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

Nikon D800 vs Sony SLT A77

Winner
Nikon D800

94

Sony SLT-A77

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High true resolution
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
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

differences

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
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
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
Slightly 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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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 4 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
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
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
Size
Smaller
143x104x81 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.70x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Weight
Significantly lighter
732 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,238.00 vs $2,420.54
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The best price we've seen is $1,183 cheaper (around 50% 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
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D800:0.70x
              SLT A77:0.72x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,799 - $3,099 body only

              $3,399 - $3,699 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

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 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

              $1,328 - $1,799 body only

              $2,099 - $2,199 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

              $652 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 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

              $859 - $1,099 body only

              $1,330 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $970 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 D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Lowest price More expensive
              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 Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,926 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $875 - $948 body only

              $1,548 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

              $593 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $649 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              discussion

              Nikon D800
              D800
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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