As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha a6500 is also often compared to 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 slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body, uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs hybrid detection) and has slightly more focus points (425 vs 225).

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
$748 (body only)
$848 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
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Weather sealed

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years older
$400 - $448 (body only)
$470 - $498 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 touch screen
  • No weather sealing
  • 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

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
3 months newer
$799 (body only)
$899 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
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • 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)
$1,977 - $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
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 225 vs 425

common strengths of the Lumix DC-GH5 and Alpha a6500

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

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
1 year older
$1,000 - $1,298 (body only)
$1,430 - $1,498 28-70mm lens

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

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

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

  • Many fewer focus points: 117 vs 425
  • No touch screen
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

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

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
3 months older
$1,499 - $1,699 (body only)
$1,761 - $1,799 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
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Weather sealed

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 51).

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).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years older
$739 (body only)
$788 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 slower: 7 fps vs 11 fps

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)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.1"

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
9 months older
$1,649 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,397 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 thicker: 3.2" vs 2.1"
  • Significantly larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

common strengths of the D500 and Alpha a6500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many focus points: 153 vs 425
  • Fairly small: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years older
$1,370 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,956 - $1,997 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)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 425
  • 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
$1,071 - $1,199 (body only)
$1,599 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
  • No touch screen

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
$1,069 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,469 - $1,949 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)

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

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
similar age
$2,809 - $3,199 (body only)
$3,399 - $4,099 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 slower: 7 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and Alpha a6500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Announced: August 2016 vs October 2016
  • Thin: 3" vs 2.1"

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), 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 slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,037k dots), much 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
$999 (body only)
$1,049 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

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
7 months older
$335 - $699 (body only)
$370 - $399 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 D5600

Nikon D5600
similar age
$529 - $647 (body only)
$629 - $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"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots

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
$879 - $880 (body only)
$1,079 50mm 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
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×101×76 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the KP and Alpha a6500

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

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year older
$759 - $797 (body only)
$1,047 - $1,097 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the Alpha a6500)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 425
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

common strengths of the D7200 and Alpha a6500

  • Weather sealed
  • Lots of focus points: 51 vs 425
  • 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 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 ($1,198.00 vs $639.00).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
similar age
$948 - $1,050

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

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

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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Lots of focus points: 315 vs 425
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
7 months older
$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)

  • Many fewer focus points: 31 vs 425
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Popularity: 624 vs 438

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)
similar age

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 49 vs 425
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) and Alpha a6500

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Announced: September 2016 vs October 2016