Updated (December 2011): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Sony SLT-A65

Nikon D800 vs Sony SLT A65

Winner
Nikon D800

99

Sony SLT-A65

75

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
200 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality: 2 f-stops higher ISO than the SLT A65
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
95.0 vs 74.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
200 ms vs 2800 ms
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14x 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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 12.6 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Lens availability
More lenses available
171 lenses vs 126 lenses
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Around 40% more lenses available
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Longer battery life
900 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
138 ms vs 209 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Size
Significantly smaller
132×97×81 mm vs 146×123×82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
622 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 40% lighter
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$592.93 vs $2,285.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,692 cheaper (3.9x less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.2" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D8000.70x
              SLT A650.71x
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
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              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,935 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              $1,780 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $948 body only

              $1,548 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $552 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              GPS No built-in GPS
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Size Larger
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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