Sony a57 vs Nikon D2Hs

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a57 and Nikon D2Hs. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Sony a57 is manufacturered by Sony but Nikon D2Hs is from Nikon. Both Sony and Nikon are well known brands though.

Sony a57 were released 2012 and Nikon D2Hs was released 2006. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony a57 2012
Nikon D2Hs 2006

Type of camera

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony a57 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D2Hs has a "Nikon DX"-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 a57 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D2Hs 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** 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)


Sony a57 has a 16 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D2Hs has 4 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony a57 16 MP
16032768 pixels
4912 x 3264
Nikon D2Hs 4 MP
4021248 pixels
2464 x 1632

Sony a57 has a 299 % larger resolution than Nikon D2Hs. 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 a57 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D2Hs. Sony a57 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 16000 while Nikon D2Hs has 200 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a57 100-16000
Nikon D2Hs 200-1600

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 a57
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D2Hs

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony a57 can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds and Nikon D2Hs can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a57 12
Nikon D2Hs 8

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Sony a57. Unfortunately Nikon D2Hs does not support recording movies and movie clips.


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 D2Hs weighs 1200 gr (equal to 2.65 lb) which is 94% heavier than Sony a57 and its 618 gr (or 1.36 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a57 618 gr
1.36 lb
Nikon D2Hs 1200 gr
2.65 lb

Sony a57 vs Nikon D2Hs Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a57 and Nikon D2Hs, 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.

Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
Name Sony a57 Nikon D2Hs
Manufacturer Sony Nikon
Release Date and Price
Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
Release Year 2012 2006
Release Date 2012-03-13 2005-02-16
MSRP 699 USD 3499 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
Camera Type SLT DSLR
Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS JFET
Resolution 4912 x 3264 pixels 2464 x 1632 pixels
Megapixels 16 MP 4 MP
Image Processor Bionz Nikon LSI (Large Scale Integration)
Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
ISO Range 100 - 16000 200 - 1600
White Balance Presets 9 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Focus Points 15 11
Lens Mount Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fixed
Screen size 3 2.5
Screen dots 921000 235000
Touch screen No No
Screen type Xtra Fine TFT drive with TruBlack technology N/A
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.04 (0.69 35mm equiv.) 0.86 (0.57 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
Frames per second 12 fps 8 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 10 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
Video recording Yes No
Video format MPEG4
Video resolution 1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
Compact Flash
Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (Optional) Supported
Body & Dimensions
Sony a57
Nikon D2Hs
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Rechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger
Nikon EN-EL4 Litium-ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA) 550 shots N/A
Width 132 mm 158 mm
Height 98 mm 150 mm
Depth 81 mm 86 mm
Weight 618 gram 1200 gram