Rated 4 out of 5 by 26
Rated 5 out of 5 by Culchie First Impressions
Just got the Sony a65 yesterday and went out into NYC's Central Park mid-morning when the lighting would be varied and challenging. I had been using the a55 and had hoped that the a65 would be the next model in the Sony evolution. Not so, the a65 is heavier and bigger than the a55, and it is actually the smaller sibling of the a77. That said, once I actually carried the a65 around a bit, the increase in weight didn't seem to be a bother. The body fits nicely into the right hand and all of the controls were easily accessed, as fingers naturally fall almost on top of them. Nice Sony! The camera is well-balanced with lenses attached. I appreciated a dedicated lower right hand compartment for the SDHCcard on the right side of the camera, instead of having to go into a shared compartment with the battery. In fact, all doors and compartments are very well thought out, tidy and compact and easy to access. The shutter is quick and a bit more muffled than on the a55. The sweep is smooth (however, it could be smoother-and will probably be so in a generation or two). The capture is excellent, as even slowly moving objects weren't cut into pieces. Using the a65, it felt as if the camera had a mind of its own and wanted to do the best in any setting (you'll know what I mean when you get your hands on one). The new viewfinder is excellent and a step up from the a55. It did have some trouble in low lit situations. The sensors are excellent in the camera. I got the best colour saturation and tone of any camera that I've used so far. Also, it holds areas better that traditionally get blown out from too wide a tonal range. The images on the computer are wonderful. The detail, colour saturation and tone are truly a step up in camera evolution. These images will definitely take away a lot of the work in photoshop. As I travel back and forth to Ireland, weight is a definite factor for me and hopefully Sony will come out with the next model up from the a55. That said, I am still very happy with the a65 and it will be my street camera here in NYC and my carry-on for the hills of Donegal. Thanks, Sony.
October 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by PRDPhotog A fine camera for me
This is my first DSLT (or DSLR), but have had a couple of older film SLRs. Moving up from a couple of ultra-zooms. The A65 is a great combination of a reasonable price with a very capable camera. I don't understand why Sony has discontinued it, with no apparent equivalent replacement.
I am especially pleased with the focusing speed and the OLED viewfinder. The image quality with the kit lens is a step up from my ultrazooms. As with any modern DSLR, it is a complex device. I bought David Busch's camera guide to assist in learning how to use it. Well worthwhile, as it fills in the blanks on why to set up things this way or that. The Sony user manuals are not very good at that.
Overall, I have found the user-interface to be very good, but it is taking me a while to learn where settings are located. The important ones (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus & exposure modes) are easy to find. Other items that are not so often used require a little searching. The menu pretty much has only one main level, so if you know what your are looking for, it's fairly easy to find.
So far I have been very pleased with the camera and its performance. I can recommend it with no reservations.
July 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mgauldin Great Camera, Documentation needs work
I really like the camera and all the features. I had an Alpha 230 and stepped up. The documentation is not as helpful as I would like for all the new features. I find myself having to search the internet for help. I would rate this camera as an intermediate user camera but would not recommend it for a beginner. If you are beginner and don't understand the DSLR features start with a less complex camera.
May 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SLAVO SONY A65V CAMERA
CAMERA IS VERY WELL DESIGHNED. TAKES EXSELENT PICTURES
AND THERE IS A LOT TO LEAR AS I AM AMETURE PHOT MAN. I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS WITH THE CAMERA. I DO HAVE A QUESTION.
WHAN I TAKE A PICTURE OUT SIDE WITH SUN . THE SHADY PART OF THE SUBJECT STAYS SHADY AND DARK. HOW DO I OVER COME THIS PROBLEM?? I NEED HELLP. IFY HAVE ANSWER PLEASE LET ME KNOW . THANK YOU
May 4, 2014