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

Sony SLT A65

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A65 and DSLR-A500

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
1 year older

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and DSLR-A500

  • None found

Sony SLT A58

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A58 and DSLR-A500

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
3 years older

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A450 and DSLR-A500

  • None found

Canon Rebel T1i

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the T1i and DSLR-A500

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
3 years older
$332 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the D200 and DSLR-A500

  • None found

Canon EOS 70D

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 70D and DSLR-A500

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the A77 II and DSLR-A500

  • None found

Sony SLT A77

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A77 and DSLR-A500

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
6 years newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • None found

common strengths of the D500 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), much more lenses available (126 lenses vs 13 lenses), has a much longer battery life (1000 shots vs 295 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 slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,620k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 24.7 MP).

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
  • Significantly 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

Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5
7 years newer
$565 - $679 (body only)
$679 - $799 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M5 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M5 (vs the DSLR-A500)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Much shorter battery life: 295 shots vs 1000 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the EOS M5 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 much larger screen (3" vs 1.5"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), much 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

  • 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
  • Built-in lens only
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

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

  • Flip-out screens
  • Very long battery life: 350 shots vs 1000 shots
  • Support external flash