Summary: Overall I highly recommend this camera. I was looking for a camera that would take good pictures and great video. I did a research on many cameras and I decided to go with the sony a65. It has tons of feautures, it is light and feels good on the hand. The only think that I don't like is that sometimes when you try to take many pictures fast it freezes and you have to turn it off and on. besides that problem i think it is a good camera.
Summary: I bought this strictly for video work but I have to return it and get the A77. I really liked this camera though. It shares the same large sensor as Sony's NEX-VG30H $2,700 semi-pro video camera. Problem: The LCD flip out screen only turns to face outward from below. If the camera is on a tripod it's almost useless if you're in front of the camera. I knew that before I bought it but I thought I could get by and line up shots before stepping out front.
Excerpt: As a photo hobbyist, this camera has not let me down. The kit lens are acceptable, but I upgraded to better glass with even better results. Several of my prints have received awards with many getting the comments like "WOW, that's a great picture". I've effectively used the 10 frames a second continuous shooting feature to capture some sequenced actions shots that told the story with great emotion.
Summary: Just got this camera a few weeks ago and took it on a trip. We shot mostly in automatic - no flash mode and the majority of the pictures came out beautifully. Some looked downright professional! The one complaint I have about is the menus feel a bit scattered to me. You really have to dig around to find a mode or operation you are looking for. And when you find it, it isn't a simple matter of remembering next time.
Excerpt: Its been a year since I got the Sony SLT-A65, and I have really enjoyed using the camera. I moved up from a compact camera the Canon S90. After many weeks of research online, the shortlist came down to the Canon 60D and the SLT-A65. I was a little unsure of the Sony DSLR lineup but now I am really comfortable with a full Sony system.
Excerpt: I also own an A55 and this replaced my A100. I really like this camera. It's IQ is outstanding especially below iso 1600. It is equal to the A55 at iso 1600 and above which means it's good for an APS-C camera if not outstanding. Since 95% of my photography is below iso 3200 and never above iso 3200 it fits my needs perfectly in that regard. That said a good 8x10 can be made from an iso 6400 photo.
Excerpt: Great EVF what you see is what you get, immediate feedback to manual override. Light body but good ergonomics. Fast enough AF and great speed 10fps when needed. (very usable 8fps with continuous focus) Noisy at all iso much more than my A850 but stay up to iso800 and setting the right jpg customization you'll get great shots enjoying in camera HDR, Sweep Panorama, Peak Focus for MF.