Nikon D750 vs Sony A7 II: Which Full Frame Camera is The Better?

Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II are affordable full frame cameras from two of the most well-known camera manufacturers: Nikon and Sony. Despite its compact body, Sony A7 II offers a large sensor. On some sections, this camera even offers better specs than Nikon D750. But, we need to take a deeper analysis before coming up with a conclusion which one is the better between these cameras.

One thing. Although there is no significant difference in the matter of sensor size between these two cameras, they are basically different systems. Nikon D750 is a DSLR camera while Sony A7 II is a mirrorless camera. That is why there is a significant difference in terms of body size. As a mirrorless camera, Sony A7 II surely has a smaller body.

Both Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II entered the market in the same year of 2014. Nikon D750 is arguably “the smaller version of D810” since it adopts the technology from Nikon D810, but comes with a smaller body. At the time of writing, Nikon hasn’t released the successor of D750.

Different story applies to Sony A7 II. This camera already has a successor, SonyA7 III, which was announced by Sony in February 2018. To ease your job in comparing the specs between Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II, we have created the table below.

Specs comparison: Nikon D750 vs Sony A7 II

 Nikon D750Sony A7 II
AnnouncedSeptember 2014November 2014
Sensor24.3-Mpix full frame CMOS24.2-Mpix full frame CMOS
DxOMark score9390
Color filter arrayRGBRGB
Resolution6032 x 40326024 x 4024
ISO50 - 5120050 - 51200
Fastest - Slowest speed (s)1/4000 - 30.01/8000 - 30.0
Frame rate (fps)6.55
Mount typeNikon F FXSony FE
Weight750 g599 g
Battery typeLi-ion, EN-EL 15, 7V, 1900mAh, 14WhLi-Ion, NP-FW50, 7.2V, 1020mAh, 7.3Wh
Number of autofocus points51117
Autofocus modesSingle-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)AF-S, AF-C
StorageSD, SDHC, SDXCMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Image formatJPEG, RAW (NEF)JPEG, RAW (ARW)
Other featuresLive view, tropicalization, mirror lockup, articulating screen, exposure bracketing, WB bracketing, USB, Wi-Fi, sound recording, external micro, histogram, live autofocusLive view, stabilization, dust cleaning, electronic viewfinder, tropicalization, articulating screen, exposure bracketing, micro USB, Wi-Fi, HDMI micro Type-D, sound recording, external micro, histogram,
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Be it Nikon D750 or Sony A7 II is a less suited option if you plan to mainly use your camera to record videos. They have no capability of recording 4K videos. The maximum video resolution these cameras are able to record is 1920 x 1080 with the frame rates of 60.

If you are comparing a DSLR camera and a mirrorless camera, there is always a significant enough different on the battery section. Typically, a DLSR camera has a longer battery life than a mirrorless camera. This also applies to Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II. The gap is far enough. While you can use Nikon D750 to take about 1200 photos per charging, Sony A7 II will only last for about 350 shots.

Both Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II come with an articulated screen, but doesn’t support touch operation. The screen of Nikon D750 has the size of 3.2-inch while the screen of Sony A7 II has the size of 3-inch. The matter of image quality, there is not much difference. The screen of Nikon D750 has the pixel density of 1229000 compared to 1228800 belong to Sony A7 II.

Nikon D750

 

Sony A7 II

 

 

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If you are looking for a mirrorless camera with a viewfinder feature, Sony A7 II is one of the mirrorless cameras that has this feature. Just keep in mind that mirrorless cameras use an electronic viewfinder instead of optical viewfinder like DSLR cameras. The viewfinder of Sony A7 II has the magnification of 0.71.

One of the advantages of a mirrorless camera compared to DSLR is that a mirrorless camera typically has more autofocus points, which will make your job in taking photos of moving objects be much easier. Again, this also applies to both Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II. Nikon D750 has only 51 autofocus points compared to 117 belong to Sony A7 II. In addition, Sony A7 II also has a longer shutter speed range: 1/8000-30.0. While Nikon D750 has only 1/4000-30.0 shutter speed range. They offer the same ISO range of 50 – 51200. Another things that Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II have in common are Wi-Fi for wireless photo transfer, histogram, sound recording an so on as you can see on the table above.

Sensor comparison: Nikon D750 vs Sony A7 II

As mentioned above, despite its smaller body, Sony A7 II offers a large sensor. It adopts a full frame sensor with the crop factor of 1.0, same as Nikon D750. The sensor of Sony A7 II has the size of 23.9 x 35.8 mm. It is slightly smaller (about a percent) than Nikon D750 which has the size of 24 x 35.9 mm. Take a look at the image we created below to compare the sensor of these cameras.

Body comparison: Nikon D750 vs Sony A7 II

Everyone knows that body size is the most visible aspect that differs a DSLR camera and a mirrorless cameraa. But, how far the difference between Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II is?

As usual, we have created the images below to makes it easy for you to see the differences between the dimension of nikon D750 and Sony A7 II.

Photo results comparison: Nikon D750 vs Sony A7 II

All camera manufacturers develop cameras with a major purpose: to help you generate good photos. So, no matter the specs a camera has, if it is unable to generate good photos then there is no reason to buy it. With their large sensor, be it Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II is capable of generating good photos, as shown on the examples below. All photos below were taken from Pixabay.

Just keep in mind that in addition to sensor, lens also plays a role in determining the quality of the photos you took. It’s hard to figure out the lens model used on a photo, but you can at least guess the lens type by reading the EXIF data. That is why we also added the EXIF data of each photo below.

  • Nikon D750
  • Sony A7 II

Conclusion

DSLR and mirrorless camera are actually different systems so comparing a certain model and a mirrorless model has never been a good idea. These two camera systems have their own characteristics. DSLRs is superior when it comes to battery life, while mirrorless cameras typically have more autofocus points which is great for taking photos of moving objects.

Overall, both Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II are great cameras, with a large sensor. From the point of view technical aspect of photography, Sony A7 II might is a bit better than Nikon D750. First, it has a longer shutter speed range. Second, it also has more autofocus points. These two aspects are crucial enough if you often use your camera to take the pictures of moving objects. One clear thing, both Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II are less suited if you are looking for a camera for video recording.

If you still have a doubt which camera you should buy, ask yourself about how you will use your camera. If you will use your camera mainly for traveling then camera with a longer battery life — Nikon D750 in this case — should be your first choice. Conversely, if you will use your camera mainly to take the pictures of moving objects then Son A7 II a better suited option than Nikon D750 since it has more autofocus points. Another aspect you can use as a parameter is the DxOMark score. Be it Nikon D750 or Sony A7 II has a high score on DxOMark, indicating that these cameras have a good quality especially the sensor performance.

Written by Editorial Staff

Editorial staff of Bettertechtips.com



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