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

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Differences

Sony A65 advantages over Sony A77

  • Less expensive
    $798 vs $1000
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Lighter weight
    846g vs 1363g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A77 advantages over Sony A65

  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    801 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
    11 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
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.6 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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

  • Very fast top frame rate; full-time phase-detect autofocus; Full 60p HD video; Excellent kit lens; Very good high-resolution sensor.

  • Heavy; EVF appears dim when used in bright light; AF tracking in Movie mode was unreliable in our testing.

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
Sony A77
Nikon D3200
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5200

Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $534
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Sony A77
Nikon D5200
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $534
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D7100

Sony A65
Nikon D7100
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A77
Nikon D7100
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

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 A77
Sony A58
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Pentax K-3

Sony A65
Pentax K-3
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A77
Pentax K-3
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
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