Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Sony SLT A77 II

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Sony SLT A77

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

88

Sony SLT-A77

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
120 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A77.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has excellent image quality 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the SLT A77
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
500 ms vs 3100 ms
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6.2x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
41 vs 11
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
61 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
81.0 vs 78.0
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Almost the same
Lens availability
More lenses available
156 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Battery life
Longer battery life
950 shots vs 530 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's maximum light sensitivity is 0.7 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 6 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Size
Smaller
143x104x81 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,098.89 vs $2,499.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,400 cheaper (2.3x less)
Weight
Lighter
732 g vs 950 g
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More than 20% lighter
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 22.3 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.71x
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark III0.71x
              SLT A770.72x
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III120 ms
              SLT A77124 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              5D Mark III1080p @ 30fps
              SLT A771080p @ 60fps
              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,000 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,170 - $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $998 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,309 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,521 - $2,623 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $878 - $898 body only

              $1,498 - $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $591 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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              discussion

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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              Gozals (4:32 AM, May 27, 2012)
              I choose A77 because many of my friends use the Sony Alpha system..
              Choose the Canon if your friends use it, so its easier to test some lenses
               
              Avatar for nkalu nkalu (4:08 AM, April 01, 2012)
              They are both great cameras.
              Which one is a better buy?