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

Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Sony SLT-A77

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Sony SLT A77

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,303 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D700

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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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 3100 ms
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7.7x 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
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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 Common Weaknesses
        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
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        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

        $1,047 - $1,197 body only

        $1,290 - $1,347 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

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm 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
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,595 body only

        $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 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 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thinner
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $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 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,598 - $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

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

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

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 - $1,997 body only

        $2,197 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,360 - $1,424 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $2,999 - $3,160 body only

        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower

        Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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        Sony SLT A77 II

        Sony SLT A77 II

        Pro DSLR

        $1,048 body only

        $1,648 - $1,649 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

        $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

        $1,998 body only

        $3,198 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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        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.