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Sony HX100V vs Sony A65

Portability
66
Imaging
39
Features
50
Overall
43
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V front
 
Sony SLT-A65 front
Portability
64
Imaging
64
Features
85
Overall
72

Sony HX100V vs Sony A65 Key Specs

Sony HX100V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 27-810mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 577g - 122 x 87 x 93mm
  • Announced October 2011
  • Renewed by Sony HX200V
Sony A65
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 622g - 132 x 97 x 81mm
  • Launched November 2011
  • New Model is Sony A68
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Sony HX100V vs Sony A65 Overview

Following is a thorough analysis of the Sony HX100V vs Sony A65, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR and both are sold by Sony. There is a significant difference between the resolutions of the HX100V (16MP) and A65 (24MP) and the HX100V (1/2.3") and A65 (APS-C) come with totally different sensor sizing.

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The HX100V was released about the same time to the A65 and they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Sony HX100V being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony A65 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before going through a detailed comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the HX100V grades vs the A65 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony HX100V over the Sony A65

 HX100V A65 

Reasons to pick Sony A65 over the Sony HX100V

 A65 HX100V 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Sony HX100V and Sony A65

 HX100V A65 
LaunchedOctober 2011November 2011Similar generation
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement
Display resolution921k921kExact same display resolution
Touch friendly display Neither includes Touch friendly display

Sony HX100V vs Sony A65 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry around your camera often, you will want to factor in its weight and measurements. The Sony HX100V features outside measurements of 122mm x 87mm x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7") accompanied by a weight of 577 grams (1.27 lbs) whilst the Sony A65 has proportions 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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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you choose at that time. The following is the front view scale comparison of the HX100V compared to the A65.

Sony HX100V vs Sony A65 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the HX100V and A65 is 66 and 64 respectively.

Sony HX100V vs Sony A65 top view buttons comparison

Sony HX100V vs Sony A65 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its difficult to see the difference between sensor sizes merely by reviewing a spec sheet. The image here will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the HX100V and A65.

Clearly, both the cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The HX100V because of its tinier sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field more challenging and the Sony A65 will offer extra detail as a result of its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop photos somewhat more aggressively.

Sony HX100V vs Sony A65 sensor size comparison

Sony HX100V vs Sony A65 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony HX100V vs Sony A65 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony HX100V Portrait photography highlights
Sony A65 Portrait photography highlights
39
focusing manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
no external flash support
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
78
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony HX100V Street photography details
Sony A65 Street photography details
50
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
more heavy than competition in class (577 grams)
77
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Sony HX100V Sports photography info
Sony A65 Sports photography info
49
amazing zoom range (27-810mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
82
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
supports phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony HX100V Travel photography highlights
Sony A65 Travel photography highlights
54
MP count good (16MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (27mm)
long zoom (810mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (577 grams)
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
68
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Landscape Comparison

Sony HX100V Landscape photography advice
Sony A65 Landscape photography advice
47
focusing manually
quite wide (27mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
does not have Timelapse recording
75
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony HX100V Vlogging features
Sony A65 Vlogging features
25
quite wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly display
does not have microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (577 grams)
78
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with external microphone jack
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Sony HX100V vs Sony A65 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony HX100V and Sony A65
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100VSony SLT-A65
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Sony SLT-A65
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2011-10-21 2011-11-15
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip BIONZ Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Maximum boosted ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 15
Cross type focus points - 3
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range 27-810mm (30.0x) -
Max aperture f/2.8-5.6 -
Amount of lenses - 143
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fully Articulated
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 921 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.70 m 10.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 577 grams (1.27 pounds) 622 grams (1.37 pounds)
Dimensions 122 x 87 x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7") 132 x 97 x 81mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 photos
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FH50 NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
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