• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Sony A65 advantages over Nikon D5300

  • 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 0.55x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos and video

Nikon D5300 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
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    18 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    39 vs 15
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • More kit lens zoom
    7.8x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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

  • Excellent image quality similar to more expensive DSLRs (like the D7100); Great dynamic range; Responsive all-around performer; Excellent Full HD video-shooting quality; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features; Built-in GPS; Compact and lightweight size; 18-140mm kit lens performs well for its type and has a very versatile focus length range.

  • AA-filterless sensor makes it more prone to moire; Burst speed slows with highest quality 14-bit RAW images; Live View mode not as good as some competitors; No external headphone jack; GPS receiver not very sensitive.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3200

Sony A65
Nikon D3200
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Nikon D5300
Nikon D3200
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Canon T4i

Sony A65
Canon T4i
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5300
Canon T4i
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Nikon D5200

Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Nikon D5300
Nikon D5200
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Pentax K-3

Sony A65
Pentax K-3
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5300
Pentax K-3
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5500

Sony A65
Nikon D5500
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5300
Nikon D5500
  • $647
  • APS-C
  • GPS
  • $747
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
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