As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha a6500 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, boutiques, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Sony Alpha a6500's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha a6300 and the Alpha 7 II) 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 has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,228k dots), 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

Sony Alpha a6300
8 months older
$798 (body only)
$898 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 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
1 year older
$1,210 - $1,398 (body only)
$1,598 28-70mm lens

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

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

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

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

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-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
3 months newer
$799 - $1,348 (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

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years older
$444 - $448 (body only)
$525 - $548 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 lighter: 285 g vs 453 g

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • No touch screen
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • No weather sealing

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
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
3 months older
$1,238 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,591 - $1,699 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

Sony Alpha 7S II

Sony Alpha 7S II
1 year older
$2,198 (body only)
$3,541 24-70mm 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
  • Significantly 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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 409,600 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 6 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 950 shots).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years older
$1,392 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
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.1"

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 6D

Canon EOS 6D
4 years older
$999 - $1,029 (body only)
$1,399 - $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

Nikon D750
2 years older
$1,419 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,899 - $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 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years older
$1,099 - $1,349 (body only)
$1,439 - $1,799 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

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
4 years older
$2,400 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D800 (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 D800 (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 D800 and Alpha a6500

  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
4 years older
$2,349 (body only)
$2,599 - $3,062 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
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Many fewer focus points: 61 vs 425
  • 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"
  • Light weight: 950 g vs 453 g

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to boutique competitors include: it has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body and shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 6 fps).

Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F
3 months newer
$1,060 - $1,199

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)
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Light weight: 469 g vs 453 g

Fujifilm FinePix X100T

Fujifilm FinePix X100T
2 years older
$1,000

Significant advantages of the X100T (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the X100T (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Many fewer focus points: 49 vs 425
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the X100T and Alpha a6500

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×74×52 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Light weight: 440 g vs 453 g
  • Thin: 2.1" 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), has a touch screen, has a weather sealed body, shoots faster continuously (11 fps vs 5 fps) and has much more focus points (425 vs 19).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much 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
$999 (body only)
$945 - $1,049 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.46x

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
  • Weather sealed
  • Have touch screens

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year older
$749 - $797 (body only)
$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 screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 425
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the D7200 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
$519 (body only)
$599 - $649 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

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 D5600

Nikon D5600
similar age
$597 (body only)
$599 - $719 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

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
3 years older
$439 (body only)
$500 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (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 D5300 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 425
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 11 fps

common strengths of the D5300 and Alpha a6500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 425
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
1 year older
$499 (body only)
$549 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"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots

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 toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony Alpha a6500 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a built-in flash, is significantly smaller (mid size (120×67×53 mm) vs large (138×102×135 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 12 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (51,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO) and has a touch screen.

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).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500 (Lumix DMC-FZ2000)
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)
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 51,200 ISO
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
6 months older
$1,298

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

  • Higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • 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
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

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

Canon XC10

Canon XC10
1 year older
$2,419

Significant advantages of the XC10 (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 XC10 (vs the Alpha a6500)

  • No built-in flash
  • Significantly larger: Large (125×102×122 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×53 mm)
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the XC10 and Alpha a6500

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS