Sony SLT A65 vs Nikon D5100

Sony SLT-A65


Nikon D5100



Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.6 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A65.


Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$678 body only

$498 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Battery life Longer battery life
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68


Focus points Many more focus points
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen size Much smaller screen
Sony SLT-A77

Sony SLT A77


$1,099 body only

$1,389 with 16-50mm lens

Weather sealed Weather sealed
Overall image quality Better image quality
Startup delay More startup delay

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$299 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$360 body only

$480 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Shutter lag More shutter lag


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Showing 11 comments

Ricardo (2:57 PM, December 12, 2012)
Both of them are good for that, anyway you have to have in mind that the lens are very important too, to have nice portraits, you have to buy a 50 mm lens f1.4
sun (5:07 PM, December 11, 2012)
I'm Beginner for a DSLR, I wonder which one produce better imager of portraits in low light.
Avatar for Brix Bonhoc Brix Bonhoc (3:40 AM, March 10, 2012)
When will thailand distribute this camera to all Sony Outel In its neighboring country?
JT (10:11 PM, February 01, 2012)
Tällä sivustolla ikäänkuin tuetaan/sponsataan Nikon kameroita!! Puolueellista! Tämäkin testi sen osoittaa; Joku Nikon D5100 muka tämän perusteella parempi....
Rickthunderheart (3:19 AM, January 30, 2012)
Don't worry, when I was ready to buy the Sony SLT A65, I was very concerned, and I was keeping some thoughts about the Nikon 5100, always having doubts, always searching in the internet something that would tell me " do not buy the Sony" but at that point I was tired, and I bought the Sony, and let me tell you, the Sony is a great camera, the pictures you can take are awesome, they always look very professional, every setting is useful, the resolution is great, colors are very sharp, the kit lens are very good, etc, I always was lookin for something perfect in Photography, and now I found what I was looking for, maybe the Nikon is very good too, but I'm very happy about my choice. 
Gmay2 (9:08 AM, January 29, 2012)
I was ready to purchase the A65 but have now stopped to rethink.  Image quality is very important to me and a couple of reviews have highlighted the Nikon as producing better quality pictures.  With the 24mp capturing more detail in the shot, I cant understand why the Nikon produces better quality pictures - can someone help me.  Also, the video detail on the A65 is better than the Nikon but I'm not sure it will really matter?  I can wait for inventories but still a bit confused.
GR8WHITENORTH (4:48 AM, January 25, 2012)
I just purchased the A65 yesterday, 1 have 185 actuations and am very impressed. I'm a newbie to DSLR and absolutely was prepared to purchase the D5100, the problem is you can't buy it right now as there is no inventory due to the flooding in Thailand. I thought perhaps I might have buyers remorse with the Sony but after reviewing the photo's I've taken I don't think I'll look back...
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:08 PM, January 18, 2012)
Hi Stondonmassey and Thyprod, we just take the # of lenses currently available for sale from B&H Photo video by mount.

Stondonmassey, you suggested we only take Nikon lenses that have AF-S and VR.  I understand your point, keep in mind we already include image stabilization as an advantage of Sony and Pentax cameras, and we point out the lack of autofocus capability with some lenses with the low end Nikon bodies.
Thyprod (4:49 AM, January 18, 2012)
Add to that, the reviewer has been a bit vague and a little misleading I believe. 92 lenses for the Sony? Doesn't specify new or current lenses... And with the Nikon @ 169 lenses? Sounds like new and second-hand lenses to me. Also sounds like the reviewer may be a bit biased towards Nikon, or simply hasn't done their homework correctly! The beauty about the Sony is that is can accept a lot of second-hand Minolta (MF/AF) lenses which are still readily available second-hand in excellent condition, and some which have better optical quality than Nikon have ever made, because they were once associated with Leica! The glass is the most important thing, remember!
stondonmassey (6:48 PM, November 20, 2011)
Why are you always saying that Nikon d5100 is compatible with 192 lenses ("169 lenses vs 92 lenses)? Since Sony slt a-65 has built-in motor and stabilization system, and Nikon does not, when comparing these two cameras you should count only  Nikon lenses which are simultaneously VR and AF-S, and you will  hardly find 10 such lenses.
Rickthunder (6:42 AM, November 06, 2011)
Sony SLT A65 It's a great camera, I bought it today and I'm very happy