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

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Differences

Sony A65 advantages over Pentax K-30

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 510 vs 410 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.61x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    15 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Pentax K-30 advantages over Sony A65

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $599* vs $798
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 3.95 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~1.10 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,129 vs 717 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More telephoto lens reach
    203 mm vs 83 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Pentaprism viewfinder is bright and accurate; Weather-sealed body can handle direct rain; Twin control dials make exposure control a snap; Solid build; Great image quality.

  • Lower resolution than some rivals; Not as small as recent Pentax entry-level and mid-range models; A couple of ergonomic and UI quirks; Shutter isn't the quietest; 18-55 kit lens isn't weather-sealed.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3200

Sony A65
Nikon D3200
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-30
Nikon D3200
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon T4i

Sony A65
Canon T4i
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
Pentax K-30
Canon T4i
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-5 II

Sony A65
Pentax K-5 II
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax K-30
Pentax K-5 II
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon D5200

Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Pentax K-30
Nikon D5200
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A58

Sony A65
Sony A58
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Built-in GPS
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Pentax K-30
Sony A58
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
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