Nikon D800 vs Sony SLT A99

Nikon D800


Sony SLT A99



Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,979 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Great color depth
Color depth
25.6 bits
Large screen
Screen size

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A99

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D800.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT A99.


Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750


$1,499 - $1,897 body only

$2,150 - $2,397 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810


$2,201 - $2,797 body only

$2,779 - $3,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III


$2,056 - $2,499 body only

$2,665 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Sony SLT A99 Competitors

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II


$998 body only

$1,598 with 16-50mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Focus points Significantly more focus points
Low light performance More noise at high ISO
Sony Alpha a99 II

Sony Alpha a99 II



Focus points Many more focus points
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,098 - $2,898 body only

$1,398 with 28-70mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Focus points Many more focus points
Autofocus Slower autofocus


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G Zundel (3:14 PM, July 28, 2014)
I would like to respond, I have been shooting full manual mode with 2 Sony a99's for some time, they are everything the good reviews claim. I just got a Nikon d800 and I think I woke up in a foreign country. I think the D810 is significantly more capable, but so far incredibly difficult especially in regard to the so called live view - with Sony you see exactly what the image will look like as you make adjustments, and with Nikon you have no idea what is happening till after you take the shot and review the image. I switched to Nikon on the advice of a photographer who thought I needed to step up my game, right now I have abandoned my plan to sell off my Sony's until I learn this new "language" and maybe never.
You can't go wrong with the Sony A99 and Ziess lenses, it is an easy to learn system and gives you incredible images.
Avatar for Peter D. Marsay Peter D. Marsay (8:59 PM, March 18, 2014)
Why Ronny? I'm considering buying one, leaning towards the D800 currently. Thanks
Ronny (6:26 PM, January 02, 2014)
not agree wth the comparison... i feel A99 better then d800... as i work on both cams...