Nikon D5200 vs Sony SLT A65

Nikon D5200


Sony SLT-A65



Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,284 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama


Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5200.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A65.


Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$396 - $597 body only

$466 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$436 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$419 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

Sony Alpha a99 II

Sony Alpha a99 II



Focus points Many more focus points
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$627 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony SLT-A77

Sony SLT A77


$699 body only

$1,200 with 16-50mm lens

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


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M2o3 (11:40 PM, January 07, 2014)
I also bought A65 a year ago and i have no regrets about it , in fact i compared all the cameras that s on display i almost consume a day comparing all brand but sony is the winner to my knowledge, its easy to use and the image is not that bad as they claim. What i need in cameras is the rensponse when you click that shutter and find it in other cameras slow! No offense to nikon and cannon enthusiats
Fernando (7:34 PM, April 01, 2013)
I bought the A65 a month ago and am enjoying it every day. It is a hell of a bargain. Image quality is superb, it focuses and shoots faster than any camera I ever tried and that is upmost important in a camera. I am using a beer can lens from Minolta that cost me $100 and takes amazing images. I am also using a Minolta Secret Handshake lens which is amazing. I can not say enough about the A65 it is the best camera purchase I ever made.
Zsolt (7:09 PM, January 31, 2013)

I would like to raise the issue regarding the format of the image!!
I almost purchased the d5200 last night, I already paid it on Amazon, when I saw it: The D5200 does not do 16:9!!!!!
So I cancelled the order at 190 KM/h.
I don't know how you are not listing this feature in your comparizons??!!

Today, I assume, everybody is watching his pictures on the big TV screen, so this is VERRY important option. For me is the decision maker!!!

All the best,