Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Sony SLT A77 II vs Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A77 vs Sony SLT-A55

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Sony SLT-A77

82

Sony SLT-A55

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
124 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps

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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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality
Better image quality
78.0 vs 73.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
124 ms vs 220 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.4 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
12 fps vs 10 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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 330 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
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
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
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 3.3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A55

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
900 ms vs 3100 ms
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3.4x less delay when turning on
Size
Smaller
124x92x85 mm vs 143x104x81 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
500 g vs 732 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$801.18 vs $1,098.89
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The best price we've seen is $298 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.72x
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              SLT A7712 fps
              SLT-A5510 fps
              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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SLT A773.2"
              SLT-A553.3"
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SLT A7719
              SLT-A5515
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              SLT A773100 ms
              SLT-A55900 ms
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SLT A77530 shots
              SLT-A55330 shots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A77801 ISO
              SLT-A55816 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $878 - $898 body only

              $1,498 - $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $591 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly 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
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 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
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 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
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $685 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 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
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 - $2,798 body only

              $2,896 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 A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $998 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $600 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

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              Stauros772000 (1:57 PM, March 19, 2012)
              are you serious ??a77  is thinner  from a55??