Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Sony SLT A77 II

Nikon D700

Winner
Nikon D700

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Sony SLT-A77

75

Sony SLT A77

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,303 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Large sensor
Sensor size
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 3100 ms
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7.7x less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The D700 has excellent image quality 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the SLT A77
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 36.0x23.9mm 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
Battery life
Longer battery life
1000 shots vs 530 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
More lenses available
152 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 20% more lenses available
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
80.0 vs 78.0
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Almost the same
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 11
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
124 ms vs 197 ms
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Around 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
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$549.00 vs $4,337.04
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The best price we've seen is $3,788 cheaper (7.9x less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
732 g vs 1,074 g
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More than 30% lighter
Size
Smaller
143x104x81 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.72x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D700:922k dots
              SLT A77:921k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D700:80.0
              SLT A77:78.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $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 D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,345 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $898 body only

              $1,498 - $1,795 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $704 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

              $2,596 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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              Nikon D700
              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.