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

Sony SLT A77

Winner
Sony SLT-A77

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Sony NEX-7

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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
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
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
 

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
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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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$729.84 vs $998.00
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The best price we've seen is $268 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              True resolution Capture extremely high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              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
              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
              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
              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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

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

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 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 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 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

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

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

              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
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $2,596 with 28-75mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $641 body only

              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
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 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 Significantly lower true resolution
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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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).