Nikon D5 vs. Sony A7R II


Are you watching this table? This Comparison table is looking beautiful because we have selected two more than outstanding cameras of recent time. Both are looking the tough contender of each other. If Nikon D5 is called the king of ISO then Sony A7R II is also the legendary camera with unrivaled 399 focal plane phase detection AF points.

Features/ Models Nikon D5 Sony A7R II
Megapixel 21 MP 42 MP
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) CMOS sensor Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) BSI-CMOS
Low pass filter No No
Image processor Expeed 5 Bionz X
AF System Phase detect Hybrid
AF Points 153 AF Points – 99 Cross Type 399 AF points
ISO 50-3280000 Auto, 100-25600 (expands to 50-102400)
Shutter Min/ mix 30 – 1/8000 30 – 1/8000
Continuous shooting speed 14 fps 5fps
Image Stabilization No 5-axis (4.5 stops per CIPA standard)
Video 4K (30p/25p/24p) 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
Display 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Optical Electronic
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi + NFC WiFi + NFC
Battery life  3780 shots 290 shots
Dimensions 160X459X92 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Weight 1415 g 625 g

Megapixel- In case of image quality and sensitivity Sony A7R II is pushing away Nikon D5. with 42.4 MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor Sony will capture the each detail of the subject including sharpness, rich color, means you will get the crystal clear shot from Sony A7R II in comparison to 21 MP of resolution.

AF points- The image sensor of A7R II features 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points –that work together with 25 contrast AF points that never allows the photographer to face the unavoidable problems while tracking the subjects or missing AF in every single frame, So that the photographers can snap the subjects’ shot with utmost accuracy. On the other hand Nikon D5 uses 153 AF Points – 99 Cross Type, Which probably will not be as incredible as A7R II’s AF due to the limited number of AF points resulting limited screen coverage.

Since Sony A7R II is a mirrorless cameras and the sensor is hybrid that contains built in phase AF points, Hence you don’t notice any problems or difference in AF speed while shooting through viewfinder, Liveview Display or recording a video. But, the Nikon D5 is a DSLR camera that uses a separate phase AF module for AF and worst part is the sensor doesn’t have phase AF points inside like A7R II. So Nikon D5 phase AF MODULE is active only when you are through the viewfinder of the camera otherwise the camera uses contrast detect system while you are using a live view display or recording a 4k Video.

ISO- But the Sony A7R II will not shoot with the same consistency at lowlight conditions as Nikon D5 does. With magnificent native ISO range, from 100 to 102,400 enabling D5 to remain steady at any kind of lowlight shooting situations.  Expandable from 50 to an impressive ISO 3,280,000 and this extreme sensitivity is a benefit to photojournalists and lowlight lovers etc. On the other hand the Sony A7R II has ISO range of 100 to 25600 that is expandable to ISO 50 to 409600.

Image stabilization- The very handy and innovative 5-axis image stabilization system has been implemented to A7R II to provide a solution to the unwanted handheld camera shake problem as well as the presence of this useful  5-axis image stabilization letting the camera to shoot high resolution shot with enormous ease. Whereas, No Image stabilization has been incorporated in Nikon D5 and you have to buy expensive VR lenses to compensate camera shake.

Continuous shooting speed-You are sitting at the football ground and want to capture each exotic moment of the game, the actions of your favorite player then Nikon D5 is the must have camera with 14fps , means from begin to end, you can seize everything you see around. On the other hand Sony A7R II has only 5fps of frames-per-second (fps).

Display– A new 3.2” 2359K dot XGA LCD integrated on the rear side of Nikon D5 adds Touchscreen functionality, letting the user to easily pinch, zoom, swipe and scrub in playback, and also enter text faster than ever

Battery life- With Nikon D5 you can take maximum 3780 shots while Sony A7R II can 290 shots only.

Price Factor- Price Factor is also very important while buying a camera, In Price of Nikon D5 you can buy Sony A7R II camera plus couple of lenses.

Verdict- Sony A7R II is giving superior AF, More resolution and available at half price compare to Nikon D5. On the other hand Nikon D5 is giving intense ISO range however we don’t know at the moment it’s a marketing thing or not, By the way, Nikon does offer a vast amount of lenses and accessories to fulfill the demands of the professional shooters so both the camera does have what you need but it depends on the type of lenses you required for your project and the budget you have for buying your next camera.


1 comment to Nikon D5 vs. Sony A7R II

  • I think I must Choose Sony Alpha A7R ii, ,,, I have seen its best image quality.. and it’s image stabilisation,399 Focus points,42 Mega Pixls… it’s best then Nikon D5, , and almost having low price tag….

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