Our results from the lab have been compared against the Sony Alpha 55, Canon EOS 60D and Nikon D5100 all available in kits at a similar price.

Raw files – while considerably noisier than the A65's JPEGs – make the most of the level of detail that the sensor retains at the higher settings, offering plenty of scope to clean up shots and make the most of their potential.

Resolution charts

As part of our image quality testing for the Sony Alpha 65, we've shot our resolution chart with the DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 SAM lens fitted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Sony Alpha 65 is capable of resolving up to around 24 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 100
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 100

JPEG images

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 100
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 200
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 400
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 800
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 1600
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 3200
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 6400
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 12800
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 16 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 16000
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 16000

ISO 16000, score: 16 (see full image)

Raw images

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 100
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 200
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 400
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 800
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 24 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 1600
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 22 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 3200
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 6400
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 12800
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 16 (see full image)

Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 16000
Sony alpha 65 review: resolution iso 16000

ISO 16000, score: 16 (see full image)