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

Sony SLT A77

Winner
Sony SLT-A77

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Olympus E-5

54

Olympus E-5

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus E-5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

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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
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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Viewfinder size
Much 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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$549.00 vs $1,680.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,131 cheaper (3.1x less)
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
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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              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 body only

              $1,129 - $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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 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

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm 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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $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

              Olympus E-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus E-3

              Olympus E-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $659 body only

              $3,599 with 12-60mm lens

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,068 - $1,319 body only

              $1,683 - $2,099 with 12-40mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $800 body only

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Olympus E-30

              Olympus E-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 body only

              $1,500 with 12-60mm lens

              Weight Significantly lighter
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Olympus E-510

              Olympus E-510

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              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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