Sony SLT A77

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Sony SLT-A77

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Sony SLT-A65

71

Sony SLT A65

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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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Startup delay Less startup delay 2800 ms vs 3100 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Size Smaller 132x97x81 mm vs 143x104x81 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 622 g vs 732 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $499.00 vs $798.00
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The best price we've seen is $299 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality Better image quality 78.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 12.6 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 12 fps vs 10 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 11 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points Slightly more focus points 19 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 124 ms vs 138 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Panorama Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              SLT A65:0.71x
              SLT A77:0.72x
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus Help
              fast and accurate
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              SLT A65:10 fps
              SLT A77:12 fps
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              SLT A65:138 ms
              SLT A77:124 ms
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              SLT A65:2800 ms
              SLT A77:3100 ms
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SLT A65:510 shots
              SLT A77:530 shots
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A65:717 ISO
              SLT A77:801 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 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
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 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
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT-A65.

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $2,298 - $2,798 body only

              $3,696 with 24mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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              Avatar for bilbao22 bilbao22 (9:14 AM, January 24, 2014)
              zebras on the a77
               
              DES (1:02 PM, October 29, 2013)
              Very interesting site. Bookmarked you. I am thinking of upgrading myA55v-SLT to either the A77 or A65. The A77 is slightly ahead as I understand its a the newer of the two models. On looking at it I love the control layout and find the record button in a better situation in relation to regularly used settings buttons. I used to annoyingly clip my record button whilst composing a shot with my a55. I thought of a Nikon but it means changing all my lenses which are not cheap. Am I right do you think in considering the A77? I am retired love landscapes and wildlife including macro photography. Any opinions would be welcome.
               
              Sarptuso (0:41 AM, February 26, 2012)
              EVF is not a weakness in my opinion. As a great reviewer stated in amazon.com "In OVF types, you see what you see in OVF but in EVF you see what the sensor sees and when you make adjustments you can see it LIVE on screen but you don't have that option in OVF's.  A77 EVF's is amoled and it is perfection.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:09 PM, February 01, 2012)
              You're right, the Sony SLT-A77 does have auto focus in video mode, in fact because of the translucent mirror it can use the phase detection focus system in video unlike most DSLRs which I hear is pretty impressive!  We've updated the comparison, thanks.
               
              Ben Harvey (6:08 AM, February 01, 2012)
              I'm pretty sure that the a77 has auto focus in video mode. Right?