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

Sony SLT A77 vs Canon EOS 70D

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
75 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather

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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
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
920 shots vs 530 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
75 ms vs 124 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 11
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$855.75 vs $1,238.00
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The best price we've seen is $382 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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 11.6 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
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 7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Weight
Slightly lighter
732 g vs 755 g
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Almost the same
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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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              70D:3.1"
              SLT A77:3.2"
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              19
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D:926 ISO
              SLT A77:801 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              70D:$855.75
              SLT A77:$1,238.00
              Weight Light weight Help
              70D:755 g
              SLT A77:732 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              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

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 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

              $849 - $970 body only

              $1,299 with 18-135mm 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 - $719 body only

              $899 - $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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 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 EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,328 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              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

              $600 with 18-55mm 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $593 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

              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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              Showing 5 comments

              Avatar for Patrick Serrano Patrick Serrano (2:41 AM, November 05, 2014)
              I will pick the 70D as the winner
               
              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....