The tiniest of margins
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The tiniest of margins

As we said earlier in this slideshow, you can no longer summarily decide which camera is going to be better for a given situation, based simply on whether it's Mirrorless or a DSLR. But with these two cameras it's near impossible to find any situation in which one definitively outshines the other.

You can no longer summarily decide which camera is going to be better for a given situation, based simply on whether it's Mirrorless or a DSLR

Landscapes? the DR differences are small enough that it comes down to a question of whether the weight difference or the built-in intervalometer swings it for you. The Sony is better at video in several respects, but if video isn't your primary concern, the D850 makes it so easy (out of the box) to jump from stills to video to stills that even that's not going to be a decisive victory for those just shooting the odd clip.

What's most striking about both cameras is how good they are across a range of subjects and shooting types, making them very hard to tease apart. The differences in video and in the areas of autofocus in which each excels (the Nikon for action, the Sony for pictures of people), apart there's no clear winner. This isn't fence-sitting on our part: they're genuinely two of the best cameras the world has ever seen.

Overall verdict: No clear winner