Sony a65 Mirrorless Camera Review

The Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only) is a full-frame DSLR with a slew of advanced features and capabilities. If you’re seeking innovative and game-changing features, the SLT-A65 is the device for you.

One such system is Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology system, which is a good place to start. In order to allow for faster and more accurate shooting and focus, this technology directs light to the image sensor as well as the Phase Detection Autofocus (AF) sensor on the camera.

The camera’s 24.3Mp APS-C sensor is another significant benefit, and it’s possibly the most noticeable of them. This sensor allows you to produce large prints while still experiencing incredible detail.

What else, you might wonder? So, how do you feel about using an OLED viewfinder or shooting at a frame rate of 10 frames per second? What about high-definition movies with complete manual control? Alternatively, how about the ability to use Live View with both the viewfinder and the 3.0″ tilt/swivel LCD?

The SLT-A65 provides you with the tools you need to elevate your photography and videography to a higher level. You will never be in the dark when shooting in low light or at night with the SLT-A65 because of its excellent low-light performance.

Because of the built-in flash, you can shoot spontaneous or snapshot images, while the integrated hot shoe allows you to attach additional flashes or other light accessories.

The APS-C sensor, in conjunction with the BIONZ image processor, ensures that whatever you’re shooting produces outstanding pictures that are quickly processed. These technologies also operate together to decrease noise and enable quick, continuous shooting, which is required for shooting at 10 frames per second, as well as for 2D/3D Sweep Panorama modes and 6-image stacking, among other applications.

It makes no difference what you’re recording – video or stills – because every file is saved to external memory in one of the two media slots available. Dual media slots allow you to shoot for extended periods of time and provide you the option of storing two different cards at the same time. Fill one with Memory Stick media, and the other with SD/SDHC/SDXC cards if you’re feeling really adventurous.

Because of the different shooting modes and features available, you have a great deal of creative freedom in your image-making. Full-Time Phase Detection AF, for example, provides perfect autofocus no matter how you’re shooting – even while filming in HD Movie and Live View modes, among other things.

Aside from that, Full-Time Live View for the LCD or electronic viewfinder assures that the image that you see on your screen is the same image that you will see on the final file. In other words, everything from the white balance to the depth of field to the exposure to the framing is properly replicated.

In addition to a fast lag time, Object Tracking AF for keeping moving objects in focus, and Multi-frame NR for shooting effectively in low light without the need for a flash, the SLT-A65 offers a variety of other features that let you express yourself more creatively.

The Graphic Display, the Dynamic Range Optimizer, SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization, and a built-in GPS are just a few of the many other features that guarantee that you have a complete range of creative possibilities available to you every time you shoot with the A65 camera.

Translucent Mirror Design for the Second Generation

Other DSLRs are capable of shooting. Alternatively, users can use the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF to focus. They are unable to perform both at the same time. Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology technology, which has won several awards, alters all of that. In addition, it sends light to the image sensor and the Phase Detection Autofocus sensor at the same time.

Resolution: 24.3 Megapixels

With an APS-C sensor that captures 24.3 megapixels, you can capture stunning detail and beautiful enlargements.

Up to 10 frames per second in ultra-fast mode Continuous

When you have a transparent mirror, it is much simpler to record the winning soccer kick or your kid at her prettiest. Automatically focuses on the subject while shooting up to 10 frames per second at maximum quality (24.3 megapixels) (AE locked after first frame)

OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) Viewfinder

In terms of electronic viewfinders, there has never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED. This is a rare find in terms of size, speed, and brightness, even after sunset. It starts with 2359K dots for excellent resolution and a high contrast ratio for outstanding depth, and it goes from there.

The use of OLED technology lowers motion blur to the absolute minimum. In addition, you can view the outcomes of camera modifications in real-time, with stunning color and detailed reproduction.

HD movies in 60p, 60i, or 24p resolution

Capture breathtaking high-definition movies. In addition to shooting Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, this is the world’s first DSLR to provide a choice of super-smooth 60p video, regular 60i video, or cinematic 24p video. The AVCHD Progressive codec produces an image of exceptional quality.

The MP4 codec compresses files to make them smaller, making them easier to post to the web.

HD Movies with Complete Control Over the Action

When shooting high-definition movies, you no longer have to give up control. In HD video mode, you may make use of the full expressive potential of Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, or Manual (P/A/S/M) control.

AF with full-time phase-detection and tracking

Because of Sony’s proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology, you enjoy quick, precise autofocus in any mode, including HD Movie and Live View.

The difference between phase detection autofocus and contrast-detection autofocus is that phase detection autofocus knows precisely where the proper focus is and goes straight for it, whereas contrast-detection autofocus seeks for the correct focus.

Full-Time Live View on LCD or EVF is available.

When shooting in Live View, you may compose your photos using both the LCD panel and the OLED Electronic Viewfinder. In addition to providing a “what you see is what you get” preview of the camera’s settings such as white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure, and 100 percent framing accuracy, both include helpful on-screen displays.

The shortest release time lag in the world

Assists in ensuring that the picture you desire is the one you receive. Once autofocus has been achieved, release time lag refers to the time elapsed between pressing the shutter release button all the way down and the camera actually starting to take the picture.

Fast-moving objects are more difficult to capture when there is a long latency. With a release time lag of under 0.05 seconds, the Sony A65 is the world’s quickest DSLR on the market (as of August 2011)

Object Tracking AF (Automatic Object Tracking)

The subject is locked onto a certain object, and the focus is maintained even when the subject moves. Subjects that are unpredictable remain in focus even while zooming. You can concentrate on your composition without having to worry about your concentration.

6-Image Stacking and Layering

This feature takes advantage of the fast BIONZ processor in order to record six photos in less than half a second and then aggregate the data. It produces one spectacular single image that may be cleaned up in Multi-Frame NR mode or sharpened for better nighttime images in Handheld Twilight mode, depending on the shooting conditions.

Multi-Frame NR is a kind of noise reduction.

Without the use of a flash, you may capture fantastic low-light images. A fraction of a second is enough time for the camera to record six photographs. By combining the data from all six sensors, it is able to provide a single image with a decrease in noise compared to two more steps of exposure sensitivity. The sensitivity may be adjusted up to ISO 25600.

Twilight Mode for Handheld Devices

Without the use of a tripod, you may capture stunning nighttime images. For smooth, low-noise nighttime photographs, this feature combines six frames into a single image.

Auto HDR is pre-installed on the camera.

It captures a greater dynamic range in a scene than a single exposure can handle, and it captures a more dynamic range than a picture film. This photo combines the finest highlight detail from one shot with the best mid-tones from another and the best shadow detail from a third to create one stunning image.

Panorama Mode with 3D Sweep

Capture stunning 3D images of expansive landscapes and 16:9 aspect ratios. As you move your camera around the panorama, the camera records distinct right-eye and left-eye pictures, which are shown on your 3D screen to bring landscapes to life. It captures images in both JPEG and MPO file formats.

Sweep Panorama is a type of panorama mode that sweeps over the screen.

Capture large vistas in a simple and automated manner. Press the shutter button and sweep the camera vertically or horizontally. The remainder is taken care of by the camera, which continually captures photos and stitches them together.

Preview of the shot’s outcome

Take a look at the outcomes before you make your shot. This preview removes the guesswork from camera settings by demonstrating the impact of the aperture, shutter speed, and DRO settings on the depth of field, motion, and dynamic range of the image.

LCD Display with Tilt and Swivel

Tilt the camera up or down to capture high- and low-angle photos that would otherwise be difficult to capture. Self-portraits may be taken by tilting and swiveling under the camera. Once folded flush with the camera, the display may either be used for photography or kept covered for travel.

LCD Display with 921K Dots in TruBlack

The 921K dots on Sony’s 3.0 inch Xtra Fine LCD panel give it an exceptional resolution. The TruBlack screen has a unique resin coating that reduces internal reflections, resulting in increased contrast when compared to ordinary LCDs. Using the Sunny Weather setting increases visibility even further.

Main Sensor Live View with Quick AF

Incorporates the quick focus of phase-detection autofocus with high-quality Live View photos taken directly from the primary sensor to create a powerful combination. Sony Translucent Mirror Technology is responsible for making this feasible.

On the LCD monitor or the eye-level viewfinder, you receive sharp shots and perfect framing every time.

Temperature Sensitivity (ISO 16000)

Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor with reduced noise and enhanced BIONZ image processing allows for very clear low-light photographs without compromising detail.

AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) Mode is available.

Improve the quality of your photos by making them more lively and taking fewer missed shots. Sony intelligent technologies are brought together and simplified. The camera automatically detects and selects the appropriate scene mode.

Display of Graphics

The link between aperture and shutter speed as well as the impact that each has on photography outcomes are explained in detail.

BIONZ Image Processor has been upgraded.

The BIONZ image processor from Sony, which has been significantly enhanced to meet the demands of 24.3-megapixel shooting, serves as the camera’s brain. Even at ISO 16000, chroma noise reduction allows for high-resolution, low-noise images to be captured.

Allows for up to 10 frames per second continuous shooting of data-intensive 24.3 MP photos, 3D Sweep Panorama modes, and 6-image stacking in addition to 24.3 MP image processing.

Dynamic Range Optimizer is a program that optimizes the range of a signal (DRO)

Improves the quality of results while shooting backlit subjects and reveals details that were previously concealed in shadows. Auto, Level (with a choice of five operating levels), and Off are all available options.

Exposure metering using 1200-zones

This function reads the exposure straight from the primary image sensor of the camera. A variety of metering options, including Multi, Center, and Spot, are available to handle a wide range of shooting conditions.

Stabilization INSIDE the camera using SteadyShot

In order to minimize blur, image stabilization compensates for camera vibration. Typical DSLR systems include image stabilization into just a few lenses at a time. Cameras with SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization have the technology incorporated right into the body of the camera.

The reduction of blur is achieved by the use of every A Mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture regular zoom lenses.

HDMI output for high-definition viewing

On a compatible HDTV, you may enjoy high-definition movies and breathtaking still photographs. The camera is equipped with an HDMI output. Aside from that, the BRAVIA Sync system works with Sony BRAVIA HDTVs that are compatible, allowing you to control camera playback via the television’s remote control.

Battery life of up to 560 shots is possible.

Sony Stamina battery power allows you to take up to 560 pictures on a single charge. Sony’s InfoLITHIUM battery technology allows you to view how much power is left in the battery at any time, allowing you to continue shooting with confidence.

Exposure Modes: P, A, S, and M

The camera has a comprehensive set of settings, ranging from the beginner-friendly AUTO+ mode through P/A/S/M, which stands for Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. On-screen suggestions assist you in refining your abilities, increasing your self-confidence, and exercising greater creative freedom.

Anti-Dust Technology of the Highest Level

Anti-Dust Technology helps to keep the CMOS sensor clean, producing in images that are dependably crisp and clear. First and foremost, a static-free coating on the sensor’s low-pass filter aids in the repelling of dust. The vibrations then immediately remove any dust that has accumulated on the sensor.

Flash Memory Built-In (GN12)

The camera contains a built-in flash (Guide Number 12), which may also be used to activate a wireless accessory flash, to assist you in shooting more successfully (sold separately). A variety of auxiliary flashes may be attached to the built-in hot-shoe, allowing you to broaden your lighting options.

Two different media types are accommodated in this slot.

Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media are both supported by the camera, allowing for cost-effective and simple storage and sharing of your photographs.

High-Definition CMOS Image Sensor in the APS-C Format

With an image sensor that is 19.5 times the size of a standard camcorder image sensor, the APS-C format distinguishes between amateur and professional-looking video by offering an unparalleled mix of high resolution, high sensitivity, and stunning, blurred backgrounds.

Exmor technology from Sony

Conventional image sensors make use of just a small number of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which might cause your computer to run slowly. It is estimated that the Exmor sensor has more than 5,600 column-parallel A/D converters. This makes it possible to shoot continuously at speeds of up to 10 frames per second.

There are 11 different picture effect modes.

Learn about new and imaginative methods to make your photographs and videos stand out. Posterization (color and black and white), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (red, green, blue, and yellow), Soft High-Key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature are some of the techniques used in photography.

Detection and registration of human faces

A total of eight different faces may be detected by the camera, and the camera can automatically change the focus, exposure, white balance, and flash to assist create sharp, properly lit photographs of individuals. Can give preference to youngsters or adults.

In order to recall friends and family members, Face Registration must be enabled on their devices.

With the help of Smile Shutter Technology,

Captures a grin at the exact time it occurs. Simply pick the Smile Shutter option on the camera’s menu, and the camera will automatically capture the photo. You have the option of prioritizing children or adults, as well as adjusting the smile sensitivity.

Auto Focus with 15 Points

Sony’s Phase Detection Autofocus (AF) system is extremely sophisticated, allowing it to leverage the utility of Translucent Mirror Technology. The use of fifteen sensors, including three cross sensors, increases accuracy for subjects that are both vertical and horizontal.

System of Propulsion

  • RAW (13 shots), RAW+JPEG (18 shots), JPEG Standard (18 shots), JPEG Fine (17 shots), RAW+JPEG (18 shots) (11 shots)
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: Continuous (High: up to 8 frames per second, Low: up to 3 frames per second), Continuous Priority AE (Automatic Exposure) (10 fps)
  • Individual shots, continuous shooting (with Hi/Lo settings configurable), self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), bracketing (continuous, single, WB), and remote commander are all available in Drive Mode (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)
  • An electronically controlled vertical-traverse focal-plane shutter with a focal-plane aperture.
  • Control of the focal point
  • The following is the focus system: TTL phase-detection AF (CCD line sensors)
  • Points of emphasis: 15 points (3 points cross-type)
  • Selectable AF modes include single-shot autofocus (AF-S), continuous autofocus (AF-C), automatic autofocus (AF-A), manual focus (MF), and a variety of other options.
  • The scope of the project is broad (auto,15 points) Selectable zones, spots, and localities
  • Focus Sensitivity: EV -1 to 18 EV (Exposure Values) (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
  • Predictive control (AF-A and AF-C), Focus Lock, and Eye-start AF are some of the features available for focusing.
  • LED built-in to the AF illuminator Range: around 3 – 15 feet (1-5m)

System of Exposure

  • Metering: Evaluative metering with a 1200-zone advanced capability.
  • Measuring sensitivity ranges from -2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent and with an f/1.4 lens).
  • Various scene modes are available, including but not limited to: portrait, landscape, Macro, sports action, sunset, night portrait, night view, and handheld. Twilight
  • Picture Effect(s): There are 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (in color and black and white), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color, and a few others (R, G, B, Y), Monochrome with high contrast, toy camera, soft high-key, soft focus, HDR Painting, rich-tone monochrome, miniature
  • Yes, there is a D-Range Optimizer (Auto, Level, Off)
  • Yes, there is an auto exposure lock (AE Lock button)
  • Amber/Blue color temperature ranges from 2500 to 9900 k with 15-step each Magenta/Green correction (G7 to M7), and color temperature ranges from 2500 to 9900 k. (A7 to B7)
  • Standard, vivid, portrait, landscape, sunset, black and white, and more creative styles are available. (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation (-3 to +3steps), and Sharpness (-3 to +3steps) are the adjustments available.
  • Exposure Bracketing (also known as exposure bracketing): Bracket: Contraption/Bracket: single exposure with 1/3EV and 2/3EV increments, 3 frames
  • Noisy environments are minimized. Long Exposure NR: (Available at shutter speeds greater than 1 second, with an on/off switch) High ISO NR (High/Normal/Low): (High/Normal/Low)

Mounting for the lens

A-mount lenses are compatible with this camera.

GPS navigation is built-in.

A GPS capability has been included in the camera, allowing users to annotate photographs and videos with position information such as latitude and longitude, as well as elevation.

With supplementary software, this information may be connected, plotted, and utilized to further investigate the subjects of your photographs or just to chronicle your trips in greater detail.

Advanced Characteristics

Auto High Dynamic Range: Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off) (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off) (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)

Yes, there is an embedded GPS system.

  • Horizontal (Wide/Standard), vertical, and 3D panoramas are all available as sweep panoramas.
  • Off/On (Registered Faces)/On/Off (No Face Detection)
  • Smile Shutter Technology: The smile shutter is a type of camera that takes pictures of people smiling (selectable from 3 steps)
  • The SteadyShot INSIDE in-body image stabilization system is used for image stabilization.
  • Sensor for Image Capture
  • BIONZ image processor is a high-performance image processor.
  • The electromagnetic vibration mechanism and charge protection layer on the Low-Pass Filter are used to combat dust.
  • Pixel Gross: Approximately 24.7 megapixels (megapixels gross).
  • Conversion Factor for Focal Length: 1.5 times
  • Color Filter System: Primary color filters in the RGB color space
  • LCD Display (Liquid Crystal Display)
  • Adjustment of the angular position: Tilt angle (in degrees): Approximately 180 degrees rotation is made downward; the angle is 180 degrees counterclockwise and 90 degrees clockwise.
  • Controlling the brightness may be done in two ways: automatically or manually (5 steps between -2 and +2).
  • 100% of the population is covered.
  • Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable): This mode is available all the time.
  • Actual image adjustment is displayed in real-time: Yes (On/Off).
  • Yes (on/off) for a histogram.
  • Grid Display: Yes (maybe toggled on/off).
  • Design options include a grid, histogram display, digital level gauge, grid line, and a magnified display for viewing recorded data.


  • Color Spaces: sRGB, AdobeRGB, and others
  • Image Mode: JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, or a combination of RAW and JPEG.
  • Image Captured in Time Size 16:9 (inches): 6000 x 3376 (20Mp), 4240 x 2400 (10Mp), and 3008 x 1688 (10Mp) are the maximum resolutions for the L and M sizes, respectively (5.1Mp)
  • Image Captured in Time Size 3:2 (inches): Sizes are as follows: L: 6000 x 4000 (24Mp); M: 4240 x 2832 (12Mp); S: 3008 x 2000 (12Mp) (6Mp)
  • Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23Mp); Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15Mp); Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12Mp); Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4Mp); 3D Sweep Panorama: 12,416 x 1,856 (23Mp); 3D Sweep Panorama: 12,416 x 1,856 (23Mp); 3D Swee Horizontal Wide: 7152 x 1080 (7.7Mp); Horizontal Standard: 4912 x 1080 (5.3Mp); 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (16.9Mp); 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (16.9Mp); (2.1Mp)
  • AVCHD / MP4 – MPEG-4 AVC (High Definition Video) (H.264)
  • AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) Video Mode: PS – 1920 x 1080 at 60 frames per second at 28 megabits per second The visuals are as follows: 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps. FH – 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps (Full High Definition). FX – 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps (Final Cut Pro). FH – 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps (Full High Definition). MP4: 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps (High Definition). VGA resolution is 640 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second at 3 megabits per second.
  • Video signal: NTSC color, according to EIA specifications
  • Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC (Audio Compression Format)
  • Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Stereo Microphone with Volume Control
  • File Formats for Still Images: JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compatible), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), 3D MPO (Microsoft 3D MPO format) (MPF Extended compliant)


  • Flash coverage is up to 18mm in the field of view (in the focal length)
  • Time required for recycling: around 3 seconds
  • Flash Bracketing: 0.3/0.7EV steps, 3 frames per second
  • Pre-flash TTL and ADI flash metering systems are available.
  • The flash type is either built-in or pop-up automatic.
  • The number of pages in the guide: 10. (in meters at ISO 100)
  • Connections to Other Resources
  • Yes, there is an accessory shoe (Alpha)
  • BRAVIA Sync: Yes, through HDMI with a BRAVIA HDTV that is compatible.
  • DVDirect: Yes, it is possible over USB.
  • The answer is yes, provided that the HDTV is BRAVIA Sync enabled and that the HDMI connection is used.

Sony a65 Specs

Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2832, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 2000, 3008 x 1688
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, (25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
AutofocusPhase DetectMulti-areaSelective single-pointSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points15
Lens mountSony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.1× (0.73× 35mm Equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution2,359,000
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range10.00 m
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High-Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Optional)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionRechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)622 g (1.37 lb / 21.94 oz)
Dimensions132 x 97 x 81 mm (5.2 x 3.82 x 3.19″)
Orientation sensorYes