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Availability Alert: Sony A65 at Amazon, B&H and Adorama

Sony A65 SLT

Sony A65 24.3 MP Translucent Mirror Digital SLR With 18-55mm Lens @ $999 is available at Amazon, Amazon UK, B&H and Adorama.

Sony A65 features 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor, 10fps of shooting speed, ISO from 100 to 16000  and world’s first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920×1080 resolution.

See Sony A65 Recommended Lenses and Sony A65 vs Canon T3i / 600D vs Nikon D5100.

Sony A77 and A65 Firmware Update

Sony AsiaSony A77 and A65 Firmware update is announced by Sony, Download the Update for Sony A77(here) and Sony A65(here)

Improvements after firmware upgrade
Support flash control function for Micro Twin Flash Kit, HVL-MT24AM.
Improved response time of the following operation,
– Switching the screen mode between the LCD monitor and the electronic viewfinder
– Front and Rear control dial
– Fn button control
Other functional improvement.

Sony A65 Recommended Lenses

List of recommended lenses for Sony A65 camera, read the article below and share your thoughts and question with us. A quick reminder to A65 features: Sony A65 feature same sensor as Sony A77 and NEX 7, the Alpha 65 features in body Image stabilization and ISO range from 100 to 16000, you get clear and sharp images even in low light shooting. Addtional features include Hand-held Twilight mode, The new processor captures captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity.
Buy Sony A65 from Amazon, Amazon UK B&H and Adorama.

Recommended all-purpose lens for Sony A65

Sony SAL18250 Alpha DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3
Recommended 18-250mm lens for Sony A77
A good upgrade over your kit lens, This lens covers a long range and you rarely need to change to another lens, AF is quite fast and images are sharp. the lens is highly recommended for travel / wedding / event photographers, the 18-250mm lens gives you a better option compared to buying a Sony Alpha camera with 18-55mm kit lens and 55-200mm.
The Good: Covers a wide range, image quality better than the kit lens, Drawback: Bit pricy.
Buy 18-250mm Alpha DT Lens from Amazon USA || Amazon UK

Recommended Zoom Lens for Sony A65

Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM DT (Budget Zoom Lens)
Sony 55-250mm Zoom Lens for Sony A77
The Sony 55-200mm lens is the most affordable telephoto zoom lens by Sony, 55-200mm have built-in Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) and features ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass to reduce chromatic aberration at telephoto extension.
The Good: Affordable and light weight, Drawback nothing bad here, you get same image quality as your kit lens.
Buy Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM DT from Amazon USA || Amazon UK

Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom Lens (Budget Zoom Lens)
Zoom lenses for Sony A77
The 75-300mm features very less distortion and provides extra zoom range compared to 55-200mm, SONY 75-300mm Telephoto lens is priced well and will provide excellent performance.
The Good: Affordable, Nice image quality even at 300mm.
Buy Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens from Amazon USA || Amazon UK

Recommended Portrait Lens for Sony A65

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT Lens (Budget Portrait lens)
sony 50mm F1.8 Portrait Lens for Sony A77
The 50mm F1.8 gives excellent image quality, The 50mm F1.8 is the best affordable portrait lens from Sony. Good for low light and portrait shooting.
The Good: Affordable, sharp image, you get nice color and contrast with a nice blurred background(bokeh).
Buy Sony 50mm F1.8 Lens from Amazon USA || Amazon UK

Recommended Macro Lens for Sony A65

Sony SAL30M28 DT 30mm f/2.8 SAM Macro (budget lens)
Sony 30mm Macro Lens for Sony A77The 30mm Budget Macro Lens from Sony, It take very sharp pictures with very nice and smooth blurred background. The 1:1 subject to projection size ratio gives life-size renditions of photographed elements.
The Good: Affordable Macro Lens, It take clear & Very sharp images with good color and contrast, highly recommended.
Buy 30mm F2.8 Lens from Amazon USA || Amazon UK

Sony A77 and A65 New Firmware Update Coming Soon

sony a77 firmware updateSony A77 and Sony A65 firmware update are coming soon, Sony Taiwan (google translated) announced that new firmware update for A77 and A65 coming on mid-October 2011 with the following improvments

1 Macro-head flash support group] [HVL-MT24AM control functions.
2 To improve the response time
– Switching LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder of the reaction time
– Reaction time before and after the control dial
– Fn function key control
3. Other functional improvements

We hope the other functional improvements should resolve the Sony A77 Firmware Problem (V1.02)

See more – Sony A65 vs Canon T3i / 600D vs Nikon D5100
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Sony A65 vs Canon T3i / 600D vs Nikon D5100

Sony A65 vs Canon T3i 600D vs Nikon D5100 mid range entry level DSLR comparisonSony A65 vs Canon T3i / 600D vs Nikon D5100, See comparison review of all the three camera and select your best (mid-range) entry level DSLR.

Siny A65 vs Nikon D5100 vs Canon 600D T3i Specification table

Sony A65 have more megapixel, More AF points with fast phase detect system maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony A65 features world’s shortest release time lag at only 0.05 seconds. The ISO range in normal mode can be extended upto 12800, 10 fps of fast Continuous shooting, better movie mode with Continuous AF during video recording.

Conclusion: Sony A65 is a clear winner of mid-range entry level DSLR camera.

Buy Sony A65 from Amazon || Buy Canon T3i / 600D from Amazon || Buy Nikon D5100 from Amazon

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See best entry Level DSLR camera || Sony A77 vs Canon 60D vs Nikon D7000

Sony Alpha A65

The Sony A65 is a entry level mid-range DSLR, Soon we will post comparison review of Sony A65 with Canon 600D / T3i and Nikon D5100, most of the core specification of Sony A65 is similar to Sony A77, The new Sony Alpha have 15-point AF with three cross sensors, 24.3 MP exmor CMOS sensor, OLED viewfinder, HD Movie mode with AVCHD 60p/60i/24p, 921K dot Tru-Black Tilt/swivel LCD screen and Up to 560 Shots of battery life.

Pre-order Sony A65 With 18-55mm Lens at Amazon

Sony A77, Sony A65, NEX 7, and NEX-5N Specification Leaked

Sony Alpha A77 Specification

Sony a77 specs:

  • 24.3 MP Exmor CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-16000, with an ISO 50 option
  • Video recording at 1920 x 1080 60p/24p
  • New Bionz image processor
  • 19 points AF sensor with 11 cross sensors
  • Continuous AF during video recording
  • Built-in image stabilization
  • 12 fps with continuous AF
  • 1/8000 shutter speed
  • New smart teleconverter function with 1.4x and 2.0x option
  • OLED viewfinder with 100% coverage
  • 921k tiltable LCD
  • 11 picture modes and 15 picture effects
  • Built-in flash
  • GPS support
  • 2D/3D sweep panorama function
  • Face recognition
  • Battery life: over 500 shots
  • Weather sealed magnesium alloy body
  • Weight: less than 700 g
  • New option vertical grip

Sony a65 specs:

  • Similar body design like the a77
  • 15 points AF sensor with 3 cross sensors
  • 10 fps
  • Max shutter: 1/4000 sec
  • Weight: less than 600 g
  • Remaining specs similar to a77

Sony NEX-7 specs:

  • 24.3 MP Exmor sensor
  • ISO range: 100-16000
  • 1920×1080 60p/60i/24p AVCHD video recording
  • XGA OLED viewfinder
  • 3″ 921k dots TruBlack LCD display
  • 10 fps
  • HDR functionality
  • Built-in flash
  • Battery life: over 400 shots
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Improved startup time and AF speed

Sony NEX-5N specs:

  • 16.1 MP Exmor senor
  • Bionz processor
  • max shutter speed; 1/4000
  • ISO range: 100-25600
  • 1920×1080 60p/60i/24p AVCHD video recording
  • 10 fps
  • 10x digital zoom
  • 3D sweep panorama
  • Anti dust system
  • Programmable buttons
  • Battery life: over 430 shots
  • Weight: around 200 g