Nikon D610 vs Sony A99 II: A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D610 vs Sony A99 II: We compare two Semi-Pro DSLR cameras. The Nikon D610 with a 24.0MP Full frame sensor and the Sony A99 II with a 42.0MP Full frame sensor. Which camera is right for you? Let’s have a look at the main features before we go into more details.

Nikon D610 vs Sony A99 II Specs

Nikon D610 vs Sony A99 II – Comparison

Nikon D610 vs Sony A99 II – Comparison


Nikon D610

A99 II

Megapixels 24.3 42.4
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format Full Frame (FX) Full Frame
Crop Factor None None
AA Filter None None
Image Resolution 6016 x 4016 7952 x 5304
Body Image Stabilization No Yes – 5-Axis
Lens Mount Nikon FX Sony A
ISO 100 – 6,400 100 – 25,600
Expanded ISO 50 – 25,600 50 – 102,400
AF Points 39 399 Phase Type
Cross-type AF Points 9 79 phase
Continuous Mode 6fps 12fps
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 Yes
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 2 x SD or MS Pro
Dual Card Slots Yes Yes
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 30″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 30 61
RAW Buffer Size 15 25
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes No
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/250
Startup Time 0.3s 1.2s
Built-in Wi-Fi No Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC No Yes
Bluetooth No Yes
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 900 shots 490 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL15) Yes (NP-FM500H)
Weight 30.0 oz (850g) 29.9 oz (849g)
Size 5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2″ 5.6 x 4.2 x 3.0″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2013 2016

Nikon D5500 vs Sony A99 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 42 MP
LCD Screen Resolution 921k dots vs 1.229k dots
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Headphone Port Yes vs Yes
Environmental Sealing Yes vs Yes
Top LCD Display Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
AF Micro Adjustment (Fine Tune) Yes vs Yes
Shutter Life Expectancy 150000 cycles vs 300000 cycles
Dual-axis Electronic Level Yes vs Yes
Storage Slot vs 2

Size Comparison

The Sony A99 II is 9mm shorter and 6mm thinner than the Nikon D610. However, it is also 2mm wider. The Sony Alpha A99 II is also 1g lighter than the Nikon D610.

Nikon D610 vs Sony A99 II – Comparison

Nikon D610 vs Sony A99 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 A99 II has a 42.0MP Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm ) sized BSI-CMOS sensor and features Bionz X processor. Sony A99 II’s sensor provides 18MP more than the Nikon D610’s sensor. A huge gap. You can print and crop more freely with the A99 II. Sony A99 II’s sensor also lacks an anti-alias (Low-Pass) filter.

Why You Should Choose The Nikon D5500

Built-in Flash Yes vs No
LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3″
Battery Life 900 shots vs 490 shots
Timelapse Recording Yes vs No
Dynamic Range 14.4 vs 13.4
Low Light ISO 2925 vs 2317
Sensor Pixel Area 35.66µmvs 20.43µm2
Price $1,480 vs $3,198

Advantages of the Nikon D610 Over Sony A99 II

  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • Built-in Flash
  • Battery Life – 900 shots vs 490 shots.

Video: Nikon D610 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Sony A99 II

Wireless Connection Built-In vs Optional
Built-in Image Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Articulating Screen Yes vs No
Max Sensor Resolution 42 MP vs 24 MP
Max ISO 25.600 vs 6.400
Number of Focus Points 399 vs 39
Number of Cross Type Focus Points 79 vs 9
LCD Screen Resolution 1.229k dots vs 921k dots
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 12.0fps vs 6.0fps
Weight 849 g vs 850 g
Color Depth 25.4 vs 25.1
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
Flash Sync Port Yes vs No
Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs No
NFC Connection Yes vs No
Shutter Life Expectancy 300000 cycles vs 150000 cycles
Smartphone_remote control Yes vs No
Min Focus Sensitivity EV -4 vs EV -1

Advantages of the Sony A99 II Over the Nikon D610

  • Megapixels –  18.1 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Sony A99 II is a much better choice.
  • Body Image Stabilization – The Sony A99 II has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • ISO –  102,400 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 399 Phase Type vs 39.
  • Continuous mode – 12fps vs 6fps.  It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
  • 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 – 61 vs 30.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 25 vs 15.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs 1/200.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in NFC
  • Bluetooth Support

Video: Sony A99 II Hands-on Review


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