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Detailed comparison: Sony A6500 vs A6300

| On 14, Jan 2017

It’s sometimes easy and sometimes difficult to get hold of a new camera. Although Sony Canada had promised one, B&H photo – thanks to my affiliate relationship – was able to send one up for review.

I want to be as comprehensive as I can and not miss any details, but in the few hours since I posted the video, my viewers have already filled in some issues I didn’t identify. And I noticed that the A6500 can capture a custom white balance in video mode. From my youtube comments, Daniel O noted that the shutter sound is different, and that although I mentioned the menu lockout while the buffer cleared, I didn’t mention that there are other controls, including the Fn menu which are still available.

Before I return the camera, I’m also working on a full review of the A6500 and a video to demonstrate the best video settings.

B&H U$ price check for Sony A6500
B&H U$ price check for Sony A6300
B&H U$ price check for Sony A6000
(I still recommend the A6000 as an excellent value camera)

Behind the Scenes
On camera scenes are recorded with a Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF 16-55 lens, and the VPB-XT2 grip. Closeups of the cameras were recorded with the X-T2 using the XF 60mm macro lens. Menus were recorded using an Atomos Shogun.

On camera audio is recorded using a Rodelink Filmmaker wireless kit, narration recorded using a Rode NT-USB. Manfrotto tripods are used. I edit using Final Cut 10.3.1 on a 5K iMac.

I do read and respond to all comments, which are moderated. If, either here or on youtube, you leave a relevant and civil comment without links (which are filtered by youtube) it will be posted.

For your guidance 
The products reviewed are on loan, and returned after the review unless otherwise mentioned.
In this case, I own the A6300 and the lenses I used in the review.
I am not sponsored or compensated by any manufacturer, I have not accepted payment to review any product. I am not compensated for my reviews except through Google Adwords.

The B&H links are affiliate links, I do receive a small commission – but please do not allow this to influence your purchase decision.


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  1. Thanks, you always do great reviews.
    I have 2 A6000 and 1 A7 and 1 A7ii.
    I switched from Nikon. Anyway, unlike the A6300, it seems the A6500 is a worth upgrade, feature wise.

    But the price difference is huge: A6000 can be found for $400, while the A6500 is $1500 USD.

    With such price, if someone does not need something small the A7 ($1000) or A7ii (same or less than the A6500) may be a better deal.
    Autofocus may be better in the crop frame cameras, but at ISO 800 and above the full frame A7 series are a lot better (would say about almost a couple of stops difference in noise).

    All my Sony cameras lack the minimum shutter speed and shutter/aperture bias in Auto ISO, unlike the Nikon. I heard Sony added the feature to the newer cameras, but would be great if they allowed it on older models with a firmware update.

    Anyway would be great if your review considered the price difference between different models and brands.
    I am happy I switched to Sony. It is more fun to shoot in some way. But some things are really idiosyncratic (their menu system feels like some puzzle game).

    • Maarten

      Thanks for the kind words. I certainly agree with your thoughts and remarks. A full frame camera does come with its own challenges (consider the price of FE lenses – not that they’re not reflected in quality) but the benefits (especially with low light exposure and noise) can be worthwhile. I’ll post my full A6500 review this week.
      As for price – my videos are viewed all over the world, and I usually provide the Canadian street price (which differs among the 4 retailers I check) – I’m not sure it has much value, particularly as the price will change over time – always best to check with a local (online if necessary) retailer for the actual current price. But for comparison videos, which I don’t do often and where I don’t include a price, I will reconsider that.
      I do provide a link to B&H for comparison shopping purposes (and I would earn a small commission if you purchase from the link) but I don’t want that to influence your decision.
      That said, I do value your opinion and your comments and appreciate that you took the time to watch, read and comment.

  2. Brian Patterson

    Just to comment on the value of an a6000 – the difference between it and the a6300 is also pretty vast. I had one for a short while and returned it only to get a new a6300 deal from Kenmore Camera in California. Wouldn’t go back to an a6000 for anything! Love the a6300 for its better controls and 4k video.

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