Sony W810 vs Sony A65

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 front
Sony SLT-A65 front

Sony W810 vs Sony A65 Key Specs

Sony W810
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-162mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 111g - 97 x 56 x 21mm
  • Released January 2014
Sony A65
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 622g - 132 x 97 x 81mm
  • Revealed November 2011
  • New Model is Sony A68
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Sony W810 vs Sony A65 Overview

Here, we are evaluating the Sony W810 versus Sony A65, one being a Ultracompact and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR and both of them are offered by Sony. The resolution of the W810 (20MP) and the A65 (24MP) is very comparable but the W810 (1/2.3") and A65 (APS-C) provide totally different sensor sizing.

Photography Glossary

The W810 was introduced 2 years later than the A65 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Sony W810 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony A65 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before we go into a in-depth comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the W810 scores versus the A65 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony W810 over the Sony A65

 W810 A65 
RevealedJanuary 2014November 2011More recent by 27 months

Reasons to pick Sony A65 over the Sony W810

 A65 W810 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony W810 and Sony A65

 W810 A65 
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Sony W810 vs Sony A65 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera often, you will want to think about its weight and dimensions. The Sony W810 has got outside measurements of 97mm x 56mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") and a weight of 111 grams (0.24 lbs) and the Sony A65 has dimensions of 132mm x 97mm x 81mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2") with a weight of 622 grams (1.37 lbs).

Look at the Sony W810 versus Sony A65 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have chosen at the time. Following is a front view size comparison of the W810 compared to the A65.

Sony W810 vs Sony A65 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the W810 and A65 is 96 and 64 respectively.

Sony W810 vs Sony A65 top view buttons comparison

Sony W810 vs Sony A65 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very tough to see the difference in sensor measurements purely by seeing technical specs. The graphic here should give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the W810 and A65.

As you can tell, both of these cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The W810 using its smaller sensor will make shooting shallow depth of field more challenging and the Sony A65 will provide greater detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The more modern W810 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony W810 vs Sony A65 sensor size comparison

Sony W810 vs Sony A65 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W810 vs Sony A65 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W810 Portrait photography info
Sony A65 Portrait photography info
good megapixels (20MP)
has face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
focusing manually
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony W810 as a Street photography camera
Sony A65 as a Street photography camera
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony W810 Sports photography factors
Sony A65 Sports photography factors
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
has phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony W810 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A65 as a Travel photography camera
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (27mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
good megapixels (24MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
lack of Timelapse recording
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W810 Landscape photography features
Sony A65 Landscape photography features
quite wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
does not have Time Lapse function
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W810 Vlogging information
Sony A65 Vlogging information
quite wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic socket
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has external microphone support
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Sony W810 vs Sony A65 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W810 and Sony A65
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810Sony SLT-A65
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 Sony SLT-A65
Type Ultracompact Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2014-01-07 2011-11-15
Physical type Ultracompact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CCD 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 20MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5152 x 3864 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 15
Cross focus points - 3
Lens mount fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range 27-162mm (6.0x) -
Highest aperture f/3.5-6.5 -
Amount of lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Type of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display tech Clear Photo LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Min shutter speed 2s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/1500s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.20 m (with ISO auto) 10.00 m
Flash options Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/160s
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 111g (0.24 lbs) 622g (1.37 lbs)
Physical dimensions 97 x 56 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") 132 x 97 x 81mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 74
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.6
DXO Low light score not tested 717
Battery life 200 photos 560 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BN NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $100 $700