Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D810 vs Sony SLT-A65

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

102

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Sony SLT-A65

70

Sony SLT A65

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

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

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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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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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 12.6 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points Significantly 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
Lens availability More lenses available 152 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 20% more lenses available
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 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
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
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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 1.3 f-stops better
Size Significantly smaller 132x97x81 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Much 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 Cheaper $675.44 vs $3,160.39
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The best price we've seen is $2,485 cheaper (4.7x 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 Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D800:0.70x
              SLT A65:0.71x
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D800:36.2 MP
              SLT A65:24 MP
              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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              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 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
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $3,198 with 28-75mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

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              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many 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

              $1,797 body only

              $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,441 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 body only

              $1,298 with 16-50mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Size Larger
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $846 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

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