Sony SLT-A99

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Sony SLT-A99

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 70D

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

Overall image quality
Great image quality
89.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14 EV
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
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
 
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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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 19 vs 11
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 75 ms vs 127 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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 $199.95 vs $1,998.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,798 cheaper (10x 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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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
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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
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
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 24 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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 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-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
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 - $1,599 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 - $1,097 body only

              $1,347 - $1,397 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,642 - $1,899 body only

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

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,199 - $3,399 body only

              $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,630 with 24-105mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 body only

              $1,398 with 16-50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

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

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $2,298 body only

              $1,770 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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