Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Review
The Sony Alpha SLT-A65 is a digital SLR camera with 24.3 megapixels CMOS sensor and 2.4M dot OLED viewfinder. It was launched with the SLT-A77 and it seems like its younger brother. It is also equipped with the latest technologies like the SLT-A77, but, differs on the construction. The SLT-A65 has a plastic body while the SLT-A77 is built with magnesium alloy. It is worth mentioning, though, that although this camera is mostly plastic, it looks heavy duty and has the weight that feels solid and sits happily in the hand.
The Alpha SLT-A65 doesn’t have the Auto focus of its big brother. Others complain about this cameras failure to focus, however, there are many who say good things about it. For multi-frame, noise reduction is functional. Nevertheless, there’s noise at high ISO. It has a nonstop burst of ten frames per second. Surprisingly, it has GPS that is not included in the list of the advertised features. It isn’t Wi-Fi ready, though.
The Alpha SLT-A65 is loaded with various styles and you don’t have to use a computer to put beauty into the images that you shoot. The Picture Effect setting has an array of options that include pasteurization, retro, mono, high-key, soft focus, toy camera and others. Each of these effects has more choices of settings to choose that will bring out the users creativity and personal preferences. Previewing results in Live View mode is also available.
The LCD display screen can be tilted or moved down for a more comfortable high or low viewing when shooting over the head level or above the crowd or when taking shots of objects near the ground. This camera is easy to use with sufficient features for anyone beginning to learn photography and the manual settings that will help develop creative photographic skills. It is cheaper than the SLT-A77 but possesses almost all of its well-celebrated features. It is, however, slower than the SLT-A77 since its 10 frames per second continuous burst is slower than 12 fps of the SLT-A77. Another one is the Autofocus system which is 15-point with 3 cross type sensors versus 19-point AF system with 11 cross type sensors. In spite of these differences, the Alpha SLT-A65 is still admirable and its features are relatively comparable with other DSLRs.
One drawback is the absence of the instruction manual. It should come with the camera, but there were those who didn’t receive their copies. The instruction CD needs a computer to familiarize you with. There is also no optical viewfinder and dust protection. The battery life is long and it doesn’t overheat unlike what other experienced with its predecessor.
Overall, this Sony Alpha SLT-A65 is more affordable than SLT-A77 but it is equipped with some of the latest features that can help develop skills and can make it comparable with more expensive cameras on the market these days. It is actually considered by many as the best and most affordable DSLR camera.
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