I have had the Sony A65 with 35 f/1.8 SAM lens in my hands for about 2 hours. As a direct competitor to the Canon T4i and a DSLR with technology you don’t currently see from Canon and Nikon e.g. a translucent mirror, I was very curious to see how it compared to the T4i and the D5100.
First thoughts and some sample photos
- You need to read the manual, you need to take the time to explore the options offered by this camera to get the best shot possible -that said, it seems to be capable of gorgeous shots (see broccoli below) I also have some shots that seem to have loads of noise at low ISOs and I can’t figure out why yet.
- The viewfinder is completely digital and can be used to navigate the menus, review shots and of course compose your image – you have various helpful overlays and information that can be displayed over your composition
- I am not crazy about the ergonomics, the placement of the wheel on the front of the grip feels awkward and the finger bump in the grip is more annoying than helpful
- At times the camera almost seems buggy, I think this is partially me not know what all the options are but I haven’t ever experienced anything like that on Canon or Nikon.
- Auto focus for stills seems a tiny bit slower than Canon T4i. Auto focus during video is faster and more accurate than on the Canon T4i but still doesn’t match camcorder like focus – truthfully I have only played with this for a few minutes, this is a very early impression.
- The SAM (smooth Auto Focus) is not nearly as quiet as Canon’s 40 STM or 18-135 STM and can be heard focusing during filming
- I am not crazy about the LCD hinge placement – if you have a tripod it will be blocked from viewing at the front of the camera. T4i lcd swings out from the side and is not blocked
- I feel like I am being a bit picky a bit early on in my assessment of this camera but the number of times I have pushed a button and been told NO NOT AVAILABLE in this mode is making me frustrated but then I look at that Broccoli photo again and am blown away, the details is stunning AND that was a JPEG shot in all AUTO mode.
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