sony_a77_comparison

Comparison new Sony, old Nikon, Canon [updated]

In a few hours, the two new SLR photo cameras from Sony, the Sony Alpha 77 and Sony Alpha 65 will be fully official.

Since a lot of information reached our ears already through a number of different leaks, it is now possible to make a few educated guesses and to attempt a comparison with the older Sony Alpha 700 (many of its owners are impatiently waiting for its successor(s)) and the direct competition in the Nikon and Canon ranges.

Sony A700 Sony A65 Sony A77 Nikon D7000 Nikon D300s Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 7D
Sensor 12 MP (x1.5) 24 MP (x1.5) 24 MP (x1.5) 16 MP (x1.5) 12 MP (x1.5) 18 MP (x1.6) 18 MP (x1.6)
Sensitivity (in ISO) 200-1600 (ext. 100-6400) 100-16000 (ext. 25600) 100-16000 (ext. 50-25600) 100-6400 (ext. 25600) 200-3200 (ext. 100-6400) 100-6400 (ext. 12800) 100-6400 (ext. 12800)
High/low light DRO DRO DRO D-lighting D-lighting Highlight Tone + 4x Auto Lighting Optimizer Highlight Tone + 4x Auto Lighting Optimizer
Viewfinder 95% (pentaprism) 100% – 2.3MP OLED EVF 100% – 2.3MP OLED EVF 100% / grid onLCD 100% / grid on LCD 96% / exchangeable glass 100% / grid on LCD
LCD 3" / 920000 pixels 3" / 920000 pixels 3" / 920000 pixels + top LCD 3" / 920000 pixels + top LCD 3" / 920000 pixels + top LCD 3" / 1040000 pixels 3" / 920000 pixels
Metering 40 zones 1200 zones 1200 zones RGB 2016 pts RGB 1005 pts 63 zones 63 zones
Video HD 1080p / 24-25-60fps with full AF HD 1080p / 24-25-60fps with full AF HD 1080p / 24fps HD 720p / 24fps HD 1080p / 30fps HD 1080p / 30fps
AF 11 zones 15 zones 19 zones 39 zones 51 zones 9 zones 19
AF correction No No Yes Yes (12 lenses) Yes (12 lenses) No Yes
Continuous shooting 5fps 12fps 12fps 6fps 7fps (8fps with MB-D10) 5.3fps 8fps
Flash (GN in m @ ISO 100) GN 12 GN 12 GN 12 GN 12 GN 12 GN 13 GN 12
Shutter speed / Flash synchro 30s – 1/8000s / 1/250s 30s – 1/4000s / 1/250s 30s – 1/8000s / 1/250s 30s – 1/8000s / 1/250s 30s – 1/8000s / 1/250s 30s – 1/8000s / 1/250s 30s – 1/8000s / 1/250s
Body Aluminium + Magnesium Aluminium + polycarbonate All weather / magnesium Aluminium + polycarbonate Magnesium Aluminium + polycarbonate All weather / magnesium
Flash memory CF I/II + MS Duo/Pro SD HC/XC + MS Duo/Pro SD HC/XC + MS Duo/Pro SD XC (2 emplacements) CF I/II (UDMA) + SD HC SD HC/XC CF I/II (UDMA)
Battery NP-FM500H NP-FM500H NP-FM500H EN-EL15 EN-EL3e LP-E6 LP-E6
Weight 768g 622g 732g 690g 840g 755g 910g
Price (body only) $899 $1399 $1199 $1699 $999 $1699

Legend: Green means “best in class”, Red means “worst in class”.

Let’s not forget that this comparison is still based upon rumors (which will or will not be confirmed in the coming hours).