Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Sony SLT-A65 vs Sony SLT-A77

Sony SLT A65

Winner
Sony SLT-A65

71

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

55

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 74.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 717 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The SLT A65 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.4 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.6 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SLT A65's maximum light sensitivity is 3.3 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Size Significantly smaller 132x97x81 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A65's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 138 ms vs 180 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Lighter 622 g vs 768 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A700

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 600 ms vs 2800 ms
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4.7x 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
Battery life Longer battery life 650 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
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
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        SLT A65:138 ms
        DSLR-A700:180 ms
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        SLT A65:3.2"
        DSLR-A700:3.1"
        Size Large Help
        SLT A65:132x97x81 mm
        DSLR-A700:142x105x80 mm
        Lens availability Few lenses available Help
        123 lenses
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        SLT A65:3
        DSLR-A700:1
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        SLT A65:717 ISO
        DSLR-A700:581 ISO

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,103 body only

        $1,298 with 16-50mm lens

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony SLT A57

        Sony SLT A57

        Entry-level DSLR

        $846 with 18-55mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Sony SLT-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,073 body only

        $1,060 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Lowest price Is much less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 body only

        $798 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

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        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $650 - $699 body only

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

        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

        Entry-level DSLR

        Live view Has live view
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        Live view Has live view
        Focus points Many more focus points
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Shutter lag More shutter lag

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