Face-Off: Alpha 65 vs D3200

Sony Alpha 65
Sony Alpha 65
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Nikon D3200
 
Sony Alpha 65 Nikon D3200
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Sony Alpha 65
Overview - Full review
Nikon D3200
Overview - Full review
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Overall Scene
Sony Alpha 65
Nikon D3200
Score
5/5
4/5
Handling
4/5 4/5
Speed
5/5 2/5
Image Quality
4/5 4/5
Video
5/5 4/5
User Score
5/5 (10)
4/5 (4)
Specifications
Specifications
SensorCMOS , APS-C (x1,5),
Lens N.A. - -
Stabilisationno
ViewfinderElectronic
Screen , not TN, , 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) -
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels, , Stereo
Internal memoryN.A.
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. /
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight x x /
Specifications
SensorCMOS 24 Mpx, APS-C (x1,5), 6.4 Mpx/cm
Lens N.A. 18 -55 mm f/3.5 -5.6
StabilisationDepends on lens
ViewfinderReflex
Screen7.5 mm, not TN, 921000 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 6400 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,25 fps, Stereo
Internal memoryN.A.
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / EN-EL14
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight96 x 124 x 77 mm / 482 g
Conclusion
No surprises here—the Sony Alpha 65 is a great camera. It uses the same excellent internal electronics as the Alpha 77 but is designed as a less complicated consumer alternative. It's a serious player in the high-end consumer SLR market, but the 18-55 mm kit lens should definitely be avoided.
Frustrating is the first word that springs to mind with the Nikon D3200, as in spite of its great picture quality, pleasant user-friendly design, good build quality and decent video mode, the D3200 proved disappointingly slow to focus with the kit lens. We've asked Nikon to send us a replacement D3200 so we can check whether this is just a fault with the model we tested. Stay tuned for updates.
Pros

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High performances (continuous shooting, autofocus, subject tracking etc.)

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Full HD video up to 50 fps with manual controls, stereo sound and mic jack

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Sharp, precise EVF gives an accurate representation of the final image and is bigger than most competitor viewfinders

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24 Megapixels gives plenty of scope for cropping

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Noise handled very well up to 1600 ISO

+

Effective autofocus system (with lenses it works with!)

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1080p HD video

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Nice design, build, handling

Cons

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Bad kit lens (buy the body only then shop around for a decent alternative)

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Buffer memory a bit low given the speed of the burst mode

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Battery life lower than SLRs with optical viewfinders

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EVF dynamic range could be better, slight display lag

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Autofocus only works with AF-S lenses

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Slow to focus with 18-55 mm kit lens

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No control wheel over the four-way controller for fast menu navigation

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No swivel or tilt screen

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Optical viewfinder could be better