Sony SLT-A99 vs Canon EOS 70D

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Sony SLT-A99

79

Canon EOS 70D

68

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
Fewer buttons
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
75 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 70D

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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
Much more lenses available
220 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 70% 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
$798.99 vs $1,998.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,199 cheaper (2.5x less)
Size
Slightly smaller
145×106×79 mm vs 147×111×78 mm
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly 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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1.4 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
  1. 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
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 2 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
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
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
              70D75 ms
              SLT-A99127 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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              19
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              70D926 ISO
              SLT-A991,555 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 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 Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,379 - $1,699 body only

              $1,649 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 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 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Canon EOS Rebel T6s

              Entry-level DSLR

              $849 body only

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $949 - $1,039 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,679 - $1,898 body only

              $2,279 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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