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Sony Alpha SLT-A77 and Sony Alpha SLT-A65 DSLRs Unveiled

by Mike Perlman | August 23, 2011August 23, 2011 10:40 pm PST
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Sony a77

Sony is revitalizing its Translucent Mirror DSLR lineup today with the announcement of the Sony SLT-A77 (α77) and SLT-A65 (α65). Both DSLR models are equipped with some killer upgrades in the realm of speed and image quality, beginning with the Sony α77’s 24.3-megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, which is also handed down to Sony’s new mirrorless king, the Sony α NEX-7. BIONZ processing helps the α77’s sensor attain a max ISO sensitivity of 16,000. The α77 also receives a more precise 19-point Autofocus system with 11 cross sensors while the α65 recieves a 15-point system with 3 cross sensors.

Both cameras feature improved full-time phase-detection AF during burst shooting. In fact, the α77 can capture a reported 12 frames per second at full resolution while the α65 is capable of 10fps. The α77 and α65 DSLRs will flaunt Sony’s fancy OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder with a whopping 2,359-pixel (XGA) resolution and 100% frame coverage. This advanced viewfinder can preview effects of adjusting exposure, white balance and other settings in real time.

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Sony a65

Both the Sony α77 and α65 will be able to capture 1080 60p Full HD AVCHD video in addition to 24p. Like Sony’s top mirrorless camera, the α NEX-7, both new DSLRs will have manual focus and full adjustability of manual controls, including P/A/S/M in Video mode. The α77 and α65 boast an adjustable-angle 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD screen with a 921,000-pixel resolution. The α77’s LCD will be adjustable three ways via a pivot while the α65’s will be adjustable two ways.

Both DSLRs will be able to take a minor pounding with magnesium alloy bodies and sealed external controls. However, the α77 gets a new shutter unit that has been tested up to 150,000 cycles with a minimum speed of 1/8000, in addition to onboard GPS.

The Sony α77 is set to ship for $2,000 with new SAL1650 f/2.8 kits lens, or $1400 for the body only. The SAL1650 lens will be available for about $700 while the new VG-C77AM vertical grip will retail for around $300. Meanwhile, the Sony α65 will be available in a kit with standard 18-55mm lens for around $1,000 or body only for $900. All of the above is expected to ship this October.

 


Mike Perlman

Mike Perlman grew up in Nintendo Land and developed a relationship with all things electronic and nerdy early on in his childhood career. Today,...

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