• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Sony A77 II advantages over Canon 1DX Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $1798 vs $6295
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Canon 1DX Mark II advantages over Sony A77 II

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.58 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1210 vs 480 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    16 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 1230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    14.0 fps vs 11.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    14.1 fps vs 12.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 28 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality, especially lower ISOs; Improved high ISO performance when using RAW; Very good dynamic range; High-resolution images; Very fast single-shot autofocus; 12fps burst mode with C-AF; Good value for its class.

  • Lackluster continuous AF performance; Strong NR processing in high ISO JPEGs; Sluggish buffer clearing; Short battery life compared to most DSLRs; Joystick control easy to press accidentally.

  • Excellent image quality, especially from RAWs; Fantastic high ISO performance; Fast autofocus with great tracking performance; 14fps burst rate; Amazing buffer capacity; 4K 60p video; Robust build quality.

  • Very heavy, bulky and expensive; Dual memory card slots use different formats; 29:59 continuous video recording limit; Touchscreen feels underutilized.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-3

Sony A77 II
Pentax K-3
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $974
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon 1DX Mark II
Pentax K-3
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $974
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon D4S

Sony A77 II
Nikon D4S
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Canon 1DX Mark II
Nikon D4S
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $5499
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Sony A77 II
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 1DX Mark II
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D7200

Sony A77 II
Nikon D7200
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $997
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon 1DX Mark II
Nikon D7200
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $997
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5

Sony A77 II
Nikon D5
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Canon 1DX Mark II
Nikon D5
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
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