• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Sony A65 advantages over Canon 70D

  • Less expensive
    $798 vs $1099
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.59x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lighter weight
    846g vs 1233g
    Lighter weight

Canon 70D advantages over Sony A65

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    926 vs 717 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer battery life
    More info 920 vs 510 shots
    Capture more photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More kit lens zoom
    7.5x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF delivers full-time continuous autofocus (with phase detect at every pixel in framing area) for video and Live View still shooting; Full HD (1080p) video recording with pro-level features and quality; Improved resolution and good high ISO performance; Excellent Wi-Fi remote shooting with full exposure controls; 3-inch articulating LCD touchscreen.

  • Image quality only improved slightly over 60D; Dynamic range still lags behind competing models; May not feature enough upgrades to convince people to step up from 60D.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Sony A65
Nikon D7100
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 70D
Nikon D7100
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Nikon D3200

Sony A65
Nikon D3200
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Canon 70D
Nikon D3200
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5200

Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Canon 70D
Nikon D5200
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A58

Sony A65
Sony A58
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $495
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon 70D
Sony A58
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
  • $495
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Pentax K-3

Sony A65
Pentax K-3
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $720
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 70D
Pentax K-3
  • $993
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $720
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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