Nikon D610 vs Sony A7 II: A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7 II: Let’s compare the Nikon D610, a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a 24.0MP Full frame sensor and the Sony A7 II, a Pro Mirrorless camera with a 24.0MP Full frame sensor. Both descent cameras, but which is better for you? Take a look at the main specifications before we go into more details.

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7 II Specs

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7 II – Comparison

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7 II – Comparison

Nikon D610 Sony A7 II
Megapixels 24.3 24.3
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format Full Frame (FX) Full Frame
Crop Factor None None
AA Filter None Yes
Image Resolution 6016 x 4016 6000 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization No Yes
Lens Mount Nikon FX Sony E
ISO 100 – 6,400 100 – 25,600
Expanded ISO 50 – 25,600 50 – 51,200
AF Points 39 117
Cross-type AF Points 9 117 phase
Continuous Mode 6fps 5fps
LCD 3.2″ – Fixed 3.0″ – Articulating
LCD Resolution 921,000 dots 1,228,800 dots
Touchscreen No No
Focus Peaking No Yes
Top LCD Display Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical EVF
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x 0.71x
Video Resolution 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p) 1920×1080 (60/30/24p)
1280×720 (60/50p) 1920×1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack Yes Yes
Memory Card Type SD + SD SD or MS Pro
Dual Card Slots Yes No
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 30″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 30 52
RAW Buffer Size 15 28
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes No
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/250
Startup Time 0.3s 1.7s
Built-in Wi-Fi No Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC No Yes
Bluetooth No No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 900 shots 350 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL15) Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight 30.0 oz (850g) 21.13 oz (600g)
Size 5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2″ 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2013 2014

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7 II Common Features

External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Optical) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
Max Resolution 24 MP vs 24 MP
LCD Screen Resolution 921k dots vs 1.230k dots
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Headphone Port Yes vs Yes
Environmental Sealing Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
Dual-axis Electronic Level Yes vs Yes

Size Comparison

In terms of sie, the Sony A7 II is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 14mm narrower, 17mm shorter and 22mm thinner than Nikon D610. It is also 251g lighter than the latter.

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7 II – Comparison

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7 II – Comparison

Sensor Comparison

Both Nikon D610 and Sony A7 II have Full frame sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors. And, both the Nikon D610 and Sony A7 II have almost the same sensor size. Hence, with regard to technical performance, there are not many differences.

Why You Should Choose The Nikon D610

 Built-in Flash Yes vs No
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3″
Continuous Shooting 6.0fps vs 5.0fps
Battery Life 900 shots vs 350 shots
Timelapse Recording Yes vs With optional app
Color Depth 25.1 vs 24.9
Dynamic Range 14.4 vs 13.6
Low Light ISO 2925 vs 2449
Price $1,480 vs $1,498
Top LCD Yes vs No
Storage Slot vs 1

Advantages of the Nikon D610 Over Sony A7 II

  • AA Filter – The Nikon D610 has no AA filter.
  • Continuous mode – 6fps vs 5fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″
  • Top LCD Display – When shooting in semi-auto/manual modes, you can quickly preview all of your settings.
  • Dual Card Slots – More room for extra photos, or simply for backup.
  • Built-in Flash
  • Battery Life – 900 shots vs 350 shots.

Video: Nikon D610 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Sony A7 II

Wireless Connection Built-In vs Optional
Built-in Image Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Articulating Screen Yes vs No
Max ISO 25.600 vs 6.400
Number of Focus Points 117 vs 39
LCD Screen Resolution 1.230k dots vs 921k dots
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Weight 599 g vs 850 g
NFC Connection Yes vs No
Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs No

Advantages of the Sony A7 II Over the Nikon D610

  • Body Image Stabilization – The Sony A7 II has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • ISO –  51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 117 vs 39.
  • LCD – It’s articulated.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 52 vs 30.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 28 vs 15.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/200.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in NFC
  • Weight – The Sony A7 II weighs 250g less.
  • Size – The Sony A7 II is noticeably smaller.

Video: Sony A7 II Hands-on Review


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