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

Sony SLT A65 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Winner
Sony SLT-A65

74

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A65. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700.

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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.4 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
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
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Significantly 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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              SLT A65138 ms
              DSLR-A700180 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SLT A653.2"
              DSLR-A7003.1"
              Size Large Help
              SLT A65132x97x81 mm
              DSLR-A700142x105x80 mm
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              SLT A653
              DSLR-A7001
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A65717 ISO
              DSLR-A700581 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $445 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly 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

              $1,238 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,795 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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 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
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 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
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              $926 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
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $580 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 body only

              $1,000 with 55-200mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 body only

              $923 with 55-300mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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