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

83

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

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

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Live view
Has live view
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galleries

Explore our gallery of 94 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A99.

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
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
156 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 79.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14 EV vs 11.9 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
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
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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Color depth
Better color depth
25 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
127 ms vs 206 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
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 2 f-stops better
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
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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$1,999.50
              SLT-A99$1,998.00
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark II152x114x75 mm
              SLT-A99147x111x78 mm
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              5D Mark II9
              SLT-A9919
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              5D Mark II1080p @ 30fps
              SLT-A991080p @ 60fps
              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

              $1,399 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

              $2,499 body only

              $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

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm 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

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 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

              $998 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,988 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 significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $878 - $898 body only

              $1,498 - $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 SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,300 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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              discussion

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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              Ronny (6:16 PM, January 02, 2014)
              bullshit comparison,,, 5d mark ii shud be compare with Sony A77... A99 is better then canon 5d ii n iii...
               
              Guest (1:10 AM, June 19, 2013)
              really?? are you giving them a tie? why? Don't you see that the a99 is a
              much better camera than the 5d mark ii?. I think you are taking that
              conclusion based on the price only, because the a99 has a much better dynamic range, higher true resolution, a better color depth, a larger viewfinder (who cares if it's digital, it is very sharp though), a much better hybrid autofocus system, has more storage slots, shoots faster,
              has GPS, etc... the 5d is better than the a99 only in low light
              performance, but for 0.2 f-stops?? c'mon!!! and who cares if canon
              already has much more lenses available, you are not gonna buy more than 5
              lenses anyway. I believe there's something wrong with this review, I
              used to trust a lot in this page, but until now I don't rely on you any
              longer. there must be somthing wrong with this page and DxO.
               
              Guest (1:08 AM, June 19, 2013)
              really?? are you giving them a tie? why?, don't you see that the a99 is a much better camera than the 5d mark ii. I think you are taking that conclusion based on the price only, because the a99 has much better dynamic range, higher true resolution, a better color depth, a larger viewfinder (who cares if it's digital, it is very sharp though), a much better hybrid autofocus system, has more storage slots, shoots faster, has GPS, etc... the 5d is better than the a99 only in low light performance, but for 0.2 f-stops?? c'mon!!! and who cares if canon already has much more lenses available, you are not gonna buy more than 5 lenses anyway. I believe there's something wrong with this review, I used to trust a lot in this page, but until now I don't rely on you any longer. there must be somthing wrong with this page and DxO.
               
              jerry lambert (4:50 PM, May 07, 2013)
              with all you get with the sony over the canon id go with the sony.