• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A65 advantages over Sony A7R

  • Less expensive
    $798 vs $1799*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 510 vs 340 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Less shutter lag
    0.14 vs 0.36 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Sony A7R advantages over Sony A65

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.88 vs 3.95 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~2.00 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,746 vs 717 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.1 vs 12.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    48 mm vs 80 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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 panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Resolution that rivals a medium-format camera; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Decent performance bearing in mind its extremely high resolution; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Extreme resolution makes focus and lens quality critical; Modest performance; Loud shutter; Lacks hybrid autofocus of the A7; Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Slow X-sync; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7

Sony A65
Sony A7
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $773
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7R
Sony A7
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
  • $773
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D3200

Sony A65
Nikon D3200
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A7R
Nikon D3200
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $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 A7R
Nikon D5200
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $534
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

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 A7R
Sony A58
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A7R II

Sony A65
Sony A7R II
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A7R
Sony A7R II
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Lighter weight
  • $1798
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
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