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

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.6 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 2800 ms
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7x 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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
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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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Thickness 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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Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 10 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 24 MP vs 21 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 132x97x81 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Focus points Slightly more focus points 15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points Slightly more cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Weight Significantly lighter 622 g vs 850 g
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Around 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 $798.00 vs $2,499.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,701 cheaper (3.1x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.71x
              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
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              Focus points Few focus points Help
              5D Mark II:9
              SLT A65:15

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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $641 - $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 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
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,103 body only

              $1,298 with 16-50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 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

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

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

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $846 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS

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