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Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

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Take your photography to the next level with this Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens. Featuring Sony's groundbreaking Translucent Mirror Technology, you can focus and shoot simultaneously for fast, precise performance and continuous shooting of up to 10 frames per second, complete with continuous auto focus. View setting adjustments in real time with a Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder, and choose from three HD movie modes-super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or richly cinematic 24p-to optimize the look and feel of your videos (records in 29-minute segments).

  • 2nd Generation Translucent Mirror Design - Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. Sony changes all that with the award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology system. It directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously.
  • World's first OLED viewfinder - There's never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. It begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.
  • Full-time Phase Detection AF - You get fast, accurate auto focus in every mode-even HD Movie and Live View-thanks to Sony's exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology. While Contrast Detection Auto Focus often hunts for correct focus, Phase Detection AF knows exactly where correct focus is, and goes straight for it.
  • Object Tracking AF - Locks onto a specified object and maintains focus even as the subject moves. Unpredictable subjects stay in focus even while zooming. You can concentrate on composition without worrying about focus.
  • Handheld Twilight mode - Get gorgeous shots at night without a tripod. Combines six frames into a single image for smooth, low-noise evening shots. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Sweep Panorama Mode - Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together.
  • 921K dot TruBlack LCD screen - Sony's 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further.
  • AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) mode - Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) - Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.
  • HDMI output for HD viewing - Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output. In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote.
  • Advanced Anti-Dust Technology - Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.
  • APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor - With 19.5 times the area of the typical camcorder image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between amateur and professional-looking video, delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
  • Face Detection and Registration - The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of people. Can prioritize children or adults. Face Registration can remember friends and family members and prioritize them.
  • 24.3 MP; best-in-class resolution - You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to an APS-C sensor with 24.3 megapixels. It's the worlds's first 24.3MP APS-C DSLR.
  • HD Movies at 60p, 60i, or 24p - Capture spectacular HD Movies4. This is the world's first DSLR to offer a choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. AVCHD Progressive codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.
  • Full-Time Live View in LCD or EVF - You can use both the LCD monitor and OLED Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots in Live View. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.
  • 6-image layering - Leverages the fast BIONZ processor to capture six images in a fraction of a second, and then combine the data. The result is one incredible single image that gets a cleaner result in Multi-Frame NR mode or sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.
  • Auto HDR built into camera - Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle-and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Shot Result Preview - See the results before you take the shot. This preview takes the guesswork out of camera settings by showing the effects of the aperture, shutter and DRO settings on the depth of field, motion and dynamic range.
  • Main Sensor Quick AF Live View - Combines the fast focus of Phase Detection AF with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony

Essential Accessories

  • SanDisk - 16GB Extreme UHS-I U3 SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
    Originally $17.95
    $0.65 in Rebate(s)
  • SanDisk - 32GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
    Originally $34.05
    $4.25 in Rebate(s)
  • Hoya - 55mm EVO UV (0) Filter
  • Hoya - 55mm EVO Circular Polarizer Filter
  • Promaster - NP-FM500H XtraPower Lithium Ion Replacement Batter for Sony Alpha DSLR Cameras
  • Sony - NP-FM500H Rechargeable M Series Info-Lithium Battery for Sony Alpha DSLR Cameras
  • AMT - 3 Year Accidental Damage Plan - For Items Valued $750-$999.99
  • Sony - LCD Protective Sheet for a65 DSLR
  • Sony - ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone
  • Purosol - 1oz. Optical Lens Cleaning Kit
Digital SLRs Information
Effective Megapixels 24.3
Megapixels 24 Megapixels
Sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
Sensitivity Auto (ISO 100-1600); Selectable ISO100 - 16000 equivalent
Storage Media SD/Memory Stick
Compatible Memory Card Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Secure Digital (SD/SDHC, SDXC) Card
Lens Mount A-mount
LCD Monitor Type TFT Xtra Fine LCD with TruBlack technology
LCD Screen Size 3.0"
Connectivity USB 2.0 High Speed & Mini HDMI
Lens Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Viewfinder 0.50 XGA OLED EVF (Electronic viewfinder)
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 to 30 sec.
Exposure Modes AUTO,AUTO Advanced (AUTO+), Scene Selection (SCN), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama (3D), Continuous Advance Priority AE (10fps), Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
Built-in Sync Contact Hotshoe
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 to 30 sec.
Built-in Flash Yes: Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless, Off
Battery NP-FM500H Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Dimensions 5.20 x 3.84 x 3.18" / 132.1 x 97.5 x 80.7 mm Excluding protrusions
Weight 1 lb 3.1 oz (543g)
Auto Focus TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)
Flash Type Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Red Eye Reduction yes
Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous (Hi: up to 8fps,Low: up to 3fps) Continuous Priority AE (10fps)
Weather Proof no
Image Stabilization yes
White Balance Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White) , Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Video Resolution 1080 HD
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/4000s
Lens Information
Lens Type Zoom
Focal Length 18 - 55 mm, Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm
Aperture Range f/3.5 - f/36
Minimum Focusing Distance 9.84" (24.99 cm)
Filter Size 55 mm
Groups 7
Elements 8
Length 2.72"
Maximum Diameter 2.74"
Weight 7.41 oz (210 g)
  • Lens Cap
  • Rechargable Battery (NP-FM500H)
  • Battery Charger
  • Body Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Warranty
Average Ratings - Out of 2 Reviews
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Robert S. from Sulphur Springs, TX on April 12, 2013:
I have previously owned this camera, so I already know what I think of it. I have Canon equipment, but when I bought the camera originally, I found myself enjoying taking pictures again. The a65 has so many nifty features, yet is so easy to use after you get it set up the way you want it, it just invites you to use it. One thing in particular I might mention: My Canon 7D with its large 17-55 f2.8 lens tends to cause people to stiffen up a little when they see it pointed at them. With the a65, you can use the LCD (in a P&S facsimile), and people seem to accept the camera as just another p&s, thus relaxing. You need a fairly new computer to handle the 24mpix files though. Anyway, I do like it a lot!
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Brian H. from New Market, MN on January 25, 2013:
I got this camera on sale at an excellent price, but tt would have been a great camera at full price. I am new to DSLR cameras, this was my first, so I spent considerable time researching the available options. My primary interest is for still photography, but I was interested in having the ability to take good video as well, mostly for home movies. The other two cameras that I was comparing to were the Canon T4i and Panasonic GH2. I eliminated the GH2 simply because stills were a higher priority for me. The Canon was very tempting, but I was swayed by the reviews of the Sony's live view capabilities, full-time phase detection AF, and its OLED viewfinder. I was unsure how I would like the screen's bottom-mounted articulation, but so far it hasn't bothered me. With the kit lens, the microphone does pick up the AF motor when taking videos, but I don't expect it to be much of a bother. I also like that the A65 has built in GPS and accepts Minolta AF lenses (which can be found at very reasonable prices). Time will tell, but so far I am extremely happy with the purchase.
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