Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Olympus E-5 vs Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77

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Sony SLT-A77

76

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Olympus E-5

54

Olympus E-5

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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Advantages of the Olympus E-5

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Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Battery life Longer battery life 870 shots vs 530 shots
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More than 60% 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
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 10.5 EV
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2.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 21.6 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
Overall image quality Much better image quality 78.0 vs 56.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.58x
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Around 60% larger viewfinder
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Lens availability Much more lenses available 123 lenses vs 40 lenses
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More than 3x more lenses available
Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus Yes vs No
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Record movies without worrying about focus
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 801 ISO vs 519 ISO
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The SLT A77 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Lighter 732 g vs 892 g
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Around 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Lowest price Cheaper $1,298.00 vs $2,518.77
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The best price we've seen is $1,221 cheaper (around 50% less)
Size Slightly smaller 143x104x81 mm vs 143x117x75 mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              E-5:40 lenses
              SLT A77:123 lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              E-5:Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
              SLT A77:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              E-5:519 ISO
              SLT A77:801 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 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
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

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

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,298 body only

              $1,770 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 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

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,790 - $2,100 with 12-40mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Better color depth
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Better color depth
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus E-30

              Olympus E-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weight Significantly lighter
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $285 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 body only

              $772 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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