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

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Differences

Sony A99 advantages over Nikon D610

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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 GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon D610 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
    2,925 vs 1,555 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 900 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 3
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More AF points
    39 vs 19
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    30 vs 17 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

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
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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

  • Eliminated sensor dust-and-oil spot issue from D600; Great controls for amateur or pro; Comfortable ergonomics and weight; Excellent image quality and low-light performance; Very good dynamic range; Excellent battery life; Built-in lens correction.

  • Not drastically different from D600; Moire with certain subjects; Auto WB still too warm in incandescent light; Slow AF in live view mode; Aliasing in videos.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 6D

Sony A99
Canon 6D
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon D610
Canon 6D
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Nikon D800

Sony A99
Nikon D800
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D610
Nikon D800
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Sony A99
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2817
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D610
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $2817
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Nikon D600

Sony A99
Nikon D600
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon D610
Nikon D600
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D750

Sony A99
Nikon D750
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D610
Nikon D750
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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