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On August 24 2011, Sony announced the α77 and α65 cameras
featuring a newly developed Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with 24.3 Megapixels, as well as the world's first XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder. These cameras come with Translucent Mirror Technology which make them the fastest, most responsive interchangeable lens cameras in their class. The α77 features a 19-points AF system, enthusiast form factor with ample controls and customization, large 3.0-inch 921K flip and rotate LCD, 12 fps burst rate, and a cutting edge OLED EVF with 2,359,296 dots of resolution, magnification of approximately 1.09x, and 100% frame coverage. It also comes with built-in GPS, 1080P (60fps and 24fps) HD video, and the weather sealed exterior.
The α65 features nearly all of the features from α77, including the sensor, the HD video, the LCD (minus the rotation), the GPS, the EVF, but without weather sealing, controls is simplified, body is smaller, and has a slower max shutter speed (1/4000 vs 1/8000). The burst rate is also lowered from 12 fps down to 10 fps. Sony also announces the new DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM standard zoom with 16mm wide angle coverage that's ideal for both portrait and everyday shooting. The lens features a dust- and moisture-resistant design, and offers a zoom range of approximately 3x range at constant wide F2.8 aperture. It comes with aspherical glass and three ED (Extra Low Dispersion) lens elements to minimize aberration at all focal lengths, as well as an internal Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) drive enables fast, quiet autofocus. There is also an optional dust- and moisture-resistant VG-C77AM Vertical Grip for α77, housing up to two NP-FM500H InfoLITHIUM batteries. The α77 is available in a kit with the new SAL1650 f2.8 lens for about $2000, and offered as body-only for about $1400. The SAL1650 lens is sold separately for about $700. The α65 is available in a kit with a standard 18-55mm lens (SAL1855) for retail at $1000, and offered as body-only for retail at $900. The body-only α65 is currently selling at around $830. Here's the summary of review by WhatDigitalCamera, giving the camera a rating of 91 out of 100:
"The Alpha 65 uses a 1200-zone evaluative metering system, providing you with a choice of either Multi segment, Centre-weighted or spot metering modes depending on the subject matter. The Multi segment metering performed very well, producing well-exposed shots in most conditions. There will be times when you will need to dial in a touch of exposure compensation to lift slightly under-exposed images. Images display a smooth tonal range, while there's the D-Range Optimiser to rescue detail in the highlights and shadows of high-contrast, backlit scenes. There are five levels to choose from, as well an Auto mode. It's worth mentioning though that this is a JPEG only option. The 24.3MP APS-C type CMOS sensor in the Alpha 65 delivers excellent detail and sharpness. Files are 68MB once opened in Photoshop, while Raw files take up 25MB in memory, and Extra Fine JPEGs about 5MB. The large resolution offered will allow you to print images at A2 at 240dpi without the need to upscale the image should you wish, so A3+ prints are easily achievable at 300dpi. This also allows you more flexibility when it comes to cropping should you need to do so. The Alpha 65 has a native ISO range from ISO 100-16,000. While this is just a little behind the extended 25,600 ISO equivalent of the competition, it's still very good - especially with this pixel count. From the base ISO to 3200, results display very minimal levels of image noise. As you'd expect, above that, and image noise creeps in and becomes more prominent. At this level, it's not quite a match for the D5100 or EOS 600D, but this is negligible. ISO 12,800 and 16,000 should only really be used as a last resort.
With an asking price of £789 with an 18-55mm kit lens, it's quite a bit more affordable than the A77 with a similar, but not identical headline specification. There's no doubt that the A77 has more to offer the enthusiast photographer, but those looking for a well-spec'd camera at a reasonable price will feel far from short changed. Looking at the competition, and both the Canon EOS 600D and Nikon D5100 are the A65's closest rivals. They are the more affordable, but the A65 has only just hit the streets, so you can expect to see the price fall more into line with the competition over the coming months. and of the three, it's the A65 that has the highest specification and goodies on offer. The Alpha 65 is a great mid-price DSLR that provides high levels of performance, particularly when it comes to AF and frame advance that hasn't really been seen in a camera of this class before. The image quality is excellent, delivering excellent detail, though it can't quite compete at the higher regions of the ISO range with the competition. As we've said before, the EVF is not for everyone, but it's the best example we've seen to date and it does have it's own advantages over an optical equivalent. Our advice is to try it out yourself before you make up your mind. There's no doubt that the A65 faces some stiff, established competition, but it's the A65 that delivers the best all-round blend of features, performance and image quality. It's a great camera that deserves real consideration."
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|Pocket-lint: "The A65's 10fps burst shooting may not be quite as turbo-charged as the A77's 12fps option, but for a lot less cash it's still a hugely impressive feature. Compared to the Canon 60D or Nikon D7000 and the Sony outperforms both, without a shadow of a doubt. The Sony's new autofocus system has a 15-point array, including three cross-type points with a sensitivity of f/5.6. That means extra sensitivity whether the..." - Jan 20 2012 More »|
|TechRadar: "Currently, Sony's online shop price for the A65 stands at £789 (body only) or £869 (with 18-55mm lens). This places the A65 in the same arena as mid-entry-level DSLRs like the Canon EOS 600D and Nikon D5100 - albeit at a higher price-point that's justified by its raft of high-end features. In essence, the A65 attracts largely the same points of praise and criticism as the more expensive A77, due to the fact t..." - Dec 14 2011 More »|
|CNET AU: "For those photographers who just want to point and shoot on automatic settings without delving too far into the menus, the A65 delivers very attractive and punchy images. Colours in particular look nicely saturated and the excellent LCD screen does a lot to make it seem as if you've taken an award-winning image first go. Reviewing images on a computer screen makes you realise that perhaps you're not the next Cartier..." - Nov 28 2011 More »|
|ePhotoZine: "Despite using a standard kit lens, the telephoto end of the lens lets you get close to the subject and can produce good macro results. In combination with the 24.3 megapixel sensor the camera resolves a lot of detail in the photo of the wasp above. This can then be cropped showing impressive levels of detail. ISO Noise Performance - ISO100 to ISO400 show low noise from JPEG images. At ISO800 noise starts to become m..." - Nov 24 2011 More »|
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