Updated (March 2012): Compare the Sony SLT-A65 vs Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A65 vs Sony SLT-A55

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
138 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
Weight
Light-weight
500 g
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift

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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but SLT A65 does so at a higher frame rate
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
138 ms vs 220 ms
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Around 40% 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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.4 bits vs 23 bits
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Almost the same
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
74.0 vs 73.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 12.4 EV
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 3.3"
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A65's maximum light sensitivity is 0.6 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$592.93 vs $623.39
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A55

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
900 ms vs 2800 ms
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3.1x less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
816 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The SLT-A55 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Size
Smaller
124×92×85 mm vs 132×97×81 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.71x
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
500 g vs 622 g
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Around 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Viewfinder size Large viewfinder size Help
              SLT A650.71x
              SLT-A550.72x
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Panorama Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SLT A653.2"
              SLT-A553.3"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              126 lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              3
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SLT A6516,000 ISO
              SLT-A5512,800 ISO
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A65717 ISO
              SLT-A55816 ISO

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $430 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $587 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $880 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT-A65.

              Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT-A55.

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              Showing 7 comments

              Xbarrows (3:49 PM, April 11, 2012)
              How would you compare a Sony A55 to Canon T3i?  I am a mom who wants to take good photos of her kids playing sports? 
               
              Dave G (6:29 PM, February 26, 2012)
              12FPS VS 10FPS ?? I thought the A65 & A55 were 10fps, A65 iq slightly better ?; unless you're using the A65 at higher iso settings.  Other than the extra mega-pixels there ain't a lot in it.
               
              Dave G (6:28 PM, January 29, 2012)
              A SONY A55, which is easily the best dslr/dslt I have owned to date.
               
              Jbeket (8:25 PM, January 15, 2012)
              What do you have buy now? en what is your meaning now?
               
              Dave G (10:54 AM, December 24, 2011)
              The A65 looks good but is it worth the £200 extra over the A55?, same af module, same burst rate, low light/high iso ability ?.    I was going to get the A65 but the delay and that overly packed sensor put me off, the A55 is smaller, lighter & packs more of a punch & more importantly for me has great noise control (I shoot regularly at iso 3200 & higher).    Better EVF and 8 more megapixels are the only real benefits I see.   With the Sony 18-250 fitted to an A55 there is no better general purpose camera on the market, that's as small, quick and that produces great photo's. 
               
              Gkobelkoff (11:02 AM, December 01, 2011)
              Common Weakness:
              Flash Sync Speed!!!
               
              equus-kiang (0:31 PM, November 17, 2011)
              Where abouts do i find the TWO Card slots? i can only finde ONE