Nikon D500 vs Sony A77 II


No doubt that both Nikon D500 and Sony A77 II have been implemented with incredible specifications, but despite of having these specifications, the A77 II is not becoming a good competitor infront of D500.

Blazing-fast Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system and 4K UHD video capture and many more of D500 makes your photography more exotic in comparison to A77 II.

Features/ Models Nikon D500
Sony A77 II
Megapixel 22 megapixels 24.3 Megapixel
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) APS-C (22.4 x 15 mm)
Sensor Type Contrast Detect Contrast + Phase Detect
Low pass filter Yes Yes
Image processor Expeed 5  BIONZ X
AF system 153-Point AF System, 99 cross type
 79-Point Phase-Detection AF System
ISO 50-1640000  100-25600
Shutter Min/ mix 30-1/8000  30-1/8000
Continuous shooting speed 10 fps  12 fps
Video 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps  Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
Display 3.2″ 2,539k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD  3.0″ 1,228k-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD Screen
Viewfinder Optical  EVF
Hot shoe Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-In  Built-In
Environmentally sealed Yes  Yes
Battery life 1240 shots  480 shots
Dimensions 147 x 115 x 81 mm 142.6 x 104.2 x 80.9mm
Weight 860g  647g


Sensors:-Nikon D500 has a bit small resolution 22MP APS-C contrast detect CMOS sensor compare to Sony A77 II which has a 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor.

Nikon D500 has advanced and upgraded EXPEED 5 Image Processor when combined with 22MP APS-C contrast detect CMOS sensor to give you a better result with high resolution images with color contrast in different situations along with magnificent image quality, low –light sensitivity while Sony A77II has 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS sensor backed with old BIONZ X image processor and produces the well-detailed images with high resolution along with minimal noise and notable low-light quality.

Nikon D500 has far superior ISO of 50-1640000 comparative to Sony A77 II, which has ISO of 100-25600 only.

Nikon D500 captures 22MP images @10fps while Sony A77 II captures 24MP images @ 12fps.

Hence both advanced processor and sensor of Nikon D500 works together to produce well detailed images in low light conditions with reduction in noise compare to

Sony A77 II.


AF System:-Nikon D500 comes with 153-Point Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus System including 99 cross-type sensors for better result in recognition of the speedy subjects while Sony A77 II features the AF system which uses only 79-point phase-detection system including 15cross –type points.

Hence, the more AF points of Nikon D500 provides a wide range of focusing coverage accurately and quickly bring the subject into focus even in low-light conditions and also it helps to grab the large AF area of the subject in both moving and still position compare to Sony A77 II.

ISO:-The Nikon D500 has ISO range of 50-1640000 while Sony A77 II has only ISO 100-25600.

Hence, the Nikon D500 has 6 stop increases in ISO compare to Sony A77 II which is definitely a remarkable increase in ISO.

The huge difference in ISO definitely makes the Nikon D500 camera to perform well in low light conditions. It also supported by the advanced and upgraded technology used in its sensor and image processor which controls the noise production even at  higher ISO and results in magnificent images even in challenging low light situations with increased dynamic range. It also provides the consistency in brightness during photography compare to Sony A77 II.

Continuous Shooting Speed:-The Nikon D500 has continuous shooting speed of 10fps limited to 200 frames while Sony A77 II has a bit fast continuous shooting speed of 12fps at full resolution.

Hence, there is minor difference in continuous shooting speed of both the cameras hence you get extra two frames per second with Sony A77 II compare to Nikon D500.



The D500 offers 4K UHD video recording at 30, 25, and 24 fps frame rates and Full HD/HD recording at up to 60 fps, while SonyA77 II supports Full HD 1080p video recording supported at both 60 and 24 fps frame rates to produce high resolution movies with a smooth and impressive look.

Hence there is no doubt that the experts and the professional videographers like to enjoy the impressive videos with higher resolutions of D500 compare to the videos with low resolutions of Sony A77 II.


Verdict:-Since, the overall performance of the Nikon D5 is definitely superior to Sony A77 II. Since it is the winner due to the presence of advanced image processor, more AF Points and also it offers better video capturing capability. So, we recommend you to buy Nikon D5 for better performance during photography


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