As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha a6500 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, boutiques, entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams, travel zooms and super zooms. The Sony Alpha a6500's top rivals come from Sony (such as the a6400 and the a7 II) and Fujifilm (such as the X-T20 and the X-H1)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body and has slightly more focus points (425 vs 179).

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.61x), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Sony a6400

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2 years newer
$898 (body only)
$971 - $998 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the a6400 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the a6400 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • None found

common strengths of the a6400 and Alpha a6500

  • Weather sealed
  • Many focus points: 425 vs 425
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony a7 II

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1 year older
$1,698 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7 II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.46x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 921k dots
  • More lenses available: 92 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the a7 II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 117 vs 425
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the a7 II and Alpha a6500

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
3 months newer
$699 - $749 (body only)
$700 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T20 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.46x
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the X-T20 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the X-T20 and Alpha a6500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Fairly small: Mid size (118×83×41 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years older
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.46x

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • No touch screen
  • No weather sealing
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the A6000 and Alpha a6500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
8 months older

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and Alpha a6500

  • Weather sealed
  • Many focus points: 425 vs 425
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • No weather sealing
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 143 vs 425

common strengths of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and Alpha a6500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 7 fps), has a screen which flips out and has much more focus points (425 vs 39).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,620k dots), much smaller viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.70x), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism).

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
similar age
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.46x
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 61 vs 425
  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and Alpha a6500

  • None found

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years older
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.46x

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 19 vs 425
  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

common strengths of the 70D and Alpha a6500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.69 vs $1,075.99

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
6 years older
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Much longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 350 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 425
  • Shoots much slower: 5.3 fps vs 11 fps
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the 60D and Alpha a6500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $554.94 vs $1,075.99

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
9 months older
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 1,640,000 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 153 vs 425
  • Much larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 2.1"

common strengths of the D500 and Alpha a6500

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 11 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Lots of focus points: 153 vs 425

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
3 years older
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.46x
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 425
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

common strengths of the D610 and Alpha a6500

  • Inexpensive: $789.99 vs $1,075.99
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 453 g
  • Built-in flashes

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
2 years older
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.46x
  • More lenses available: 126 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 79 vs 425
  • No touch screen
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 2.1"

common strengths of the A77 II and Alpha a6500

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 11 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many focus points: 79 vs 425

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to boutique competitors include: it is slightly smaller (mid size (120×67×53 mm) vs prosumer size (134×101×68 mm)), has a slightly longer battery life (350 shots vs 310 shots), is thinner (2.1" vs 2.7"), is slightly lighter (453 g vs 675 g) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,100k dots), much lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 204,800 ISO), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.80x) and is older (october 2016 vs august 2018).

Nikon Z6

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1 year newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Larger: Prosumer size (134×101×68 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the Z6 and Alpha a6500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 17.9 MP), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body and shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 5 fps).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.59x), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism) and much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 230 lenses).

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
6 years older

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.46x

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 425
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the T2i and Alpha a6500

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
7 months older
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.46x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 45 vs 425
  • Much larger: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the EOS 80D and Alpha a6500

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 11 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • Weather sealed

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years older
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.46x

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 425
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the D7100 and Alpha a6500

  • Weather sealed
  • Lots of focus points: 51 vs 425
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
1 year older
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 19 vs 425
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

common strengths of the T6i and Alpha a6500

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600
similar age
$468 - $597 (body only)
$500 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D5600 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 425
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

common strengths of the D5600 and Alpha a6500

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 425

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body and much larger viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.22x).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), is slightly heavier (453 g vs 290 g) and is significantly more expensive ($1,075.99 vs $509.99).

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
7 months older
$532 - $649

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and Alpha a6500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years older
$510 - $748

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and Alpha a6500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), has a weather sealed body, much larger viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.22x) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,228k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (11 fps vs 24 fps), is older (october 2016 vs june 2018) and is slightly heavier (453 g vs 301 g).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

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1 year newer
$1,198

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots
  • Shoots significantly faster: 24 fps vs 11 fps
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.22x vs 0.46x
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI and Alpha a6500

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (mid size (120×67×53 mm) vs professional size (125×85×107 mm)), takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), has a touch screen and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a slightly shorter battery life (350 shots vs 450 shots) and is significantly more expensive ($1,075.99 vs $440.59).

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
2 years older
$700

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the P600 and Alpha a6500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 2.1"
  • Light weight: 565 g vs 453 g

Olympus Stylus 1s

Olympus Stylus 1s
1 year older
$441

Significant advantages of the 1s (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 450 shots vs 350 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the 1s (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Many fewer focus points: 35 vs 425

common strengths of the 1s and Alpha a6500

  • Very small: Standard size (116×87×57 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Have touch screens
  • Great battery life: 450 shots vs 350 shots