Updated (January 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65 vs Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.6 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Smaller
125×96×77 mm vs 132×97×81 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$289.00 vs $592.93
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The best price we've seen is $304 cheaper (2.1x less)
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 622 g
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Around 20% lighter
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
540 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.52x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D3200 does so at a lower frame rate
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
138 ms vs 276 ms
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2x less delay when taking photos
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
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 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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 2.6 f-stops better
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A65's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D320024.1 MP
              SLT A6524 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D32001
              SLT A653
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D32006,400 ISO
              SLT A6516,000 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $410 - $497 body only

              $489 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $482 - $649 body only

              $587 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Thickness Thinner
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Size Significantly larger
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $587 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $880 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              H Mantti (0:40 AM, June 16, 2012)
              These sides are made for Nikon only!!