• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Sony A77 advantages over Nikon Z 30

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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 GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 530 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • 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
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.9 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Z 30 advantages over Sony A77

  • Less expensive
    $710 vs $2000 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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 Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    59 mm vs 80 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 months vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 16000 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
  • 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

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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  • 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 Canon 60D

Sony A77
Canon 60D
  • $1296
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon Z 30
Canon 60D
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon D7100

Sony A77
Nikon D7100
  • $1296
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $810
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon Z 30
Nikon D7100
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $810
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon 70D

Sony A77
Canon 70D
  • $1296
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
Nikon Z 30
Canon 70D
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1149
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon EOS M50 II

Sony A77
Canon EOS M50 II
  • $1296
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Nikon Z 30
Canon EOS M50 II
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Newer
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • NFC

Compared to Fujifilm X-T30 II

Sony A77
Fujifilm X-T30 II
  • $1296
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
Nikon Z 30
Fujifilm X-T30 II
  • $710
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
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