• APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 80D advantages over Sony A6500

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $1149 vs $1598
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 960 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A6500 advantages over Canon 80D

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,405 vs 1,135 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Thinner
    53 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.59x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 6.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    231 vs 53 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    110 vs 24 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; Better RAW high ISO performance than predecessor; Improved buffer depth; Very fast AF; Dual Pixel CMOS AF is excellent; f/8 AF support; 1080/60p video; Headphone jack; Very good battery life.

  • New kit lens isn't very sharp; No 4K video; No clean HDMI out; 29:59 minute video recording limit; Phase detect AF not as sensitive in low-light as expected (Dual Pixel AF better in low-light).

  • Comfortable, premium body with good controls; Touch-screen for subject selection; Hybrid image stabilization system; Excellent image quality; Better high ISO JPEGs than the A6300; Extremely fast 11.1 fps burst capture; Very deep buffers for raw and JPEG alike; 4K video capture with no pixel binning

  • Pricey for an APS-C camera; JPEG colors aren't the most accurate; Very slow buffer clearing; Laggy touch-pad AF function; Poorly-placed movie button; No headphone jack; Mediocre battery life

The Competition

Compared to Canon T6s

Canon 80D
Canon T6s
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $746
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Sony A6500
Canon T6s
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $746
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D7200

Canon 80D
Nikon D7200
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $991
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Sony A6500
Nikon D7200
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $991
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Canon 80D
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1482
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A6500
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1482
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Sony A6300

Canon 80D
Sony A6300
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Sony A6500
Sony A6300
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D7500

Canon 80D
Nikon D7500
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Fast startup
Sony A6500
Nikon D7500
  • $1198
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1147
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
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