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Sony A99 II vs Sony A6500

Portability
57
Imaging
77
Features
92
Overall
83
Sony Alpha A99 II front
 
Sony Alpha a6500 front
Portability
81
Imaging
68
Features
85
Overall
74

Sony A99 II vs Sony A6500 Key Specs

Sony A99 II
(Full Review)
  • 42MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Bump to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 849g - 143 x 104 x 76mm
  • Introduced September 2016
  • Old Model is Sony A99
Sony A6500
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Expand to 51200)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 453g - 120 x 67 x 53mm
  • Released October 2016
  • Replaced the Sony A6300
Photography Glossary

Sony A99 II vs Sony A6500 Overview

Let's take a more detailed look at the Sony A99 II versus Sony A6500, one being a Advanced DSLR and the other is a Advanced Mirrorless and they are both designed by Sony. There exists a significant gap between the sensor resolutions of the A99 II (42MP) and A6500 (24MP) and the A99 II (Full frame) and A6500 (APS-C) provide totally different sensor sizing.

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The A99 II was released at a similar time to the A6500 which means that they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras have different body design with the Sony A99 II being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony A6500 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a brief summary of how the A99 II grades against the A6500 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A99 II over the Sony A6500

 A99 II A6500 
Display typeFully articulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution1229k922kCrisper display (+307k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Sony A6500 over the Sony A99 II

 A6500 A99 II 
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Sony A99 II and Sony A6500

 A99 II A6500 
ReleasedSeptember 2016October 2016Similar generation
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement

Sony A99 II vs Sony A6500 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to lug around your camera, you are going to need to consider its weight and proportions. The Sony A99 II enjoys outside measurements of 143mm x 104mm x 76mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0") with a weight of 849 grams (1.87 lbs) and the Sony A6500 has measurements of 120mm x 67mm x 53mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.1") along with a weight of 453 grams (1.00 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have at the time. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the A99 II against the A6500.

Sony A99 II vs Sony A6500 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A99 II and A6500 is 57 and 81 respectively.

Sony A99 II vs Sony A6500 top view buttons comparison

Sony A99 II vs Sony A6500 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to see the contrast between sensor measurements merely by looking at a spec sheet. The visual below will give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the A99 II and A6500.

As you can see, both of the cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The A99 II due to its larger sensor will make achieving shallow DOF easier and the Sony A99 II will give you extra detail as a result of its extra 18 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop images more aggressively.

Sony A99 II vs Sony A6500 sensor size comparison

Sony A99 II vs Sony A6500 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A99 II vs Sony A6500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A99 II as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A6500 as a Portrait photography camera
86
has manual focus
sensor resolution is excellent (42MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
includes face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
80
manual focus
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes face detect focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony A99 II Street photography details
Sony A6500 Street photography details
76
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
great ISO range (25,600)
85
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
provides focus via touch
environment sealing
good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A99 II Sports photography highlights
Sony A6500 Sports photography highlights
82
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is excellent (42MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
weather sealing
supports phase detect AF
bad battery pack (490 shots)
77
quiet mode (1/32,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
environment sealing
comes with phase detect auto focus
terrible battery (350 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony A99 II
Travel photography with Sony A6500
70
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
sensor resolution is excellent (42MP)
selfie friendly screen
bad battery pack (490 CIPA)
74
environment sealing
connects via bluetooth
provides focus via touch
good MP (24MP)
has built in flash
terrible battery (350 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A99 II Landscape photography info
Sony A6500 Landscape photography info
82
has manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is excellent (42MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
no low pass filter
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
2 card slots
bad battery pack (490 shots)
80
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
terrible battery (350 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A99 II Vlogging highlights
Sony A6500 Vlogging highlights
78
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external mic support
39
touch screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have mic jack
display isn't selfie friendly
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Sony A99 II vs Sony A6500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A99 II and Sony A6500
 Sony Alpha A99 IISony Alpha a6500
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha A99 II Sony Alpha a6500
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2016-09-19 2016-10-06
Body design Mid-size SLR Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Bionz X Bionz X
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 24mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 861.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 42MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 7952 x 5304 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Max boosted ISO 102400 51200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Minimum boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 399 425
Cross focus points 79 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony E
Total lenses 143 121
Focal length multiplier 1 1.5
Screen
Display type Fully articulated Tilting
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,229 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359 thousand dot 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.78x 0.7x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/32000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames/s 11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Off, auto, fill, slow sync, redeye reduction, rear sync, high-speed sync, wireless Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/250 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 849g (1.87 lb) 453g (1.00 lb)
Physical dimensions 143 x 104 x 76mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0") 120 x 67 x 53mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 92 85
DXO Color Depth score 25.4 24.5
DXO Dynamic range score 13.4 13.7
DXO Low light score 2317 1405
Other
Battery life 490 images 350 images
Battery format NP-FM500H lithium-ion battery & charger Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Storage media Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS Duo slots SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots 2 Single
Retail cost $3,198 $1,298