Updated (April 2014): Compare the Sony SLT A77 II vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony SLT A77 vs Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony SLT-A77

57

Sony NEX-7

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Phase detection video autofocus
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fast and accurate
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
124 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
350 g
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A77.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-7.

differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
123 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 6x more lenses available
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
124 ms vs 223 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
530 shots vs 430 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
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 NEX-7

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Size
Much smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 143×104×81 mm
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4.8x smaller
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1200 ms vs 3100 ms
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2.6x less delay when turning on
Weight
Significantly lighter
350 g vs 732 g
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2.1x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.2"
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2.1x thinner
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
81.0 vs 78.0
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Almost the same
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,016 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Lowest price
Cheaper
$529.95 vs $1,238.00
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The best price we've seen is $708 cheaper (2.3x less)
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              SLT A7724 bits
              NEX-724.1 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              SLT A7713.2 EV
              NEX-713.4 EV
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $548 - $648 body only

              $698 - $705 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $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
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $593 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $619 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $550 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $400 - $465 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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              Avatar for TrophyGeek TrophyGeek (8:56 AM, February 10, 2012)
              Price comparison above is wrong (A77 $1,398.00 vs NEX7 $1,733.90). A77 price is for the body only. The Body-only price for the NEX7 is $1200).