• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A77 advantages over Sony A77 II

  • Less expensive
    $1000 vs $1798
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos

Sony A77 II advantages over Sony A77

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 11
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    5 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    79 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    26 vs 17 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    28 vs 14 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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.

  • 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 Nikon D7100

Sony A77
Nikon D7100
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $795
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A77 II
Nikon D7100
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $795
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 70D

Sony A77
Canon 70D
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $911
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
Sony A77 II
Canon 70D
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $911
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Pentax K-3

Sony A77
Pentax K-3
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A77 II
Pentax K-3
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Sony A77
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $1216
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A77 II
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1216
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D7200

Sony A77
Nikon D7200
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A77 II
Nikon D7200
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
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