Nikon S70 vs Sony A65

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
26
Overall
32
Nikon Coolpix S70 front
 
Sony SLT-A65 front
Portability
64
Imaging
66
Features
85
Overall
73
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Nikon S70 vs Sony A65 Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Nikon S70 and Sony A65, former being a Ultracompact while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR by companies Nikon and Sony. There exists a considerable gap between the resolutions of the S70 (12MP) and A65 (24MP) and the S70 (1/2.3") and A65 (APS-C) have totally different sensor measurements.

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The S70 was announced 3 years earlier than the A65 and that is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Nikon S70 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony A65 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before we go straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the S70 grades vs the A65 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Nikon S70 vs Sony A65 Key Specs

Nikon S70
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.8) lens
  • 160g - 97 x 61 x 20mm
  • Revealed August 2009
Sony A65
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 622g - 132 x 97 x 81mm
  • Launched November 2011
  • Updated by Sony A68
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Nikon S70 vs Sony A65 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera frequently, you need to consider its weight and proportions. The Nikon S70 enjoys external measurements of 97mm x 61mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 0.8") and a weight of 160 grams (0.35 lbs) while the Sony A65 has measurements of 132mm x 97mm x 81mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 622 grams (1.37 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. The following is a front view physical size comparison of the S70 and the A65.

Nikon S70 vs Sony A65 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the S70 and A65 is 95 and 64 respectively.

Nikon S70 vs Sony A65 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S70 vs Sony A65 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to envision the contrast in sensor sizing simply by looking through specifications. The visual here should provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the S70 and A65.

Plainly, both of the cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The S70 because of its smaller sensor will make shooting bokeh more challenging and the Sony A65 will result in greater detail utilizing its extra 12MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots more aggressively. The older S70 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon S70 vs Sony A65 sensor size comparison

Nikon S70 vs Sony A65 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S70 vs Sony A65 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S70 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A65 as a Portrait photography camera
21
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
external flash not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
79
has manual focus
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
offers face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon S70 as a Street photography camera
Sony A65 as a Street photography camera
55
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
heavier than others (160 grams)
77
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S70
Sports photography with Sony A65
34
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
83
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S70 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A65 as a Travel photography camera
56
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than others (160g)
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
68
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S70 Landscape photography details
Sony A65 Landscape photography details
37
decently wide (28mm)
lovely big screen (3.5")
image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
no manual mode
low MP (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
lack of Time Lapse function
76
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S70 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A65 as a Vlogging camera
30
decently wide (28mm)
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not have selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic jack
heavier than others (160 grams)
78
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external mic port
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Nikon S70 vs Sony A65 Specifications

General Information
Make
Nikon
Sony
Model type
Nikon Coolpix S70
Sony SLT-A65
Type
Ultracompact
Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed
2009-08-04
2011-11-15
Body design
Ultracompact
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by
Expeed
Bionz
Sensor type
CCD
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
APS-C
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
366.6mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
6000 x 4000
Max native ISO
1600
12800
Max enhanced ISO
6400
25600
Lowest native ISO
80
100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
-
15
Cross type focus points
-
3
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
-
Maximum aperture
f/3.9-5.8
-
Macro focusing range
3cm
-
Number of lenses
-
143
Focal length multiplier
5.8
1.5
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Fully Articulated
Display size
3.5 inches
3 inches
Resolution of display
288 thousand dot
921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
-
2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
-
100%
Viewfinder magnification
-
0.73x
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30s
30s
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000s
1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed
-
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
-
Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
-
10.00 m
Flash options
-
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync
-
1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
1920x1080
Video format
Motion JPEG
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
160 grams (0.35 lbs)
622 grams (1.37 lbs)
Physical dimensions
97 x 61 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 0.8")
132 x 97 x 81mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
74
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
23.4
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
12.6
DXO Low light rating
not tested
717
Other
Battery life
-
560 photographs
Style of battery
-
Battery Pack
Battery ID
EN-EL12
NP-FM500H
Self timer
Yes
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
One
One
Price at release
$290
$700