Nikon D5000 vs Sony a7C

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5000 and Sony a7C. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D5000 is manufacturered by Nikon but Sony a7C is from Sony. Both Nikon and Sony are well known brands though.

Nikon D5000 were released 2009 and Sony a7C was released 2020. That is a 11 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D5000 2009
Sony a7C 2020

Type of camera

Nikon D5000 is a DSLR camera while Sony a7C is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D5000 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Sony a7C has a "Sony Full Frame"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D5000 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Sony a7C 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)

Resolution

Nikon D5000 has a 12,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a7C has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D5000 12,3 MP
12212224 pixels
4288 x 2848
Sony a7C 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Sony a7C has a 97 % larger resolution than Nikon D5000. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Sony a7C has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5000. Sony a7C has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D5000 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5000 200-6400
Sony a7C 100-51200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Sony a7C has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5000 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5000 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5000
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a7C

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D5000 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds and Sony a7C can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5000 4
Sony a7C 10

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon D5000 and Sony a7C can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D5000 weighs 590 gr (equal to 1.3 lb) which is 16% heavier than Sony a7C and its 509 gr (or 1.12 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D5000 590 gr
1.3 lb
Sony a7C 509 gr
1.12 lb

Nikon D5000 vs Sony a7C Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D5000 and Sony a7C, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
Name Nikon D5000 Sony a7C
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Release Date and Price
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
Release Year 2009 2020
Release Date 2009-04-14 2020-09-15
MSRP 849 USD 1799 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Resolution 4288 x 2848 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 12,3 MP 24 MP
Image Processor EXPEED BIONZ X
Image
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
ISO Range 200 - 6400 100 - 51200
White Balance Presets 12 7
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Sensor-Shift (5-axis))
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 5 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
Autofocus Motor No Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 11 693
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Full frame
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fully articulated
Screen size 2,7 3
Screen dots 230000 921600
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type N/A TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.78 (0.52 35mm equiv.) 0.59x
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 2360000
Photography features
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
Frames per second 4 fps 10 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 17 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Average
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
MPEG4
H.264
XAVC-S
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Yes
Built-in (802.11ac (dual-band) + Bluetooth + NFC)
Remote Control Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
Yes (via smartphone or Bluetooth)
GPS Yes
Optional
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D5000
Sony a7C
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Nikon EN-EL9a Lithium-Ion battery
NP-FZ100 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 510 shots 740 shots
Width 127 mm 124 mm
Height 104 mm 71 mm
Depth 80 mm 60 mm
Weight 590 gram 509 gram