Nikon D800 vs Sony Alpha A58

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Nikon D800
Sony Alpha A58

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Reasons For

10 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel Edit
The Nikon D800 has a megapixel 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 megapixels Edit
The Nikon D800 has a total megapixels of 36.8MP, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 is only a 20.4MP digital camera (16.4MP less).
Thirty-six more auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Nikon D800 has 51.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the Sony Alpha A58 only has 15.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
A lot higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Nikon D800 is 25,600 maximum ISO speed, but the Sony Alpha A58 is only a 16,000 maximum ISO speed digital camera (9,600 lower).
16% larger display diagonal Edit
The Nikon D800 has a display diagonal 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 (numeric) Edit
The Nikon D800 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 is only a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,200 pixels lower).
Two hundred more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Nikon D800 is a digital camera that takes 900.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 only takes 700.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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).
2 Reasons For
0.18x higher magnification 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.

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
0.18x lower magnification Edit
Nikon D800 is only 0.7x lens magnification ratio, 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.

Over one year older
The Nikon D800 is older than the Sony Alpha A58 by 13 months.
10 Reasons Against
81% lower megapixel 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 megapixels 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 (AF) pointss Edit
The number of auto Focus (AF) pointss on the Sony Alpha A58 is 15.00, but the Nikon D800 only has 51.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
60% lower ISO sensitivity (max) 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 display diagonal 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 (numeric) Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a display resolution (numeric) of 460,800 pixels. That's 460,200 pixels lower than the Nikon D800 (460,800 pixels).
Only 700.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 takes 700.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Nikon D800 only takes 900.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
36.3MP
BEST
20.1MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3600 x 2400
 5456 x 3632
 3872 x 2176
 2736 x 1824
 3600 x 2400
 5456 x 3632
 3872 x 2176
 2736 x 1824
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 7360 x 4912
BEST
 7360 x 4912
Aspect Ratio
 5:4
BEST
 5:4
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 JPG
 EXIF
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 JPG
 EXIF
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
35.9 x 24 23.2 x 15.4
Total Megapixels
36.8MP
BEST
20.4MP
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Supported Aspect Ratios
 5:4
BEST
 5:4

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Sony A
 Nikon F
 Sony A
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Face detection
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.45m
Auto Focus (AF) Points
51
BEST
15
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
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
25,600
BEST
16,000
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

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
 Fill-in
 Auto
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Fill-in
Flash Guide Number
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
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
Resolution At 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 Formats Supported
 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

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
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 (numeric)
921,000 pixels
BEST
460,800 pixels
Second Display
 Second display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.7x 0.88x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 electrical
 Optical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Daylight
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Daylight
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Program
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Manual
 Program
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,5,10,20 2,10
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi-Shot
 Multi-shot
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness
Image Editing
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
 MPF
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
 MPF
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
 Tripod mountable
Multi Burst Mode
 Multi burst mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 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
 Brightness adjustment
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-3 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Relief
17mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
Languages Support
 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 (OSD) Languages
 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
Depth
81.28mm 77.7mm
Width
144.78mm 128.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
900g 573g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
EN-EL15 NP-FM500H
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,650mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
900 shots
BEST
700 shots
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
 Battery level indicator

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
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
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data

Certificates

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

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Ports Quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight
0.9kg Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
USB 3.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
 USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) ports quantity
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
1/8000 - 30 Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
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