Sony A99 II vs Nikon D5


Let see head to head comparison between Sony A99 II and Nikon D5. One is high-end mirrorless and other is high-end DSLR camera. You should know that higher frame rates is much necessary to shoot the fast action shots and you can see that Nikon D5 offers higher frame rates. But, the AF system of Sony is just unmatched, you can see Sony A99 II offers 399 plane phase AF system to track the high-speed s moving subject across the frame. Let see the comparison in details.

Feature/Models Sony A99 II
Nikon D5
Megapixel 42 megapixels
21 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor  Bionz X
Dual DIGIC 6+
AF system Contrast detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect+ Phase detect
AF points 399 153
ISO Auto, 100-25600 (expandable to 50-102400) Auto, 100-102400 (expandable to 50-3280000)
Shutter speed 1/8000 to 30 sec
1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization 5-axis No
Continuous shooting speed  12fps 14fps
Video 4K @30 fps (3840 x 2160) 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
Display 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Optional
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 490 shots 3780 shots
Weight 849 g 1415 g
Size 143 x 104 x 76 mm 160 x 159 x 92 mm

Sony A99 II vs Nikon D5

Image quality– Sony A99 II is claimed to produce razor- sharp and crystal-clear images with its back-illuminated full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor. On the other hand, Nikon D5 does also have full frame sensor, but it has very lesser resolution (21 MP) compared to Sony A99 II. Furthermore, Sony A99 II doesn’t have low pass filter, which clearly means that the users will be able to grab much details of the subjects, even in lowlight.

AF points–  Sony has popular Hybrid Phase Detection AF system that is enabled by combining a  79-point dedicated phase detection AF sensor with 399 focal plane phase detection AF points and that result produces a 79 hybrid cross AF point, ensuring that the high-speed moving subjects across the frame will be captured precisely an accurately. On the other side, Nikon D5 shines with its 153-point, 99 cross-type AF system, but one downside in Nikon D5’s AF system is that it allows the users to select only 55 focus points out of 153. So undoubtedly, Sony A99 II has remarkable AF system.

ISO– Theoretically, with the expandable ISO range of 3280k one couldn’t have any problem while shooting at lowlight. After all, Nikon’s native ISO range is 100 to 102,400— and on the other hand, Sony A99 II’s expandable ISO range is 102400. So it will really be excited to see the performance of camera under harsh light condition where most of the photographers struggle and curse their cameras for awkward performance in lowlight, but still we expect better lowlight performance by Nikon D5 where the camera may be advanced in noise reduction and color fidelity.

Image stabilization– The users of Sony A99 II camera will be happy to see the crisp and blur-free images, because the camera utilize the vibration reduction mechanism called “5-axis I.S” that effective suppressed the appearance of unwanted camera shakes arise while shooting. But Nikon D5 doesn’t have image stabilization.

Continuous shooting speed– Nikon D5 has just two more frame rates than Sony A99 II camera (can make differences). Well, Sony A99 II offers 12 fps of continuous shooting speed that is really good for Sports photographers, but 14fps of Nikon D5 is great, enables the users to capture much action of the desire subjects.

Display– For clear, vivid playback and live view shooting, the Nikon D5 integrates a large 3.2″ rear LCD monitor features a high 2.36m-dot resolution.

Battery- You can go for hours of shooting with Nikon D5 that allows you to take around 3780 shots at a single time battery charge. On the other hand, only 490 shots are possible with Sony A99 II camera.

Verdict- We only have to say that Sony A99 II will be a great option for the sports photographers since it has marvelous AF systems and nice picture quality too. But the Landscape photographers, event shooters, street shooters and other photographers who prefer to work in low light environment should get Nikon D5 since its ISO range is far better than Sony A99 II.

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