As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha a6500 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams and super zooms. The Sony Alpha a6500's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha a6300 and the Alpha A6000) and Canon (such as the EOS M5 and the EOS 80D)

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 significantly more focus points (425 vs 179).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots) and slightly smaller viewfinder (0.46x vs 0.70x).

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
8 months older
$970 - $998 (body only)
$1,057 - $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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • Flip-out screens

Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5
similar age
$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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years older
$548 (body only)
$698 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
  • Lighter: 285 g vs 453 g

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
  • 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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • Flip-out screens

Sony A7

Sony A7
3 years older
$1,098 - $3,198 (body only)
$1,398 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

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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Weather sealed
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
1 year older
$1,325 - $1,698 (body only)
$1,580 - $1,998 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
  • Heavier: 599 g vs 453 g

common strengths of the 7 II and Alpha a6500

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • 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 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
$1,997 (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
  • Much 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
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 11 fps
  • Flip-out screens

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
4 years older
$1,185 - $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
$1,399 - $1,897 (body only)
$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
  • Much 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 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
4 years older
$2,147 - $2,499 (body only)
$2,680 - $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
  • Much 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: $2,120.00 vs $1,398.00

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years older
$769 - $899 (body only)
$870 - $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 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years older
$1,154 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,399 - $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

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 11 fps
  • Fairly small: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" 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 image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), 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 slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,037k 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)
$1,249 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
  • Weather sealed
  • Have touch screens

Nikon D5600

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

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year older
$782 - $997 (body only)
$1,090 - $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
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Lots of focus points: 51 vs 425

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year older
$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
  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D3400

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similar age
$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
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the D3400 and Alpha a6500

  • Capture very high resolution images: 24 MP vs 24 MP
  • Announced: August 2016 vs October 2016
  • Light weight: 395 g vs 453 g

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years older
$419 (body only)
$419 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.55x vs 0.46x

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 425
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 11 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the D3300 and Alpha a6500

  • Capture very high resolution images: 24.2 MP vs 24 MP
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Light weight: 430 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 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 significantly more expensive ($1,398.00 vs $679.00).

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

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
7 months older
$679 - $789

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
  • Lacks an external mic jack

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Popularity: 9,764 vs 13,028

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is much smaller (mid size (120×67×53 mm) vs large (138×102×135 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 25,600 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) and slightly shorter exposures (30 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
6 months older
$1,598

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

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

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

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.26x vs 0.46x
  • Much larger: Large (133×94×127 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Many fewer focus points: 25 vs 425

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)

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similar age

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000) (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000) (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Much larger: Large (138×102×135 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.27x vs 0.46x
  • Many fewer focus points: 49 vs 425

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000) 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
  • Have touch screens