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.
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|
|Sensor Format||APS-C||Full Frame|
|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|
|Cross-type AF Points||425 phase||117 phase|
|LCD||3.0″ – Articulating||3.0″ – Articulating|
|LCD Resolution||921,600 dots||1,228,800 dots|
|Top LCD Display||No||No|
|Video Resolution||3840×2160 (30/25/24p)||1920×1080 (60/30/24p)|
|1920×1080 (120/100/60/50p)||1920×1080 (120/100/60/50p)|
|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″|
|JPEG Buffer Size||231||52|
|RAW Buffer Size||110||28|
|Max Flash Sync Speed||1/160||1/250|
|Built- in NFC||Yes||Yes|
|USB Type||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|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″|
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.
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