Sony A99 II vs Nikon D500

sony-a99-ii-vs-nikon-d500Sony A99 II is highly advanced full-frame SLT camera, whereas Nikon D500 is APS-C format camera. Sony A99 II has secure maximum grades for its better image quality, tuck-sharp AF performance etc. Let’s see the performance Nikon D500…

Feature/Models Sony A99 II
Nikon D500
Megapixel 42.4 megapixels
20.9 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Image processor  Bionz X
Expeed 5
AF system Contrast detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect + phase
AF points 399 153
ISO Auto, 100-25600 (expandable to 50-102400) 50-1640000
Shutter speed 1/8000 to 30 sec
1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization 5-axis No
Continuous shooting speed  12fps 10fps
Video 4K @30 fps (3840 x 2160) 4K Video at 30 fps
Display 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life 490 shots 1240 shots
Weight 849 g 860 g
Size 143 x 104 x 76 mm 147 x 115 x 81 mm

Sony A99 II vs Nikon D500

Image quality– In this comparison, Sony A99 II is getting the upper hand since it features a 35 mm full-frame 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, ensuring the users to acquire exquisite details, colors, and textures of the desired subjects. Compared to Sony A99 II in terms of image quality, Nikon D500 is lagging behind that carries APS-C sensor along with only 20.9 Megapixels. The biggest plus point of Sony A99 I users is that the camera employs full-frame sensors which is comparatively larger that the APS-C sized sensor. Bigger the sensor, maximum will be the amount of lights as a result sharp and crystal-clear images are possible in almost all kind of shooting situation.

AF system- The AF system of Sony A99 II is impossibly advanced that features 79-phase detection AF points for accurate focus and depth, whereas 399 plane phase detection AF points for wider coverage. Moreover, when the plane phase detection AF sensor is included with dedicated phase-detection AF sensor— the 79 Hybrid Cross AF points are become selectable, so that fast and accurate tracking of the subjects can be done effortlessly.

On the other side, Nikon D500 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).

ISO– Photographers whose desire is to get high quality images in dark environments should prefer Nikon D500. The native ISO range of 100 – 51,200, expandable to 50 – 1,640,000 equivalent, ensuring that you capture the shots with great details and with minimal noise. Sony A99 II has the expandable sensitivity range of 102400.

Image stabilization- The advantages of Sony A-99 II is that it incorporates 5-axis I.S that is highly effective in Correcting pitch and yaw motions, correcting horizontal/vertical motion and correcting roll motion as well, so that one can get crisp and blur-free images. Usually, 5-axis image stabilization inside A99 II is the vibration reduction mechanism that effectively reduces the appearances of unwanted camera shakes. The other plus point of 5-axis image stabilization is that you can take night scenes with nearly shake-free clarity in stills and movies. But sorry, you don’t have the advantages of 5-axis I.S in Nikon D500.

Continuous shooting speed- No chance to miss any action of fast moving subjects, when you use Sony A99 II, the camera with 12 fps can capture the fast action of the subjects easily. On the other hand, the users of Nikon D500 have to work with 10 FPS only.

Shots– By using Nikon D500—one can take around 1240 shots at a time, whereas with Sony A99 II will allow you to take 490 shots only in a single time charge.

Verdict- Sony A99 II is ready to cover the full sport event—the camera is effortless and unobtrusive and will be a perfect camera for sports photography. Nikon D500 is DSLR for landscape shooters.

1 comment to Sony A99 II vs Nikon D500

  • Tom Lynch

    The Sony a99ii is not a mirror less like the comparisons says. I has a special translucent technology unlike normal DSLR. Also it say at the bottom that the Nikon has continuous shooting a 5 fps when just above on the comparison chart it says 10 fps which I believe is correct. I am under the impression that the D500 is an excellent action camera and has special memory card technology that makes the buffer act incredibly fast. This article is off the mark. The D500 is not a landscape camera. I am a Sony user. I must say from other articles I have read the D500 does intrigue me as a action camera. Plus cropped sensors suite my purposes. Who ever wrote this article must not be paying attention too much. Typically landscape photographers buy full frames…lol

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