The Sony A6500 is a versatile mirrorless camera that throughout its existence has became one of the best cameras in the mirrorless APS-C series mainly because of the fact that this unit does a highly effective job in tracking moving subjects, and photographers can use it for shooting a variety of different types of photography genres!
On the contrary, we have the Canon EOS 80D which was launched on the market as a direct successor of the well-known 70D, and this model sits in the middle of Canon’s DSLR line-up, making it perfect for enthusiasts who want to improve their shooting skills before they evolve into professionals.
I’d suggest getting into action right away in order to better understand what makes the Sony A6500 and Canon EOS 80D worthy of considering, what are their advantages, disadvantages, and what should you expect from them in terms of performance!
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Design-wise, the Sony A6500 has a fairly compact and lightweight construction that measures 2.6 x 4.7 x 2.1″ (HWD), weighs around a pound without a lens and its body is made of metal and plastic which is definitely a good combination, but what’s even better is that the area around its buttons is sealed against dust and weather, hence, you can use this camera in various situations without a problem!
Once you take a look at this camera, if you’ve had a chance to shoot with its predecessor, the A6300, you will notice many common things that both cameras share, however, what makes the Sony A6500 stand out from its predecessor, is its deeper grip which comes handy especially when it comes to having a convenient hold in your hands.
On the front, you won’t find a huge number of controls since this part is mostly clean, this stands for the top part as well, although on these areas you will find an EVF, hot shoe, release and lens button, and a few other programmable C1 and C2 buttons.
On the rear, there are more controls and they occupy the top-right portion of the body, while on the top-left corner instead of the center, there is an XGA OLED viewfinder with 2.36-million dots that will provide you a sight of outstanding clarity!
Slightly below, you can notice the presence of a 3″ LCD tilting touchscreen with 922k-dots which offers an aspect ratio of 16:9 instead of 3:2, and therefore, the way you will record videos will be extremely easy and pleasant! Otherwise, the screen is bright and I think that you will be satisfied. Personally, I didn’t like its touchscreen because it doesn’t offer anything special, it is only useful for adjusting the focus point, and if you want to zoom something or swipe through photos, well, the results will be quite disappointing.
Moreover, the connections include a Micro Type-D HDMI port, multi-interface shoe, USB 2.0, microphone jack, internal mic, and the most important part – it is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS-enabled, which by default means that you will have a quick and enjoyable transfer of your photos and videos!
Speaking of the performance, the Sony A6500 combines a 24.2MP APS-C Exmor sensor, an impressively wide 425-point phase-detection AF, 5-axis in-body image stabilization, continuous shooting rate of up to 11 fps, and it is powered by Sony’s Bionz X Image processor that sets the noise to the minimum throughout the ISO sensitivity range of 100-51,200.
The image quality is fantastic and Sony deserves my credit here. Namely, when shooting JPGs, keep in mind that the blur is at the lowest levels at ISO 100, however, at ISO 1600, details remain well-defined, the noise is low, but once you reach the highest points, the blur becomes significant (ISO 51,200), so try to avoid it as much as you can. Instead of going through ISO 51,200, you can reach ISO levels between 12,800 and 25,600 because the details are still strong although some presence of grain can is pronounced a bit.
In addition, the Sony A6500 outputs an impressive performance especially if you shoot street photography, performs quite good for sports, but, after some analysis I’ve concluded that its weakness is portrait photography, although the performance isn’t disappointing.
When it comes to the video recording, this model records Full HD videos at 120p/100p/60p and all the way down to 24p, HD videos at 30p/25p and 4K videos at 30p/25p/24p which is awesome. Thanks to the integrated 5-axis in-body image stabilization, the footage looks outstandingly good, and even videographers would be satisfied by having this camera!
Lastly, the battery can withstand up to 310 shots through the viewfinder, or 350 shots through the LCD monitor, which is kind of disappointing because I’ve expected more, but keep in mind that having extra batteries would still do the job, but of course, for a price.
Sony A6500 Sample Images:
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Sony A6500 vs Canon 80D Feature Comparison
|Sony A6500||Canon 80D|
|AF Points||425 AF points||45 AF points|
|Sensor Size||APS-C CMOS||APS-C CMOS|
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In the end, I would like to note that the quality of both cameras is uncompromised, because Sony and Canon have proved themselves yet again that nobody should be surprised regarding the quality of their products and the reason why are they among the best manufacturers in the camera world.
Even though you have already decided about the next camera that should enrich your shooting arsenal, still, I will provide you with some brief advantages of the cameras in order to finalize what you have already thought.
First of all, let’s make a distinction between both cameras. The Sony A6500 is a mirrorless camera, hence, if you love this type of cameras, naturally, it would be your choice. On the other side, Canon 80D is a DSLR camera that packs an APS-C CMOS sensor same as the Sony A6500.
However, Canon 80D has a greater screen resolution, more max shutter speed, larger flash coverage, and a longer-lasting battery when compared to the A6500.
On the contrary, the Sony A6500 has a greater ISO range, better continuous shooting rate, performs better than the EOS 80D in terms of low light ISO performance, has more connection options and as a cherry on the top, it outperforms the 80D with its 4K video capability and the inclusion of a built-in image stabilization.
At glance, the result looks “tie”, but yet again, I’d go for Sony A6500 mainly because of its versatility.
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