Sony A7RII vs Nikon D810 Comparison

Here is a quick review and comparison for the Sony A7RII vs Nikon D810 full-frame cameras.

To see the difference between Sony A7RII vs Nikon D810 cameras we have put together Sony A7RII vs Nikon D810 specs comparison table below.

Sony A7RII featuring the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor with a resolution of 42.4 megapixels with 4K video recording. The new Sony A7RII boasts high speed AF response up to 40% faster than the original α7R thanks to 399 focal plane phase detection AF points.

Nikon D810 features a brand new 36.3 megapixel sensor with no optical low pass filter, Expeed 4 image processing engine, 51-point auto-focus system and 5fps burst shooting at full resolution.

Specifications Comparison of Sony A7RII vs Nikon D810 Cameras


Below you can see the specs comparison table of Sony A7RII vs Nikon D810 full-frame cameras. Some differences like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc.. detailed as bold on the table.

Feature Sony a7RII Nikon D810
Sensor Resolution 42.4 MP 36 MP
Sensor Size 35.9 x 24 mm 35.9 x 24 mm
Sensor Type Full Frame Full Frame
AA Filter No No
Image Size 7952 x 5304 7360 x 4912
Image Processor Bionz X Expeed 4
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder Coverage %100 %100
Viewfinder Magnification 0.78x 0.7x
Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash
Continuous Shooting Speed 5 FPS 5 FPS
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-25,600 ISO 64-12,800
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, ISO 102,400 ISO 32, ISO 51,200
Autofocus System 399 points 51 points
Video Output MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S H.264, MPEG-4
Video Maximum Resolution 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)
LCD Size 3″ Tilting TFT-LCD 3.2″ Fixed TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution 1,228,800 dots 1,229,000 dots
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps) ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes Yes
Timelapse recording No Yes
GPS No Optional
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes No
Built-in Flash No Yes
Battery NP-FW50 EN-EL15
Battery Life 290 shots (CIPA) 1,200 shots (CIPA)
USB Version 2.0 3.0
Dimensions 127 x 96 x 60 mm 146 x 123 x 82 mm
Weight 625g 880g

The 42.4 MP sensor combines gapless on-chip lens design and AR (anti-reflective) coating on the surface of the sensor’s glass seal to dramatically improve light collection efficiency, resulting in high sensitivity with low-noise performance and wide dynamic range. This allows the camera to shoot at an ISO range of 100 to 25600 that is expandable to ISO 50 to 1024002.

Sony A7RII Mirrorless Camera Price

The Sony α7R II full-frame interchangeable lens camera is available for a price tag about $3200.

Buy Sony A7RII Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera
Sony A7RII Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera $3,200.00 Amazon | Adorama

See how we covered the Sony A7RII mirrorless camera after its officially announced.

  • frankwick

    Drawbacks on the Sony that really make me want to wait until “The next version:”
    1. No GPS recording. Not a huge deal, but I do like to track my photos for novelty reasons.
    2. No built-in Flash. Unless something has changed, Sony typically uses a slave system for remote flashes. This now forces you to put an external flash on the camera in order to trigger the salves.
    3. Battery life!!!!!!

    • davidmedinaphotography

      Off-camera flashes. There are now several manufacturers that sell radio triggers for Sony: Phottix, Nisin, Godox, Sony, among others who are coming out with new triggers. I just tried the Godox and work great.

      The Sony one should come out this summer.

      The new Phottix Odin II is due to come out soon too. In the meantime you can use the Odin I.

      Battery life. While I wish it would be better, is really not a big deal. Specially considering the many things the camera is capable of doing that the D810 cannot…. like WiFi… I shoot weddings and it uses 3 to 4 batteries for an 8 hour weddings. My D800 used 2 as long as you turn off all the electronics.

      The D800 does not have a Wifi so you need to spend an additional $600 to add it.

      Built-in flash… I had them on all my Nikon cameras and never used them.

      GPS. While GPS could be a nice feature, in camera GPS chips are rarely accurate, they consume a lot of power and they take a while to locate a signal–GPS is far more complicated than you might think. The D810 does not have built-in GPS. It cost you $249 additional.

      At the end of the day, you need to look at image quality and determine if the camera is the right tool by balancing the benefits and limitations and choose what work best for you. I used the D800 for 3 years and last year I started using Sony and just love those cameras.