• 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 42.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Nikon D850 advantages over Sony A7R III

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1840 vs 650 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Higher-res screen
    590k vs 360k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.08 vs 0.25 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 82 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    200 vs 30 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Sony A7R III advantages over Nikon D850

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,523 vs 2,660 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer video battery life
    100 vs 70 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Lighter weight
    657g vs 915g
    Lighter weight
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.2 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Class-leading resolution; Excellent dynamic range; Very good high ISO performance; Very fast AF and burst shooting; Durable weather-sealed body; Improved ergonomics; Touchscreen; Dual card slots; 4K video.

  • Live view/video mode still uses sluggish contrast-detect AF; Viewfinder only tests at ~98% coverage; No 4K at 60p; 30-minute video clip limit; Focus peaking not supported with 4K.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R II

Nikon D850
Sony A7R II
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7R III
Sony A7R II
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Touchscreen
  • High resolution composite
  • $2398
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Nikon D850
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in GPS
Sony A7R III
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Hasselblad X1D

Nikon D850
Hasselblad X1D
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $7995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7R III
Hasselblad X1D
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $7995
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to FUJIFILM GFX

Nikon D850
FUJIFILM GFX
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $6499
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7R III
FUJIFILM GFX
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $6499
  • Medium format
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A9

Nikon D850
Sony A9
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7R III
Sony A9
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • High resolution composite
  • $4498
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
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