• 35mm 860.4mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon D700 advantages over Sony DSLR-A500

  • 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
    ~ 8.46 vs 5.55 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,303 vs 772 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.72x vs 0.53x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More AF points
    51 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony DSLR-A500 advantages over Nikon D700

  • Less expensive
    $850 vs $3000 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Sony A900

Nikon D700
Sony A900
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Sony DSLR-A500
Sony A900
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 5D Mark II

Nikon D700
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • Shoots 1080p video
Sony DSLR-A500
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2598
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony DSLR-A550

Nikon D700
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A500
Sony DSLR-A550
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • More pixels

Compared to Nikon D3S

Nikon D700
Nikon D3S
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony DSLR-A500
Nikon D3S
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5200
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony DSLR-A560

Nikon D700
Sony DSLR-A560
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A500
Sony DSLR-A560
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More cross-type AF points
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