• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Sony A77 II advantages over Nikon D5

  • Less expensive
    $1798 vs $6497*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Nikon D5 advantages over Sony A77 II

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.45 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 0.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 3780 vs 480 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    99 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    19 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    590k vs 307k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    153 vs 79
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 26 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    183 vs 28 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    3276800 vs 51200 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
  • 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

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality, especially lower ISOs; Improved high ISO performance when using RAW; Very good dynamic range; High-resolution images; Very fast single-shot autofocus; 12fps burst mode with C-AF; Good value for its class.

  • Lackluster continuous AF performance; Strong NR processing in high ISO JPEGs; Sluggish buffer clearing; Short battery life compared to most DSLRs; Joystick control easy to press accidentally.

  • Excellent image quality; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 153-point autofocus system; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K video recording; Pro-quality camera body; Outstanding battery life.

  • Large and heavy body might not be right for all; Loud shutter; Underutilized touchscreen; Low ISO dynamic range not as good as predecessor; Extended high ISOs not very useful; Sluggish Live View AF.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-3

Sony A77 II
Pentax K-3
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $836
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon D5
Pentax K-3
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $836
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon D4S

Sony A77 II
Nikon D4S
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D5
Nikon D4S
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Sony A77 II
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D5
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Nikon D7200

Sony A77 II
Nikon D7200
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $997
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon D5
Nikon D7200
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $997
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Canon 1DX Mark II

Sony A77 II
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $5699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Nikon D5
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $6497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $5699
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
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