• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 130.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony A77 advantages over Olympus XZ-10

  • 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
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.95 vs 1.55 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.6 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    16000 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus XZ-10 advantages over Sony A77

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 80 mm
    Thinner
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 17 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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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 Fujifilm XF1

Sony A77
Fujifilm XF1
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $360
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Olympus XZ-10
Fujifilm XF1
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $360
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D7100

Sony A77
Nikon D7100
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Olympus XZ-10
Nikon D7100
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon 70D

Sony A77
Canon 70D
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $927
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Olympus XZ-10
Canon 70D
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $927
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-3

Sony A77
Pentax K-3
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Olympus XZ-10
Pentax K-3
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Fujifilm XQ2

Sony A77
Fujifilm XQ2
  • $772
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $299
  • 2/3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • On-sensor phase detect
Olympus XZ-10
Fujifilm XQ2
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $299
  • 2/3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
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