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

Sony SLT A77

Winner
Sony SLT-A77

76

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Nikon D3300

68

Nikon D3300

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3300

Overall image quality
Great image quality
82.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.3 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.8 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3300

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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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 2000 ms vs 3100 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Battery life Slightly 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
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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
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.55x
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Around 70% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D3300:24.2 MP
              SLT A77:24 MP
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              D3300:2000 ms
              SLT A77:3100 ms
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D3300:11
              SLT A77:19

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              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

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 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 a built in panoramas
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D3300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $485 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,098 body only

              $1,698 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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