Nikon D610 vs Sony A7S II: A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7S II: Here, we compare the Nikon D610, a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a 24.0MP Full frame sensor and the Sony A7S II, a Pro Mirrorless camera with a 12.0MP Full frame sensor. Which camera should you choose? Here’s a quick look at the main features before we go into more details.

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7S II Specs

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7S II – Comparison

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7S II – Comparison

 Specifications

Nikon D610

Sony A7S II

Megapixels 24.3 12.2
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format Full Frame (FX) Full Frame
Crop Factor None None
AA Filter None Yes
Image Resolution 6016 x 4016 4240 x 2832
Body Image Stabilization No Yes – 5-Axis
Lens Mount Nikon FX Sony E
ISO 100 – 6,400 100 – 102,400
Expanded ISO 50 – 25,600 50 – 409,600
AF Points 39 169
Cross-type AF Points 9 169 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 0.78x
Video Resolution 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p) 3840×2160 (30/25/24p)
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
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 30″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 30 63
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 2.9s
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 370 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL15) Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight 30.0 oz (850g) 22.1 oz (627g)
Size 5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2″ 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2013 2015

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7S 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
LCD Screen Resolution 921k dots vs 1.229k 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 size, the Sony A7S II is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 14mm narrower, 17mm shorter and 22mm thinner than Nikon D610. And, it is also significantly lighter. The Sony A7S II is 223g  lighter than the Nikon D610.

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7S II – Comparison

Nikon D610 vs Sony A7S II – Comparison

Sensor Comparison

The Nikon D610 has a 24.0MP Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features an Expeed 3 processor. Meanwhile, the Sony A7S II has a 12.0MP Full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features Bionz X processor. Nikon D610’s sensor provides 12MP more than the Sony A7S II’s sensor. With regard to printing large images and cropping, the Nikon D610 offers more choices.

Why You Should Choose The Nikon D610

Built-in Flash Yes vs No
Max Sensor Resolution 24 MP vs 12 MP
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3″
Continuous Shooting 6.0fps vs 5.0fps
Battery Life 900 shots vs 370 shots
Timelapse Recording Yes vs With optional app
Color Depth 25.1 vs 23.6
Dynamic Range 14.4 vs 13.3
Price $1,480 vs $2,698
Top LCD Yes vs No
Storage Slot vs 1

Advantages of the Nikon D610 Over Sony A7S II

  • Megapixels –  12.1 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Nikon D610 is a much better choice.
  • AA Filter – The Nikon D610 has no AA filter.
  • Continuous mode – 6fps vs 5fps.  It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
  • 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 370 shots.

Video: Nikon D610 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Sony A7S II

Wireless Connection Built-In vs Optional
Built-in Image Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Articulating Screen Yes vs No
Max ISO 102.400 vs 6.400
Number of Focus Points 169 vs 39
LCD Screen Resolution 1.229k dots vs 921k dots
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Weight 627 g vs 850 g
Low Light ISO 2993 vs 2925
Sensor Pixel Area 70.55µmvs 35.66µm2
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
NFC Connection Yes vs No
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Advantages of the Sony A7S II Over the Nikon D610

  • Body Image Stabilization – The Sony A7S II has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • ISO –  409,600 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 169 vs 39.
  • Cross-type AF Points– 169 phase vs 9.
  • LCD – It’s articulated.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 63 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 A7S II weighs 223g less.
  • Size – The Sony A7S II is noticeably smaller.

Video: Sony A7S II Hands-on Review

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