The Sony a65, premiered during the summer of 2011, alongside the a77, is a step forward for Sony. Offering a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 10 fps continuous shooting rate, full-time live view and phase-detection AF as well as numerous other features that it shares with its higher end sibling. The a65 is unique in its market segment. On paper, the a65 is a significantly more interesting camera in some respects than its peers like the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D7000.
Of particular interest is Sony’s SLT (single lens translucent) design, with its ability to offer DSLR-style autofocus in live view, having eliminated the need for a prism and flip-up mirror. As a result, this allows for a higher shooting rate and a more silent operation, as well as real-time live view. In addition, without the mirror/prism design of traditional DSLRs, the A65 pushes the technology considerably further, with the introduction of a high-resolution XGA OLED electronic viewfinder.
Having used the Sony a65 during the past year, in a variety of shooting situations, with a number of different Sony lens, I have come to admire its competent capabilities. The camera feels superbly in the hand, the electronic viewfinder (EVF), with its excellent refresh rate, is brighter and clearer than an optical viewfinder, and the on-board menus are clearly displayed. It’s the perfect blend of camera and computer in one package optimized for the aspiring photographer.