In this review, we look at how two entry level cameras stand up against each other; the Sony a7ii vs Nikon D750.
Not enough time to go through the entire article? You’ll want to check out the comparison overview, comparison table and which is better for what sections. They all contain the basic information in quick bites.
However, we recommend, that you read through the entire article, especially if you are new to the camera scene. You could also check out some of our other Sony-Nikon reviews, like the Sony a7 vs Nikon D500, for a wider frame of reference.
Comparison Overview — Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
Overall Review of the Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
First off, though, both cameras have a 24-megapixel sensor resolution. They also have similar sensor pixel area and pixel pitch.
That said, the Sony a7ii is the better of the two cameras in terms of high ISO, and shutter speed. It is also the better of the two cameras in terms of image quality.
However, the Nikon D750 is the better of the two cameras in terms of low ISO. It also happens to be the better of the two cameras as regards video coverage.
Price/Value Ratio — Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
The Sony a7ii is a pretty affordable camera which makes it more interesting to see the different quality features that were crammed into the camera.
On the Nikon D750 camera is pretty pricey. Its price is almost twice that of the Sony a7ii.
About The Brands
Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational company. It has a diversified business system which includes consumer and professional electronics, entertainment and gaming. The company also offers financial services.
Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for both consumer and professional markets. It is a leading player in the film industry that has a reputation of producing standard products such as lenses and cameras.
Nikon is a Japanese multinational corporation that specializes in the production of optical and precision equipment. It happens to be one of the leading manufacturers of cameras.
And because Nikon has been around for quite some time, it has been able to grow a pretty impressive catalogue of camera spare parts and lenses. This makes it easy to replace damaged parts.
Comparison Table — Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
|Body Type||SLR style Mirrorless||Mid-size SLR|
|Screen Type||Tilting Screen||Tilting Screen|
|Lens Mount||Sony E (NEX)||Nikon F|
|Max Sensor Resolution||24 MP – Full Frame CMOS sensor||24 MP Full Frame CMOS sensor|
|Dimensions||(127 x 96 x 60)mm||(141 x 113 x 78)mm|
|ISO||100 to 25600||100 to 12800|
|Continuous Shooting||5 Frames Per Second||6.5 Frames Per Second|
|LCD Screen Resolution||1230k dots||1229k dots|
|Low Light ISO||2449||2956|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2359k dots||None|
|Battery Life||350 shots||1230 shots|
|External Flash Shoe||Yes||Yes|
|Max Flash Sync||None||1/200s|
|Flash Range||None||12.00m (at ISO 100)|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000s||1/4000s|
|Video Resolution||1920 X 1080||1920 X 1080|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift||None|
|Number of Available Lenses||102||302|
|Max Resolution||6000 x 4000||6016 x 4016|
|Max Native Light Sensitivity||25600||12800|
|Max Boosted Light Sensitivity||51200 ISO||51200 ISO|
|DxO overall Score||90||93|
A Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750 Comparison Video
Which Is Better Under What Circumstance? — Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
|The Sony a7ii is the better of the two in situations where the photographer has to capture an image in a poorly lit environment. Its high ISO rating (that is twice the value of the Nikon D750) is responsible for this.||The Nikon D750 camera has a good low light ISO rating. The photographer can easily obtain a balanced exposure using this camera in overly lit areas. This goes a long way in ensuring that the image is of good quality.|
|The Sony a7ii camera is also the better of the two cameras in situations where the photographer has to be precise in obtaining a very good shot. Its 117 focus points make it easier to obtain quality images in the unlikeliest of scenarios.||The Nikon D750 camera has an awesome battery life. Its 1230 shots battery life rating easily makes it our preferred choice in situations where the photographer has to carry out a project that requires framing for long.|
|The Sony a7ii has image stabilization. This makes the camera the better of the two cameras in still photography as its lenses are well stabilized.||The Nikon D750 is the better of the two cameras when a photographer has to shoot in a fast paced environment. The 6.5 frames per second rating of the camera is responsible for this.|
Common Features Of The Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
1. Low ISO
ISO is the measure of how responsive a camera’s sensor is to light.
That said, the Sony a7ii has a 2449 low ISO rating while the Nikon D750 has a 2956 low ISO rating. And in both cases, we are looking at a pretty decent ISO.
The good low light ISO rating of the two cameras allows the user of either camera frame well in environments where light is excessive.
In other words, low ISO is a life saver in situations where there is excess exposure. The low ISO ensures that the photographer still obtains an image of balanced exposure.
2. Continuous Shooting
The Sony a7ii has a continuous shooting rate of 5 frames per second while the Nikon D750 has a continuous shooting rating of 6.5 frames per second. The average continuous shooting rate of the two cameras might be sufficient.
Continuous shooting helps capture several photographs just by holding down the shutter for a long period. This is mostly needed in fast moving environments. Continuous shooting makes sure the photographer hardly misses out on an important action in any such environment.
Continuous shooting makes the two cameras relevant in the aspect of sports photography.
3. Wireless Connection
In-built wireless connection allows for the transfer of files from the camera to other devices without the use of wires or cords. It is a better medium of transfer than the old use of wires and cables.
Wireless connection also makes it possible for the user to upload images or videos to the internet directly.
4. RAW Support
When shooting RAW, minimally processed data or images are saved from the image sensor.
A lot of benefits are attached to the photographer shooting RAW. One is that you get to edit your files without destroying the quality of the image.
Another advantage is that the RAW format allows you to easily adjust the white balance. This is in stark contrast to what is obtainable in the JPEG format where the white balance is automatically applied to the image.
5. External Flash Shoe
The external flash shoe is a provision made for the attachment of an external flash.
An external flash allows you work at a faster shutter speed than the in built flash. This is so because external flashes have a special high speed synchronization mode that allows the photographer shoot at a high shutter speed.
External flashes also give room for flexibility in usage as they do not necessarily have to be mounted on the camera’s hot shoe before they can be used. The photographer can decide to place them on a bracket, light stand or a mini stand.
The external flash is also more appealing to professionals than the in built flash as it allows them have more precise control when carrying out flash photography. This is as a result of the different customizable options that are available for this feature.
6. Sensor Resolution
Both the Sony a7ii and Nikon D750 have a good sensor resolution ratings. Sensor resolution determines the quality of image a camera will produce to a large extent.
The Sony a7ii and the Nikon D750 both have a sensor resolution of 24 megapixels. Both cameras also have the same pixel size (5.97 micro meter) and close values in terms of sensor pixel area.
That said, with 24 megapixels, the user of either camera has room to print images as large prints. It also gives them a lot of freedom in the aspect of cropping.
7. Face Detection
In digital camera, face detection refers to the ability of the camera to automatically distinguish the human face from other elements in an environment.
Face Detection helps the photographer to focus more while framing, helping him leave out every unnecessary detail in an environment.
Face detection also works in live view as attested by users who have had to use it in the past. The face detection capacity differs from one camera to the other (depending on the manufacturers’ preference).
Face detection is very key when the photographer does more of portrait photography as it helps to properly focus on the face of the targeted human.
8. Microphone Port
Knowing fully well that it is difficult for a photographer to get the optimal audio quality in a video using only the inbuilt microphone as a result of the flaws of the in built microphone, we cannot overstate the importance of this port on the camera.
External microphones are the better option because they only pick up necessary sound. This cannot be said of the on camera microphone that captures unwanted sound such as mechanical noise as a result of the photographer is handling the camera.
9. Headphone Port
The headphone port is a big plus to the photographers (especially the ones that do video recording) at large as it allows them evaluate the quality of sound at the point of recording.
Using a pair of headphones helps the photographer record videos that have top notch audio quality.
10. Environmental Sealing
Environmental sealing is basically the protection of the parts of a camera from certain external conditions (which are mostly splash or dust).
We can’t overstate the importance of environmental sealing in cameras as it goes a long way in affecting the operability of the camera.
The Sony a7 camera in particular is splash and dust sealed. This makes it safe to use in conditions where there is so much dust and where water could easily splash on the camera.
11. Auto Exposure Bracketing
In photography, AE bracketing is the technique that involves the photographer taking different shots of the same image with differing exposure settings
In Auto Bracketing, the first shot of the object is correct exposed, another is underexposed to light, while the third (and last in most cases) is slightly over-exposed to light.
The whole idea of Auto Bracketing is to make life easier for the photographer in terms of finding the best exposure settings for different scenarios.
12. Smartphone Remote Control
To be able to use this feature effectively, the user has to have the camera app installed (and up to date) on the particular smartphone that is to be used.
The user also needs the camera and smartphone to be connected over the same network connection. The inclusion of this feature on the camera helps to relieve the photographer of the stress of having to manually use the camera to frame at all times.
13. Video Operations
Both the Sony a7ii and the Nikon D750 are good for recording videos. The chief reason for this is that they both have a video resolution of 1920 by 1080.
The Sony a7ii and the Nikon D750 camera can record up to a frame rate of 60 frames per second at the afore mentioned resolution.
15. Articulating Screen
Articulating screens are the type of screens that can be repositioned in different directions. Shooting with an articulating screen relieves the photographer of some stress and it has some advantages.
One such advantage is that the articulating screen allows the photographer get creative when shooting. This is so because the photographer can (to a large extent) frame without restrictions in terms of directions.
A Sony a7ii Demonstration Video — Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
Unique Features Of The Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
1. Built-in Flash
The Sony a7ii does not have an in-built flash while the Nikon D750 an in-built flash.
In-built flashes are the types or flash that come with the camera. They pop up automatically when they are needed and can also be triggered manually. The built in flash could also be hidden or locked down when not in use.
This built in flash has some advantages to it. One of such advantage is the fact that it is less obtrusive when used. It is not unsightly (as is the case with the external flash) when it is in use.
Another advantage is that the inbuilt flash is readily available to be used by the photographer.
The Sony a7ii camera has an electronic viewfinder while the Nikon D750 has an optical viewfinder.
A viewfinder is a camera component that shows the photographer the area of the subject that will be included in the photograph. Viewfinders are an integral part of the range finder focusing system.
The two different types of viewfinders have their own respective advantages.
For instance, the Sony a7ii camera has an electronic viewfinder which makes it easy to project additional shooting information into the framing view whereas the optical viewfinder offers a lag-free viewing.
The two cameras also differ slightly in the aspect of magnification. While the Sony a7ii camera has a magnification of 0.71x, the Nikon D750 has a magnification of 0.7x.
Higher magnification helps to ensure that the images shown on the viewfinder appear closer to the size of the image seen with the human eye.
3. Battery Life
The Sony a7ii has a battery life of 350 shots vs the Nikon D750 that has a battery life of 1230 shots. That’s a very big difference that cannot be overlooked.
These battery life ratings are not surprising as Nikon has a track record of producing quality batteries while Sony has a bad reputation when it comes to the aspect of batteries.
4. Focus Points
The more the autofocus points present in a camera, the higher the level of ease at with the photographer focuses on the targeted image.
Autofocus points are also important in an overcrowded environment as it helps to isolate the targeted image with much precision.
The Sony a7ii has 117 focus points vs the Nikon D750 camera that has 51 focus points. This shows that the Sony a7ii is superior to the Nikon D750 in this aspect.
5. Shutter Speed
The duration for which the shutter of a camera remains open as a photographer uses it to frame is called the shutter speed.
The shutter speed at which the photographer will shoot depends on different situations and environments.
For instance, a photographer will most likely shoot at a very low shutter speed when carrying out portrait photography while another photographer will have to use a very fast shutter speed when carrying out sports, street or wildlife photography.
When photographers shoot at lower speed, they get more exposure time. Shooting at faster shutter speed requires sacrificing some form of exposure time.
Although we must say that shooting at high ISOs in such a condition helps remedy the issue of exposure and ensures that the user obtains a well exposed image.
The Sony a7ii has a shutter speed of 1/8000 second vs the Nikon D750 that has a shutter speed of 1/4000 second.
6. High ISO
High ISOs are mostly employed by users when shooting indoor or in areas where there is inadequate lighting.
High ISOs are also very important when photographers are shooting using high shutter speeds. They go a long way in improving the exposure level of the final images.
The Sony a7ii has a high ISO rating of 25600 while the Nikon D750 camera has a high ISO rating of 12800.
7. Near Field Communication Connection
Near Field Communication (NFC) connection refers to a technology that allows NFC enabled devices to exchange data by simply placing them within touching distance of one another.
The Sony a7ii has Near Field Communication connection while the Nikon D750 doesn’t.
The NFC connection is best used as an alternative wireless transfer medium to the Wi-Fi connectivity. And the reason for this is that the NFC is restricted in terms of coverage. It is only effective when the two devices are close to one another.
8. Image Stabilization
Image stabilization, also known as vibration reduction, is a method that is used to reduce the likelihood of the photographer taking blurry pictures as a result of the vibration of the camera.
The Sony a7ii camera has in body image stabilization while the Nikon D750 camera does not.
However, you could get any of the Nikon D750’s optical stabilization lenses to take care of that problem.
9. Storage Slots
The Sony a7ii has one storage slot while the Nikon D750 has two which means the Nikon D750 offers twice the value of the Sony a7ii in terms of storage capabilities.
A Nikon D750 Demonstration Video — Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
Unique Pros Of The Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
Pros of The Sony a7ii — Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
- To start with, the Sony a7ii camera has the image stabilization feature. This helps to keep the lens stabilized when framing.
- The Sony a7ii camera has a Near Field Communication connection feature. This helps the photographer achieve seamless transfer of files to other devices.
- The Sony a7ii camera also has more focus points than the Nikon D750 camera. This makes it easier for the photographer to focus on the targeted images easily.
- The Sony a7ii camera also has a better shutter speed than the Nikon D750. This makes the camera perform well in areas where the photographer has to freeze action a lot.
- Also, the Sony a7ii camera has a better max ISO rating than the Nikon D750. This makes the camera perform better than the Nikon D750 in areas that are not adequately lit.
- Furthermore, the Sony a7ii camera has an electronic viewfinder. This shows more shooting data than the optical viewfinder.
- In addition, the Sony a7ii camera is smaller and more compact than the Nikon D750. It can fit into a bag easily.
- The Sony a7ii camera is compatible with non-native lenses through the help of adapters. This relieves the photographer of the burden of buying new lenses.
- Lastly, the Sony a7ii camera can be conveniently charged using its USB port.
Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750 — Pros of The Nikon D750
- The Nikon D750 camera captures a larger and wider range spectrum of light and dark details.
- In addition, the Nikon D750 camera has a top LCD display which allows the photographer frame better.
- The Nikon D750 camera performs well in overly lit areas. The reason for this is the superiority of the Nikon D750 in terms of low ISO rating.
- The Nikon D750 camera also has a better battery life than the Sony a7ii camera. Its battery life of 1230 shots is nothing short of impressive.
- In addition, the Nikon D750 camera has a larger screen than the Sony a7ii camera. The Nikon D750 camera has a 3.2” LCD screen while the Sony a7ii camera has a 3” LCD screen. The photographer using this camera sees the details in a clearer way.
- The Nikon D750 has more lenses available to it than the Sony a7ii camera. Nikon D750 camera has 302 lenses while the Sony a7ii has 102.
- The Nikon D750 camera also has a better continuous shooting rate than the Sony a7ii camera. This helps the photographer not to miss out on decisive photographic moments.
- The Nikon D750 camera has 2 SD card slots.
- It also has autofocus at f/8 aperture. This allows the photographer carry out autofocus with tele-converters.
- In addition, the Nikon D750 has a better dynamic range than the Sony a7ii camera. The Nikon D750 has a dynamic range of 14.5 while the Sony a7ii camera has a dynamic range of 13.6.
- Finally, the Nikon D750 camera also has a synchronization socket. This is absent in the Sony a7ii. It helps the camera connect to profession strobe lights in order to control better.
Unique Cons Of The Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
Cons of The Sony a7ii — Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
- The Sony a7ii camera has a slower burst rate than the Nikon D750.
- The Sony a7ii camera has a poor battery life. Its battery life rating is nothing to write home about.
- The Sony a7ii camera does not have a top LCD screen. This makes it a bit difficult to change settings when framing.
- The Sony a7ii offers lesser storage space than the Nikon D750.
- In addition, the Sony a7ii has no autofocus at f/8 aperture. This makes it impossible to autofocus when using tele converters on this camera.
- The Sony a7ii camera also cannot time-lapse record. This denies the photographer of some level of creativity when shooting.
- Lastly, the Sony a7ii camera has a lesser dynamic range than the Nikon D750.
Cons of The Nikon D750 — Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
- The Nikon D750 camera does not have image stabilization. The photographer is prone to getting blurs in his or her image as a result of this.
- The Nikon D750 camera also has an inferior max ISO to the Sony a7ii.
- Also, the Nikon D750 is weightier than the Sony a7ii.
- In addition, the Nikon D750 does not have a Near Field Communication connection. This leaves the user with no credible alternative medium of transfer in a situation where wireless connection is not available.
- In addition, the Sony a7ii camera has an auto focus system that is inferior to that of the Sony a7ii.
- Lastly, the Nikon D750 camera has a lower shutter speed than the Sony a7ii. This could limit the photographer when he or she has to shoot in a very high speed environment.
Common Pros — Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
|Viewfinder||This makes framing easier. It also makes it easy to steady the camera when zooming.||Same as the Sony a7ii. The only difference is that the Nikon D750 has an optical viewfinder.|
|Environmental Sealing||The Sony a7ii camera is protected against unfavorable weather conditions.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|Wireless Connection||This allows the photographer achieve seamless transfer of files from the camera to other devices.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|Support for UHS I memory card||The Sony a7ii camera is compatible with UHS-I memory cards. This helps the camera read and write to the memory card in very high speed.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|Low ISO||The Sony a7ii has a good low ISO rating. This ensures that the photographer can obtain properly exposed cameras in excessive light.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|Face Detection||Face detection helps to easily capture human faces when framing.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|Sensor Resolution||With a 24 megapixel image quality, the photographer is assured of getting quality images with this camera.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|Shutter Speed||The Sony a7ii camera has a good shutter speed at 1/8000 second.||Same as the Sony a7ii. The only difference is that the Nikon D750 camera has a shutter speed of 1/4000 second.|
|Microphone Port||This helps to obtain better sound quality in videos.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|Smartphone Remote Control||This helps to operate the camera with much flexibility.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|RAW Support||This allows the photographer retain the original details of an image.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|LCD Screen Resolution||With a screen resolution of 3 inches the photographer gets to see the images in a clearer way.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|External Flash Shoe||This helps to ensure that the photographer carries out flash photography effectively.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|Headphone Port||This helps the photographer check the quality of recorded sound at the point of recording.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|Articulating Screen||It allows the photographer frame in unconventional positions.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
|Auto exposure bracketing||It helps obtain quality images in poor light conditions.||Same as the Sony a7ii.|
Common Cons — Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
|Touch screen||This camera lacks the touch screen feature.||Same as the Sony a7ii|
|GPS||The Sony a7ii camera lacks the GPS tagging function. This makes it difficult to reference locations of where pictures were taken in some cases.||Same as the Sony a7ii|
|4k Videos||The Sony a7ii camera for all its sophistication is not able to carry out 4k shooting.||Same as the Sony a7ii|
What People Think About Both About The Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
|The Sony a7ii has received good reviews from users. To start with, people like the fact that the Sony a7ii is a mirrorless camera. Secondly, many photographers are impressed by the fact that this camera has image stabilization. They say it helps them make use of their old lenses. Thirdly, users love the fact that the camera (for all of its sophistication) is affordable. This, they say, is a big plus on the part of the camera. Some users also mentioned that they love the sensor resolution of the camera. They believe this is responsible in large part for the quality images they get when they use the camera.||The Nikon D750 has also received good reviews from users. To start with, a good number of the users cannot seem to get over the astonishing battery life of the camera. Secondly, users also love the fact that the camera has a good low light ISO rating. This, they say, helps them get quality images in areas where there is excessive exposure. Thirdly, some users love that the camera has a tough body. They are of the opinion that this goes a long way in ensuring the longevity of the camera. Some users love the fact that the camera has a good sensor resolution. Lastly, some users love that the camera has provision for both the external and inbuilt flash. They like that they have the option to choose any of the two in different conditions where flash photography is needed.|
|A good number of users are disappointed with the battery rating of the camera.||The major complain that photographers have concerning the Nikon D750 is the fact that the camera is pricey.|
Our Take On The Sony a7ii Vs Nikon D750
|We consider the Sony a7ii a good pro mirrorless camera. The camera has a good number of quality features that we believe will be useful for users across the different levels of professionalism. One of such features is the fact that the camera has built-in image stabilization. The inclusion of this feature reduces the likelihood of the photographer obtaining blurs in their final image. We also love that the camera has good transfer media. From the wireless connection to the presence of the Near Field Communication connection. Quality transfer of files is assured with this camera. Considering the prices of the camera, we say that the Sony a7ii camera is pretty affordable. The Sony a7ii camera is our preferred choice for portrait, street, daily and landscape photography.||The Nikon D750 is also a decent semi-pro camera. This camera has a good battery life. This makes it easy for photographers to execute shooting projects. Secondly, we like the fact that the camera has a good sensor resolution. This is a major contributor to the top quality of images captured using this camera. This camera is our preferred choice when it comes to the aspect of sports photography. The camera is also our preferred choice in terms of video operations (although it’s a really close one).|
|A major shortcoming that we have noticed in the Sony a7ii is its terrible battery life. However, if you still decide to go with this camera, click here to get the Sony a7ii||A major shortcoming of the Nikon D750 that we can’t let slide is the lack of built in image stabilization. However, if you still choose to purchase it, click here to get the Nikon D750|