• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Sony A77 II advantages over Canon 80D

  • 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 viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.59x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More AF points
    79 vs 45
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.5 fps vs 6.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.0 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon 80D advantages over Sony A77 II

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $1126 vs $1798
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 0.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 960 vs 480 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 75 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • More cross-type AF points
    45 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    53 vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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 HDMI output 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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.

  • Very good image quality; Better RAW high ISO performance than predecessor; Improved buffer depth; Very fast AF; Dual Pixel CMOS AF is excellent; f/8 AF support; 1080/60p video; Headphone jack; Very good battery life.

  • New kit lens isn't very sharp; No 4K video; No clean HDMI out; 29:59 minute video recording limit; Phase detect AF not as sensitive in low-light as expected (Dual Pixel AF is better in low-light).

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7100

Sony A77 II
Nikon D7100
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $785
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon 80D
Nikon D7100
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $785
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 70D

Sony A77 II
Canon 70D
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $882
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon 80D
Canon 70D
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • NFC
  • $882
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Sony A77 II
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 80D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • Built-in GPS
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Nikon D7200

Sony A77 II
Nikon D7200
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon 80D
Nikon D7200
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $697
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range

Compared to Nikon D7500

Sony A77 II
Nikon D7500
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon 80D
Nikon D7500
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Fast startup
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