Nikon D800 vs Sony Alpha A58

(124)
(146)
Nikon D800
Sony Alpha A58

Top Prices

e-GlobaL Central UK
Delivery unknown
In stock
DigitalRev UK
Out of stock
Microglobe
Delivery unknown
the_camera_centre
Out of stock
SO CAMERAS
Delivery unknown
Carmarthen Camera Centre
Out of stock

Reasons For

11 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D800 has a megapixel count of 36.3MP, however the Sony Alpha A58 is only a 20.1MP digital camera (16.2MP 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 Nikon D800 has a total megapixel count of 36.8MP, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 is only a 20.4MP digital camera (16.4MP less).
Thirty-six more auto focus points Edit
The Nikon D800 has 51.00 auto focus points, however the Sony Alpha A58 only has 15.00 auto focus points.
A lot higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D800 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, but the Sony Alpha A58 is only a 16,000 maximum ISO speed digital camera (9,600 lower).
16% larger screen size Edit
The Nikon D800 has a screen size of 3.2", however the Sony Alpha A58 is only a 2.7" screen digital camera (0.5" 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.

A lot higher display resolution Edit
The Nikon D800 has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 is only a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,200 pixels lower).
PictBridge Edit
The Nikon D800 supports PictBridge, however the Sony Alpha A58 does not support PictBridge.
Two hundred more shots per battery charge Edit
The Nikon D800 is a digital camera that takes 900.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 only takes 700.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Twenty-two more awards
The Nikon D800 has 26 awards, however the Sony Alpha A58 has 4 awards.
Expert reviews are a lot better
The Nikon D800 has an average expert review score of 91%, but the Sony Alpha A58 has an average rating of 80% (based on 66 reviews).
User reviews are better
The Nikon D800 has an average user review score of 95%, but the Sony Alpha A58 has an average rating of 89% (based on 80 reviews).
8 Reasons For
0.18x higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a 0.88x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.18x higher than the Nikon D800 (0.88x). 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.

Vastly lighter Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a weight of 492g, however the Nikon D800 is a 900g digital camera (408g 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.

Shorter Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a height of 95.5mm. That's 26.42mm shorter than the Nikon D800 (95.5mm).
Thinner Edit
Sony Alpha A58 is 77.7mm deep. That's 3.58mm thinner than the Nikon D800 (77.7mm).
Narrower Edit
Sony Alpha A58 is 128.6mm wide. That's 16.18mm narrower than the Nikon D800 (128.6mm).
USB 2.0 port Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a USB 2.0 port, whereas the Nikon D800 does not have a USB 2.0 port.
Cheaper by £1,191
The Sony Alpha A58 is £1,190.99 cheaper than the Nikon D800.
3 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
0.18x lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D800 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.7x, but the Sony Alpha A58 is a 0.88x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.18x higher). 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.

Heavier Edit
The Nikon D800 is a 900g digital camera. That's 408g heavier than the Sony Alpha A58 (492g). 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.

26.42mm taller Edit
The Nikon D800 is a 121.92mm tall digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 is a 95.5mm tall digital camera (26.42mm shorter).
3.58mm thicker Edit
The Nikon D800 has a depth of 81.28mm, however the Sony Alpha A58 is a 77.7mm deep digital camera (3.58mm thinner).
12% wider Edit
The Nikon D800 has a width of 144.78mm, however the Sony Alpha A58 is a 128.6mm wide digital camera (16.18mm narrower).
Does not have a USB 2.0 port Edit
The Nikon D800 does not have a USB 2.0 port, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 does.
£1,191 more expensive
The Nikon D800 is more expensive than the Sony Alpha A58 by £1,190.99.
Not as many stockists
Only 3 stores sells the Nikon D800, however 6 stores sell the Sony Alpha A58. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Over one year older
The Nikon D800 is older than the Sony Alpha A58 by 21 months.
11 Reasons Against
81% lower megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a 20.1MP digital camera. That's 16.2MP lower than the Nikon D800 (20.1MP). 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.

81% less total megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a 20.4MP digital camera. That's 16.4MP less than the Nikon D800 (20.4MP).
Only 15.00 auto focus points Edit
The number of auto focus points on the Sony Alpha A58 is 15.00, but the Nikon D800 only has 51.00 auto focus points.
60% lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a 16,000 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 9,600 lower than the Nikon D800 (16,000).
Smaller screen size Edit
Sony Alpha A58 is only 2.7" screen. That's 0.5" smaller than the Nikon D800 (2.7"). 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.

Vastly lower display resolution Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 460,200 pixels lower than the Nikon D800 (460,800 pixels).
Does not support PictBridge Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 does not support PictBridge, whereas the Nikon D800 supports PictBridge.
Only 700.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 takes 700.00 shots per battery charge, however the Nikon D800 only takes 900.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Twenty-two less awards
The Sony Alpha A58 has only received 4 awards, but the Nikon D800 has received 26 awards.
Expert review Rating is much Worse
The average expert rating of the Sony Alpha A58 is 80%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon D800 is 91% (based on 120 reviews).
User review Rating is Worse
The average user rating of the Sony Alpha A58 is 89%, whereas the average user rating of the Nikon D800 is 95% (based on 4 reviews).

Awards

26 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
Akam.no: Recommended
camcorderinfo.com: Best of Year
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
CNET.co.uk: Editor's Choice
CNET.com.au: Editor's Choice
Digitaltrends.com: Editor's Choice
DP Review: Gold
Ephotozine: Editor's Choice
fotoguiden.se: Best product
hardwarezone.com.sg: Innovative Design
hi-tech.mail.ru/: Recommended
itproportal.com: Best Buy
ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended 6 Star
Magnus.de: Buying Tip
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
player.de: Very Good
Pocket Lint: Hot Product
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
tbreak.ae: Editor's Choice
Techradar: Recommended
tipa.com: Technical Image Press Association Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Gold
4 Awards
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
reviewed.com: Best of Year

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

59 months Ago 38 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
36.3MP
BEST
20.1MP
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 3600 x 2400
 2736 x 1824
BEST
 3600 x 2400
 2736 x 1824
Maximum Image Resolution
 7360 x 4912
BEST
 7360 x 4912
Aspect Ratio
 5:4
BEST
 5:4
Image Format
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 JPG
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
35.9 x 24 23.2 x 15.4
Total Megapixel Count
36.8MP
BEST
20.4MP
Aspect Ratio
 5:4
BEST
 5:4

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Maximum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 5.6
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5
Focal Length Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 18 - 55
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Sony A
 Nikon F
 Sony A
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
51
BEST
15
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 16000
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 16000
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600
BEST
16,000
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

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
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
Flash Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data 10m
Flash Sync-Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Recharging Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 4s
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
BEST
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 AC3
 LPCM
 PCM
 AC3
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
3.2"
BEST
2.7"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels
BEST
460,800 pixels
Second Display
 Second display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.7x 0.88x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 electrical
 Optical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
PC Connectivity
 PC connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
 Microphone in socket
 Microphone in socket
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
Unknown - Click to provide data

Camera

3D Compatible
 3D compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS
 GPS
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Daylight
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Daylight
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Program
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Program
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,5,10,20 Unknown - Click to provide data
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi-Shot Mode
 Multi-shot mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Adjustment Mode
 Brightness
 Brightness
Image Editing Mode
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
 Tripod mount
Multi Burst Mode
 Multi burst mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment
-3 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Relief
17mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 GRE
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 GRE
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
900g 492g
BEST
Height
121.92mm 95.5mm
BEST
Depth
81.28mm 77.7mm
BEST
Width
144.78mm 128.6mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
900g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
EN-EL15 NP-FM500H
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,650mAh
Shot Per Battery Charge
900 shots
BEST
700 shots
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
 Battery level indicator

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Relative Humidity Operating Range
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ViewNX 2 Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
BEST
 USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Certificates

Energy Star Certified
 Energy Star certified
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Video Recording
 Video recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Port
 USB 2.0 port
 USB 2.0 port
BEST
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Weight
0.9kg Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
USB 3.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 3.0 Port
 USB 3.0 port
Unknown - Click to provide data
On/off Switch
 On/off switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Sensor Resolution
36,300,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
1/8000 - 30 Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
Feedback