Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs Sony SLT-A77

Canon EOS 7D

Winner
Canon EOS 7D

74

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

66

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
131 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
854 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The 7D has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
131 ms vs 180 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 7D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
800 shots vs 650 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Weight
Lighter
768 g vs 860 g
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More than 10% lighter
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              7D:131 ms
              DSLR-A700:180 ms
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              7D:12,800 ISO
              DSLR-A700:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              7D:6,400 ISO
              DSLR-A700:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              DSLR-A700:12.2 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              DSLR-A700:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              7D:22 bits
              DSLR-A700:22.3 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              7D:11.7 EV
              DSLR-A700:11.9 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              7D:854 ISO
              DSLR-A700:581 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $998 - $1,050 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,399 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Thickness Thicker

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $455 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $3,000 with 18-135mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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              Saish (2:44 PM, March 14, 2011)
              7D is awesome ......just got hands on it and got some lessons from professionals
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:53 PM, February 17, 2011)
              Hi NikonFanboy, we only include lenses currently available for sale, we pull the numbers from our sister site LensHero.com, see Sony A700 lenses.

              The site pulls prices automatically from retailers, and it looks like it hasn't found any north american retailers so the price its quoting you is from europe converted to USD which might be part of the issue. I'll look into that to see why its not finding any local prices.

              Snapsort compares any two cameras you want, regardless of the age difference!

              A200 vs A700 - do we have the wrong picture for the A700?

              Thanks!
               
              nikonFanboy (5:16 AM, February 17, 2011)
              92 lenses available??? if you include minolta lenses how much would that be? since when did a700 became $2,659.35? everything in canon is significant difference..everything in sony is slightly....you are comparing cameras with a huge age difference. what are you smoking? and since when does an a700 look like an a200?
               
              Ascot (11:03 AM, November 02, 2010)
              My apolagies, I misread the listing
               
              Ascot (10:57 AM, November 02, 2010)
              You guys need to get your facts right. The A700 has 2 card slots, and has image stabilisation. If you are going to do comparisons, get it right!