Nikon D800

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Nikon D800

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Sony SLT-A99

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Sony SLT-A99

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,853 ISO vs 1,555 ISO
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The D800 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Overall image quality Better image quality 95.0 vs 89.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability More lenses available 152 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 20% more lenses available
Startup delay Less startup delay 200 ms vs 700 ms
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3.5x less delay when turning on
Battery life Longer battery life 900 shots vs 500 shots
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80% more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 11
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 14 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 25 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A99

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A99's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 127 ms vs 209 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 4 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 147x111x78 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 812 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $2,298.00 vs $2,796.95
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The best price we've seen is $499 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D800:95.0
              SLT-A99:89.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D800:25.3 bits
              SLT-A99:25 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D800:14.4 EV
              SLT-A99:14 EV
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D800:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              SLT-A99:Full frame 35.8x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D800:0.70x
              SLT-A99:0.71x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D800:36.2 MP
              SLT-A99:24 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D800:4 fps
              SLT-A99:6 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D800:900 shots
              SLT-A99:500 shots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Cross type focus points Has much more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 with 28-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,555 - $1,600 body only

              $1,999 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,663 - $1,899 body only

              $2,341 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              Nikon DF

              Nikon DF

              Pro DSLR

              $2,747 body only

              $2,935 - $2,997 with 50mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Movie format Does not take movies

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $798 body only

              $1,098 with 18-135mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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              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...