• APS-H 548.2mm2
  • 8.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark II N advantages over Sony A77

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    APS-H vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.19 vs 3.95 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    975 vs 801 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    48 vs 17 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony A77 advantages over Canon 1D Mark II N

  • 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
  • More dynamic range
    13.2 vs 11.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    7 years vs 13 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 8.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.6 fps vs 8.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    16000 vs 3200 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
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Very fast top frame rate; full-time phase-detect autofocus; Full 60p HD video; Excellent kit lens; Very good high-resolution sensor.

  • Heavy; EVF appears dim when used in bright light; AF tracking in Movie mode was unreliable in our testing.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon 1D Mark II N
Nikon D7000
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A77
Nikon D7000
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon T3i

Canon 1D Mark II N
Canon T3i
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A77
Canon T3i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon D7100

Canon 1D Mark II N
Nikon D7100
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $743
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Sony A77
Nikon D7100
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $743
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon 70D

Canon 1D Mark II N
Canon 70D
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $924
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Sony A77
Canon 70D
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $924
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-3

Canon 1D Mark II N
Pentax K-3
  • $299
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $833
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A77
Pentax K-3
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $833
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
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