Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Sony SLT A65

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Sony SLT-A65

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
120 ms shutter lag
Many focus points
Focus points
61
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has excellent image quality: 1.7 f-stops higher ISO than the SLT A65
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
500 ms vs 2800 ms
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5.6x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
41 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points
Many more focus points
61 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens availability
More lenses available
165 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
950 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's maximum light sensitivity is 1.4 f-stops better
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
120 ms vs 138 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Size
Smaller
132×97×81 mm vs 152×116×76 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
622 g vs 950 g
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More than 30% lighter
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lowest price
Cheaper
$592.93 vs $2,239.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,647 cheaper (3.8x less)
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 22.3 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.71x
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III120 ms
              SLT A65138 ms
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
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              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,698 body only

              $1,398 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 5DS

              Canon EOS 5DS

              Pro DSLR

              $3,699 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,379 - $1,699 body only

              $1,649 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $948 body only

              $1,548 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              GPS No built-in GPS
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Size Larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

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