Sony SLT A65

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Sony SLT-A65

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Weight
Light-weight
444 g
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GH2

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1100 ms vs 2800 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Smaller
124x90x76 mm vs 132x97x81 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
444 g vs 622 g
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Around 30% lighter
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
23 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Overall image quality
Better image quality
74.0 vs 60.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.4 bits vs 21.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 15.9 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
123 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 3x more lenses available
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
138 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
510 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
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
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A65's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$703.50 vs $922.69
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The best price we've seen is $219 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              DMC-GH2:15.9 MP
              SLT A65:24 MP
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-GH2:3"
              SLT A65:3.2"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-GH2:444 g
              SLT A65:622 g
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              DMC-GH2:0
              SLT A65:3
              Size Large Help
              DMC-GH2:124x90x76 mm
              SLT A65:132x97x81 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Size Is slightly smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $1,130 with 20mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 body only

              $2,300 - $2,500 with 12-35mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 body only

              $498 - $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $549 body only

              $1,000 - $1,698 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $605 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              GPS No built-in GPS
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

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