Whenever Luminous Landscapes posts a review (or preview in this case) I am very glad to link to it because I think they make a very good job by giving a real photographer point of view about the new cameras. Click here to read their latest A65 first impression article.
LL likes the new EVF: “(It) is really a game changer, and compared to a small and dim DSLR finder is likely to be preferred. Compared to an optical viewfinder like the one on the A900 it may be another story though. The A900′s vewfinder and prism remain about as good as it gets.” but they don’t recommend to buy the A65 with the kit lens: “The high image quality that the A65 is capable of simply won’t be able to shine through if one is limited to this lens.”
LL tested the A65 with a pre-production firmware V1.02. The good news is that “Certainly ISOs from 100 through and including 1600 are essentially noise free in any sized print.”. Than they compared the A65 with the A900: “At ISO 100 the A65 shows somewhat more noise at 100% on-screen than the A900, which is essentially noise free. The A65′s noise is absolutely invisible in three quarter to mid-tones, and completely invisible in normal sized prints in any part of the tonal range, but in the quarter tones on screen there definitely is some luminance noise visible.”
About the video quality: “I have noted that so-called jello-cam (rolling shutter) seems to be almost non-existent on both cameras. I will be meeting with Sony factory engineers shortly and look forward to an opportunity to find out what is going on with this new sensor.”
There is a lot more info to read on LL so please take time to read the full article (Click here).
Thanks again LL for your nice work!!!
And here are the preorder search links. As usual click on the store name to see if they do offer a preorder option and to check the price:
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
A77 (the more expensive big brother) at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
And here are the new NEX cameras and lenses:
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
P.S.: The Sony A900 links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay