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Nikon D700 vs Sony A77 II

Portability
54
Imaging
56
Features
56
Overall
56
Nikon D700 front
 
Sony SLT-A77 II front
Portability
62
Imaging
66
Features
85
Overall
73

Nikon D700 vs Sony A77 II Key Specs

Nikon D700
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Push to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1074g - 147 x 123 x 77mm
  • Revealed October 2008
  • Successor is Nikon D800E
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
  • Replaced the Sony A77
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Nikon D700 vs Sony A77 II Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Nikon D700 versus Sony A77 II, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by rivals Nikon and Sony. There exists a considerable gap between the image resolutions of the D700 (12MP) and A77 II (24MP) and the D700 (Full frame) and A77 II (APS-C) provide different sensor sizing.

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The D700 was unveiled 6 years prior to the A77 II which is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting straight to a thorough comparison, here is a simple view of how the D700 matches up vs the A77 II in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D700 over the Sony A77 II

 D700 A77 II 

Reasons to pick Sony A77 II over the Nikon D700

 A77 II D700 
LaunchedMay 2014October 2008Newer by 68 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1229k922kClearer screen (+307k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon D700 and Sony A77 II

 D700 A77 II 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Nikon D700 vs Sony A77 II Physical Comparison

If you are planning to travel with your camera frequently, you have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon D700 has outer measurements of 147mm x 123mm x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0") with a weight of 1074 grams (2.37 lbs) and the Sony A77 II has measurements of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") and a weight of 647 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you choose at that time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the D700 compared to the A77 II.

Nikon D700 vs Sony A77 II size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the D700 and A77 II is 54 and 62 respectively.

Nikon D700 vs Sony A77 II top view buttons comparison

Nikon D700 vs Sony A77 II Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very difficult to picture the difference between sensor dimensions simply by reviewing technical specs. The picture here might provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the D700 and A77 II.

As you have seen, both the cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The D700 with its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF easier and the Sony A77 II will deliver more detail having an extra 12MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The more aged D700 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon D700 vs Sony A77 II sensor size comparison

Nikon D700 vs Sony A77 II Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D700 vs Sony A77 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D700 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A77 II as a Portrait photography camera
63
manual focus
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)
79
manual focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
offers face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D700 Street photography info
Sony A77 II Street photography info
52
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
heavier than competitors (1,074g)
76
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment proof
very good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D700 Sports photography features
Sony A77 II Sports photography features
59
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
weather sealing
better than average battery pack (1,000 CIPA)
comes with phase detect autofocus
slow fps (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
76
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
environment proof
comes with phase detect autofocus
low battery pack (480 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D700 Travel photography factors
Sony A77 II Travel photography factors
52
better than average battery pack (1,000 shots)
weather sealing
built-in flash
heavier than competitors (1,074 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
64
environment proof
good MP (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
does not have Timelapse recording
low battery pack (480 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D700 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A77 II as a Landscape photography camera
66
manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
better than average battery pack (1,000 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
73
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
environment proof
low battery pack (480 per charge)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D700 Vlogging features
Sony A77 II Vlogging features
9
can't shoot video
78
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have microphone port
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Nikon D700 vs Sony A77 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D700 and Sony A77 II
 Nikon D700Sony SLT-A77 II
General Information
Brand Nikon Sony
Model Nikon D700 Sony SLT-A77 II
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2008-10-07 2014-05-21
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4256 x 2832 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 6400 25600
Highest enhanced ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 200 50
RAW photos
Minimum enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 51 79
Cross focus points - 15
Lens
Lens mount Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Available lenses 309 143
Focal length multiplier 1 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 922k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.72x 0.73x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter speed 5.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 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
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/250s 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1074 grams (2.37 pounds) 647 grams (1.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions 147 x 123 x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 80 82
DXO Color Depth score 23.5 24.4
DXO Dynamic range score 12.2 13.4
DXO Low light score 2303 1013
Other
Battery life 1000 images 480 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL3e NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 to 20 sec) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Retail cost $2,700 $1,198