Nikon Df vs Sony Alpha A99

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Nikon Df
Sony Alpha A99

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
7% larger display diagonal Edit
The Nikon Df has a display diagonal of 3.2". That's 0.2" larger than the Sony Alpha A99 (3"). 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.

23g lighter Edit
The Nikon Df has a weight of 710g, whereas the Sony Alpha A99 is a 733g digital camera (23g heavier). 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.

A little better user reviews
The average user review score of the Nikon Df is 94% based on 121 reviews, but the average rating of the Sony Alpha A99 is 93% (based on 68 reviews).
7 Reasons For
34% higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 is a 24.3MP digital camera. That's 8.1MP higher than the Nikon Df (24.3MP). 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.

33% more total megapixels Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 is a 24.7MP digital camera. That's 8.1MP more than the Nikon Df (24.7MP).
64% smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 has a maximum aperture number of 22. That's 14 smaller than the Nikon Df (22).
26% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 is a 1,228,800 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 307,800 pixels higher than the Nikon Df (1,228,800 pixels).
Higher magnification Edit
Sony Alpha A99 is 0.71x lens magnification ratio. That's 0.01x higher than the Nikon Df (0.71x). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Six more awards
The Sony Alpha A99 has 10 awards from expert review sites, however the Nikon Df has 4 awards.
Better expert reviews
Based on 75 reviews, the average expert review score of the Sony Alpha A99 is 86%, but the average rating of the Nikon Df is 78% (based on 89 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon Df is a 16.2MP digital camera. That's 8.1MP lower than the Sony Alpha A99 (24.3MP). 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.

Less total megapixels Edit
The Nikon Df is a 16.6MP digital camera. That's 8.1MP less than the Sony Alpha A99 (24.7MP).
Bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Df has a maximum aperture number of 8. That's 14 bigger than the Sony Alpha A99 (22).
Lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Nikon Df is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 307,800 pixels lower than the Sony Alpha A99 (1,228,800 pixels).
2% lower magnification Edit
Nikon Df is only 0.7x lens magnification ratio. That's 0.01x lower than the Sony Alpha A99 (0.71x). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Older by four months
The Nikon Df is four months older than the Sony Alpha A99.
Six less awards
The Nikon Df has only received 4 awards, however the Sony Alpha A99 has received 10 awards.
Expert review Rating is Worse
The Nikon Df only has an average expert score of 78%, but the Sony Alpha A99 has an average expert rating of 86% (based on 75 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
Smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 has a display diagonal of 3". That's 0.2" smaller than the Nikon Df (3"). 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.

Marginally heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha A99 has a weight of 733g, whereas the Nikon Df is a 710g digital camera (23g lighter). 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.

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User review Rating is slightly Worse
The Sony Alpha A99 has an average user score of 93%, but the Nikon Df has an average user rating of 94% (based on 121 reviews).

Awards

4 Awards
Ephotozine: Recommended
hi-tech.mail.ru/: Recommended
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
10 Awards
Akam.no: Recommended
DP Review: Gold
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
16.2MP 24.3MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 3376
 3936 x 2624
 3936 x 2216
 2640 x 1760
 2640 x 1488
 1728 x 1152
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
36 x 23.9 35.8 x 23.9
Total Megapixels
16.6MP 24.7MP
BEST

Design

Colour of Product
 Silver
 Silver

Lens System

Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
8 22
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 105mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 36mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 24 - 70
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
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
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 80
 100
 800
 12800
 25600
 25
 80
 100
 800
 12800
 25600
 25
ISO Sensitivity (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 25,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Unknown - Click to provide data 100
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Pre-flash
 Auto
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Pre-flash
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
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 Modes
Unknown - Click to provide data Wireless triggering,With synchro cord

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
BEST
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 960
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 1024
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 960
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 1024
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
BEST
Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

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

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.7x 0.71x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Flash
 Custom modes
Photo Effects
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Sepia
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Sepia
Self-Timer Delay
2,5,10,20 2,10
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Live View
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Live view
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ
Scene Modes
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
710g
BEST
733g
Height
66.5mm 111.2mm
Depth
110mm 78.4mm
Width
143.5mm 147mm
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)
765g
BEST
812g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
EN-EL14a NP-FM500H
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Unknown - Click to provide data 500 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Cables Included
 USB
BEST
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
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