Sony a5000 vs Nikon D4s

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a5000 and Nikon D4s. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Sony a5000 is manufacturered by Sony but Nikon D4s is from Nikon. Both Sony and Nikon are well known brands though.

These two camera models were both released 2014.

Camera Released
Sony a5000 2014
Nikon D4s 2014

Type of camera

Sony a5000 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D4s is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony a5000 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D4s has a "Nikon FX"-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 **
Sony a5000 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D4s 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 (Sony)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Sony a5000 has a 20 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D4s has 16 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony a5000 20 MP
19816192 pixels
5456 x 3632
Nikon D4s 16 MP
16163840 pixels
4928 x 3280

Sony a5000 has a 23 % larger resolution than Nikon D4s. 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

Nikon D4s has a larger ISO-range than Sony a5000. Nikon D4s has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Sony a5000 has 100 to 16000.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a5000 100-16000
Nikon D4s 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a5000
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D4s

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony a5000 can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D4s can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a5000 3,5
Nikon D4s 11

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Sony a5000 and Nikon D4s 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 D4s weighs 1350 gr (equal to 2.98 lb) which is 402% heavier than Sony a5000 and its 269 gr (or 0.59 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a5000 269 gr
0.59 lb
Nikon D4s 1350 gr
2.98 lb

Sony a5000 vs Nikon D4s Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a5000 and Nikon D4s, 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
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
Name Sony a5000 Nikon D4s
Manufacturer Sony Nikon
Release Date and Price
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
Release Year 2014 2014
Release Date 2014-01-07 2014-02-25
MSRP 599 USD 6499 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5456 x 3632 pixels 4928 x 3280 pixels
Megapixels 20 MP 16 MP
Image Processor Bionz X EXPEED 4
Image
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
ISO Range 100 - 16000 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 9 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 25 51
Lens Mount Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (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
FX (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
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
Articulated LCD Tilting Fixed
Screen size 3 3.2
Screen dots 460 921000
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT LCD with 180 upward tilt TFT LCD with brightness and color adjustment
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type No Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
Frames per second 3,5 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 4 meters N/A
External Flash No Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
AVCHD
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
XQD
Connectivity
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11 b/g/n with NFC)
Yes
Optional via WT-5A or WT-4A
Remote Control Yes (via smartphone) Yes (wired or wireless)
GPS No Yes
Optional via GP-1A
Body & Dimensions
Sony a5000
Nikon D4s
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL18a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 420 shots 3020 shots
Width 110 mm 160 mm
Height 63 mm 157 mm
Depth 36 mm 91 mm
Weight 269 gram 1350 gram