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

Sony SLT A65 vs Canon EOS 60D

Winner
Sony SLT-A65

76

Canon EOS 60D

66

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.6 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A65.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 60D

Report a correction
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2800 ms
Help
7x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
Help
Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 123 lenses
Help
More than 60% more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
Help
More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 510 shots
Help
More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
813 ISO vs 717 ISO
Help
The 60D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 3
Help
Grab focus in difficult situations
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Help
2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
Help
Almost the same
Canon EOS 60D Learn more about
the Canon 60D

Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

Report a correction
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
Help
Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.5 EV
Help
1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
Help
Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Overall image quality
Better image quality
74.0 vs 66.0
Help
More than 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.59x
Help
Around 50% larger viewfinder
Color depth
Better color depth
23.4 bits vs 22.2 bits
Help
Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 5.3 fps
Help
Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
138 ms vs 253 ms
Help
Around 50% less delay when taking photos
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
Help
Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
Help
Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
Help
The SLT A65's maximum light sensitivity is 2.6 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
132×97×81 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
Help
More than 10% smaller
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 9
Help
Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
622 g vs 755 g
Help
Around 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
Help
The SLT A65's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Sony SLT-A65 Learn more about
the Sony SLT A65
vs

recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

Snapsort Recommends
Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 60D 66
Retailer
    Style
      Color
        You save
        vs
        76 Sony SLT A65 Sony SLT-A65
        Retailer
          Style
            Color
              You save

              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              60D3.1"
              SLT A653.2"
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D9
              SLT A6515
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D813 ISO
              SLT A65717 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D66.0
              SLT A6574.0

              dxomark

              DXOMark

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 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

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 with 18-55mm 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 body only

              $430 - $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 - $1,345 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

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              GPS No built-in GPS
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              appearance

              Canon EOS 60D Sony SLT-A65
              Canon EOS 60D Sony SLT-A65
              Canon EOS 60D Sony SLT-A65

              discussion

              Canon EOS 60D
              EOS 60D
              Canon

              Report a correction
              Sony SLT-A65
              SLT A65
              Sony

              Report a correction

              Showing 7 comments

              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?