I have just updated my Sony alpha 9 to alpha 65. The alpha 65 is not the top of the line. The body is $500 as compared to $2800 for the mirrorless RX1R. Nonetheless, this upgrade has a staggering number of new possible settings and is 24MP compared to 12MP on the alpha 9.
Does anyone remember the days only 15-20 years ago when a new camera had six setting options: aperture, speed, program or manual priorities, the ISO and a + or – for adjusting the exposure for backlighting or to achieve high key or darker photographs.
When I push the “menu” button on the Sony alpha 65 and page through it, I find a Pandora’s box of setting choices. I’ve counted over 100 different possible settings. So we’ve gone from six to more than 100 options.
Camera designers do not ask photographers if they can realistically use the vast number of options. However, with the computer chip the possibility to build into the camera an obscenely difficult number of settings is achievable, so they do it.
On my first trip with the alpha 65 abroad to southern France, suddenly, the camera began making the images three f-stops too bright. I compensated by setting the + and – exposure control three stops on the dark side and said, “Darn, I have to return the camera to Sony for correction or a replacement camera.” Read more