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

Sony SLT A65 vs Canon EOS 650D

Winner
Sony SLT-A65

75

Canon EOS 650D

58

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 650D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 650D

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
700 ms vs 2800 ms
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4x 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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
575 g vs 622 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Color depth
Better color depth
23.4 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.53x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but 650D does so at a lower frame rate
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
74.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
138 ms vs 269 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$592.93 vs $1,413.15
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The best price we've seen is $820 cheaper (2.4x less)
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A65's maximum light sensitivity is 0.6 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus 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
              650D3.1"
              SLT A653.2"
              Size Large Help
              650D133×100×79 mm
              SLT A65132×97×81 mm
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              650D12,800 ISO
              SLT A6516,000 ISO
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              650D722 ISO
              SLT A65717 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $948 body only

              $1,548 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              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 significantly faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Size Significantly larger
              Startup delay More startup delay

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              Avatar for Tumanbay Tumanbay (5:36 AM, September 08, 2012)
              I have the A65 and i must admit that the flip out screen in the A65 is a bit awkward when using it because it is flipping down and not like the Canon to the side. Because when filming/ still shooting it is impossible to "self-shooting" when the A65 i placed on a tripod cause its screen is flipping downwards! So guys have this in mind because I really miss, wish it was like the Canon 500,550,650 etc in right this point. But in many other ways A65 still has significantly better features than 650D