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

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Differences

Sony A99 II advantages over Nikon D850

  • Less expensive
    $3198* vs $5497
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    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
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer video battery life
    135 vs 70 minutes
    Capture more video
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.5 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Nikon D850 advantages over Sony A99 II

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 1.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,660 vs 2,317 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.8 vs 13.4 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1840 vs 490 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    99 vs 15
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    13 months vs 2 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
  • More AF points
    153 vs 79
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    200 vs 61 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    200 vs 25 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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 HDMI output 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

  • 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

  • Superb image quality at low, moderate ISOs; Improved high ISO performance; Fast continuous shooting speeds; Very impressive hybrid autofocus; High-quality 4K UHD video; Rugged camera body.

  • Multi-selector joystick can be awkward to use; No EVF live view at fastest burst rate; Buffer clearing is slow with no UHS-II support; 4K UHD video isn't as full-featured as E-mount counterparts.

  • 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 Canon 5DS

Sony A99 II
Canon 5DS
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D850
Canon 5DS
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Sony A99 II
Canon 5DS R
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Nikon D850
Canon 5DS R
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Pentax K-1

Sony A99 II
Pentax K-1
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon D850
Pentax K-1
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Sony A99 II
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D850
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Sony A99 II
Pentax K-1 II
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Nikon D850
Pentax K-1 II
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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