Nikon D600 vs Sony SLT-A99 Head-to-Head

Last Updated (21 December’12):
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Nikon D600 and Sony SLT-A99 are two full frame DSLRs with essentially the same sensor inside. But, which one is the better choice camera for you? The Nikon D600 sold with price of $1,996.95 for body only while the Sony SLT-A99 with price of $2,798.00 for body only. Those camera equipped with advanced technology to appeal to enthusiast photographers who need of build, image quality and features provided by pro DSLRs.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Expert Reviews

Nikon D600 vs Sony SLT-A99 Head-to-Head Reviews

Nikon D600 Reviews

Cameralabs reviews the Nikon D600 and writes;
“it’s an ‘entry level’ full frame DSLR designed to appeal to enthusiast photographers looking for the kind of build, image quality and features provided by pro DSLRs at a more affordable price. It’s also got to function as a pro model backup, able to tick the same boxes as high end models like the D800 and D4, without being so good it begins to look like an attractively priced replacement rather than a supplement.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Nikon D600 and writes;
“The Nikon D600 is a full-frame 24.3 megapixel camera with excellent image quality and performance. It offers excellent noise performance, excellent image quality with good detail even as the ISO setting increases, and puts it all into a rugged weather sealed body with a great 3.2inch screen. The camera offers advanced Full HD video recording with both microphone and headphone sockets, and videos benefit from the full frame sensor in low-light situations.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Digitalversus reviews the Nikon D600 and writes;
“The D600 autofocus is similar in spec to that of the D7000, with 39 AF points (it’s therefore a little less comprehensive than the D800 autofocus). Plus, the 24-85 mm kit lens has a fairly speedy motorisation system, which brings the D600 pretty much in line with the D7000. Focusing therefore barely takes more then half a second at all focal lengths and only slows down very slightly in low light.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Photographylife reviews the Nikon D600 and writes;
“As for the quality of videos, while I have not really experimented much with video recording (I am not much into video yet), the D600 makes very impressive 1080p videos at high ISOs. I recorded a couple of sample videos at home of my kids at ISO 1600 and 3200 and I was very impressed by the lack of noise.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Expertreviews reviews the Nikon D600 and writes;
“The D800 and 5D Mark III are tough acts to follow, and although the D600 is cheaper, the price difference isn’t huge. However, it’s extremely competitive regardless of price. The simpler autofocus and the lack of priority modes for video are the only issues that would tempt us to spend more. We’d like to see better JPEG output at fast ISO speeds, but by any sensible measure its JPEGs are stunning.”
Rating: ★★★★★

Photographyblog reviews the Nikon D600 and writes;
“At full resolution, the Nikon D600 captures an astonishing amount of detail – not quite as much as the D800 but still more than most people will ever need.. The photos, especially those shot in NEF format, also have great dynamic range and generally low levels of noise.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Pocket-lint reviews the Nikon D600 and writes;
“the D600’s images are still great. Really great. Lower ISO settings are definitely the ones to stick to where possible, but the higher ISO settings, even at this resolution, are very capable indeed. Right up to ISO 1600 there’s a limited impact on overall quality, which is a marvel to behold.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Nikon D600 and writes;
“Image capture in movie mode is as snappy as it is when shooting stills. Again, colours are true to the originals and sharp contrasts are cleanly rendered. It copes well with changes in the level of available light, compensating smoothly and without stepping, and the soundtrack is extremely cleanly recorded.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Techradar reviews the Nikon D600 and writes;
“It’s compactness and light weight make the Nikon D600 a tempting proposition for those wanting a full-frame upgrade, or for professionals downsizing from larger bodies, especially since the Nikon D600’s sensor is one of the best currently available and is backed up by excellent autofocus and exposure metering.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCMAG reviews the Nikon D600 and writes;
“Video quality is excellent all around, topping out at 1080p30 and 720p60 in QuickTime format. You can autofocus while rolling footage, although you’ll have to press the shutter halfway down to so. Focus takes about a second, as it hunts a bit before locking on.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Sony Alpha SLT-A99V Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Sony Alpha SLT-A99V and writes;
“Image quality is particularly pleasing with excellent noise performance and focus performance is excellent thanks to the cameras SLT technology, allowing fast focusing for continuous shooting as well as video recording. Another unique feature is AF range control which could be particularly useful for sports or wildlife photographers where the subject is a set distance. Colour, detail, and dynamic range are all excellent with the camera producing great photos straight from the camera.”
Rating: ★★★★½

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User Opinions

Nikon D600 vs Sony SLT-A99 Head-to-Head User Reviews

Nikon D600 User Reviews

Super Sharp with Beautiful, Rich colors and details! Recipe for Stunning Images
“In my experience, with little tweaking here and there, I was able to produce images that were Super Sharp with Beautiful, Rich Colors and details! D600, in my honest opinion, is the simplest recipe for Stunning Images!! A picture is worth a thousand words.” – By M. Rahman
Rating: ★★★★★

Wonderful Upgrade to FX at a reasonable price
“After having shooting the great D7K for 2 years I decided to take the plunge into full frame. I am very happy. After a thorough comparison of DX vs FX I can say that I am glad I took the plunge. AF is fast & accurate and the high ISO capabilities of the D600 are incredible. Colors, tonality and DOF all add just a little more pop to my pictures. Wonderful camera!” – By R. Linnell
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing camera
“it’s a bit smaller than other Full frame camera, but it is built well and to me doesn’t seem very flimsy. It has good ergonomics for my hands and supposedly Nikon said it is weather sealed, and since I do have it in hand, it does seem very durable. Price is very affordable with all the great features everyone expected. Thus,worth the purchase.” – By dmac
Rating: ★★★★★

Fantastic images, familiar feel
“Moving from the D7000 to the D600 has been very easy. Menus, buttons, and ergonomics, are very very similar. Images are simply stunning. I have always manually controlled my ISO setting to keep low and avoid noise. There were the rare times that I would select U2 mode and allow the camera to auto adjust ISO just to keep shutter speed high and avoid the risk of not getting the shot.” – By M. Constantine
Rating: ★★★★★

Simply Awesome
“I felt that spending almost $1000 more for the D800, although important for some people, was too much for us. 36 MP made the file sizes HUGE as well!. The D600 is the best choice and a wonderful performer, even at high ISO. The photos taken with this camera are absolutely wonderful.” – By Joel Green
Rating: ★★★★★

D300 User’s First Impressions
“I also love that there is an AUTO setting for the minimum shutter speed setting for the AUTO ISO setting (this may be nothing new but it’s new to me). For example, when I have my lens set at 24mm, it chooses a minimum shutter speed of 1/25, and when I’m zoomed to 120mm, it chooses 1/125 as the minimum shutter speed. I love it!” – By RC
Rating: ★★★★★

Beat my expectations, well worth the money
“The dynamic range of the sensor is a whole new world compared to the older D200 sensor and the FX lenses are a joy to work with. I have a whole new reason to shoot photos at any given chance simply because the results are just glorious. I hadn’t expected this level of performance.” – By MountainMan
Rating: ★★★★★

NIce Job, Nikon
“The 24MP is big enough to crop,without losing alot of detail, but what is really nice is the high iso capabilties that you need for wildlife and birds! As you know, when shooting birds in flight, you often have to crop when they are high in the school, even with large Nikon 500mm f4 VR lenses!” – By Kevin Brown
Rating: ★★★★★

Finally, full frame value
“ISO 6400 looks a lot like ISO 1600, which looks mostly like ISO 800, which isn’t so bad compared to ISO 400, which looks like ISO 200??? ISO is irrelevant on this sensor. Well, maybe not irrelevant, but it sure is impressive to be shooting above 800 and have such minimal noise.” – By D. Emerson
Rating: ★★★★★

Upgraded from D7000, pleased so far
“The picture quality is very good. Just the same, I thought the D7000 took excellent pictures too so I wouldn’t expect a significant increase in picture quality from the move to the D600. The additional megapixels should help if you find yourself in a position where you have to crop quite a bit.” – By Brian
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing Camera
“Incredible resolution even when pixel peeping at 200 or 400%. Handling and layout about the same as the D7000. That is, great. At least one stop greater ISO performance. – Maybe more. Great low light performance. Very good results with older lenses. Maybe because of the it’s lower pixel frequency.” – By Dan De Lion
Rating: ★★★★★

Fantastic for the price
“I have been a D7000 user who just got D600. This camera is right at home for me since most controls are similar and better. I am not 100% happy with the AF speed in low light, but hey I did not pay that much, so I should not complain. I love the image quality at lower ISO.” – By Y. Yamamoto
Rating: ★★★★★

Great Full Frame Camera
“Video quality seems to be on par with the D800. I’m not sure what the bit rate is but it doesn’t seem to compress the footage as much as the D7000 does. It also has a clean HDMI so that’s a plus for external recording needs. The dynamic range of the D600 is unparalleled at this price point. Noticed a huge difference even when shooting video.” – By Chad
Rating: ★★★★☆

Very impressive
“The advancements in focusing are excellent. It is easy to switch between modes and even to select the exact focus spot (a subject’s eye). The viewfinder notifies you when it reads the spot as focused. I’ve found it very accurate.” – By dr. lowbrow
Rating: ★★★★★

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Sony Alpha SLT-A99V User Reviews

A wonderful upgrade to the a77..for a big price
“At the end of the day I’m extremely pleased with both the photos and videos I’m getting from this camera. ISO 6400 is very usable and I find myself not reaching for my 58AM flash as quickly, and the low light video is considerably improved over the A77.” – By Shawn C.
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent camera
“The image quality from this camera is stunning. It’s great to be able to crank the ISOs up so high, and still (after shooting RAW and processing my images in Lightroom 4.2) get clean, colourful images.” – By Jeremy Birn
Rating: ★★★★☆

Excellent and gives Nikon/Canon a run for their money
“I ran about 100 test shots today at various focal lengths using the Sony 24-70 lens and then had them analyzed by Reikan’s FoCal software. At 24mm, the best focus was found at an AF fine tune setting of -2. At 70mm the best was at +4. Wow! This is actually pretty darned great.. When I tested the Nikon D600 using the Nikon 24-70 lens, it was also -2 @24mm but -17 @70mm. That’s a huge difference.” – By T Payne
Rating: ★★★★★

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Nikon D600 and Sony SLT-A99 User Manual (PDF)

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Nikon D600 vs Sony SLT-A99 Head-to-Head Features

Nikon D600 Features

The Nikon D600 is a FX-Format Digital SLR Camera comes with 24.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor that combined with EXPEED 3 images processing engine to capture exceptional images quality with remarkable speed and accuracy. This combination also enabling up to 5.5fps continuous shooting at full resolution. While the ISO range of 100-6400 extended down to 50 and up to 25,600 allowing the camera has incredible low-light performance to capture crystal clear image in dim light situations. In addition, this camera has one of the best. 39 focus points with wide-area AF coverage which ensures users can capture razor-sharp images and HD videos.


Features Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering II, the Nikon D600 is able to produces consistently beautiful photos and HD videos. Moreover, the camera allows users to shoot 1080p HD videos with selectable frame rates of 30p, 25p or 24p and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression, even it enable to record 720p HD at 60p, 50p or 30p for ultra-smooth video playback of fast moving subjects, or create slow-motion footage. The Nikon D600 also enable users to enhance their video recording by offering manual exposure control, fulltime AF with face-priority and subject tracking, dedicated inputs for a stereo mic and headphones, still image exporting, and much more.


Additionally, the camera is offer Wi-Fi camera control and mobile photo sharing by connecting the camera with an optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter. It lets you to wirelessly transfer photos to your smartphone, tablet or any compatible Wi-Fi enabled device. Nikon D600 also has built-in pop-up flash which helps users for lighting in low-light shooting situations.


Nikon D600 Features:

+ Nikon’ most compact FX-format HD-SLR

+ Newly developed 24.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor

+ Share D600 images with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter (sold seperately)

+ Cinema-quality Full HD (1080p)

+ Compatible with all NIKKOR lenses, FX and DX formats

Sony Alpha SLT-A99V Features

Sony Alpha SLT-A99V offers a 24.3MP full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor that delivers an ISO range of 100 to 25600 with noise reduction allowing you to capture outstanding image quality and low-light sensitivity. The combination of the translucent mirror and BIONZ Image Processor also lets you record images at 6fps in continuous shooting mode. This ability enables you to record Full HD 1080 video at 60p, 60i and 24p. You can also enhance your video quality by adjust the P/A/S/M manual shooting modes, selection of ISO from 100 to 6400, and Picture Effects.


In addition, this camera is equipped with Dual Phase Detect AF system that combines a 19-point sensor above the translucent mirror and a 102-point focal plane phase detection sensor. This combination improves the subject tracking performance and increased accuracy, capturing sharp images with perfectly-focused. Sony Alpha SLT-A99V also offers a Quick Navi Pro which lets users to immediately access all camera parameter settings easily and intuitively. And with a 3.0″ Xtra Fine LCD which has a 921k-dot resolution, you can easily view the images results even in sunny outdoor conditions.


There is Tru-Finder OLED Electronic Viewfinder features a 1,440K-dot resolution, a 100% field of view, and a wide 31.9° viewing angle which provides a bright, clear image in almost any lighting conditions. It also shows the image information regarding exposure settings and modes, and Shot Result Preview to preview the effects of exposure control, white balance modifications, and other creative modes before making an exposure. Not only does it, you can also add a variety of Picture Effects to enhance the photos and videos quality.

Sony Alpha SLT-A99V Features:

+ Full-Frame 24.3MP Exmor CMOS Sensor

+ Sony Dual AF System & Translucent Mirror

+ 3.0″ TruBlack Tilting LCD Display

+ XGA OLED Electronic Viewfinder

+ Full HD 1920×1080 60p Video Recording

+ Advanced BIONZ Image Processing Engine

+ Internal SteadyShot Image Stabilization

+ 1,200 Zone Evaluative Metering Sensor

+ Exposure & Focus Controls With Video

+ Quiet Multi Control Dial, GPS & Auto HDR

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