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

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Differences

Sony A65 advantages over Sony A57

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Sony A57 advantages over Sony A65

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.82 vs 3.95 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)

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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5100

Sony A65
Nikon D5100
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Sony A57
Nikon D5100
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon D3200

Sony A65
Nikon D3200
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A57
Nikon D3200
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Pentax K-5 IIs

Sony A65
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Sony A57
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Nikon D5200

Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Sony A57
Nikon D5200
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • 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
Sony A57
Sony A58
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • External Mic Jack
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