• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon D800 advantages over Sony A99

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,853 vs 1,555 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer battery life
    More info 900 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More pixels
    36.3 vs 24.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    51 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    54 vs 17 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony A99 advantages over Nikon D800

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Rugged build; Excellent controls; Extremely high resolution; Dual cards; Surprising high ISO performance.

  • Very large files; Slower frame rate; Custom white balance gives a greenish tint; Battery life lower than D700.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A850

Nikon D800
Sony A850
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A99
Sony A850
  • $1986
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Nikon D800
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2484
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • More cross-type AF points
Sony A99
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1986
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2484
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D600

Nikon D800
Nikon D600
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $1196
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A99
Nikon D600
  • $1986
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $1196
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Nikon D610

Nikon D800
Nikon D610
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
Sony A99
Nikon D610
  • $1986
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon Df

Nikon D800
Nikon Df
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A99
Nikon Df
  • $1986
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
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