accurately keeping our moving subject in focus. (See full image)

Sony alpha 65 review

The A65's 24.3mp sensor resolves bags of sharp detail; while the built-in IS system helps to prevent camera-shake when shooting under overcast or low light conditions. (See full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLT Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution24.3 Megapixel
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
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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, High Speed Sync, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelSLT-A65
Product Namealpha SLT-A65 Digital SLT Camera
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberSLTA65VK
Manufacturer Website Address
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