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Nikon D780 vs Sony A99 II

Portability
57
Imaging
77
Features
89
Overall
81
Nikon D780 front
 
Sony Alpha A99 II front
Portability
57
Imaging
77
Features
92
Overall
83

Nikon D780 vs Sony A99 II Key Specs

Nikon D780
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 840g - 144 x 116 x 76mm
  • Released January 2020
  • Previous Model is Nikon D750
Sony A99 II
(Full Review)
  • 42MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 849g - 143 x 104 x 76mm
  • Announced September 2016
  • Replaced the Sony A99
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Nikon D780 vs Sony A99 II Overview

Lets look closer at the Nikon D780 versus Sony A99 II, both Advanced DSLR cameras by rivals Nikon and Sony. There is a noticeable difference among the image resolutions of the D780 (25MP) and A99 II (42MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor sizes (Full frame).

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The D780 was brought out 3 years after the A99 II which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before diving into a in depth comparison, here is a short highlight of how the D780 matches up vs the A99 II in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D780 over the Sony A99 II

 D780 A99 II 
AnnouncedJanuary 2020September 2016More modern by 41 months
Display size3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2359k1229kCrisper display (+1130k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A99 II over the Nikon D780

 A99 II D780 
Display typeFully articulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon D780 and Sony A99 II

 D780 A99 II 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing

Nikon D780 vs Sony A99 II Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry around your camera, you are going to need to factor its weight and proportions. The Nikon D780 features outer measurements of 144mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 840 grams (1.85 lbs) whilst the Sony A99 II has measurements of 143mm x 104mm x 76mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0") and a weight of 849 grams (1.87 lbs).

Check the Nikon D780 versus Sony A99 II in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are employing during that time. The following is a front view over all size comparison of the D780 compared to the A99 II.

Nikon D780 vs Sony A99 II size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the D780 and A99 II is 57 and 57 respectively.

Nikon D780 vs Sony A99 II top view buttons comparison

Nikon D780 vs Sony A99 II Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be tough to see the contrast in sensor sizes simply by checking out specifications. The pic here might give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the D780 and A99 II.

Plainly, each of these cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Sony A99 II to provide extra detail having its extra 17MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images way more aggressively. The more modern D780 will have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon D780 vs Sony A99 II sensor size comparison

Nikon D780 vs Sony A99 II Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D780 vs Sony A99 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A99 II as a Portrait photography camera
86
manual focus
high resolution (25MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
86
manual focus
high resolution (42 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
offers face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D780 as a Street photography camera
Sony A99 II as a Street photography camera
71
has a tilting screen
great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
provides touch focus
environment proofing
great high ISO (51,200)
no image stabilization
76
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
great ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D780 Sports photography features
Sony A99 II Sports photography features
82
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
high resolution (25 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proofing
better than average battery life (2,260 shots)
comes with phase detect AF
no image stabilization
82
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
high resolution (42 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking focus
weather proof
supports phase detect AF
not so great battery life (490 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D780 Travel photography highlights
Sony A99 II Travel photography highlights
71
better than average battery life (2,260 CIPA)
environment proofing
connects via bluetooth
provides touch focus
high resolution (25MP)
does not posses selfie friendly display
70
weather proof
supports bluetooth
high resolution (42 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
not so great battery life (490 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D780 Landscape photography factors
Sony A99 II Landscape photography factors
81
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
high resolution (25MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
great high ISO (51,200)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
better than average battery life (2,260 CIPA)
2 card slots
no image stabilization
82
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
high resolution (42 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
great ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
2 card slots
not so great battery life (490 CIPA)
Photography Glossary

Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D780 Vlogging details
Sony A99 II Vlogging details
32
has touchscreen
provides face detection focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external microphone support
does not posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
78
screen is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with microphone support
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Nikon D780 vs Sony A99 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D780 and Sony A99 II
 Nikon D780Sony Alpha A99 II
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Sony
Model Nikon D780 Sony Alpha A99 II
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Released 2020-01-07 2016-09-19
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed 6 Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 35.9 x 23.9mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 858.0mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 25 megapixel 42 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 6048 x 4024 7952 x 5304
Highest native ISO 51200 25600
Highest enhanced ISO 204800 102400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Min enhanced ISO 50 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 51 399
Cross focus points 15 79
Lens
Lens mount Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Available lenses 309 143
Crop factor 1 1
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fully articulated
Display diagonal 3.2 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 2,359 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.78x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 900 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 7.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options no built-in flash Off, auto, fill, slow sync, redeye reduction, rear sync, high-speed sync, wireless
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM -
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 840g (1.85 lbs) 849g (1.87 lbs)
Physical dimensions 144 x 116 x 76mm (5.7" x 4.6" x 3.0") 143 x 104 x 76mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 92
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.4
DXO Low light score not tested 2317
Other
Battery life 2260 photos 490 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery model EN-EL15b -
Self timer Yes Yes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Storage type Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS Duo slots
Card slots Dual Dual
Retail pricing $2,297 $3,198