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Body Elements

The A65's rear LCD screen is articulated along its bottom edge, and can be swivelled around 270 degrees. This makes low and high-angled video/still shooting much easier but can cause issues when the camera is mounted on a tripod.
With the lens removed, we're looking straight down the A65's throat, at (or rather through) it's semi-transparent mirror. The cluster of faint glass bead-like objects you can see in the centre of this view is the reflection of the A65's 15-point AF array, which is positioned in the roof of the camera, above the mirror. The faint green rectangle in the centre of this view is the A65's exposed 24MP CMOS sensor.
The A65 features a conventional mid-range Alpha-style AF/MF switch on the lens throat (as opposed to the more traditional AF mode dial featured on the A77 and earlier A700).
The A65's combined SD/Memory Stick card bay is positioned on the right of the camera, in the aft-most, non-rubberized portion of the hand grip.
The A65's main rear control point is a simple four-way controller (diagonal input is not possible) on whose cardinal points are dedicated controls for display mode, advance/timer mode, creative effects filters and white balance.
Above it is the all-important 'Fn' button which activates a very useful on-screen quick menu for easy access to key shooting settings.
The A65's stereo microphone is built into the camera's top plate, between the hot shoe and flash housing.
And if we turn the A65 over, we can see the battery bay, home to the 7.V, 11.8Wh NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery.

Interestingly, Sony claims slightly better battery life from this battery in the A65 compared to the A77 - 510 shots with the EVF, and 560 with the LCD (CIPA standard).
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bondarensa
By bondarensa (9 months ago)

shot with this camera, incl. Scene Mode "Sunset" with no post processing:
http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/bondarensa/view/711411/?page=0

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