Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Sony SLT A77 II vs Sony SLT-A99

Sony SLT-A99 vs Sony SLT A77

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Sony SLT-A99

83

Sony SLT-A77

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

Great image quality
Overall image quality
89.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14 EV
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
700 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
124 ms shutter lag

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differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 6 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.71x
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Almost the same
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,238.00 vs $1,998.00
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The best price we've seen is $760 cheaper (around 40% less)
Size
Slightly smaller
143×104×81 mm vs 147×111×78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
732 g vs 812 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A99

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
700 ms vs 3100 ms
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4.4x less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,555 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The SLT-A99 has a slight edge (1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 78.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Color depth
Better color depth
25 bits vs 24 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The SLT-A99's maximum light sensitivity is 1.4 f-stops better
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              SLT A770.72x
              SLT-A990.71x
              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 A77124 ms
              SLT-A99127 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SLT A77530 shots
              SLT-A99500 shots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A77801 ISO
              SLT-A991,555 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $898 body only

              $1,498 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $948 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              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
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 body only

              $430 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $591 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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              PJShoots (9:07 PM, December 07, 2013)
              Should have mentioned the A99 is a full fram vs the A77 being a cropped frame.
              A77 great for hobby, A99 better for pros