Updated (August 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Sony SLT-A99

Sony SLT-A99 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Winner
Sony SLT-A99

82

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

79

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

Great image quality
Overall image quality
89.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
25 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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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
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO vs 1,555 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Lens availability
More lenses available
165 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
850 shots vs 500 shots
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70% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A99

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 79.0
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More than 10% better image quality
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Color depth
Better color depth
25 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
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 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A99's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
127 ms vs 206 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 21 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Weight
Slightly lighter
812 g vs 850 g
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$1,998.00 vs $2,135.00
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The best price we've seen is $137 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.71x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark II850 g
              SLT-A99812 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              5D Mark II$2,135.00
              SLT-A99$1,998.00
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              5D Mark II9
              SLT-A9919
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark II1
              SLT-A9911
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark II3.9 fps
              SLT-A996 fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              5D Mark II1,815 ISO
              SLT-A991,555 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $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
              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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,499 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,780 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,295 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $3,427 body only

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $880 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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