Sony A6500 vs Sony A7 II – Comparison

Let’s compare the Sony A6500 vs Sony A7 II. We have put together this comparison specifically to help you make the right choice.

They cost nearly the same, the A6500 based on an APS-C and the A7II has a full frame sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 24 megapixel.

Sony A6500 vs Sony A7II: Two mirrorless cameras up for comparison. Both cameras feature a 24.0MP APS-C sensor. To start, here’s a brief overview of the main features of both cameras.

The comparison table below summarizes the key specs of the two cameras. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.

Sony A6500 vs Sony A7 II Specifications Comparison

Sony A6500 Sony A7 II
Megapixels 24.2 24.3
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format APS-C Full Frame
Crop Factor 1.5x None
AA Filter Yes Yes
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization Yes – 5-Axis Yes
Lens Mount Sony E Sony E
ISO 100 – 25,600 100 – 25,600
Expanded ISO 51,200 50 – 51,200
AF Points 425 117
Cross-type AF Points 425 phase 117 phase
Continuous Mode 11fps 5fps
LCD 3.0″ – Articulating 3.0″ – Articulating
LCD Resolution 921,600 dots 1,228,800 dots
Touchscreen Yes No
Focus Peaking Yes Yes
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type EVF EVF
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.07x 0.71x
Video Resolution 3840×2160 (30/25/24p) 1920×1080 (60/30/24p)
1920×1080 (120/100/60/50p) 1920×1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No Yes
Memory Card Type SD or MS Pro SD or MS Pro
Dual Card Slots No No
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 30″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 231 52
RAW Buffer Size 110 28
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes No
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/160 1/250
Startup Time 1.3s 1.7s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built- in NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth No No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 350 shots 350 shots
Battery Included Yes (NP-FW50) Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight 16.0 oz (453g) 21.13 oz (600g)
Size 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1″ 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2014


Sony A6500 Advantages:

  • AF Points – 425 vs 117.
  • Continuous mode – 11fps vs 5fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 231 vs 52. Useful for long bursts.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 110 vs 28.
  • Built-in Flash
  • Weight – The Sony A6500 weighs 147g less.
  • Size – The Sony A6500 is noticeably smaller.

If you need 4K video, the A6500 already wins. It’s got a better AF system, touchsreen, 4x bigger JPEG and RAW buffers and is smaller too.

Sony A7 II Advantages:

  • Sensor Format – Full Frame is bigger than APS-C, which results in slightly less noise at higher ISO levels.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Headphone Jack – Useful for previewing your audio quality straight out the camera.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /160.

If you prefer the look of a full frame sensor, the A7 II is your cheapest full frame Sony mirrorless.

Read more Sony Mirrorless news and Sony Rumors here.

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