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

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

77

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Sony SLT-A65

70

Sony SLT A65

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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
 

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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differences

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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Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth Better color depth 23.4 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Viewfinder size 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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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              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
              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

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm 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 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,257 body only

              $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 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

              $747 body only

              $695 - $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
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 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

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              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $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
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,199 - $2,595 body only

              $2,889 - $3,650 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 - $449 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 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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