Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77

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Sony SLT-A77

76

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Nikon D5100

67

Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 500 ms vs 3100 ms
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6.2x 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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 80.0 vs 78.0
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 143x104x81 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 660 shots vs 530 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 560 g vs 732 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $378.00 vs $1,298.00
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The best price we've seen is $920 cheaper (3.4x less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.51x
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Around 2x larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 4 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 124 ms vs 273 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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 1.3 f-stops better
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

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              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              D5100:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              SLT A77:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $285 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,048 body only

              $1,648 - $1,649 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 body only

              $772 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $3,198 with 28-75mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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              discussion

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              Meshoolord (7:05 AM, October 01, 2011)
              Hi, would you help, which is the Best DSLR that capture movies???
              Ist Nikon or Sony ALT 77????
              Please advise
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:27 AM, October 01, 2011)
              Hi Ioan, the color depths quoted here are test results conducted by DXOMark
               
              Ioan Florea (0:10 AM, October 01, 2011)
              Hey. I know that Sony A-77, A-65, and NEX-7 have the same sensor. In this case, down't they have the same color depth (24 bit like A-77)? I'm asking because I haven't seen this specified on A-65 and NEX-7, presentation page.
               
              Tony Barbeta_1 (9:49 PM, September 25, 2011)
              A77, for me is clearly the better camera, bringing breakthriugh technology.