Nikon D850 vs Sony A99 II

Nikon D850 vs Sony A9 

Nikon D850 is unarguably one of the best Full-Frame DSLRs since it offers some unmatched specs, such as brilliant AF system, 45.7 MP High resolution, 8K time-Lapse video etc. However, both are high-end cameras, but Sony A99 II features excellent 399 AF points, vibration reduction mechanism and 12 FPS of burst rate.

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We should go in detail comparison to see which camera is making its way… Let’s see

Feature/Models Nikon D850
Sony A99 II
Megapixel 45.75 megapixels
42.4 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor Expeed 5 Bionz X
Low pass Filter No No
AF system Contrast detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect+ Phase detect
AF points 153 399 + 25
ISO 64 – 102400 50-102400
Shutter speed  1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization No 5-axis
Continuous shooting speed  9fps 12fps
Video 4K @ 30fps 4K @30 fps (3840 x 2160)
Display 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-In
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life  1840 shots 490 shots
Weight 915 g 849 g
Size  146 x 124 x 78 mm 143 x 104 x 76 mm

Image quality

Not a big difference we can see in the image quality since both uses the same sized back-illuminated full-frame sensor but their resolutions are different. Nikon D850 has 45.7 MP, whereas Sony A99 II has 42.4 MP resolution. So therefore we expect both can produce almost similar quality of images. However, due to higher resolution (Marginal by 99 II) 850 can produce large prints of the subjects.

AF system

The Full-Frame Sony A99 II features the Hybrid Phase Detection AF system with 399-Plane dedicated AF points and 79-pahse AF points based AF module the camera will provide high precision focusing and rich detection. Moreover, with 79-point Hybrid Cross AF, Sony A99 II will effectively capture the subjects (fast and accurate). Plus the Translucent Mirror Technology, ensuring flawless, continuous AF operation and live image preview during both still image and video shooting.

On the other side, Nikon D850 integrates Multi-CAM 20K AF system, which features 153 total phase-detection points, including 99 cross-type sensors, however, only 55 of the points are selectable (Not so advanced as Sony A99 II).

Image stabilization

You can see that Nikon D850 users will miss the advantages of Image Stabilization, whereas Sony A99 II is high resolution camera and is optimized with 5-axis SteadyShot inside image stabilization, which means you can take lowlight or faraway scene with nearly shake-free clarity in stills and movies.

Continuous shooting speed

You have no chance to miss any action of your favorite sportsperson playing the game or any faster moving subjects with Sony A99 II’s 12fps. On the other hand, with Nikon D850 one can Capture upto 9 fps at full resolution.


Sony A99 II adopts a static-type touch control system, the 3.2-inch free-angle rear screen in 3:2 aspect with 1,620K-dot high resolution achieves approximately 100% field of view.


You can take around 1840 shots at a time with Nikon D850, whereas Sony A99 II lets you capture only 490 shots at a time.


Sony A99 II could be a solid sports oriented camera since it has exceptional AF system and offers to shoot 12 fps with C-AF and 42MP of resolution. On the other hand, Nikon D850 is a solid pick that offers remarkable AF system and 8K time-lapse movies feature etc. Sports photographers should go with Sony A99 II whereas Professional photographers who want to see solid imaging performance in every angle og photography then Nikon D850 is the best.

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