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 has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), 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") and has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots).

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
8 months older
$894 - $948 (body only)
$1,048 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
$849 - $900 (body only)
$949 - $950 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
$498 (body only)
$588 - $598 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

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

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
3 months older
$1,599 - $1,799 (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

Sony A7

Sony A7
3 years older
$948 - $2,698 (body only)
$1,098 - $1,120 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.46x
  • More lenses available: 92 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Many fewer focus points: 117 vs 425
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A7 and Alpha a6500

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

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 51).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 2,359k 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

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years older
$615 - $899 (body only)
$869 - $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 6D

Canon EOS 6D
4 years older
$1,261 - $1,499 (body only)
$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

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
2 years older
$1,532 - $1,897 (body only)
$2,201 - $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"

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
  • Significantly 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

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 11 fps
  • Flip-out screens

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years older
$1,152 - $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"
  • Inexpensive: $1,151.89 vs $1,389.00

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 5 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

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
$1,099 (body only)
$1,152 - $1,499 18-135mm 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
$779 - $997 (body only)
$1,109 - $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 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

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years older
$598 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,069 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

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

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year older
$506 - $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

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 1,229k 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 significantly 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)

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

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 which is uncommon: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years older
$698

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

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lighter: 290 g vs 453 g

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

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Many fewer focus points: 25 vs 425

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and Alpha a6500

  • Built-in flashes
  • Great battery life: 320 shots vs 350 shots
  • Support external flash