As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and compacts. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A500's top rivals come from Sony (such as the SLT A65 and the SLT A58) and Canon (such as the EOS Digital Rebel XSi and the Rebel T1i)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A500 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen, has much less startup delay (500 ms vs 1900 ms) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 20fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.65x), takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 20.1 MP) and is much larger (professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs prosumer size (133×95×71 mm)).

Sony SLT A65

Sony SLT-A65
2 years newer
$241 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A65 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A65 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Shorter battery life: 510 shots vs 1000 shots

common strengths of the SLT A65 and DSLR-A500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XSi (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Much thinner: 2.4" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XSi (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Shoots significantly slower: 3.5 fps vs 5 fps

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and DSLR-A500

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
3 years newer
$330 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.65x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the SLT A58 and DSLR-A500

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A100 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (133×95×71 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 2.8" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A100 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view

common strengths of the DSLR-A100 and DSLR-A500

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A450

Sony Alpha DSLR-A450
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A450 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14 MP vs 12.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A450 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DSLR-A450 and DSLR-A500

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
5 months older
$340 (body only)

Significant advantages of the T1i (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much higher true resolution: 15.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the T1i (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Shoots significantly slower: 3.4 fps vs 5 fps

common strengths of the T1i and DSLR-A500

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A500 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen, has much less startup delay (500 ms vs 3100 ms) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.71x), takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
3 years older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1000 shots

common strengths of the D200 and DSLR-A500

  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the 70D and DSLR-A500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 630 g

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
4 years newer
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 5 fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 12.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 410 shots vs 1000 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A77 II and DSLR-A500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Light weight: 647 g vs 630 g

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
2 years newer
$1,967 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 5 fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 530 shots vs 1000 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the SLT A77 and DSLR-A500

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Light weight: 732 g vs 630 g

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
7 years newer
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Heavier: 890 g vs 630 g

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and DSLR-A500

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A500 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), significantly more lenses available (126 lenses vs 62 lenses), has a much longer battery life (1000 shots vs 210 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs hybrid detection).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), takes significantly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
5 years newer
$363 - $448 (body only)
$450 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 12.2 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 1000 shots

common strengths of the A5100 and DSLR-A500

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
4 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 1000 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 126 lenses

common strengths of the A6000 and DSLR-A500

  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm X-T100

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8 years newer
$499 - $500 (body only)
$569 - $600 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T100 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the X-T100 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much shorter battery life: 430 shots vs 1000 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 126 lenses

common strengths of the X-T100 and DSLR-A500

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90)

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8 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90) (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (107×65×33 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90) (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 1000 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the Lumix DC-GF10 (GF90) and DSLR-A500

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm X-T30

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9 years newer
$899 (body only)
$999 - $1,039 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T30 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the X-T30 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much shorter battery life: 380 shots vs 1000 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 126 lenses

common strengths of the X-T30 and DSLR-A500

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A500 compared to compact competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 1.5"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 400 ISO), has a screen which flips out and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,229k dots), is much larger (professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs compact (102×58×38 mm)), is thicker (3.3" vs 1.4") and is much heavier (630 g vs 281 g).

Canon PowerShot A80

Canon PowerShot A80
6 years older

Significant advantages of the PowerShot A80 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much smaller: Compact (103×65×35 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.3"
  • Much lighter: 350 g vs 630 g

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot A80 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the PowerShot A80 and DSLR-A500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentamirror

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
3 years newer
$598

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×38 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much thinner: 1.5" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 1000 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 II and DSLR-A500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 12,800 ISO