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

Sony SLT A77

Winner
Sony SLT-A77

82

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

66

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Has live view
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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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Overall image quality
Better image quality
78.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
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
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
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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
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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              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 Much more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $455 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

              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

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $3,000 with 18-135mm lens

              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

              $929 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              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