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Nikon Df vs Sony A77 II

Portability
59
Imaging
64
Features
62
Overall
63
Nikon Df front
 
Sony SLT-A77 II front
Portability
62
Imaging
66
Features
85
Overall
73

Nikon Df vs Sony A77 II Key Specs

Nikon Df
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Increase to 204800)
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 760g - 144 x 110 x 67mm
  • Introduced December 2013
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
  • Released May 2014
  • Previous Model is Sony A77
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Nikon Df vs Sony A77 II Overview

On this page, we will be looking at the Nikon Df versus Sony A77 II, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Sony. There is a sizable difference between the resolutions of the Df (16MP) and A77 II (24MP) and the Df (Full frame) and A77 II (APS-C) provide totally different sensor sizing.

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The Df was introduced 5 months earlier than the A77 II and they are of a similar age. Both the cameras have the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before delving straight to a full comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the Df grades against the A77 II when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Df over the Sony A77 II

 Df A77 II 
Screen dimensions3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Sony A77 II over the Nikon Df

 A77 II Df 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1229k921kClearer screen (+308k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Nikon Df and Sony A77 II

 Df A77 II 
ReleasedDecember 2013May 2014Similar age
Manually focus More accurate focus
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Nikon Df vs Sony A77 II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to travel with your camera, you need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Nikon Df has exterior dimensions of 144mm x 110mm x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6") accompanied by a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs) whilst the Sony A77 II has dimensions of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") having a weight of 647 grams (1.43 lbs).

Examine the Nikon Df versus Sony A77 II in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have chosen at the time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the Df against the A77 II.

Nikon Df vs Sony A77 II size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the Df and A77 II is 59 and 62 respectively.

Nikon Df vs Sony A77 II top view buttons comparison

Nikon Df vs Sony A77 II Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is difficult to envision the difference between sensor dimensions purely by going over a spec sheet. The image below may offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the Df and A77 II.

Clearly, both the cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The Df having a bigger sensor will make shooting bokeh less difficult and the Sony A77 II will offer more detail using its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs more aggressively.

Nikon Df vs Sony A77 II sensor size comparison

Nikon Df vs Sony A77 II Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Df Portrait photography highlights
Sony A77 II Portrait photography highlights
78
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
79
manual focus
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon Df as a Street photography camera
Sony A77 II as a Street photography camera
60
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
76
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
good high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Df Sports photography details
Sony A77 II Sports photography details
69
megapixel count decent (16MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
good battery life (1,400 shots)
supports phase detect auto focus
max frames per second low (6.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
76
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
has phase detect autofocus
not so great battery power (480 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Df Travel photography details
Sony A77 II Travel photography details
60
good battery life (1,400 per charge)
weather proof
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
does not have Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
64
weather sealing
good MP (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
missing Time Lapse recording
not so great battery power (480 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Df as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A77 II as a Landscape photography camera
71
focusing manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2 inches)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
good battery life (1,400 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse mode
73
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
not so great battery power (480 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon Df
Vlogging with Sony A77 II
9
can't shoot video
78
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has external mic jack
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Nikon Df vs Sony A77 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Df and Sony A77 II
 Nikon DfSony SLT-A77 II
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon Df Sony SLT-A77 II
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2013-12-20 2014-05-21
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed 3 Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 36 x 23.9mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 860.4mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4928 x 3280 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 12800 25600
Max boosted ISO 204800 -
Minimum native ISO 100 50
RAW files
Minimum boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 39 79
Cross type focus points 9 15
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Amount of lenses 309 143
Crop factor 1 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3.2" 3"
Resolution of display 921k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT-LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.73x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 6.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, Auto, fill, rear sync, slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250s 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 760 gr (1.68 lb) 647 gr (1.43 lb)
Physical dimensions 144 x 110 x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 89 82
DXO Color Depth rating 24.6 24.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.1 13.4
DXO Low light rating 3279 1013
Other
Battery life 1400 photos 480 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL14,EN-EL14a NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, or 20 secs) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $2,747 $1,198