Updated (April 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 vs Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Sony SLT-A77

73

Canon EOS 7D

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 7D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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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
220 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
19 vs 11
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Longer battery life
800 shots vs 530 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$799.00 vs $1,098.89
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The best price we've seen is $300 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
78.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.1 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
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
0.72x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
12 fps vs 8 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Weight
Lighter
732 g vs 860 g
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More than 10% lighter
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
124 ms vs 131 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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
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recommendations

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
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              7D131 ms
              SLT A77124 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              7D8 fps
              SLT A7712 fps
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              19
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D854 ISO
              SLT A77801 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              7D148×111×74 mm
              SLT A77143×104×81 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              7D$799.00
              SLT A77$1,098.89
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              7D12,800 ISO
              SLT A7725,600 ISO
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              7D800 shots
              SLT A77530 shots
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              7D920k dots
              SLT A77921k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              7D66.0
              SLT A7778.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              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
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $725 - $897 body only

              $985 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,038 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $582 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $880 - $998 body only

              $1,598 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

              $593 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 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

              Canon EOS 7D
              EOS 7D
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              Sony SLT-A77
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              Avatar for Nick Dubstyle Stephens Nick Dubstyle Stephens (1:58 AM, November 06, 2014)
              It's one slot but you can put 2 different types of memory cards into it.
               
              BigDave (11:13 AM, March 16, 2014)
              I've seen the comparison between 7D and A77 photo's, I'm afraid to say that even without like for like lenses the A77 stomps all over the 7D IQ wise, lens quantity always makes me laugh, when you put Minolta lenses into the equation there is very little difference, the only major and important difference is that Minolta lenses are cheap, e.g I bought the 70-210 F4 for only £53, delivered. I have a mate who has a 7d and a very old 1d, both have expensive canon lenses fitted, he takes football photo's, as do I, except I only take an A77 and a Minolta 135mm f2.8 lens, the comparison between our shots would surprise pro canon users and settle this dispute of which is best, instantly. Ironically the A77 is getting on now and yet continues to trample on the much dearer 7D and far inferior but similarly priced 60D. Not bad for a manufacturer who's been making SLR's a fraction of the time Canon has been ;-) .
               
              pratik dikode (1:15 PM, January 29, 2013)
              just use 550d camera and check the result
               
              pratik dikode (1:14 PM, January 29, 2013)
              compare file size and live prints
               
              Kishi (2:29 AM, January 02, 2013)
              Sony A77 is also weather sealed. Rapid fire (burst mode) is faster on the A77 a max 12fps.
               
              Sneaky_Pete (7:50 PM, September 25, 2012)
              The Canon 7D does not shoot at 25fps, it shoots at a max of 8fps as per the Canon website. It has a max burst of 25 shots when in RAW. And with that the Sony A77 should move ahead in points.
               
              J Bjorn (6:22 AM, July 28, 2012)
              Sony wins hands down...the 7D can barely beat the A57 let alone the A77 
               
              Johnnd (4:30 AM, June 02, 2012)
              You also get to use all the  Konica Minolto & Minolta legacy gear too which you can buy a bargain prices
               
              Pkepron (6:19 PM, February 23, 2012)
              Having trouble making up my mind between these two.  Both are great cameras, but it seems the Sony scores higher and is more camera for the buck.  Unfortunately the A77 is hard to find and you are basically stuck to using all Sony gear.  I would really like to rent the two for a few days.  Unfortunately no one in Montreal rents the Sony. :(  I would also have to sell or trade all of my present Canon gear in order to get the Sony (Not that that matters).  Decisions, Decisions!  Hey Sony if you need a field tester I'm available! :)
               
              Kc (10:22 AM, February 15, 2012)
              Depends on what you're using it for. EVF is very handy with the level gauge, previewing the ISO and previewing the look of the shots before you take it (thanks to the preview button). The advantages of it for me are far better then having an OVF, especially when all the OVF does is show you what it looks like from the mirror, not what you get on the sensor.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:14 PM, January 26, 2012)
              Thanks for pointing that out, we will fix that up.
               
              Stw (0:25 PM, January 26, 2012)
              The Sony HAS two slots fpor memory cards: one for SD-Cards and one for Memory Sticks
               
              APR (1:46 AM, January 18, 2012)
              Error: the Sony does NOT have two memory slots, just one.
               
              Casey (11:22 PM, January 04, 2012)
              If you have other suggestions I would love to hear them, trying to stay around 2000, found 7d with 2 lenses cheaper than sony.
               
              Casey (11:17 PM, January 04, 2012)
              Based on these comparisons, sony is a better buy, hands down. Showing us more of the 3rd gen type camera, however I'm an everyday shooter and would rather sacrifice some of these positives of a longer life.... Very torn of which to buy. Already have canon lenses :( is there anyway to use them on this sony? Thanks for you're nice helpful comments...
               
              Guest (9:49 AM, January 01, 2012)
              A77 my wishlist :D
               
              Neopren (10:29 PM, November 16, 2011)
              I woould actually READ the whole of the DPREVIEW on the canon 7D instead of the fingertip   handshake  DXO give it in the comments above!!
              DXO are a little biased imho in favor of the sony!!!
               
              Neopren (10:23 PM, November 16, 2011)
              ...Also,I'd be concerned as to how many people have actually  handled the SLT 77,before voting,EVF NOT good for Professional or even semi pro shooting,most prefer OVF!!
               
              Neopren (10:18 PM, November 16, 2011)
              Slt has only one storage slot NOT two!!
              Also you can get headaches using EVF  on SLT 77!!
               
              Avatar for MaxDemon MaxDemon (10:03 PM, October 30, 2011)
              It's best apc-c sized slr ever!
               
              The_asselin (5:28 PM, October 07, 2011)
              viewfinder magnifications are incorrect. 7d has 1.0x magnification and a77 has 1.1x magnification also eye relif is an advantage to the Sony where you don't have to squish your eye into the viewfinder.
               
              Squash (7:01 PM, October 01, 2011)
              I'll see if I can dig up Canon's own links. The 7D is weather resistant, but not sealed to the extent of the Canon 1D series or Pentax line (or Sony/Nikon pro line).

              It's good, but not actually weathersealed, with major gaps in the sealing at the shutter and pop-up flash.
               
              Derkjlerl (10:36 PM, September 13, 2011)
              The 7D IS in fact weather sealed. If you could update that, it would be greatly appreciated.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:08 PM, September 13, 2011)
              Hi Ollder, our mistake, when the camera was first announced it was hard to find accurate information, you're definitely right, it supports a max iso of 16,000, we'll have our specs updated shortly.
               
              Ollder (8:41 AM, September 13, 2011)
              HEY! Where did you find the maximum light sensitivy as 12800 for Sony a77 ???  In announced specs it is 16000. (Not a big deal as a property but as a mark of your reliability)