Sony A6500 vs Sony A7 II – Comparison

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 A6500Sony A7 II
Sensor FormatAPS-CFull Frame
Crop Factor1.5xNone
AA FilterYesYes
Image Resolution6000 x 40006000 x 4000
Body Image StabilizationYes – 5-AxisYes
Lens MountSony ESony E
ISO100 – 25,600100 – 25,600
Expanded ISO51,20050 – 51,200
AF Points425117
Cross-type AF Points425 phase117 phase
Continuous Mode11fps5fps
LCD3.0″ – Articulating3.0″ – Articulating
LCD Resolution921,600 dots1,228,800 dots
Focus PeakingYesYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeEVFEVF
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification1.07x0.71x
Video Resolution3840×2160 (30/25/24p)1920×1080 (60/30/24p)
1920×1080 (120/100/60/50p)1920×1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackNoYes
Memory Card TypeSD or MS ProSD or MS Pro
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed30″30″
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size23152
RAW Buffer Size11028
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesNo
Max Flash Sync Speed1/1601/250
Startup Time1.3s1.7s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built- in NFCYesYes
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)350 shots350 shots
Battery IncludedYes (NP-FW50)Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight16.0 oz (453g)21.13 oz (600g)
Size4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1″5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4″
Release Date20162014


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 – 18000 vs 14000.

  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1250 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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