Updated (August 2011): Compare the Nikon D700 vs Sony SLT-A77

Nikon D700 vs Sony SLT A77

Winner
Nikon D700

79

Sony SLT-A77

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D700.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A77.

competitors

Nikon D700 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,700 - $1,997 body only

$2,249 - $2,497 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,266 - $1,497 body only

$1,699 - $1,897 with 24-85mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$859 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II

Pro DSLR

$1,198 body only

$1,798 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Significantly more focus points
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Entry-level DSLR

$1,000 body only

$1,142 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Less startup delay
Size Smaller
Weather sealed No weather sealing

discussion

Nikon D700
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David Garmont (3:36 PM, November 05, 2011)
I don't see why the subjective comment that an optical viewfinder is deemed to be better than a digital one - they are different.  I have both and I would use them under differing circumstances but I find that the EVF is becoming my first choice on most occasions.