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

Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Storage slots
More storage slots


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

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Focus points More focus points
GPS No built-in GPS
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $448 body only

$525 - $548 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Entry-level DSLR

$866 with 18-55mm lens

Size Smaller
Lowest price Cheaper
Weather sealed No weather sealing

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68


True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Shoots movies
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$632 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D


$539 body only

Live view Has live view
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Overall image quality Much worse image quality


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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