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Sony A700 vs Sony A77 II

Portability
58
Imaging
51
Features
58
Overall
53
Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 front
 
Sony SLT-A77 II front
Portability
62
Imaging
66
Features
85
Overall
73

Sony A700 vs Sony A77 II Key Specs

Sony A700
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 768g - 142 x 105 x 80mm
  • Introduced December 2007
  • Replaced the Konica Minolta 7D
  • Updated by Sony A77
Sony A77 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 50 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 647g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Released May 2014
  • Older Model is Sony A77
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Sony A700 vs Sony A77 II Overview

In this article, we will be reviewing the Sony A700 versus Sony A77 II, both Advanced DSLR cameras and both are manufactured by Sony. There is a substantial difference among the resolutions of the A700 (12MP) and A77 II (24MP) but they possess the same exact sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The A700 was manufactured 7 years earlier than the A77 II and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting in to a detailed comparison, below is a short highlight of how the A700 scores versus the A77 II in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony A700 over the Sony A77 II

 A700 A77 II 

Reasons to pick Sony A77 II over the Sony A700

 A77 II A700 
ReleasedMay 2014December 2007Fresher by 78 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1229k920kClearer screen (+309k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Sony A700 and Sony A77 II

 A700 A77 II 
Focus manually More exact focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Sony A700 vs Sony A77 II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera frequently, you should take into account its weight and size. The Sony A700 has physical measurements of 142mm x 105mm x 80mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.1") accompanied by a weight of 768 grams (1.69 lbs) while the Sony A77 II has specifications of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") with a weight of 647 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. Below is the front view measurements comparison of the A700 versus the A77 II.

Sony A700 vs Sony A77 II size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the A700 and A77 II is 58 and 62 respectively.

Sony A700 vs Sony A77 II top view buttons comparison

Sony A700 vs Sony A77 II Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very difficult to visualise the gap in sensor sizing just by going through technical specs. The visual below may offer you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the A700 and A77 II.

As you can tell, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You can count on the Sony A77 II to provide more detail due to its extra 12MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The older A700 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Sony A700 vs Sony A77 II sensor size comparison

Sony A700 vs Sony A77 II Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A700 vs Sony A77 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A700 Portrait photography details
Sony A77 II Portrait photography details
54
has manual focus
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview feature
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
79
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony A700 Street photography information
Sony A77 II Street photography information
64
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
fixed screen
76
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
weather proof
great high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A700 Sports photography features
Sony A77 II Sports photography features
56
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
no liveview feature
max frames per second very slow (5.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
76
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
weather proof
comes with phase detect autofocus
terrible battery pack (480 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Sony A700 Travel photography details
Sony A77 II Travel photography details
49
environment sealing
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
64
weather proof
good megapixels (24MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
terrible battery pack (480 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony A700
Landscape photography with Sony A77 II
62
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
two card slots
no liveview feature
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
73
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
weather proof
terrible battery pack (480 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A700 Vlogging info
Sony A77 II Vlogging info
9
no video shooting
78
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have mic support
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Sony A700 vs Sony A77 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A700 and Sony A77 II
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A700Sony SLT-A77 II
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Sony SLT-A77 II
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2007-12-19 2014-05-21
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4272 x 2848 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 6400 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 50
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 11 79
Cross type focus points - 15
Lens
Lens support Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses 143 143
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 920 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.6x 0.73x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, rear curtain, Off Auto, fill, rear sync, slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250 seconds 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 768g (1.69 lb) 647g (1.43 lb)
Dimensions 142 x 105 x 80mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.1") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 66 82
DXO Color Depth rating 22.3 24.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.9 13.4
DXO Low light rating 581 1013
Other
Battery life - 480 pictures
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FM500H NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 2 One
Cost at release $1,000 $1,198