Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Winner
Sony SLT-A65

76

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Canon EOS 600D

58

Canon EOS 600D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.4 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.6 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1500 ms vs 2800 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The 600D has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lowest price
Cheaper
$491.04 vs $600.00
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The best price we've seen is $109 cheaper (around 20% less)
Weight
Lighter
570 g vs 622 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but 600D does so at a lower frame rate
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.53x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Better image quality
74.0 vs 65.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Color depth
Better color depth
23.4 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
138 ms vs 283 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A65's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A65's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Focus points
More focus points
15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Longer battery life
510 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size
Slightly smaller
132x97x81 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              600D:3.1"
              SLT A65:3.2"
              Size Large Help
              600D:133x99x79 mm
              SLT A65:132x97x81 mm
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              600D:1500 ms
              SLT A65:2800 ms
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              600D:1
              SLT A65:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D:793 ISO
              SLT A65:717 ISO

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $998 - $1,050 with 16-50mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Significantly larger
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $601 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              Rifathoxygen (6:30 AM, June 08, 2012)
              can u tell me what is the price of nikon d3200 and is it better then sony a65 ??????? 
              and which 1 is better for video day and night?
               
              Avatar for Brix Bonhoc Brix Bonhoc (3:44 AM, March 10, 2012)
              Sony a65 is the Best! :]
               
              Michael9413 (0:20 AM, January 24, 2012)
              Just to let you know there isn't such a price gap in my Country... Malaysia...
              Both camera is in the region of USD1000 (MYR3000)