Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 vs Nikon D3300

Winner
Sony SLT-A77

82

Nikon D3300

72

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3300

Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.3 bits
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.8 EV

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3300

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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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,385 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The D3300 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Overall image quality
Better image quality
82.0 vs 78.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Size
Smaller
124x98x75 mm vs 143x104x81 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
24.3 bits vs 24 bits
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
700 shots vs 530 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Significantly lighter
430 g vs 732 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$479.95 vs $1,098.89
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The best price we've seen is $619 cheaper (2.3x 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.55x
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Around 70% larger viewfinder
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.8 EV
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Almost the same
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A77's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Panorama Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Nikon D3300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $878 - $898 body only

              $1,498 - $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

              $591 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $998 - $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
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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