Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Sony SLT A77 II

Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 70D

72

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Sony SLT-A77

70

Sony SLT A77

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Color depth
Great color depth
24 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 700 ms vs 3100 ms
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4.4x less delay when turning on
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 19 vs 11
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life Longer battery life 920 shots vs 530 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 75 ms vs 124 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 926 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The 70D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lowest price Cheaper $199.95 vs $1,298.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,098 cheaper (6.5x less)
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11.6 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 78.0 vs 68.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 12 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
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 20 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A77's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 f-stops better
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Weight Slightly lighter 732 g vs 755 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              70D:75 ms
              SLT A77:124 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              70D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
              SLT A77:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D:926 ISO
              SLT A77:801 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Size Fairly small Help
              70D:145x106x79 mm
              SLT A77:143x104x81 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              70D:$199.95
              SLT A77:$1,298.00
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              70D:68.0
              SLT A77:78.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,608 - $1,899 body only

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

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 70D.

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 body only

              $772 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $3,198 with 28-75mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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              discussion

              Canon EOS 70D
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              Showing 4 comments

              Avatar for Maamar Bouaichaoui Maamar Bouaichaoui (10:56 PM, April 21, 2014)
              Go for the A77...
               
              Willy Bum Bum (6:31 AM, October 06, 2013)
              Go for the 70D...
               
              Avatar for Wolfe Leon Fox Wolfe Leon Fox (11:31 AM, September 28, 2013)
              Go for the A77...
               
              anson (9:15 AM, August 20, 2013)
              Go for the 70D....