Sony Adds Two New DSLRs SLT-A77 and SLT-A65 to Alpha Series Lineup

Submitted by lalit on August 24, 2011 - 6:17pm.

Sony today announced two new DSLRs SLT-A77 and SLT-A65 featuring newly developed 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, as well as the world’s first XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder. Sony’s latest refinements to its Translucent Mirror Technology and next generation of Sony’s BIONZ image processing engine make these cameras the fastest and most responsive interchangeable lens cameras in their class, according to Sony.

The successor to Sony’s A700 DSLR, the A77 offers world’s fastest continuous autofocus shooting performance, capturing a burst of full resolution, 24-megapixel images at 12 frames per second with full-time phase-detection AF. The A65 achieves similarly 10fps shooting speed.

The A77 has 19-point autofocus system and sensitivity range of ISO 100-16000, which can be expanded down to ISO 50. The A77 also adds front and rear control dials for intuitive fingertip operation and a separate top-mounted LCD data display. A new shutter unit on the α77 is tested up to 150,000 cycles and supports an ultra-fast minimum 1/8000 sec shutter speed (1/250 sec flash sync). On-board GPS allows automatic geo-tagging of photos and video clips with location data.

The A65 has 15-point autofocus, onboard GPS and fixed sensitivity range of ISO 100-16000. It lacks the front control dial, flash sync socket and top-mounted LCD display. The minimum shutter speed on A65 is 1/4000. Both new models can capture Full HD video at 60p (progressive) frame rates – incorporating the recently introduced AVCHD Progressive (Ver. 2.0) format. Also, 24p shooting is available for capturing beautiful cinematic video footage. Manual focusing and P/A/S/M exposure modes, familiar to creative filmmakers, also can provide enhanced control during video shooting.

The new A77 Translucent Mirror interchangeable lens camera will be available in a kit with the new SAL1650 f2.8 lens for about $2000, and offered as body-only for about $1400. The new α65 Translucent Mirror interchangeable lens camera will be available in a kit with a standard 18-55mm lens (SAL1855) for about $1000, and offered as body-only for about $900.