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

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

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
 
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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 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
Image stabilization Image stabilization 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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 127 ms vs 206 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
True resolution Higher true resolution 24 MP vs 21 MP
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Capture more than 10% 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
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
Weight Slightly lighter 812 g vs 850 g
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.71x
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              5D Mark II:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              SLT-A99:Full frame 35.8x24.0mm
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              5D Mark II:9
              SLT-A99:19

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              5D Mark II:850 shots
              SLT-A99:500 shots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark II:3.9 fps
              SLT-A99:6 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              5D Mark II:1,815 ISO
              SLT-A99:1,555 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $1,899 - $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
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $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
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,478 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,150 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

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

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $4,000 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

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              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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              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.