Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 vs Canon EOS 60D

Winner
Sony SLT-A77

74

Canon EOS 60D

66

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A77.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 3100 ms
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7.7x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 530 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$649.00 vs $1,238.00
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The best price we've seen is $589 cheaper (around 50% less)
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality
Better image quality
78.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 5.3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
124 ms vs 253 ms
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2x less delay when taking photos
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A77's maximum light sensitivity is 2.6 f-stops better
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
11 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A77's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Slightly lighter
732 g vs 755 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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              60D3.1"
              SLT A773.2"
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D9
              SLT A7719
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D813 ISO
              SLT A77801 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              60D145×106×79 mm
              SLT A77143×104×81 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              60D$649.00
              SLT A77$1,238.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Weight Light weight Help
              60D755 g
              SLT A77732 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              60D12,800 ISO
              SLT A7725,600 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              60D9
              SLT A7711
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D66.0
              SLT A7778.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $898 body only

              $1,498 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $990 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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              discussion

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              Showing 4 comments

              sonyfanboy (4:11 AM, June 24, 2013)
              Explain to me how this is a tie???????
               
              Coolfool (10:28 PM, February 25, 2012)
              A77 seems to have the edge technically, But it wont translate to better pictures automatically.


              The side by side comparo on dpreview.com btween the 7D and A77, the 7D and 60D perform much better at high ISO
              http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonyslta77/23 
               
              Nicko. (10:25 AM, September 06, 2011)
              Everyone is cussing at this A77 release due to already having something a little older and a little less awesome technically. But I say that AMAZING photography is about the quality of the eye and the size of your heart!    
               
              Bald (5:09 AM, August 29, 2011)
              pawnt by a77.