Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

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Sony SLT-A65

70

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Canon EOS 60D

67

Canon EOS 60D

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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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
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
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 510 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 813 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The 60D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $649.00
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The best price we've seen is $449 cheaper (3.2x less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.6 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 74.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.4 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 5.3 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 138 ms vs 253 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 96%
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Almost the same
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
Focus points Slightly more focus points 15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size Smaller 132x97x81 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Weight Lighter 622 g vs 755 g
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Around 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A65's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D:9
              SLT A65:15
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              SLT A65:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D:813 ISO
              SLT A65:717 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D:66.0
              SLT A65:74.0

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,099 - $1,545 with 28-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 60D.

              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 resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 - $1,700 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

              $861 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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              Tara (5:34 PM, January 25, 2013)
              Hello, pls help with this. I am a professional makeup artist,I am confused as to which to go for between the two camera Sony SLT-A65 & Canon T2i. I need recommendations from professionals. Which will best suit my job as a makeup pro. for clear and sharp shots that will bring out faces / jobs as applied. Pls help asap. I am confused and i need to get this asap.
               
              Avatar for MANDANY MANDANY (5:52 AM, December 31, 2012)
              I change my canon T4i for a Sony A65 now I'm very happy and taking great photos!
               
              Avatar for Brix Bonhoc Brix Bonhoc (3:51 AM, March 10, 2012)
              People are in to CONIKON but for a65 is the best! people are just pushing people to Canon or Nikon camera's becouse they are using it but if you try sony you will never regret! SOny is new in the industry but doing hight quality on the image! but i choose Sony a65 and now im very happy! :]
               
              Bob Fisher (6:48 PM, January 17, 2012)
              well, if you want fast I would go for the sony. But, Canon is the brand that most pros use. The sony has some pretty cool technology though.
               
              Ian Pratt (2:44 AM, December 02, 2011)
              I'm also torn between both cameras the sony's specs are looking better but for some reason I think the canon video looks better even raw
               
              Avatar for Frederik Jørgensen Frederik Jørgensen (10:34 PM, November 17, 2011)
              Im really torn between these two!
              Any suggestions?
              This will be my first "real" camera :)
              I'm planning to mostly take photos in rural areas, old and abandoned building - and some street photography (my compact just isnt fast enough for this :P)
               
              Avatar for Ahmad Rizqi Meydiarso Ahmad Rizqi Meydiarso (6:37 PM, November 15, 2011)
              since A65 is now released, could you update the spec please?