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1 . The A65's LCD monitor uses a different mechanism than the A77's. It can be used to compose self-portraits. 2. A built-in stereo microphone offers advanced noise reduction. 3. The unique eye-level XGA OLED Tru-Finder lets you do live-view still and video shooting with the camera at your eye and provides much better image quality than LCD-based EVFs.

Sony SLT-A65

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $899 (body only)


INTRODUCED
8/2011
The new A77's "little brother," the A65 is an entry-level model that features the same remarkable 24.3-megapixel sensor, still-image quality, excellent video capabilities (including continuous AF while shooting) and XGA OLED Tru-Finder eye-level electronic viewfinder, but in a smaller package (albeit still larger than the first SLT cameras). There's a 3.0-inch, 921,000-dot articulated LCD monitor, but the mechanism is simpler than the A77's. The A65 also lacks the A77's weather and dust sealing.

While it features the same 24.3-megapixel sensor, the A65 is a little slower than its big brother. It can shoot those big files at "only" 10 fps (12 fps for the A77)—again, with continuous phase-detection AF. The A65's AF system has 15 points rather than the A77's 19, with three cross-type points vs. 11 for the A77. Note that these 12 and 10 fps rates are in Continuous Advance Priority AE, which requires the lens to be at ƒ/3.5 (or its maximum aperture, if slower than ƒ/3.5). Both cameras can do 8 fps at any aperture.

The A65's top shutter speed is 1/4000 sec. (1/8000 sec. for the A77), with a top flash-sync speed of 1/160 sec. (1/250 sec. for the A77). The A65 also has a slightly less powerful built-in flash: GN 10 (vs. GN 12) at ISO 100.

Like the A77, the A65 offers sensor-shift image stabilization that works with all lenses, automatic correction of vignetting, distortion and chromatic aberrations, and a variety of special Picture Effects. Other useful Sony features include 2D and 3D Sweep Panorama, three-shot Auto HDR, Multi-Frame Noise Reduction and Handheld Twilight.

One advantage of the eye-level EVF vs. a DSLR's optical finder (besides providing eye-level viewing for video as well as still shooting) is that the EVF can display lots of information when desired and preview the effects of camera settings.

STANDOUT FEATURE: The same 24-megapixel sensor as the A77 for $500 less.

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