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 7 II) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DC-GH5 and the Lumix DMC-G85)

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 contrast 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) and has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens).

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
8 months older
$868 - $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

  • Weather sealed
  • 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)
$2,838 14-140mm 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

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

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
1 year older
$1,370 - $1,548 (body only)
$1,600 - $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
  • Larger: Prosumer size (127×96×60 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

common strengths of the 7 II and Alpha a6500

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

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years older
$449 - $498 (body only)
$579 - $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
  • 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

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

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

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

  • Weather sealed
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • 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, shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 8 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,228k dots), has a slightly shorter battery life (350 shots vs 490 shots) and slightly shorter exposures (30 seconds vs 300 seconds).

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
  • Many focus points: 399 vs 425

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

Ricoh GR II

Ricoh GR II
1 year older
$562

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

  • Lighter: 251 g vs 453 g
  • Much longer exposures: 300 seconds vs 30 seconds

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

  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 425
  • Built-in lens only
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the GR II and Alpha a6500

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×63×35 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Light weight: 251 g vs 453 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 2.1"

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 - $1,897 (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
$1,530 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,221 - $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 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years older
$723 - $799 (body only)
$868 - $899 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 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years older
$1,159 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,421 - $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)

  • 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

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
4 years older
$1,207 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,787 - $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

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

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 11 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

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), 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 230 lenses).

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
7 months older
$909 - $1,099 (body only)
$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
  • 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
$781 - $997 (body only)
$1,100 - $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 D7100

Nikon D7100
3 years older
$697 - $699 (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

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year older
$496 - $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

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
similar age
$377 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Much longer battery life: 1200 shots vs 350 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D3400 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 425
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 11 fps
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the D3400 and Alpha a6500

  • Announced: August 2016 vs October 2016
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 453 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is slightly smaller (mid size (120×67×53 mm) vs large (137×99×131 mm)), 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 and has a weather sealed body.

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 more expensive ($1,298.00 vs $661.89) and slightly shorter exposures (30 seconds vs 60 seconds).

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

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 which is uncommon: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
6 years older
$662 - $698

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/16000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much larger: Large (137×99×131 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Many fewer focus points: 49 vs 425

common strengths of the DMC-FZ1000 and Alpha a6500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • You can plug a microphone into both of these
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 350 shots

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
1 year older
$832 - $848

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 IV and Alpha a6500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital