Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Sony SLT-A65

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Sony SLT A65

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

83

Sony SLT-A65

76

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,815 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.6 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift

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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2800 ms
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7x less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the SLT A65
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality
Better image quality
79.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Lens availability
More lenses available
156 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Battery life
Longer battery life
850 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Almost the same
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
138 ms vs 206 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Size
Smaller
132x97x81 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 21 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$553.45 vs $2,175.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,622 cheaper (3.9x less)
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
Weight
Lighter
622 g vs 850 g
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Around 30% lighter
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.71x
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark II1
              SLT A653
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              5D Mark II9
              SLT A6515
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $891 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $815 - $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $679 body only

              $800 - $900 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $619 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $569 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,249 with 24-70mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,885 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Lower true resolution

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $412 - $448 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

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,238 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $543 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              GPS No built-in GPS
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $647 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
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $875 - $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

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