Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Nikon D810 vs Sony SLT-A99

Nikon D800 vs Sony SLT-A99

Winner
Nikon D800

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Sony SLT-A99

82

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
95.0 vs 89.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay
Significantly 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
Lens availability
More lenses available
152 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 20% more lenses available
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 14 EV
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 25 bits
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Almost the same
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
15 vs 11
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
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
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
Size
Smaller
147x111x78 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
812 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 20% lighter
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$1,998.00 vs $2,376.18
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The best price we've seen is $378 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D80095.0
              SLT-A9989.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D80025.3 bits
              SLT-A9925 bits
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D8000.70x
              SLT-A990.71x
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D80014.4 EV
              SLT-A9914 EV
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D8001,000 g
              SLT-A99812 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D800$2,376.18
              SLT-A99$1,998.00
              Size Large Help
              D800146x123x82 mm
              SLT-A99147x111x78 mm

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D80015
              SLT-A9911
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D8004 fps
              SLT-A996 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,249 with 24-70mm lens

              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,296 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,349 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,707 - $1,999 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

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

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,854 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $875 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,238 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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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...