Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II

Nikon D500 front
Sony SLT-A77 II front

Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II Key Specs

Nikon D500
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise to 1640000)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 860g - 147 x 115 x 81mm
  • Announced January 2016
  • Replaced the Nikon D300S
Sony A77 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • 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
  • Replaced the Sony A77
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Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II Overview

Here is a comprehensive analysis of the Nikon D500 and Sony A77 II, both Advanced DSLR cameras by competitors Nikon and Sony. The resolution of the D500 (21MP) and the A77 II (24MP) is very close and both cameras have the identical sensor size (APS-C).

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The D500 was announced 20 months later than the A77 II making them a generation apart from one another. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before going straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the D500 matches up vs the A77 II in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D500 over the Sony A77 II

 D500 A77 II 
ReleasedJanuary 2016May 2014Fresher by 20 months
Display size3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2359k1229kClearer display (+1130k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A77 II over the Nikon D500

 A77 II D500 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon D500 and Sony A77 II

 D500 A77 II 
Manually focus Dial exact focus

Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera frequently, you will have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Nikon D500 has external measurements of 147mm x 115mm x 81mm (5.8" x 4.5" x 3.2") with a weight of 860 grams (1.90 lbs) whilst 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).

See the Nikon D500 and Sony A77 II in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have at that time. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the D500 compared to the A77 II.

Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the D500 and A77 II is 56 and 62 respectively.

Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II top view buttons comparison

Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very difficult to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing merely by viewing specifications. The visual here will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the D500 and A77 II.

To sum up, both of the cameras come with the identical sensor size but different resolution. You can expect to see the Sony A77 II to result in greater detail with its extra 3MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The fresher D500 provides a benefit in sensor technology.

Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II sensor size comparison

Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D500 Portrait photography features
Sony A77 II Portrait photography features
focusing manually
good resolution (21 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focus
supports RAW formats
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D500 Street photography advice
Sony A77 II Street photography advice
screen tilts up and down
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
offers touch to focus
weather proofing
above average ISO range (51,200)
lack of image stabilization
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D500 Sports photography highlights
Sony A77 II Sports photography highlights
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
good resolution (21 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (1,240 shots)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
weather proofing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
not so great battery power (480 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D500 Travel photography factors
Sony A77 II Travel photography factors
better than average battery pack (1,240 CIPA)
weather proofing
connects via bluetooth
offers touch to focus
good resolution (21MP)
display is not selfie friendly
weather proofing
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
lack of Timelapse mode
not so great battery power (480 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D500 Landscape photography info
Sony A77 II Landscape photography info
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a good size (3.2")
good resolution (21MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
above average ISO range (51,200)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (1,240 per charge)
two card slots
lack of image stabilization
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
not so great battery power (480 per charge)
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D500 Vlogging features
Sony A77 II Vlogging features
touchscreen functionality
offers face detection focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes external microphone socket
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external microphone jack
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Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D500 and Sony A77 II
 Nikon D500Sony SLT-A77 II
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Model Nikon D500 Sony SLT-A77 II
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2016-01-05 2014-05-21
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed 5 Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 21 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5568 x 3712 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 51200 25600
Maximum boosted ISO 1640000 -
Lowest native ISO 100 50
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO 50 -
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 153 79
Cross focus points 99 15
Lens mount Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Amount of lenses 309 143
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen type Tilting Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3.2 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 2,359k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.66x 0.73x
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, fill, rear sync, slow sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250 seconds 1/250 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 860g (1.90 lb) 647g (1.43 lb)
Physical dimensions 147 x 115 x 81mm (5.8" x 4.5" x 3.2") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 84 82
DXO Color Depth score 24.1 24.4
DXO Dynamic range score 14.0 13.4
DXO Low light score 1324 1013
Battery life 1240 photos 480 photos
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL15 NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage XQD/SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II compliant) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Two 1
Price at launch $1,497 $1,198