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GENERAL
Model Nikon D5 Nikon D850 Sony Alpha A99 II
Release Date 2016-01-05 2017-08-24 2016-09-19
Camera Type Large SLR Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Current Price $6,496.95 $3,296.95 $3,198.00
SENSOR COMPARISON
Sensor Resolution
21

Megapixel

46

Megapixel

42

Megapixel

Max Image Dimensions 5588 x 3712 8256 x 5504 7952 x 5304
Sensor Type CMOS BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame Full frame Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 35.8 x 23.9 mm 35.9 x 23.9 mm 35.9 x 24 mm
Sensor Area
855mm2
858mm2
861mm2
Max ISO

102400

25600

25600

Min ISO

100

64

100

RAW Support
SHOOTING FEATURES COMPARISON
Model Nikon D5 Nikon D850 Sony Alpha A99 II
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec 1/8000 sec 1/8000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 30 sec 30 sec 30 sec
Continuous Shooting 14.0 fps 7.0 fps 12.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps) ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Metering
  • MultiCenter-weightedHighlight-weightedSpot
  • MultiCenter-weightedHighlight-weightedSpot
  • MultiCenter-weightedHighlight-weightedSpot
Auto Exposure Bracketing (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps) 5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps) ±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilizer No No Sensor-shift
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash no built-in flash no built-in flash
Max Flash Sync no built-in flash no built-in flash 1/250s
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Front-curtain sync (normal), Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Off, auto, fill, slow sync, redeye reduction, rear sync, high-speed sync, wireless
External Flash
AE Bracketing
WB Bracketing
VIEWFINDER COMPARISON
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder no electronic viewfinder 2,359k dots
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.72 0.75 0.78
LCD DISPLAY COMPARISON
Display Type Fixed Type Tilting Fully articulated
Technology n/a n/a n/a
Screen Size
3.2″
3.2″
3″
Resolution 2,359k dots 2,359k dots 1,229k dots
Live View
Touch Screen
VIDEO COMPARISON
Model Nikon D5 Nikon D850 Sony Alpha A99 II
Video Resolution 4K (UHD) 30p/25p/24p, 1080/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 720/60p/50p 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM n/a
Video File Format
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
  • MPEG-4
  • MPEG-4
  • AVCHD
  • XAVC S
Microphone Type Stereo Yes Yes
Speaker Type Mono Mono Mono
External Microphone Port
External Headphone Port
PHYSICAL SPECS COMPARISON
Weight 1415 g 1015 g 849 g
Dimensions 160 x 158.5 x 92 mm 146 x 124 x 79 mm 143 x 104 x 76 mm
Body Sealing Yes (Water and dust resistant) Yes Yes
BATTERY and STORAGE
Battery Type Battery Pack Battery Pack NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life

3780 Shots

1840 Shots

490 Shots

Storage Media Dual CompactFlash or dual XQD SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported) + XQD Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS Duo slots
CONNECTIVITY COMPARISON
Wireless Connectivity Optional Built-In Built-In
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
LENS COMPARISON
Model Nikon D5 Nikon D850 Sony Alpha A99 II
Lens Mount Nikon F Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal Range(35mm) No Lens No Lens No Lens
Focal Length Multiplier 1x 1x 1x
Optical Zoom No Lens No Lens No Lens
Max Aperture No Lens No Lens No Lens
Macro Focus Range No Lens No Lens No Lens
Manual Focus
AUTOFOCUS COMPARISON
Number of Focus Points 153 153 399
Contrast Detection
Phase Detection
AF Modes
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Tracking
  • AF Selective
  • AF Center
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • Face Detection
  • AF Touch
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Tracking
  • AF Selective
  • AF Center
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • Face Detection
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Tracking
  • AF Selective
  • AF Center
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • Face Detection
Current Price $6,496.95 $3,296.95 $3,198.00