As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha a6500 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, boutiques, entry-level DSLRs, super zooms and pro digicams. The Sony Alpha a6500's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha a6300 and the Alpha A6000) and Fujifilm (such as the X-T20 and the X-T2)

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, uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs hybrid detection), has slightly more focus points (425 vs 225) and is newer (october 2016 vs november 2014).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,230k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
8 months older
$849 - $898 (body only)
$978 - $998 16-50mm lens

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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years older
$470 - $548 (body only)
$579 - $648 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.46x
  • Longer battery life: 420 shots vs 350 shots

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the Alpha a6500)

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

common strengths of the A6000 and Alpha a6500

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
1 year older
$1,300 - $1,498 (body only)
$1,530 - $1,698 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7 II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.46x

Significant disadvantages of the 7 II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 117 vs 425
  • No touch screen
  • Heavier: 599 g vs 453 g

common strengths of the 7 II and Alpha a6500

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
3 months newer
$1,998 (body only)
$2,598 12-60mm lens

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-GH5 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly more lenses available: 108 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-GH5 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 225 vs 425
  • Much larger: Professional size (139×98×87 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

common strengths of the Lumix DC-GH5 and Alpha a6500

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • Have touch screens

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
3 months newer
$899 (body only)
$999 16-50mm lens

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

  • 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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Have touch screens

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
3 months older
$1,599 (body only)
$1,850 - $1,899 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • No touch screen
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the X-T2 and Alpha a6500

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has 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 65).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,620k dots), much smaller viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.70x), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism) and much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 220 lenses).

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
9 months older
$1,599 - $1,897 (body only)
$2,497 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Lots of focus points: 153 vs 425

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years older
$1,471 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,126 - $2,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (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 D750 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 425
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the D750 and Alpha a6500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.1"

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
similar age
$3,299 (body only)
$4,049 24-70mm 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
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Many fewer focus points: 61 vs 425
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Shoots significantly slower: 7 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and Alpha a6500

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Announced: August 2016 vs October 2016

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
4 years older
$1,180 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,690 - $1,799 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.46x
  • Much more lenses available: 165 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 425
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.5 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the 6D and Alpha a6500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 2.1"
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 453 g

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years older
$1,131 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,421 - $1,849 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.46x

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 65 vs 425
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and Alpha a6500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.1"
  • Light weight: 910 g vs 453 g

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 8 fps), has a screen which flips out and much better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 92%).

However, on average it is older (october 2016 vs january 2017).

Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F
3 months newer
$1,299

Significant advantages of the X100F (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the X100F (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the X100F and Alpha a6500

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×75×52 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Many focus points: 325 vs 425
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

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 slightly 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 significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,228k 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 EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
7 months older
$1,199 (body only)
$1,349 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
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

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

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

common strengths of the EOS 80D and Alpha a6500

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

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year older
$799 - $997 (body only)
$1,073 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.46x

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the Alpha a6500)

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

common strengths of the D7200 and Alpha a6500

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

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
7 months older
$318 - $699 (body only)
$373 - $449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 425
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 11 fps
  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and Alpha a6500

  • Light weight: 485 g vs 453 g

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year older
$538 (body only)
$549 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 425
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 11 fps
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the D5500 and Alpha a6500

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

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
3 years older
$413 (body only)
$450 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 425
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 11 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the D5300 and Alpha a6500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 425
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years older
$629 (body only)
$997 18-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the Alpha a6500)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the Alpha a6500)

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

common strengths of the D7100 and Alpha a6500

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

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (mid size (120×67×53 mm) vs large (133×94×127 mm)), takes significantly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,228k dots) and has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
6 months older
$1,398

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.26x vs 0.46x
  • Many fewer focus points: 25 vs 425
  • Significantly larger: Large (133×94×127 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III and Alpha a6500

  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.26x vs 0.46x

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
1 year older
$1,198 - $1,496

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX10 II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX10 II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.26x vs 0.46x
  • Many fewer focus points: 25 vs 425
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

common strengths of the DSC-RX10 II and Alpha a6500

  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.26x vs 0.46x

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
7 months older
$369 - $447

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the Alpha a6500)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and Alpha a6500

  • Light weight: 565 g vs 453 g
  • Popularity: 948 vs 916
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

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 1,228k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), is slightly heavier (453 g vs 299 g) and is slightly more expensive ($1,398.00 vs $679.00).

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
7 months older
$679

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)

  • Many fewer focus points: 31 vs 425
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Lacks an external mic jack

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Popularity: 774 vs 916

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
similar age
$998 - $1,050

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

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots

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

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Built-in lens only

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Lots of focus points: 315 vs 425
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection