Nikon D4S vs Sony Alpha A99

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Nikon D4S
Sony Alpha A99

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
0.2" larger screen size Edit
The Nikon D4S is a 3.2"" screen digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A99 is only a 3"" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Higher display resolution Edit
The Nikon D4S has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels pixels, but the Sony Alpha A99 is only a 1,228,800 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (920 pixels lower).
Hugely lighter Edit
The Nikon D4S is a 1.2kgg digital camera. That's 731.8g lighter than the Sony Alpha A99 (733gg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

$244 cheaper
The Nikon D4S costs $243.99 less than the Sony Alpha A99.
Available from 4 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Expert reviews are better
The Nikon D4S has an average expert review score of 93%, however the Sony Alpha A99 has an average rating of 86% (based on 75 reviews).
User reviews are better
The Nikon D4S has an average user review score of 98%, however the Sony Alpha A99 has an average rating of 93% (based on 68 reviews).
7 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 has a megapixel count of 24.3MPMP, but the Nikon D4S is only a 16.2MPMP digital camera (8.1MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A lot more total megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 has a total megapixel count of 24.7MPMP, however the Nikon D4S is only a 16.6MPMP digital camera (8.1MP less).
Vastly smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 has a minimum ISO speed of 100, however the Nikon D4S is a 200 minimum ISO speed digital camera (100 bigger).
45.3mm shorter Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 has a height of 111.2mmmm, however the Nikon D4S is a 156.5mmmm tall digital camera (45.3mm taller).
Thinner Edit
Sony Alpha A99 is 78.4mmmm deep, but the Nikon D4S is a 90.5mmmm deep digital camera (12.1mm thicker).
Slightly narrower Edit
Sony Alpha A99 is 147mmmm wide, but the Nikon D4S is a 160mmmm wide digital camera (13mm wider).
One more awards
The Sony Alpha A99 has 10 awards, but the Nikon D4S has 9 awards.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Significantly lower megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D4S has a megapixel count of 16.2MPMP, whereas the Sony Alpha A99 is a 24.3MPMP digital camera (8.1MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A lot less total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D4S has a total megapixel count of 16.6MPMP, but the Sony Alpha A99 is a 24.7MPMP digital camera (8.1MP more).
A lot bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D4S has a minimum ISO speed of 200, but the Sony Alpha A99 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (100 smaller).
45.3mm taller Edit
Nikon D4S is 156.5mmmm tall, but the Sony Alpha A99 is a 111.2mmmm tall digital camera (45.3mm shorter).
12.1mm thicker Edit
The Nikon D4S is a 90.5mmmm deep digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A99 is a 78.4mmmm deep digital camera (12.1mm thinner).
A little wider Edit
The Nikon D4S is a 160mmmm wide digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A99 is a 147mmmm wide digital camera (13mm narrower).
Eleven months older
The Nikon D4S is older than the Sony Alpha A99 by eleven months.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Nikon D4S has received 9 awards, the Sony Alpha A99 has received 10 awards.
7 Reasons Against
0.2" smaller screen size Edit
Sony Alpha A99 is only 3"" screen, but the Nikon D4S is a 3.2"" screen digital camera (0.2" larger). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Nine hundred and twenty times lower display resolution Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 has a display resolution of 1,228,800 pixels pixels, however the Nikon D4S is a 921,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (920 pixels higher).
Vastly heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 is a 733gg digital camera. That's 731.8g heavier than the Nikon D4S (733gg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

$244 more expensive
The Sony Alpha A99 is more expensive than the Nikon D4S by $243.99.
Fewer sellers
Only 5 retailers sells the Sony Alpha A99, but 9 sellers sell the Nikon D4S. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Sony Alpha A99 is 86%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon D4S is 93% (based on 52 reviews).
Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony Alpha A99 is 93%, whereas the average user rating of the Nikon D4S is 98% (based on 77 reviews).

Awards

9 Awards
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
M3.idg.se: Recommended
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
Pocket Lint: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
Techradar: Recommended
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
vido.com.ua: Recommended
10 Awards
Akam.no: Recommended
DP Review: Gold
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick
kamerabild.se: Top Class
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
log.com.tr: Editor's Choice
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 6 Star
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

34 months Ago 23 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
16.2MP 24.3MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 2048 x 1360
 1600 x 1064
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 3376
 3936 x 2624
 3936 x 2216
 2640 x 1760
 2640 x 1488
 1728 x 1152
 2048 x 1360
 1600 x 1064
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 3376
 3936 x 2624
 3936 x 2216
 2640 x 1760
 2640 x 1488
 1728 x 1152
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 4000
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
Full-Frame Sensor Size
36 x 23.9 35.8 x 23.9
Total Megapixel Count
16.6MP 24.7MP
BEST

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Maximum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 22
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 105mm
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 36mm
Focal Length Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 24 - 70
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
Unknown - Click to provide data 17/13
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Sony A
 Nikon F
 Sony A
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 77mm
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
 single
 multi point
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 200
 25600
 25
 100
 200
 25600
 25
 100
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 25,600
Minimum ISO Speed
200 100
BEST

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Pre-flash
 Auto
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Pre-flash
 Auto
Flash Sync-Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Flash Metering Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data Wireless triggering,With synchro cord

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 1920 x 960
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 1024
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 1920 x 960
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 1024
 640 x 480
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM

Memory

Memory Card
 XQD
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 XQD
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
BEST
Memory Slot
2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3.2"
BEST
3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels
BEST
1,228,800 pixels

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.7x
BEST
0.71x
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Daylight
 Custom modes
Photo Effect
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Sepia
Self-Timer
2,5,10,20 2,10
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ
Diopter Adjustment
-3 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 GRE
 FIN
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 GRE
 FIN
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.2kg
BEST
733g
Height
156.5mm 111.2mm
BEST
Depth
90.5mm 78.4mm
BEST
Width
160mm 147mm
BEST
Lens Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 955g
Lens Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 111mm
Lens Diameter
Unknown - Click to provide data 83mm
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 812g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Size
EN-EL18a NP-FM500H
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 500 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Included Cable
 USB
 AC
BEST
 USB
 AC

Other Features

Ethernet LAN Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
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