Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Winner
Sony SLT-A65

76

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Canon EOS 7D

74

Canon EOS 7D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Great color depth
Color depth
23.4 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.6 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
 

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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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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
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
854 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The 7D has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life
Longer battery life
800 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" 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
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
19 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.4 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
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
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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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 148x111x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
622 g vs 860 g
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Around 30% lighter
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
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$703.50 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $296 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              7D:131 ms
              SLT A65:138 ms
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              7D:8 fps
              SLT A65:10 fps
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
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              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              SLT A65:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D:854 ISO
              SLT A65:717 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              7D:66.0
              SLT A65:74.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $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

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

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

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $605 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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