• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Nikon D610 advantages over Sony A7S

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 900 vs 380 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.9 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.9 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Sony A7S advantages over Nikon D610

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $1998* vs $2447
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 5.97 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,702 vs 2,925 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Thinner
    48 mm vs 82 mm
    Thinner
  • Less shutter lag
    0.18 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    62 vs 30 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    39 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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

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.

  • Outstanding high ISO performance; excellent dynamic range; 4K video recording (via uncompressed HDMI); XAVC S option for HD video; Slightly improved battery life over A7/A7R; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity.

  • 4K video requires expensive external recorder; Sluggish startup time; Loud shutter; Silent Shooting mode hurts image quality; Lacks a built-in, pop-up flash; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 6D

Nikon D610
Canon 6D
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony A7S
Canon 6D
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D600

Nikon D610
Nikon D600
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
Sony A7S
Nikon D600
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Leica M-E (Typ 220)

Nikon D610
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4896
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7S
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4896
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • More pixels

Compared to Nikon D750

Nikon D610
Nikon D750
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony A7S
Nikon D750
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A7S II

Nikon D610
Sony A7S II
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7S
Sony A7S II
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video
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