As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha a6500 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. 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 takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 12 MP), 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 179).

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.70x), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and much lower maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 409,600 ISO).

Sony Alpha a6300

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8 months older
$898 (body only)
$880 - $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

  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP

Sony Alpha A6000

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2 years older
$548 (body only)
$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 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

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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

  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Have touch screens

Fujifilm X-T2

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3 months older
$1,424 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,799 - $2,226 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

  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP

Sony Alpha 7 II

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1 year older
$1,270 - $1,598 (body only)
$1,515 - $1,798 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
  • More lenses available: 92 lenses vs 62 lenses

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

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

Sony Alpha 7S II

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1 year older
$2,698 (body only)
$3,600 24-240mm lens

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

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.77x vs 0.46x
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots

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

  • Much lower true resolution: 12 MP vs 24 MP
  • No touch screen
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the 7S II and Alpha a6500

  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Weather sealed
  • 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 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 19).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), much smaller viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.70x), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism), much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 220 lenses) and has a slightly shorter battery life (350 shots vs 980 shots).

Canon EOS 6D

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4 years older
$1,399 (body only)
$1,799 - $1,999 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

Nikon D750

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2 years older
$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 70D

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3 years older
$940 18-135mm 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"

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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3 years older
$1,499 - $1,799 (body only)
$1,849 - $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

Nikon D810

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2 years older
$2,228 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,900 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (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 D810 (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 D810 and Alpha a6500

  • Fairly small: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Light weight: 880 g vs 453 g
  • Inexpensive: $2,199.00 vs $1,398.00

Canon EOS 7D

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7 years older
$1,299 18-135mm lens

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

  • Many fewer focus points: 19 vs 425
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 7D and Alpha a6500

  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.9" vs 2.1"
  • Light weight: 860 g vs 453 g

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, shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 6 fps), has a screen which flips out and has much more focus points (425 vs 45).

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

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7 months older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,249 - $1,289 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
  • 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

Nikon D7200

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1 year older
$799 - $997 (body only)
$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
  • 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
  • Many focus points: 51 vs 425
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D7100

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3 years older
$1,036 18-55mm, 70-300mm lenses

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
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)

common strengths of the D7100 and Alpha a6500

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

Nikon D5600

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similar age
$647 (body only)
$747 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5600 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly 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

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 9.8 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 worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and has a slightly shorter battery life (350 shots vs 420 shots).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

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6 months older
$1,298 - $1,398

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

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Longer battery life: 420 shots vs 350 shots

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

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.26x vs 0.46x
  • Significantly larger: Large (133×94×127 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO

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
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon Coolpix P100

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the P100 and Alpha a6500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 453 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II

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1 year older
$1,098 - $1,198

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

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

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

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.26x vs 0.46x
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

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
  • Flip-out screens