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Sony Alpha SLT-A65VK

24.3-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm lens and 60p Full HD movie mode

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Our take on the Sony Alpha SLT-A65VK

by Woody Sherman
Sony

Develop your photography hobby

You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR — they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.

The bar moves higher
Sony continues to break new ground in the world of digital SLRs with the SLT-A65. Following up their well-received first wave of Translucent Mirror cameras, they've made some upgrades that were on every enthusiast's wish list. Firstly, they've upped the resolution with a generous 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. This, in combination with the beefed-up BIONZ™ processor enables the camera to capture not only a full 10 frames per second of rich, pixel-dense images, but also gorgeous 1080-line, 60 progressive-frames-per-second high-definition video.

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A good view makes a better shot
You'll see it all unfold, in unparalleled detail, on the world's first OLED (Organic LED) electronic viewfinder. With 2,359K dots pumping out superb detail and color, this little marvel makes motion blur a thing of the past. For jobs that need a larger screen, you'll have the 921K-dot, three-inch TruBlack™ tilt-and-swivel LCD display. Continuous Live View means you'll assess all the creative decisions you make as they happen on either display — no delays or hitches in the autofocus or the shutter. Both monitors offer 100 percent framing, so what you see is the shot you'll get.

Compose the perfect shot
The included 18-55mm lens gives you approximately 3X zoom capability with an f/3.5-5.6 aperture, making it perfect for portraits and everyday snapshot photography. You'll love the wide end of the zoom range, which allows you to fit all the beauty of that late-afternoon landscape into one perfect high-resolution frame. The lens has two aspherical elements for outstanding clarity throughout its range.

It was born ready
Why miss the big wave crashing against the pier? The huge bird of prey crossing the disc of the setting sun? Your toddler surprising his granddad with a "guess-who" blindfold from tiny hands? Thanks to the .05 second release time lag, this camera is ready before you are. There's a nice selection of creativity-enhancing filters as well, including popular "Retro" and "Toy Camera" modes.

Highlights:

  • 24.3-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C size HD Exmor™ CMOS image sensor (23.5 X 15.6 mm) for superior low-noise and low-light image performance
  • DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Sony zoom lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
  • new high-quality 1080/60p HD mode with full-time autofocus
  • GPS-enabled for geo-tagging photos
  • built-in sensor-shift SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization (provides image stabilization with all attached lenses)
  • upgraded Sony BIONZ™ image processor for accurate, low noise images and responsive shooting
  • high-res 3" tilt/swivel LCD screen (921,600 dots) with live view for composing photos and movies on-screen in real-time
  • screen tilts and swivels for versatile low or high angle shooting
  • Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder (2,359,000 dots) with diopter adjustment
  • Object Tracking Auto-Focus helps even unpredictable objects stay in focus, even while zooming
  • 3D Sweep Panorama mode: sweep across the panorama, and the camera captures "right-eye" and "left-eye" versions of the image. 3D TV and 3D glasses required to view images in 3D
  • built-in anti-dust technology to keep image sensor clean for spotless photos
  • 15-point auto-focus with three cross-type sensors to maximize precision in high-speed focusing
  • auto High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode takes three exposures in rapid succession and combines them to capture increased shadow and highlight details
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • built-in auto pop-up flash with flash compensation
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with Sony Alpha, Minolta, and Konica/Minolta A-type bayonet mount autofocus lenses
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: up to 8 frames per second (10 fps in Continuous Priority AE mode)
  • burst mode buffer: JPEG Standard (18 shots), JPEG Fine (17 shots), RAW (13 shots), RAW+JPEG (11 shots)
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100 - 16000 (Auto 100-1600)
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, auto-advanced, scene, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in various shooting environments
File Formats and Storage:
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output for sharing images on a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
  • optional Sony RMT-DSLR1 remote commander
  • input for optional external microphone
  • 5-1/4"W x 3-7/8"H x 3-1/4"D (without lens)
  • weight (body only): 19.1 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • Sony DT 18-55mm zoom lens
  • rechargeable NP-FM500H lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • adjustable shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • body cap
  • software CD-ROM

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi No
GPS-enabled Yes
Lens 35mm Equivalent 27-82.5mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter 55mm
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count 24.3
Total Megapixels 24.7
Image Stabilization Sensor Shift
Highest Resolution 6000 x 4000
HD Video Recording 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080
Dimensions
Width (inches) 5-5/16
Height (inches) 3-7/8
Depth (inches) 5-11/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 29.4
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • SLT-A65V Digital camera body with installed body cap
  • SAL1855 DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM zoom lens
  • 55mm Lens cap (installed)
  • Clear plastic rear lens cap (installed)
  • BC-VM10 Battery charger (8.4V/750mA)
  • NP-FM500H rechargeable InfoLithium battery (7.2V/7.7Wh/1600mAh)
  • 56" USB cable (has a USB type A connector on one end and a mini-B USB connector on the other end)
  • Adjustable camera strap
  • Application software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Sheet
  • On-line registration sheet
  • Lenses & Accessories brochure
  • Note on the AVCHD Ver.2.0 format
  • Correction sheet

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Recording Features
Included Lens
Play And Print Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Zoom Lens Kit: The Sony SLT-A65VK α (alpha series) DSLR camera kit contains the SLT-A65V camera body, and the SAL1855 DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM 3x zoom lens, along with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, USB cable, and software on CD-ROM. The camera is compatible with Sony A-mount lenses.

Translucent Mirror Technology: The A65V features Translucent Mirror Technology, which directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously. This allows the camera to focus and capture the image at the same time. Since the mirror never moves, the time needed to raise and lower the mirror is eliminated.

Tiltable 3" LCD Screen: The A65V uses a 3" TFT Xtra Fine LCD screen with 921,600 dots. The TruBlack screen has a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections to increase contrast. The brighness of the LCD monitor is automatically adjusted to surrounding lighting conditions for best visibility. The LCD monitor can be tilted downward 180° and rotated 270° for best visibility when shooting at difficult angles.

0.5" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.5" OLED electronic color viewfinder has 2,359,296 dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view. The brightness can be manually or automatically adjusted in 3 steps. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder image to your individual eyesight. If you're using the electronic viewfinder to frame your shots, the LCD turns off automatically when you bring the camera up to your eyes.

Digital Level Gauge: The digital level gauge in the viewfinder indicates whether the camera is level in both horizontal and front-back directions. The indicators turn green when the camera is level in one of the directions.

Live View: The A65V's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot. The Live View image will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure, and framing. In addition, the on-screen displays will keep you informed on all your settings and recording information.

Image Sensor: The SLT-A65V features an APS-C-sized Exmor HD CMOS image sensor (23.5 x 15.6mm). It has approximately 24.7-million total pixels and 24.3-million effective pixels.

Still Image Recording Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG file format in Standard and Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the supplied Image Data Converter SR software. You can select the following image sizes:

  • 3:2 Large: 6000 x 4000 (24M)
  • 3:2 Medium: 4240 x 2832 (12M)
  • 3:2 Small: 3008 x 2000 (6M)
  • 16:9 Large: 6000 x 3376 (20M)
  • 16:9 Medium: 4240 x 2400 (10M)
  • 16:9 Small: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)
  • RAW: 6000 x 4000 (3:2) or 6000 x 3376 (16:9)

Panorama Photos: The 3D Sweep Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in 3D or Standard in several different resolution settings:

  • Panorama:
    • Standard:
      • Vertical: 3872 x 2160
      • Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
    • Wide:
      • Vertical: 5536 x 2160
      • Horizontal: 12416 x 1856
  • 3D Panorama (Horizontal):
    • 16:9: 1920 x 1080
    • Standard: 4912 x 1080
    • Wide: 7152 x 1080

Movie Recording Formats: The A65V can record 16:9 Full High Definition movies in AVCHD 2.0 Progressive with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. Movies can also be recorded in MP4 mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2-channel audio. You can select from the following bit rates/image quality:

File Format Average Bit Rate Resolution
AVCHD 60i 24M (FX) 24 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (60i)
AVCHD 60i 17M (FH) 17 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (60i)
AVCHD 60p 28M (PS) 28 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (60p)
AVCHD 24p 24M (FX) 24 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (24p)
AVCHD 24p 17M (FH) 17 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (24p)
MP4 1440 x 1080 12 Mbps 1440 x 1080
MP4 VGA 3M 3 Mbps 640 x 480

Dual Media Options: The A65V camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo), and SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media.

SteadyShot INSIDE In-Camera Image Stabilization: The SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilizer shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera shake without sacrificing image quality. The compensation effect is equal to 2.5 to 3.5 shutter speed steps, giving you more creative freedom when shooting in low light. And, because it is integrated into the camera body, SteadyShot INSIDE technology works with all compatible α (alpha) system lenses.

Eye-Start Auto Focus: The camera features the Eye-Start Auto Focus system, which begins precision auto focus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if desired.

15-Point AF System: The A65V's high-performance auto focus system uses 15 focus points to deliver fast and precise focusing. It has a predictive focus control to automatically calculate the position of fast-moving subjects. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:

  • AF (Auto focus) Mode: You can select between 3 modes:
    • Single-Shot AF: The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
    • Continuous AF: The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down.
    • Automatic AF: This mode automatically switches between single-shot AF and continuous AF depending on the movement of the subject.
  • AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 3 settings:
    • Wide: The camera determines which of the nine local focus frames is used in focusing with the wide focus frame.
    • Zone: You can choose the zone for which you want to activate the focus from among left, right, or center.
    • Spot: The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.
    • Local: You can choose a local focus area from the 15 areas using the controller.
  • Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by switching to MF on the lens and rotating the focusing ring to achieve a sharp focus.

Face Detection/Smile Shutter: The camera can detect human faces, and adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image processing and adjusts flash settings for best results. Faces can be registered, and priority given to those faces over others in the frame. Up to 8 faces can be detected and/or registered. When the Smile Shutter feature is enabled, the camera will automatically release the shutter when a slight, normal, or big smile is detected.

Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.

AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject. The AF illuminator has a range of approximately 3 to 15 feet.

Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:

  • Single Shot Advance: Default setting for standard picture taking.
  • Shooting Continuously: When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously at a maximum 8 images per second at high speed or 3 images per second at low speed. The maximum number of continuous shots varies with the recording format:
    • RAW: 13 images
    • RAW & JPEG: 11 images
    • Fine: 18 images
    • Standard: 18 images
  • Self-Timer: You can set the camera to two different self-timers:
    • 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
    • 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
  • Continuous/Single Bracket: Bracket shooting allows you to shoot several (3 or 5) each with different degrees of exposure. For Continuous Bracket shooting, the camera will take the selected number of shots as you press and hold the shutter button. When Single Bracket is selected, the shutter button is pressed for each shot one-by-one. There are two settings:
    • Ambient Light: This setting shoots images continuously with exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.3 steps.
    • Flash Bracket: This setting shoots images continuously with the exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.7 step, and flash compensation -1.0.
  • White Balance Bracket: Based on the selected white balance and the color temperature/color filter, three images are recorded with the white balance shifted by 10 mired* (low) or 20 mired (high). (* mired=a unit to indicate color conversion quality)
  • Remote Commander: You can shoot using the "SHUTTER" or "2SEC" buttons on the optional RMT-DSLR1 Wireless Remote Commander. Using the Remote Commander reduces camera shake and continues the exposure without pressing and holding the shutter button.

Exposure Modes: The camera offers the following exposure recording modes:

  • Auto: This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically.
  • Auto+ (Advanced Auto): The camera recognizes and evaluates the shooting condition and sets the appropriate settings automatically. The camera saves one appropriate image by combining or separating images as necessary.
  • Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject:
    • Portrait: blurs away backgrounds and sharpens the subject; expresses skin tones softly
    • Sports Action: for shooting moving subjects outdoors or in bright places.
    • Macro: for shooting close subjects such as flowers, insects, dishes, or small goods.
    • Landscape: shoots the entire range of scenery in sharp focus with vivid colors.
    • Sunset: for shooting the red of the sunset beautifully
    • Night Scene: for shooting night scenes at a distance without losing the dark atmosphere of the surroundings.
    • Hand-held Twilight: Shoots night scenes with less noise and blur without using a tripod. A burst of shots are taken and image processing is applied to reduce subject blur, camera shake and noise.
    • Night Portrait: for shooting portraits in night scenes.
  • Sweep Panorama: Shoots expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
  • 3D Sweep Panorama: For shooting 3D panoramic images for playback on a 3D-compatible TV.
  • Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while keeping the custom settings for ISO sensitivity, Creative Style, D-Range optimizer, etc.
  • Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
  • Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
  • Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
    • Manual Shift: You can change the shutter speed and aperture value combination without changing the exposure in manual mode.
    • Bulb (Long Exposure) Shooting: In this setting as long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open. You can shoot trails of light, such as fireworks.
  • Continuous Priority AE: The camera shoots continuously while the shutter button is pressed fully down. The camera records at a maximum of about 10 images per second.
  • Movies: Recording movies in Full HD or standard definition in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio.

Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-3.0 EV in 1/3-step increments.

AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.

Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:

  • Multi Segment: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
  • Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
  • Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.

White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:

  • Auto WB: This mode adjusts the white balance automatically.
  • Daylight: This mode adjusts for outdoors and sunlit subjects.
  • Shade: This mode adjust for shady conditions on a clear day.
  • Cloudy: This mode adjust for a cloudy sky.
  • Incandescent: This mode adjusts for incandescent lighting.
  • Fluorescent: This mode adjusts for florescent lighting.
  • Flash: This mode adjusts for flash conditions.
  • Custom: In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light sources, use of the custom white balance is recommended in order to accurately reproduce the whiteness.

Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).

Image Processing (Creative Style): This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes. For each setting, you can adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness. You can choose from the following settings:

  • Standard: This setting reproduces various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful color.
  • Vivid: This setting reproduces memorable scenery such as blue sky, sunsets, spring greenery, and autumn leaves with deep and vivid colors.
  • Portrait: This setting accentuates the subject and softly reproduces skin tones.
  • Landscape: This setting reproduces the scenery with vivid and sharp colors.
  • Sunset: This setting beautifully reproduces the red of the sunset.
  • B & W: This setting is for monochrome images.

Picture Effect: You can select the desired effect filter to achieve more impressive and artistic expression. There are several Picture Effect options, including Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, and Miniature.

ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode:

  • Auto or Scene Selection: When the exposure mode is set to Auto, Auto+, Sweep Panorama, or Scene Selection, the ISO is fixed to Auto.
  • P/A/S: When the exposure mode is set to Program, Aperture Priority, or Shutter Priority, and ISO is set to Auto, the ISO speed is automatically set between 100 and 1600.
  • Manual: When the exposure mode is changed to Manual, the ISO is automatically changed to 100, and you can set it according the shooting conditions to between 100 and 16000. Auto ISO is not an option in the Manual shooting mode.

Built-in Flash: In a dark location, using the built-in flash, or optional flash, allows you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps prevent blurred photos due to camera shake. The SLT-A65V features a pop-up flash, and an accessory shoe for attaching an optional external flash. The range of the built-in flash depends on the ISO sensitivity and aperture value. The A65V offers the following flash modes:

  • Autoflash: In auto mode the flash automatically fires if it is dark or against light.
  • Fill-Flash: In this mode the flash fires every time the shutter is released.
  • Slow Sync: Slow sync shooting allows you to shoot a clear image of both the subject and the background by slowing the shutter speed.
  • Rear Sync: In rear sync mode, the objects illuminated by other light sources are captured first, then the flash is fired right before the exposure is completed.
  • Wireless: The camera can use the flash light to transmit signal to an external off-camera flash to produce a more three-dimensional image. (Requires optional wireless flash unit such as HVL-F58AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F56AM, or HVL-F36AM).

Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during long exposures or high ISO settings.

Anti-Dust Technology: Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera. To help keep the image sensor cleaner for better pictures, the A65V utilizes a static-free anti-dust coating on the imager's filter. The camera also has a cleaning function which vibrates the image sensor for a short time to knock off any dust that may have settled on the imager.

Built-in GPS: The camera has a built-in GPS receiver that can obtain location information from overhead Global Positioning Satellites. This information is recorded in the images and movies shot at that location. Using the supplied "PMB" software, you can import images with location information to your computer and enjoy viewing them with a map which shows their shooting location.

Included Lens

Optics: The Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM lens is compatible with Sony α-series (Alpha) DSLR cameras. The DT lens is a compact, lightweight lens, designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager used in most Sony α-series cameras. The lens employs a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) to deliver smooth and silent autofocus operation, and offers a flexible focal range that allows you to capture everything from wide angle to midrange telephoto shots with ease.

Zooming: The lens allows you to rotate the zooming ring to set the desired focal length. The 18-55mm lens features a 3.0x optical zoom.

Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus or manual focus mode. You can switch between focusing modes using the 2-way switch on the lens barrel.

Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.727", Length=3.027" to 3.441" (without lens caps).

Specifications:

  • 35mm Equivalent: 27-82.5mm
  • Angle of View: 76° to 29°
  • Minimum Focus: 0.82' (9.84")
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-5.6
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22-36
  • Weight: 7.5 ounces

Play And Print Functions

Playback Options: You can view images on the LCD monitor with 3 options: with recording data displayed, without recording data, or histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left side is black, right side is white) and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.

Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.

Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.

Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show . During Index View mode, you can view 4 or 9 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.

D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.

Image Enlargement: During single image playback you can enlarge an entire image or a select area of an image from 1.1 to 13.6x depending upon the image size. Small images can be enlarged up to 6.8x, Medium images to 9.9x, and Large images up to 13.6x. Once you have enlarged the image, you can pan around the image to view the desired portion.

Rotating Images: Images can be rotated counter-clockwise 360-degrees on the camera's LCD monitor during single image playback.

Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.

HDMI Output: The SLT-A65V provides direct mini-HDMI output to your HDTV screen, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. You can choose between standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. When connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image playback using the TV remote. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is not supplied.

Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.

  • DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
  • Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
  • Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the supplied "Picture Motion Browser" software and print the images.

Battery Information

InfoLithium Battery: The SLT-A65V is powered by the NP-FM500 InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The approximate number of images that can be recorded with the supplied battery is as follows:

  With Viewfinder With LCD Monitor
Still Images 510 shots 560 shots
Movies 190 minutes 190 minutes

Charging: The supplied InfoLithium battery requires approximately 175 minutes for a full charge. The battery should be fully charged before initial use.

Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway. When the camera is connected to a TV or the drive mode is set to Remote Commander, the power save mode defaults to 30 minutes regardless of the setting.

Supplied Software

Application Software CD-ROM: The following software is included with the SLT-A65V:

Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Ver.5.8:

  • Compatible with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, and Windows 7 SP1 only
  • Import images shot with the camera and display them on the computer.
  • Organize images on the computer on a calendar by shooting date to view them.
  • Retouch, print, and send images as e-mail attachments and change the shooting date.
  • Print or save still images with the date.
  • You can create a data disc using a CD burner driver or DVD burner drive.

Image Data Converter SR Ver.4.0:

  • Compatible with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X v10.3, 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • You can edit images recorded in RAW mode with various corrections, such as tone curve, and sharpness.
  • Adjust images with white balance, exposure, creative style, etc.
  • Save the images displayed and edited on a computer. You can save the image as RAW format, or save it in the general file format.

Compatible Operating Systems (for USB Connection):

  • Windows: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
 

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Written By Alan, Tioga, ND on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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I purchased this camera because I have several very expensive Minolta lenses from my 35mm days. This camera was much easier to acclimate to than I had planned. The photo's taken are extraordinary !! With the lenses I already had, and the 2 I purchased with the camera, I have amazing flexibility in most all photo ops. I have ben purchasing from Crutchfield for over 20 years. These people are excellent !!
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Alpha SLT-A65Vk

Written By Anonymous, Pottstown, PA on Monday, July 22, 2013
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Had a Sony point and shoot camera and I wanted to upgrade and wanted my money's worth. Haven't used it too many times but I already love it. There is such a variety of setting for what you are trying to capture. The best part if there is a guide of how to use each setting on the camera itself if you a quick refresher in the field. That's what sold me on it.
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Written By Pals, Illinois on Monday, July 15, 2013
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I'm a guy who appreciates good high quality photos but does not have the time to learn how to set shutter speeds or adjust for lights etc. I wanted a camera that takes high quality photos by clicking one setting and then one button. This camera did just that.
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Sony alpha A65

Written By Anonymous, kentucky on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
 
I am new to DSLR cameras. I bought this camera with the 18-135mm lens. It has truely amazed me on how easy it is to use. Still learning all the features but the speed of the continuous shooting has enabled me to get shots I never was able to before. The ability to shoot panoramic shots also reduces the need for a wide angle lens. Shooting video is as easy as pushing a button. So just using the auto scene and auto focus settings. I can't wait to see what's possible with the Manuel settings. Real test was my wife who, is lets say, does not get along with technical gadgets loves this camera because it is easy to use.
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Fast continuos shooting. Clear images that you can crop and blow up.
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I haven't figured out all the cool features
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Can't go wrong with the A65

Written By Toad, Apple Valley, MN on Thursday, July 12, 2012
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Like the other reviewer, this is my first DSLR too. Ready to use out of the box, the camera offers a load of features for both newcomers and the professionals. The camera is sophisticated, but simple enough to use which allows any user to take professional quality pictures without being a pro. At the same time individual settings are advanced enough to allow professionals the ability to set ISO, AV and other custom settings. The camera offers superb image stabilization while taking catalog worthy photos. Up close still images turn out in beautiful color with blurred backgrounds while fast moving objects are captured immediately with Sony's translucent mirror technology allowing 10fps - you'll never miss a shot again! The quality of Sony's lenses and ability to capture important moments with the feel and look of a professional are all packed in the A65. With this camera in hand, you'll never take a bad picture again!
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This is my first DSLR. The camera was easy to use right our of the box. I did buy the A65 for dummies book because I want to learn how to use the camera. So far pictures are awesome.Im a stay at home Mom and love taking pics of my children but the point and shoot did a bad job inside. So I have been looking for a long, long time for a camera. I'm glad I waited because this took great pics in my house with no flash. Pictures are sharp and great color. I can tell you this its super fast and clear in action. I'm no pro just a Mom who loves to take good pics of her kids in action. If you buy this camera and just keep it in Auto you can't go wrong....I will be learning everything I can not to get stuck in auto...LOL...
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very fast.clear,great color.
Cons:
nothing so far
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