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

Sony SLT A77

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Sony SLT-A77

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Storage slots
More storage slots
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differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 78.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 11.9 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 801 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The SLT A77 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SLT A77's maximum light sensitivity is 3.3 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 124 ms vs 180 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A77's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Weight Slightly lighter 732 g vs 768 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A700

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 600 ms vs 3100 ms
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5.2x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 650 shots vs 530 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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        65 Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        SLT A77:124 ms
        DSLR-A700:180 ms
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        SLT A77:3.2"
        DSLR-A700:3.1"
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Lens availability Few lenses available Help
        123 lenses
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        SLT A77:801 ISO
        DSLR-A700:581 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Sony SLT-A65

        Sony SLT A65

        Entry-level DSLR

        $749 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,698 - $2,298 body only

        $1,770 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Weight Is significantly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

        $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Sony SLT A57

        Sony SLT A57

        Entry-level DSLR

        $861 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

        Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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        Sony SLT A77 II

        Sony SLT A77 II

        Pro DSLR

        $1,048 body only

        $1,648 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,799 body only

        $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,155 body only

        $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        Live view Has live view
        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $897 - $929 body only

        $831 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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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