Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D810 vs Sony SLT A77 II

Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

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Sony SLT-A77

72

Sony SLT A77

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,853 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.8 f-stops higher ISO than the SLT A77
Startup delay Much less startup delay 200 ms vs 3100 ms
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15.5x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 95.0 vs 78.0
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More than 20% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 24 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 13.2 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability More lenses available 152 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 20% more lenses available
Battery life Longer battery life 900 shots vs 530 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 11
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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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
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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 124 ms vs 209 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.70x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Size Smaller 143x104x81 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 732 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $1,298.00 vs $3,296.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,999 cheaper (2.5x less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.2" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D800:0.70x
              SLT A77:0.72x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D800:36.2 MP
              SLT A77:24 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              921k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,699 with 18-200mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,100 body only

              $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $3,830 with 50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 body only

              $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,444 body only

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,048 body only

              $1,648 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

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              David (3:28 AM, October 18, 2013)
              Lmao
               
              Ibraheem (1:22 PM, July 28, 2013)
              I am thinking of getting a pro camera . should i get the Nikon D800 or the Sony A77