Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Sony SLT A77 II vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

85

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Sony SLT-A77

57

Sony SLT A77

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 101x58x35 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Overall image quality
Great image quality
78.0
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Overall image quality
Better image quality
78.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% 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
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
530 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
801 ISO vs 390 ISO
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The SLT A77 has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the DSC-RX100
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.4 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
12 fps vs 10 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Size
Much smaller
101x58x35 mm vs 143x104x81 mm
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5.7x smaller
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Weight
Much lighter
213 g vs 732 g
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3.4x lighter
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.4" vs 3.2"
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2.3x thinner
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2800 ms vs 3100 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Lowest price
Cheaper
$396.19 vs $998.00
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The best price we've seen is $602 cheaper (2.5x less)
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              SLT A77:921k dots
              DSC-RX100:1,229k dots
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              SLT A77:24 MP
              DSC-RX100:20 MP
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              SLT A77:3100 ms
              DSC-RX100:2800 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

              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

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen size Larger screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Lens availability More lenses available
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598 - $648

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom More zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

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