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Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600

Portability
81
Imaging
68
Features
85
Overall
74
Sony Alpha a6500 front
 
Sony Alpha a6600 front
Portability
77
Imaging
70
Features
96
Overall
80

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600 Key Specs

Sony A6500
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Boost to 51200)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 453g - 120 x 67 x 53mm
  • Revealed October 2016
  • Replaced the Sony A6300
Sony A6600
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Push to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 503g - 120 x 67 x 69mm
  • Launched August 2019
  • Later Model is Sony A6700
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Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600 Overview

The following is a in-depth assessment of the Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600, both Advanced Mirrorless cameras and both of them are manufactured by Sony. The image resolution of the A6500 (24MP) and the A6600 (24MP) is pretty comparable and they feature the exact same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The A6500 was brought out 3 years before the A6600 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting straight into a complete comparison, below is a quick summation of how the A6500 matches up versus the A6600 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony A6500 over the Sony A6600

 A6500 A6600 

Reasons to pick Sony A6600 over the Sony A6500

 A6600 A6500 
LaunchedAugust 2019October 2016Newer by 35 months
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Sony A6500 and Sony A6600

 A6500 A6600 
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Screen resolution922k922kEqual screen resolution
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to travel with your camera, you should take into account its weight and size. The Sony A6500 has got outside 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) while the Sony A6600 has specifications of 120mm x 67mm x 69mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.7") with a weight of 503 grams (1.11 lbs).

Look at the Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is the front view dimensions comparison of the A6500 versus the A6600.

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the A6500 and A6600 is 81 and 77 respectively.

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600 top view buttons comparison

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600 Sensor Comparison

Often, its tough to visualise the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by seeing specs. The pic below might provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the A6500 and A6600.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the exact same megapixels and you should expect comparable quality of images however you should take the production date of the cameras into account. The more aged A6500 will be behind in sensor technology.

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600 sensor size comparison

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony A6500
Portrait photography with Sony A6600
80
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
82
has manual focus
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection focus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony A6500 as a Street photography camera
Sony A6600 as a Street photography camera
85
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
offers touch to focus
environment proofing
great ISO range (25,600)
84
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
supports touch focus
weather proof
above average high ISO (32,000)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A6500 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A6600 as a Sports photography camera
77
silent shooting (1/32,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking focus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect AF
terrible battery pack (350 shots)
85
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proof
better than average battery power (810 shots)
supports phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony A6500
Travel photography with Sony A6600
74
environment proofing
supports bluetooth
offers touch to focus
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
terrible battery pack (350 shots)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
84
better than average battery power (810 shots)
weather proof
has bluetooth
supports touch focus
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony A6500
Landscape photography with Sony A6600
80
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
environment proofing
terrible battery pack (350 CIPA)
85
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
above average high ISO (32,000)
exports RAW formats
weather proof
better than average battery power (810 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A6500 Vlogging factors
Sony A6600 Vlogging factors
39
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes microphone support
does not offer selfie friendly screen
84
screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detection focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external mic socket
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Sony A6500 vs Sony A6600 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A6500 and Sony A6600
 Sony Alpha a6500Sony Alpha a6600
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha a6500 Sony Alpha a6600
Type Advanced Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Revealed 2016-10-06 2019-08-28
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz X Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 25600 32000
Max boosted ISO 51200 102400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 425 425
Lens
Lens mount type Sony E Sony E
Amount of lenses 121 121
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of display Tilting Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 922k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dots 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.71x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/32000s -
Continuous shooting rate 11.0 frames/s 11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash options Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 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 port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 453g (1.00 lbs) 503g (1.11 lbs)
Dimensions 120 x 67 x 53mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.1") 120 x 67 x 69mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 85 82
DXO Color Depth rating 24.5 23.8
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.7 13.4
DXO Low light rating 1405 1497
Other
Battery life 350 shots 810 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FW50 NP-FZ1000
Self timer Yes Yes
Time lapse shooting With downloadable app
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $1,298 $1,198