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

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Differences

Sony A6300 advantages over Sony A6500

  • Less expensive
    $898 vs $1498
    Save money for lenses or accessories

Sony A6500 advantages over Sony A6300

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    231 vs 44 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    110 vs 22 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Improved high-ISO performance; Better JPEG quality; Fast autofocus; Very good subject tracking with real-time live view feature; All-magnesium body construction; 4K video.

  • Slow buffer clearing (no UHS-II support); No touchscreen, Clunky menus; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use.

  • 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 Samsung NX500

Sony A6300
Samsung NX500
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $1095
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Sony A6500
Samsung NX500
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $1095
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels

Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Sony A6300
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • More dots on screen
Sony A6500
Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1499
  • APS-C
  • Higher max flash sync
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-A3

Sony A6300
Fujifilm X-A3
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $528
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony A6500
Fujifilm X-A3
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $528
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Fujifilm X-T20

Sony A6300
Fujifilm X-T20
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Lighter weight
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Newer
Sony A6500
Fujifilm X-T20
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • NFC
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Doesn't require an AA filter

Compared to Canon EOS M6

Sony A6300
Canon EOS M6
  • $798
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $779
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Sony A6500
Canon EOS M6
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $779
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
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