Sony SLT A77 vs Sony SLT A65

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Sony SLT-A77

80

Sony SLT-A65

75

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
124 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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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
132×97×81 mm vs 143×104×81 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
Cheaper
$592.93 vs $1,098.89
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The best price we've seen is $506 cheaper (around 50% 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
12 fps vs 10 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.6 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
11 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
124 ms vs 138 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
19 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.71x
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Panorama Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              SLT A650.71x
              SLT A770.72x
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              SLT A6510 fps
              SLT A7712 fps
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              SLT A65138 ms
              SLT A77124 ms
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
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              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              SLT A652800 ms
              SLT A773100 ms
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              126 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SLT A6515
              SLT A7719
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SLT A65510 shots
              SLT A77530 shots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A65717 ISO
              SLT A77801 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $948 body only

              $1,548 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

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

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT-A77.

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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?