Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha a6500 vs Nikon D500

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha a6500
11 fps
Nikon D500
10 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha a6500
350 photos
Nikon D500
1,240 photos

Features Key features of the Alpha a6500  vs Nikon D500 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha a6500
24 MP
Nikon D500
20.7 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Alpha a6500
51,200 ISO
Nikon D500
1,640,000 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Alpha a6500
0.46x
Nikon D500
0.65x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Alpha a6500
15.3 microns
Nikon D500
17.9 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Alpha a6500  vs
Nikon D500 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP 20.7 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000 5568 x 3712
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 15.3 microns 17.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 51,200 ISO 50 ISO to 1,640,000 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 425 153
Supports continuous Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 120 x 67 x 53 mm 147 x 115 x 81 mm
Thickness 53 mm 81 mm
Weight 453 g 860 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No Yes
WiFi 802.11n None

video

Alpha a6500  vs
Nikon D500 
Video Unknown Unknown
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3.2"
Resolution 921 k dots 2,359 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.7x 1x
Viewfinder size 0.46x 0.65x

performance

Max continuous shooting 11 fps 10 fps
Battery life 350 1,240
Continuous shooting
11 fps
10 fps
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