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Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II

Portability
54
Imaging
78
Features
87
Overall
81
Nikon D850 front
 
Sony SLT-A77 II front
Portability
62
Imaging
66
Features
85
Overall
73

Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II Key Specs

Nikon D850
(Full Review)
  • 46MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Tilting Display
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Push to 102400)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1015g - 146 x 124 x 79mm
  • Revealed August 2017
  • Previous Model is Nikon D810
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
  • Earlier Model is Sony A77
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Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II Overview

Let's examine more in depth at the Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II, both Advanced DSLR cameras by companies Nikon and Sony. There exists a sizable gap among the resolutions of the D850 (46MP) and A77 II (24MP) and the D850 (Full frame) and A77 II (APS-C) possess different sensor sizes.

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The D850 was launched 3 years later than the A77 II and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before delving in to a in-depth comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the D850 grades vs the A77 II when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D850 over the Sony A77 II

 D850 A77 II 
ReleasedAugust 2017May 2014More recent by 40 months
Display sizing3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2359k1229kSharper display (+1130k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A77 II over the Nikon D850

 A77 II D850 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Nikon D850 and Sony A77 II

 D850 A77 II 
Manually focus More precise focusing

Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera, you're going to have to factor its weight and measurements. The Nikon D850 comes with physical dimensions of 146mm x 124mm x 79mm (5.7" x 4.9" x 3.1") having a weight of 1015 grams (2.24 lbs) whilst the Sony A77 II has proportions of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") having a weight of 647 grams (1.43 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the D850 against the A77 II.

Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the D850 and A77 II is 54 and 62 respectively.

Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II top view buttons comparison

Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very hard to visualize the difference in sensor measurements purely by going through specs. The visual below may give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the D850 and A77 II.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The D850 because of its larger sensor is going to make shooting bokeh easier and the Nikon D850 will produce greater detail utilizing its extra 22 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics a little more aggressively. The younger D850 should have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II sensor size comparison

Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon D850
Portrait photography with Sony A77 II
86
has manual focus
fantastic MP (46 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
features face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
79
you can focus manually
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon D850 Street photography info
Sony A77 II Street photography info
66
tilting screen
great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
supports focus by touch
weather sealing
above average high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
heavier than average in class (1,015g)
76
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment proofing
very good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon D850
Sports photography with Sony A77 II
82
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
fantastic MP (46 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking focus
weather sealing
good battery life (1,840 CIPA)
supports phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
76
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
environment proofing
comes with phase detect AF
low battery (480 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D850 Travel photography info
Sony A77 II Travel photography info
65
good battery life (1,840 CIPA)
weather sealing
supports bluetooth
supports focus by touch
fantastic MP (46MP)
heavier than average in class (1,015g)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
64
environment proofing
good resolution (24MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
does not have Timelapse recording
low battery (480 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D850 Landscape photography features
Sony A77 II Landscape photography features
82
has manual focus
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3.2")
fantastic MP (46 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
no anti-alias filter
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
good battery life (1,840 shots)
two card slots
no image stabilization
73
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
environment proofing
low battery (480 per charge)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D850 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A77 II as a Vlogging camera
30
touchscreen enabled
features face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with mic socket
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
heavier than average in class (1,015g)
78
screen is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have microphone port
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Nikon D850 vs Sony A77 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D850 and Sony A77 II
 Nikon D850Sony SLT-A77 II
General Information
Brand Nikon Sony
Model Nikon D850 Sony SLT-A77 II
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2017-08-24 2014-05-21
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 5 Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor measurements 35.9 x 23.9mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 858.0mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 46MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 8256 x 5504 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Max boosted ISO 102400 -
Minimum native ISO 64 50
RAW images
Minimum boosted ISO 32 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 153 79
Cross focus points 99 15
Lens
Lens mount Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses 309 143
Focal length multiplier 1 1.5
Screen
Range of display Tilting Fully Articulated
Display size 3.2 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 2,359k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.75x 0.73x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 7.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Front-curtain sync (normal), Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Auto, fill, rear sync, slow sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/250s 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1015g (2.24 lb) 647g (1.43 lb)
Dimensions 146 x 124 x 79mm (5.7" x 4.9" x 3.1") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 100 82
DXO Color Depth score 26.4 24.4
DXO Dynamic range score 14.8 13.4
DXO Low light score 2660 1013
Other
Battery life 1840 photographs 480 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL15a NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + XQD SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 2 One
Retail price $2,997 $1,198