As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha a6500 is also often compared to boutiques, pro DSLRs, entry-level DSLRs 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 significantly more focus points (425 vs 225) and is newer (october 2016 vs february 2016).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,620k dots) and has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens).

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
8 months older
$948 - $998 (body only)
$1,091 - $1,148 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

  • Weather sealed
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
3 months newer
$899 - $900 (body only)
$999 - $1,000 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

  • Have touch screens
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years older
$548 (body only)
$626 - $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
  • Significantly 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

  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
3 months older
$1,599 (body only)
$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

  • Weather sealed
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens

Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5
similar age
$943 - $979 (body only)
$1,099 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M5 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M5 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 49 vs 425
  • No weather sealing
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 62 lenses

common strengths of the EOS M5 and Alpha a6500

  • Have touch screens
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
3 months newer
$1,998 (body only)

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

  • Weather sealed
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

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 professional size (143×104×76 mm)), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body, has a screen which flips out and significantly better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 92%).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (24 MP vs 42.2 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 102,400 ISO) and has a slightly shorter battery life (350 shots vs 490 shots).

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

Sony Alpha a99 II

Sony Alpha a99 II
similar age
$3,198

Significant advantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 490 shots vs 350 shots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 102,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 42.2 MP vs 24 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a99 II (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (143×104×76 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Alpha a99 II and Alpha a6500

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 11 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Lots of focus points: 399 vs 425

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 6.5 fps), has a screen which flips out and has much more focus points (425 vs 51).

However, on average it has a significantly 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
$1,699 - $1,997 (body only)
$2,597 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
$1,499 - $1,897 (body only)
$2,150 - $2,397 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 6D

Canon EOS 6D
4 years older
$1,178 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,730 - $1,899 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 much 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 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
similar age
$3,499 (body only)
$4,299 - $4,599 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
  • 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 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years older
$615 - $899 (body only)
$850 - $999 18-55mm 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
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots significantly slower: 7 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the 70D and Alpha a6500

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
4 years older
$2,049 - $2,499 (body only)
$2,662 - $3,099 24-105mm lens

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

  • Many fewer focus points: 61 vs 425
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and Alpha a6500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (152×116×76 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Thin: 3" vs 2.1"
  • Inexpensive: $2,049.00 vs $1,398.00

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 5 fps), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection) and has much more focus points (425 vs 27).

However, on average it has a slightly 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 220 lenses).

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
7 months older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,249 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
$789 - $997 (body only)
$1,047 - $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

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year older
$488 - $597 (body only)
$549 - $697 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 D5600

Nikon D5600
similar age
$697 (body only)
$797 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (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 D5600 (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 D5600 and Alpha a6500

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

Pentax KP

Pentax KP
3 months newer
$1,088 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,600 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the KP (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.46x
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 819,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the KP (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 27 vs 425
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the KP and Alpha a6500

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

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
1 year older
$799 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the Alpha a6500)

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

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

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 has an external mic jack.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,228k dots), is much larger (mid size (120×67×53 mm) vs compact (102×58×41 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (11 fps vs 24 fps) and is thicker (2.1" vs 1.6").

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)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Shoots much faster: 24 fps vs 11 fps
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • No touch screen

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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Flip-out screens
  • Lots of focus points: 315 vs 425