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

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
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
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
True resolution 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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 131 ms vs 180 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
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 Common Weaknesses
        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
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        7D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        DSLR-A700:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
        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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        7D:19
        DSLR-A700:11
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
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        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

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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 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

        $701 - $840 body only

        $913 - $989 with 18-105mm 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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $747 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
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $798 body only

        $1,098 with 18-135mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Color depth Has significantly more color depth
        Thickness Is thicker
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $656 body only

        $399 - $477 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
        Canon EOS 50D

        Canon EOS 50D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,400 body only

        Color depth Has slightly less color depth
        Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range

        Canon EOS 7D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,049 - $1,150 body only

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

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,899 body only

        $2,200 - $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
        Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 - $1,147 body only

        $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,300 body only

        $3,409 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
        Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
        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 Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Lens availability Fewer lenses available
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Entry-level DSLR

        Live view Has live view
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        Live view Has live view
        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Sony SLT A57

        Sony SLT A57

        Entry-level DSLR

        $530 body only

        Live view Has live view
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Significantly thinner
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Much smaller screen

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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!