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Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II

Portability
67
Imaging
54
Features
80
Overall
64
Sony SLT-A33 front
 
Sony SLT-A77 II front
Portability
62
Imaging
66
Features
85
Overall
73

Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II Key Specs

Sony A33
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 500g - 124 x 92 x 85mm
  • Introduced August 2010
  • Refreshed by Sony A35
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
  • Launched May 2014
  • Older Model is Sony A77
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Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II Overview

Its time to examine more closely at the Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the latter is a Advanced DSLR and they are both produced by Sony. There is a sizable difference between the sensor resolutions of the A33 (14MP) and A77 II (24MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor size (APS-C).

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The A33 was revealed 4 years earlier than the A77 II and that is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Sony A33 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony A77 II being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before going through a in-depth comparison, below is a simple view of how the A33 scores against the A77 II with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony A33 over the Sony A77 II

 A33 A77 II 

Reasons to pick Sony A77 II over the Sony A33

 A77 II A33 
LaunchedMay 2014August 2010Fresher by 45 months
Screen resolution1229k921kCrisper screen (+308k dot)

Common features in the Sony A33 and Sony A77 II

 A33 A77 II 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Selfie screen Both good for selfies
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to carry your camera, you'll need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Sony A33 comes with external dimensions of 124mm x 92mm x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3") with a weight of 500 grams (1.10 lbs) and the Sony A77 II has dimensions of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 647 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the A33 and the A77 II.

Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the A33 and A77 II is 67 and 62 respectively.

Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II top view buttons comparison

Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's hard to see the contrast between sensor sizing simply by reviewing technical specs. The graphic underneath may give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the A33 and A77 II.

As you have seen, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Sony A77 II to offer you more detail because of its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop photographs a little more aggressively. The older A33 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II sensor size comparison

Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A33 Portrait photography highlights
Sony A77 II Portrait photography highlights
72
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
79
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
offers face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony A33
Street photography with Sony A77 II
76
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
76
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment proofing
great ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A33 Sports photography highlights
Sony A77 II Sports photography highlights
67
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
bad battery pack (340 per charge)
76
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
not so great battery (480 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Sony A33 Travel photography factors
Sony A77 II Travel photography factors
61
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
does not have Timelapse mode
bad battery pack (340 per charge)
64
environment proofing
good megapixels (24MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse function
not so great battery (480 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A33 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A77 II as a Landscape photography camera
67
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
bad battery pack (340 shots)
does not have Timelapse mode
73
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
environment proofing
not so great battery (480 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A33 Vlogging features
Sony A77 II Vlogging features
77
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes microphone support
78
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external mic support
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Sony A33 vs Sony A77 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A33 and Sony A77 II
 Sony SLT-A33Sony SLT-A77 II
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony SLT-A33 Sony SLT-A77 II
Category Entry-Level DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2010-08-24 2014-05-21
Physical type Compact SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz 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 14 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4592 x 3056 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 12800 25600
Maximum boosted ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 100 50
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 15 79
Cross focus points 3 15
Lens
Lens mounting type Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 143 143
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 921 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,150 thousand dots 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.73x 0.73x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 7.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 10.00 m (@ ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, fill, rear sync, slow sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160 seconds 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 500 grams (1.10 pounds) 647 grams (1.43 pounds)
Dimensions 124 x 92 x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 70 82
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 24.4
DXO Dynamic range score 12.6 13.4
DXO Low light score 591 1013
Other
Battery life 340 photos 480 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FW50 NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Retail cost $230 $1,198