Product Comparison: Sony Alpha a6500 vs Sony Alpha a7II


General Specifications
Brand
Sony
Sony
Origin
Thailand
Thailand
About the Product
Get a perfect shot with every shutter click on this Sony a6500 camera body with in-body image stabilization for clearer pictures. Touch focus lets you pinpoint your subject with a fingertip, and lock-on autofocus easily tracks movement without blurring. This Sony a6500 camera body takes 4K video, making it an ideal option for vlogging.
Breathtaking image quality meets unrivaled shooting freedom in the α7 II, the world’s first1 full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilization. Discover full-frame, palm-sized perfection and stability for all!
Model
Alpha a6500
Alpha a7II
Key Specs
Sensor Resolution
24.2 MP
24.3 MP
Sensor Type
APS-C, "Exmor®" CMOS
Exmor® CMOS sensor
Lens
Body
Body
Viewfinder
Electronic XGA OLED, 1.0 cm (0.39 type)
Electronic

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a7II

Size & Weight
Height
2.75 in.
3.77 in.
Width
4.75 in.
5 in.
Depth
2.125 in.
2.35 in.
Weight
16 oz.
19.61 oz.

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a7II

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a7II

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a7II

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a7II

What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • I really like how small and light weight this camera is compared to a dslr.
  • The weight is manageable for long periods of shooting and it is nicely balances with the Sony Zeiss SEL1670Z lens.
  • The a6500 fits perfectly in the hand, has the right weight and balance.
  • It's compact size makes carrying it about a joy, not a chore.
  • While still small and compact, the a6500 feels more durable.
Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only
  • Bought the Sony Alpha 7II full frame mirrorless as an upgrade for my Sony Nex 6. Still experimenting, but like the size and feel of this camera a lot. Larger and heavier than my Nex 6, but comfortable and smaller than DSLR's.
  • And the reduced size, weight, and price tag are a joy to both my shoulders and my wallet.
  • I am a Canon 5D Mark 3 shooter who bought this Sony a7ii as a lighter weight travel alternative.
  • Perfect for anyone looking for a mirrorless camera or light weight "compact" DSLR.
  • Learning curve but amazing pics. Lighter weight than my Canon .
Imaging
ISO Settings
100-25600, Extended Mode: 51200
100-25600
Digital Zoom
4 x
Burst Mode
Yes
Yes
Low Light/High Sensitivity
Yes
Yes
Face Detection
Yes
Yes
Image File Format(s)
JPEG, RAW
RAW+JPEG, RAW, JPEG, MP4
What customers say about "Imaging"
Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • Low Light. Next to the full frame a7Sii, I can't think of a camera that delivers better low light, low noise video and stills like the a6500 does. I would place this at the top of the list of features.
  • IBIS - The in-body stabilization is very good, and much needed update from the a6300. This makes for smoother video and more opportunity for hand-holding, run-and-gun style shooting without jarring movement.
  • Focus Tracking. Again, another area that Sony, and this camera does really well. The focus tracking in video is terrific, and a close second to canon's dual pixel tech.
  • Burst shooting on hi+ is outstanding. On the A6000, it would start to stutter and choke after 3-4 seconds of continuous shooting while it tried to write to the memory card.
  • Rolling shutter distortion is still an issue. This was supposed to be improved from the a6300, but I do not see it. It is very easy to get the rolling shutter 'jello' effect with all but the smoothest panning.
  • 1080p video quality is not very great.. a bit soft compared to other 4K cameras.
Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only
  • Images are high quality and camera is easy and fun
  • Wonderful lightweight full frame. The images look professional when I am an amateur!
  • This will be my everyday camera. Well built, creates excellent quality images. And works great with vintage lenses with the right lens adapter.
  • The focus is extremely fast and image quality is superb.
  • A7 II is a great camera that is easy to use and has more settings for any situation. Images are beautifully caught and I'm impressed with how easy; the advances that sony has engineered have set higher standards in the camera world. Impressive!
Display
Display Type
TFT-LCD
TFT-LCD
Touch Screen
Yes
No
Screen Size
2.95 in.
3 in.
Screen Resolution
921600 dots
1228800 dots
Vari-angle Display
Yes
Yes

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a7II

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a7II

What customers say about "Display"
Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • Touch focusing via the display panel is also a neat feature that works quite well.
  • Touchscreen. Finally. Being able to quickly set focus point via touch is a welcome improvement.
  • The touch screen is a plus saves me the time of changing my focus point.
  • The display (not flip out, but that's a given) gets VERY dim while shooting 4K video. While shooting outside it is virtually unusable in this mode.
  • Touch screen is only available for AF point selection. I am not sure why they didn't expand to using the menu.
Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only
  • The A7 MK2 is full frame, compact, has a fab viewfinder & tilt screen. Such fun to shoot with!
  • The viewfinder is very sharp, with great color. The LCD back panel has a "retina" display look about it.
  • Features like built in wi-fi and OLED viewfinders to be able to preview my images before I shoot is amazing and makes for a higher number of useable shots.
  • Would be even better if it had a touch screen, built-in flash and longer lasting battery.
  • The viewfinder screen, which allows to to view at limited angles is good enough, but not as advanced as other cameras.
Features
Water Resistant
No
No
Shock Resistant
No
No
Panorama Mode
Yes
Yes
Shooting Modes
Auto, iAUTO, Programmed AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Sweep Panorama
White Balance Modes
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Underwater/ Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K), Flash
Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Shutter Speeds
30 - 1/4000
30 - 1/8000
What customers say about "Features"
Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • IQ. The sensor is a beast with image quality superior to any other APS-C camera I have seen. (I have other APS-C and full frames from Canon and Nikon, as well as Panasonic m43).
  • They've managed to stuff in-body 5-axis image stabilization into the a6x00 body without adding much more bulk. Awesome. Now any lens is stabilized, even those old Canon FD film lenses.
  • The grip is slightly larger, and feels better in the hand than the A6000. They've managed to make it feel substantial without adding excessive bulk.
  • The level is back! It was puzzling that it was missing from the A6000.
  • Battery life is poor. This camera burns through batteries extremely quickly. Even the kit battery and two spares is barely enough for several hours of shooting video.
  • I found the EVF a bit unpleasant looking at times; somewhat less contrasty than others, and also a bit laggy when zooming in/out.
Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only
  • This is a great camera, it has many features and is easy to use.
  • It has great features and is exactly what I desired for wildlife pictures.
  • It has every feature I could want. Full frame.small.stabilization for any lens ever by any maker.
  • This is more than just an extra camera to have to take pics with. This is great technology with all of the new features.
  • The color is brilliant, the auto focus is spot on and the fast continuous shooting mode is great for sports and wildlife photography.
Connectivity
PictBridge Enabled
Yes
No
NFC Enabled
Yes
Yes
Integrated GPS
No
No
Output(s)
microHDMI (Type-D), Micro-USB
1/8" Microphone, 1/8" Headphone, Multi Interface Shoe, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B
Number Of Memory Card Slots
1
1
What customers say about "Connectivity"
Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • It has connectivity via wifi and bluetooth, and if you use the sony play memories app, it can tag your photos with GPS if you are on travel and want to save location information.
  • The WiFi como ability to send the pictures to my smart phone let’s me show the clients there pictures on the go !
  • Headphone jack would have been very useful for a feature-packed camera like this one.
  • The micro-USB cable that came with the camera as well as other USB cables only plug in about half way. None of my other micro USB devices operate like this.
Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body Only
  • Great feature built in wifi dso u can send photos right away.
  • Built in WiFi makes it easy to share images straight out of the camera to your phone for easy sharing to social media sites.
  • Wifi connect to phone is pretty cool. Don't need a remote control and you can even see the picture on your phone to make sure it's all aligned.
  • It is Wi-Fi capable - I’m not too happy with how this was implemented (or maybe I’m just using it wrong) I expected the camera to show up as another node on my network.
Power
Battery Model
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
NP-FW50 W-series Rechargeable Battery Pack
Battery life
310
350

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a7II

Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
1099.99 $


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