Sony SLT-A99

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Sony SLT-A99

83

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Canon EOS 70D

72

Canon EOS 70D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

Great image quality
Overall image quality
89.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14 EV
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 70D

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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
Battery life
Longer battery life
920 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
75 ms vs 127 ms
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More than 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$999.00 vs $1,998.00
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The best price we've seen is $999 cheaper (2x less)
Size
Slightly smaller
145x106x79 mm vs 147x111x78 mm
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
755 g vs 812 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A99

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
89.0 vs 68.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14 EV vs 11.6 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
25 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,555 ISO vs 926 ISO
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The SLT-A99 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
0.71x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.8x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT-A99's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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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-A99:127 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
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              19
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              700 ms startup delay
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D:926 ISO
              SLT-A99:1,555 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

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

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

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