Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models introduced by the same brand - Sony. Although both products are offered by the same brand, they come from different categories. Thus, Sony, is a camera from Pro Mirrorless category, while Alpha a6500 is a Semi-Pro Mirrorless camera. Both products that we are going to review are equipped with the same type of sensor - CMOS. However, they have different resolution. The first compared model, Sony Alpha A7S II, features has a resolution of 12.0 MP. Another model that we are reviewing, Sony Alpha a6500, features a sensor with a resolution of 24.0 MP.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Sony Alpha A7S II and Sony Alpha a6500.
Sony Alpha A7S II Key Features:
Sony Alpha a6500 Key Features:
Being a newer model, Sony Alpha A7S II substituted Sony A7S.
|Sensor Area||847.28 mm2 vs 366.6 mm2||56.7% larger pixel area|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots vs 922k dots||25% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||370 shots vs 350 shots||20 more frames with a single charge|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||2993 vs 1405||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.78 vs 0.7||0.08 better magnification|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||50% more pixels|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 5 fps||6 fps faster|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||6 vs No||6 better flash range|
|Number Of Focus Points||425 vs 169||256 more focus points|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Weight||453 g vs 627 g||174 g lighter|
|Dxo Color Depth||24.5 vs 23.6||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||13.7 vs 13.3||Better dynamic range|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Microphone Port||Yes | Yes||High quality audio recording option|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes | Yes||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||No timelapse recording|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Sony Alpha A7S II and Sony Alpha a6500 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Alpha a6500 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 174g less than the Sony Alpha A7S II. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Sony Alpha A7S II and Sony Alpha a6500 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Sony Alpha A7S II features a 12.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a Bionz X processor . Sony Alpha a6500, in its turn, comes with a 24.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Alpha A7S II and Sony Alpha a6500 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Alpha A7S II has a sensor area 0.4x bigger compared to Sony Alpha a6500. What does it mean? This basically means that if you these cameras them with the same aperture and focal length, the first model will give you more control in terms of the blurry background and depth of field.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Sony Alpha A7S II and Sony Alpha a6500 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Sony Alpha A7S II||Sony Alpha a6500|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Sony Alpha A7S II or Sony Alpha a6500, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Sony Alpha A7S II and Sony Alpha a6500 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Alpha a6500 deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony Alpha A7S II. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Sony Alpha A7S II||Sony Alpha a6500|
|Model||Alpha A7S II||Alpha a6500|
|Announced||Oct 12, 2015||Oct 06, 2016|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||Full frame||APS-C|
|Sensor Dimensions||35.6 x 23.8 mm||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||847.28 mm2||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4240 x 2832||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||102,400||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||409,600||51,200|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E|
|Number of Lenses||83||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||169||425|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots||922k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,359k dots||2,359k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps||11.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash||Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||85||85|
|DxO Color Depth||23.6||24.5|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.3||13.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||2993||1405|
|Video Resolutions||4K (3840 x 2160 @ 30p/24p [60-100Mbps]), Full HD (1920 x 1080 @ 120p/60p/60i/30p/24p [50-100Mbps]), 720p (30p [16Mbps])||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||627 g||453 g|
|Physical Dimensions||127 x 96 x 60 mm||120 x 67 x 53 mm|
|Battery Life||370 shots||350 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo||SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo|