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Nikon D810A vs Sony A7R III

Portability
55
Imaging
77
Features
80
Overall
78
Nikon D810A front
 
Sony Alpha A7R III front
Portability
63
Imaging
80
Features
93
Overall
85

Nikon D810A vs Sony A7R III Key Specs

Nikon D810A
(Full Review)
  • 36MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800 (Increase to 51200)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 880g - 146 x 123 x 82mm
  • Announced February 2015
Sony A7R III
(Full Review)
  • 42MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Increase to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 657g - 127 x 96 x 74mm
  • Introduced October 2017
  • Older Model is Sony A7R II
  • Newer Model is Sony A7R IV
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Nikon D810A vs Sony A7R III Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Nikon D810A and Sony A7R III, one being a Advanced DSLR and the other is a Pro Mirrorless by rivals Nikon and Sony. The image resolution of the D810A (36MP) and the A7R III (42MP) is very well matched and they feature the same exact sensor dimensions (Full frame).

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The D810A was introduced 3 years prior to the A7R III and that is quite a serious gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Nikon D810A being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony A7R III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief summation of how the D810A matches up against the A7R III in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D810A over the Sony A7R III

 D810A A7R III 
Display sizing3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Sony A7R III over the Nikon D810A

 A7R III D810A 
IntroducedOctober 2017February 2015Fresher by 32 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1440k1229kCrisper display (+211k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon D810A and Sony A7R III

 D810A A7R III 
Manual focus More exact focus
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Nikon D810A vs Sony A7R III Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and dimensions. The Nikon D810A has got outer measurements of 146mm x 123mm x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2") having a weight of 880 grams (1.94 lbs) whilst the Sony A7R III has dimensions of 127mm x 96mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9") with a weight of 657 grams (1.45 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have attached during that time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the D810A compared to the A7R III.

Nikon D810A vs Sony A7R III size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the D810A and A7R III is 55 and 63 respectively.

Nikon D810A vs Sony A7R III top view buttons comparison

Nikon D810A vs Sony A7R III Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its hard to see the gap between sensor sizing merely by reading through specifications. The graphic underneath might give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the D810A and A7R III.

To sum up, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Sony A7R III to give you greater detail using its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop images a little more aggressively. The older D810A is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Nikon D810A vs Sony A7R III sensor size comparison

Nikon D810A vs Sony A7R III Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D810A vs Sony A7R III Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D810A as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A7R III as a Portrait photography camera
86
has manual focus
megapixel count great (36MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
offers face detect focusing
supports RAW files
88
has manual focus
MP count great (42 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
has face detect focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon D810A
Street photography with Sony A7R III
61
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
80
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
features focus by touch
environment proof
very good high ISO (32,000)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D810A Sports photography info
Sony A7R III Sports photography info
77
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
megapixel count great (36MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
offers tracking focus
weather sealing
great battery pack (1,200 shots)
has phase detect AF
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
90
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count great (42MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
has tracking focus
environment proof
good battery (650 CIPA)
supports phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D810A
Travel photography with Sony A7R III
69
great battery pack (1,200 per charge)
weather sealing
megapixel count great (36MP)
flash built-in
does not have selfie friendly screen
74
good battery (650 CIPA)
environment proof
supports bluetooth
features focus by touch
MP count great (42MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon D810A
Landscape photography with Sony A7R III
81
has manual focus
change lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
megapixel count great (36MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW files
weather sealing
great battery pack (1,200 per charge)
has double storage slots
does not have image stabilization
88
has manual focus
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count great (42 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
no anti-alias filter
very good high ISO (32,000)
saves RAW formats
environment proof
good battery (650 shots)
has double storage slots
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D810A Vlogging information
Sony A7R III Vlogging information
30
offers face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has microphone port
does not have selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
37
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with mic port
screen is not selfie friendly
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Nikon D810A vs Sony A7R III Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D810A and Sony A7R III
 Nikon D810ASony Alpha A7R III
General Information
Make Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon D810A Sony Alpha A7R III
Type Advanced DSLR Pro Mirrorless
Announced 2015-02-10 2017-10-25
Body design Mid-size SLR SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip EXPEED 4 Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 24mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor area 861.6mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 36 megapixel 42 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 5:4 and 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 7360 x 4912 7952 x 5304
Highest native ISO 12800 32000
Highest boosted ISO 51200 102400
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Min boosted ISO 100 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 51 425
Cross type focus points 15 -
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F Sony E
Total lenses 309 121
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3.2" 3"
Screen resolution 1,229k dot 1,440k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 3,686k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.78x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash modes Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync Off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 880 gr (1.94 pounds) 657 gr (1.45 pounds)
Dimensions 146 x 123 x 82mm (5.7" x 4.8" x 3.2") 127 x 96 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 100
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 26.0
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 3523
Other
Battery life 1200 images 650 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL15 NP-FZ100
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs for up to 9 shots) Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant) Two SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II support on one)
Storage slots Dual Dual
Launch price $3,800 $2,800