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

Sony SLT A77

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Sony SLT-A77

59

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Sony NEX-7

55

Sony NEX-7

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Lowest price Cheaper $798.00 vs $1,109.00
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The best price we've seen is $311 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Size Much smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 143x104x81 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
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 Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture extremely high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              SLT A77:78.0
              NEX-7:81.0
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              SLT A77:13.2 EV
              NEX-7:13.4 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              SLT A77:24 bits
              NEX-7:24.1 bits
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              16,000 ISO
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SLT A77:$798.00
              NEX-7:$1,109.00
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 - $734 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,155 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,298 body only

              $1,798 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,098 body only

              $1,698 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $698 body only

              $748 with 55-200mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $915 - $1,299 body only

              $1,285 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $480 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,075 with 12-50mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $975 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

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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).