Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 700D vs Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

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Sony SLT-A65

72

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Canon EOS 650D

58

Canon EOS 650D

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
700 ms startup delay
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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
Movie format Lower 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
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 74.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.6 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.53x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Shutter lag Significantly 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
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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 0.3 f-stops better
Size Slightly smaller 132x97x81 mm vs 133x99x78 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $675.44 vs $719.99
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The best price we've seen is $45 cheaper (around 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              650D:3.1"
              SLT A65:3.2"
              Size Large Help
              650D:133x99x78 mm
              SLT A65:132x97x81 mm
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              650D:722 ISO
              SLT A65:717 ISO

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              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,221 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $697 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 - $567 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $679 - $847 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 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 650D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 650D.

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 body only

              $1,398 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

              $861 with 18-55mm lens

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

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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