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

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
 

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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 11
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points Many 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 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
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
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 (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
Lowest price Cheaper $249.95 vs $1,298.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,048 cheaper (5.2x less)
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Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 24 MP vs 22.3 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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
Weight Lighter 732 g vs 950 g
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More than 20% lighter
Size Smaller 143x104x81 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.71x
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark III:0.71x
              SLT A77:0.72x
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              5D Mark III:120 ms
              SLT A77:124 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
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              5D Mark III:$249.95
              SLT A77:$1,298.00
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              5D Mark III:81.0
              SLT A77:78.0

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,098 body only

              $1,770 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 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
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $4,296 with 70-200mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

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              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,999 - $3,160 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,048 body only

              $1,648 - $1,649 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $798 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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              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?