Summary: This is a excellent camera and it takes great pictures. I recommend getting one of the after-market manuals for the model. It is a complex device with many features and capabilities. But it works great, even in the Auto modes.
Summary: I bought this as a surprise gift for my husband because it was compatible with some lenses he already had that went to an old 35mm camera. He is a very good photographer, and he figured out all of the bells and whistles this camera offers quickly and easily. The pictures he has taken with it are portrait quality. I am not typically a good photographer, but the quality of the photos that I have taken is astounding as well! The 24.3MP's are great!
Summary: This is a really nice camera. I have been taking pictures for 45 plus years and use this camera to produce really great photography. It has a very rich feature set, take great detail pictures that are accurately color balanced. You have some really great options with this camera as it offers a wealth features to aid in doing almost any type of photography you want. To me the result is a great picture whether taken in raw or J-Peg.
Summary: Okay so I purchased this around February, I have to say this is the biggest step I have every taken from beginners to a higher end camera for photography and film making and I'm glad I made the perfect choice to upgrade from a beginners Dslr like the Nikon D3100 to this puppy the A65 and its beastliness!
Summary: have had this camera for 1.5 years and have been very frustrated with the (lack of) quality of the pictures. Back focus is a major problem with this camera and unlike the higher end cameras it cannot be adjusted by the user. Sony service is dismissive and simply will refer you to a Sony web page that tells you how to test for back focus problems. It is telling that there actually is a Sony page for this problem!
Summary: Picture/Video quality: Coming from a Canon Rebel XSI and having a friend who bought a Nikon D5100 recently I have some decent comparisons. I'm an amatuer and don't wanna mess with RAW which means my initial impression was based on JPG quality. My primary use is home movies and pics of my kids, mostly indoors/low light. With the default settings I was very disappointed with the results in mid-low light (Firmware 1.03).