Sony SLT A77

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Sony SLT-A77

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Nikon D300S

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Nikon D300S

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Color depth
Great color depth
24 bits
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 300 ms vs 3100 ms
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10.3x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism 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
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Longer battery life 950 shots vs 530 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
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
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.9" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 78.0 vs 70.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 12 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.62x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 124 ms vs 225 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SLT A77's maximum light sensitivity is 2.3 f-stops better
Weight Lighter 732 g vs 938 g
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More than 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A77's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $798.00 vs $1,559.00
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The best price we've seen is $761 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              D300S:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              SLT A77:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D300S:787 ISO
              SLT A77:801 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              D300S:147x114x74 mm
              SLT A77:143x104x81 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D300S:$1,559.00
              SLT A77:$798.00
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D300S:6,400 ISO
              SLT A77:25,600 ISO
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D300S:950 shots
              SLT A77:530 shots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D300S:70.0
              SLT A77:78.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

              Nikon D300S Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $680 body only

              $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,049 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 - $698 body only

              $598 - $798 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

              $2,298 - $2,798 body only

              $3,696 with 24mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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