Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Sony SLT A77 II vs Sony SLT A35

Sony SLT A77

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Sony SLT-A77

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Sony SLT-A33

58

Sony SLT-A33

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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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
800 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality Better image quality 78.0 vs 70.0
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More than 10% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 124 ms vs 215 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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 591 ISO
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The SLT A77 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 12.6 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 11 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life Longer battery life 530 shots vs 270 shots
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Around 2x more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A77's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Focus points Slightly more focus points 19 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 3.2" vs 3.3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A33

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 800 ms vs 3100 ms
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3.9x less delay when turning on
Size Smaller 124x92x85 mm vs 143x104x81 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 500 g vs 732 g
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More than 30% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Panorama Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SLT A77:3.2"
              SLT-A33:3.3"
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SLT A77:530 shots
              SLT-A33:270 shots
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A77:801 ISO
              SLT-A33:591 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $631 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $2,596 - $3,198 with 28-75mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,048 body only

              $1,648 - $1,649 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $815 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,147 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,079 body only

              $1,099 - $1,499 with 28-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $265 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $449 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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