I recently had the chance to upgrade my not very old Sony A55 to a more recent A65 so I thought I'd post some pictures.
While being more of a pain to travel with than the NEX series, it does have the advantage of having a wide range of lenses currently available and for me the ability to use the ones I already have.
So far it's been used on a liveaboard in Thailand and on a land based dive trip to both Gangga Island and Kasawari Lembeh near to Manado in Indonesia, so most of the pictures are taken with either a 70mm or 105mm lens. I have used wider in Thailand but it was getting close to the end of season and the visibility was not as good as February (using the A55).
The camera works well, even some of the more unusual features such as stitch panorama produce good results with the limitation that they record JPEGS and not RAW.
HD Video recording is also good, but let down by my serious lack of video skills and inability to produce a short video that's less than 23MB in size. I'm sure with some practice then these skills will improve.
There were some changes from the A55 that pleasantly surprised me, the bigger battery means it's no problem leaving the camera in the housing all day long even with 3 photo crazy dives per day in Indonesia.
TTL is also available (in combination with Ike) when shooting with the camera in manual, and you can apply exposure compensation to the rear LCD so when in camera manual it's still possible to see the image on the screen even at 1/160 F22 when the strobes are switched on. (I don't use the viewfinder).
There are many things still to explore with the camera, but if you are thinking of going with the "bigger" route then it's a great option.
Here are the pictures…
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