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

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Differences

Sony A65 advantages over Canon 7D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $798 vs $1849
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Lighter weight
    846g vs 1388g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.25 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.63x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Canon 7D Mark II advantages over Sony A65

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,082 vs 717 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 510 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 83 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    65 vs 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    65 vs 15
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; High ISO performance improved over predecessor; Excellent burst speeds (up to 10fps); Significantly improved buffer depths; 65-pt AF system; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Can focus down to f/8 (great for teleconverters); 1080/60p video; Headphone and mic jacks; Rugged build quality.

  • Autofocus speed (AF shutter lag) slower than 7D and 70D; Mediocre battery life for a pro DSLR; Dynamic range at low to moderate ISOs not as good as competitors; Phase-detect AF did not perform as well as expected in our low-light AF tests; No built-in Wi-Fi; No autofocus for 1080/60p video.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Sony A65
Canon 7D
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 7D
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon 6D

Sony A65
Canon 6D
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D3200

Sony A65
Nikon D3200
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $545
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon 7D Mark II
Nikon D3200
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • Built-in GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $545
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More dynamic range

Compared to Nikon D5200

Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $510
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon 7D Mark II
Nikon D5200
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • Built-in GPS
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $510
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A58

Sony A65
Sony A58
  • $698
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in GPS
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon 7D Mark II
Sony A58
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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