• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 33.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Sony A77 II advantages over Sony A7 IV

  • Less expensive
    $1798 vs $2698
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.5 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Sony A7 IV advantages over Sony A77 II

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.12 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    Brand new vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    3680k vs 1230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    33.0 vs 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    828 vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 51200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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 GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance

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.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 70D

Sony A77 II
Canon 70D
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1134
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Sony A7 IV
Canon 70D
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1134
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Sony A77 II
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A7 IV
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $1649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D7200

Sony A77 II
Nikon D7200
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A7 IV
Nikon D7200
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Nikon Z7 II

Sony A77 II
Nikon Z7 II
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A7 IV
Nikon Z7 II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Top deck display

Compared to Nikon Z6 II

Sony A77 II
Nikon Z6 II
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7 IV
Nikon Z6 II
  • $2498
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect
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