Sony A65 system camera Ilse Jurriën : August 24th 2011 - 15:30 CET
Sony Alpha SLT-A65 system camera : Sony extends the appeal of its Translucent Mirror camera range with a new A-mount camera model appealing to advanced amateur photographers and serious photo enthusiasts. Latest refinements in Translucent Mirror Technology by Sony make the Sony SLT-A65 the quickest, most responsive interchangeable lens camera in its class. Revised ergonomics on the Sony A65 include a comfortably contoured new grip design and tactile new button layout for ‘eyes off’ operation while viewing via the high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder. The new Sony Alpha 65 system camera boasts a continuous AF shooting performance, capturing a burst of full-resolution images at 10 frames per second, outpacing virtually all semi-professional cameras.
Sony A65 system camera
Precision AF tracking of moving subjects is crisper and more responsive than ever, thanks to a newly-developed 15-point autofocus system with 3 cross sensors. Tracking Focus on the Sony A65 maintains accurate focus lock on a designated moving subject, even if the target’s momentarily obscured by the motion of another object. Razor-sharp responses are reinforced further by a new electronic front shutter curtain that achieves a pro-class minimum release time lag of approx. 0.050 seconds.
Image quality of the Sony Alpha 65
The Sony A65 features a newly-developed Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with 24.3 megapixel resolution. The sensor of the Sony A65 is teamed with the latest revision of Sony’s BIONZ image processing engine that handles huge amounts of high speed data from the camera sensor. This unique combination of sensor and BIONZ processor delivers unprecedented shooting responses, plus flawless image quality with ultra-low noise when shooting still images or Full HD video. At highest sensitivity, the Sony A65 can freeze rapid sporting action with very quick shutter speeds, or capture atmospheric low-noise shots without flash. Low ISO settings are ideal when teamed with a long exposure for creating expressive shots of moving water.
Sony A65 electronic viewfinder
The Sony Alpha 65 showcases the world’s first XGA OLED Tru-Finder. With an unprecedented 2359k dot (XGA) resolution, this precision electronic viewfinder offers a bright, detail-packed, high contrast image with 100% frame coverage that is 10 times higher than conventional electronic viewfinders and provides a wide field of view to rival pro-grade optical viewfinders. Detailed shooting information is displayed with a choice of five display modes. The effects of adjusting exposure, white balance and other settings are previewed in the Tru-Finder in real time. Fine focus tweaks can also be confirmed via a zoomed-in portion of the image.
Tru-Finder viewfinder on the Sony A65
At the touch of a button, the Smart Teleconverter of the Sony A65 displays an enlarged central portion of the image sensor. This allows compositions to be displayed clearly on the high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder and captured as 12 megapixel images with a digital zoom factor of 1.4x or 2x. There’s no need to remove your eye from the Tru-Finder from composition to checking final results, allowing photographers to concentrate on their creative flow.
Sony Alpha 65 LCD display
Still photos and video can also be composed and reviewed on the adjustable-angle 7.5 cm (3.0") Xtra Fine LCD that offers high resolution (921k dot) and TruBlack technology for superb detail and contrast. As an extra refinement, the Sony A65 introduces a 2-way adjustable screen that tilts and pivots freely for effortless framing at any angle.
Sony A65 video recording in Full HD
The Sony Alpha 65 brings further refinements to the acclaimed Quick AF Full HD Video shooting as already featured on previous Translucent Mirror Technology from Sony. Phase Detection maintains accurate focus during video shooting of portrait subjects, even when they’re moving. In another, first for consumer-oriented APS-C cameras, Full HD video is now supported at 50p (progressive) frame rates, reflecting recent enhancements to the AVCHD (Ver. 2.0) format. 25p shooting is also available for beautifully ‘filmic’ video footage. Creative video options are extended further by the addition of manual focusing and P/A/S/M exposure modes familiar to still photographers.
Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM zoom lens
The growing range of compatible A-mount lenses for the Sony A65 now includes the quiet, bright Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM standard zoom with 16mm wide angle coverage that’s ideal for portrait and everyday shooting. The high performance lens of the Sony A65 features a dust- and moisture-resistant design, and offers a zoom range of approximately 3x range at constant maximum aperture F2.8. Optical performance is assured by two aspherical elements and three ED glass elements to minimize aberration at all focal lengths. An internal SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) drive assures fast, quiet autofocus.
Sony A65 - HVL-F43AM external flash
The compact yet versatile Sony HVL-F43AM external flash is optimised for superb results with all A-mount cameras with a powerful output of GN43, Quick Shift Bounce adjustment, wireless ratio control and dust/moisture resistant design. This is complemented by other new A-mount system accessories that include a back pack, soft carrying cases, LCD protectors and eyepiece cups.
Sony A65 price & availability
The Sony A65 Translucent Mirror interchangeable lens digital camera is available from October 2011.
Sony A65 review
As soon as we receive a Sony A65 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Sony A65 review.