Nikon D3400 vs Sony a65

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3400 and Sony a65. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D3400 is manufacturered by Nikon but Sony a65 is from Sony. Both Nikon and Sony are well known brands though.

Nikon D3400 were released 2016 and Sony a65 was released 2011. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D3400 2016
Sony a65 2011

Type of camera

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3400 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Sony a65 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D3400 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Sony a65 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)

Resolution

Both these cameras have the exact same resolution. Nikon D3400 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a65 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D3400 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Sony a65 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

ISO range

Nikon D3400 has a larger ISO-range than Sony a65. Nikon D3400 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Sony a65 has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3400 100-25600
Sony a65 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Sony a65 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3400 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3400 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3400
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a65

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D3400 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Sony a65 can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3400 5
Sony a65 10

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon D3400 and Sony a65 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Sony a65 weighs 622 gr (equal to 1.37 lb) which is 57% heavier than Nikon D3400 and its 395 gr (or 0.87 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D3400 395 gr
0.87 lb
Sony a65 622 gr
1.37 lb

Nikon D3400 vs Sony a65 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D3400 and Sony a65, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
Name Nikon D3400 Sony a65
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Release Date and Price
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
Release Year 2016 2011
Release Date 2016-08-17 2011-08-24
MSRP 649 USD 899 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
Camera Type DSLR SLT
Sensor
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 24 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 4 Bionz
Image
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 12800
White Balance Presets 12 8
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
Autofocus Motor No Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 11 15
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
Articulated LCD Fixed Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 921000 921000
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT-LCD N/A
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.57 (0.38 35mm equiv.) 1.1 (0.73 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
Frames per second 5 fps 10 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 7 meters 10 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
AVCHD
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-In SnapBridge (Bluetooth only)
Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (via smartphone or wireless remote) Yes (Optional)
GPS No Yes
Built-in
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D3400
Sony a65
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
Rechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1200 shots 510 shots
Width 124 mm 132 mm
Height 98 mm 97 mm
Depth 76 mm 81 mm
Weight 395 gram 622 gram