• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Sony A65 advantages over Pentax K-3

  • Less expensive
    $798 vs $926
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.63x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Lighter weight
    846g vs 1240g
    Lighter weight

Pentax K-3 advantages over Sony A65

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~0.90 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,216 vs 717 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    25 vs 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Newer
    20 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    27 vs 15
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • 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

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Top-notch image quality; Great ergonomics in a compact body; Unique on-demand low-pass filtering; Broad sensitivity range; Large and bright viewfinder for an APS-C camera; Dual card slots; Optional Wi-Fi remote control

  • AE Lock button is poorly located; Below-average battery life for a DSLR; Rather dated-looking menu system; Requires a different battery grip accessory than its predecessors; Less third-party support than some rivals

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3200

Sony A65
Nikon D3200
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
Pentax K-3
Nikon D3200
  • $761
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T4i

Sony A65
Canon T4i
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Pentax K-3
Canon T4i
  • $761
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D5200

Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
Pentax K-3
Nikon D5200
  • $761
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D7100

Sony A65
Nikon D7100
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-3
Nikon D7100
  • $761
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $897
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Sony A77 II

Sony A65
Sony A77 II
  • $426
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $988
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-3
Sony A77 II
  • $761
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $988
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • NFC
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