Updated (August 2011): Compare the Sony SLT-A77 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Sony SLT A77 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Sony SLT-A77


Sony Alpha DSLR-A700



Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Storage slots
More storage slots
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A77.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700.


Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II


$1,198 body only

$1,798 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Significantly more focus points
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Entry-level DSLR

$1,000 body only

$1,142 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Less startup delay
Size Smaller
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$598 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Autofocus Video autofocus
Screen size Much smaller screen
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Entry-level DSLR

Movie format Shoots movies
Live view Has live view
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57

Entry-level DSLR

$800 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Autofocus Video autofocus
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder


Sony SLT-A77

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700
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Showing 4 comments

VirtualMirage (9:07 PM, September 19, 2012)
I know it is an old post, but felt it was worth replying to.

I agree that the A700 shouldn't be considered an entry level camera. But it does make for a good comparison since many people that have been holding onto their A700's in hopes for a worthy upgrade would be strongly looking at the A77. Having said that, though, the A700 is getting a little long in the tooth and doesn't hold many advantages over the A77. The A77 can also do 5 frames bracketing, has selectable Auto ISO, has 11 cross type sensors that don't require a F2.8 lens yet achieves better focusing in low light than the A700's single double cross type sensor. The only things I see the A77 doesn't have that the A700 does is zone matching and tethering.

It is a shame that the A77 doesn't offer tethering, but it wouldn't be impossible to add back in via firmware (seeing that the new A99 has tethering). Zone matching does appear to be yanked, but with the improvements in the built in DRO and the versatility of RAW you have to question how much more useful is zone matching now-a-days with such capabilities already available.

Having owned both cameras, I can safely say the A77 is a worthy upgrade from the A700 and the improvements it does offer are very noticeable. One thing that A700 severely needed that the A77 does offer is lens micro-focus adjustment. Any advantage the double cross AF sensor had is lost if the lens is back or front focusing.
Waynekirk (7:39 PM, January 12, 2012)
Hi Stefan
Totally agree.The A700 is hardly an entry level DSLR.
I have since got onto a A850 (with great difficulty),but still use the 700 for its features the 850 doesn't have............
Stefan (1:04 PM, January 12, 2012)
Snapsort recommends the Sony SLT-A77. This recommendation, however, should be taken with a grain of salt since it doesn't always make sense to compare a pro DSLR with a entry-level DSLR.Now that is a ridiculous statement, just because the A700 is 4 years old doesn't suddenly make it a entry-level model. It has some advanced features like 5 frames bracketing, selectable Auto Iso, central double-cross F2.8 AF sensor, tethered shooting, zone matching, that A77 misses.
Waynekirk (6:36 AM, September 12, 2011)
Seems to be a lot going it(77) in the Specs.I have had the700 for two years,but would dearly love a Full Frame.
Any news on a new full frame coming out by Sony.
Was lately interested in buying the 2/3 year old 850 or 900,but these have been discontinued..........Cheers