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

Sony SLT A77 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Storage slots
More storage slots
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galleries

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.

competitors

Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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Sony SLT A77 II

Pro DSLR

$1,198 body only

$1,798 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
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Sony SLT A99

Pro DSLR

$3,198 body only

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Startup delay Much less startup delay
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
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Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$799 with 18-55mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

Autofocus Video autofocus
Live view Has live view
Startup delay Much more startup delay
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Sony SLT A55

Entry-level DSLR

Autofocus Video autofocus
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Entry-level DSLR

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Live view Has live view
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

discussion

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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