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Canon EOS R vs Sony Alpha A6500

We compare the Canon EOS R to the Sony Alpha A6500: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Mirrorless category.

Here are both models side by side. The Canon EOS R is on the left, the Sony Alpha A6500 on the right:

EOS R vs Alpha A6500 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Canon EOS R vs Sony Alpha A6500: Specifications at a glance

EOS R

  • Introduced in September 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 31 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 100 - 40000 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount R Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm³ (5.3" x 3.9" x 3.3")
  • 660g (21.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS R

Alpha A6500

  • Introduced in October 2016
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 11 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount E Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 120 x 66.9 x 53.3mm³ (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.1")
  • 453g (14.6 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Alpha A6500

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for EOS R and Alpha A6500

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

EOS R vs Alpha A6500: The sensors

The EOS R features a Full frame sized sensor, while the Alpha A6500 uses a APS-C sensor.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Infographic: EOS R and Alpha A6500 sensor area comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

Boasting an area of 856mm² (1.37 sq.in.) the sensor of the EOS R is a lot larger than the Alpha A6500's chip at 367mm² (0.59 sq.in.). In most cases a larger sensor will yield better results in low light, a considerable advantage in many situations (e.g. interior images), a clear disadvantage of the APS-C format.

Advantage: Canon EOS R

EOS R vs Alpha A6500: The viewfinders

The EOS R uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.68 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.76x.

The Alpha A6500 features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.70x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

EOS R (0.76x)

Alpha A6500 (0.70x)

Simulated viewfinder of the EOS RSimulated viewfinder of the Alpha A6500

Advantage: Canon EOS R

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Canon EOS R on the left, the Sony Alpha A6500 in the right column:

Advantage Canon EOS R...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS R

Alpha A6500

Larger sensor (5)Full frameAPS-C
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)31.3024.20
More AF points (4)5955425
Sensitivity (4)100 - 40000 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Better viewfinder (4, Megapixel)3.682.36
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)2.100.92
Longer battery life (3, photos)370350
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmentally sealed (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS R are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Canon are the larger sensitivity, the better viewfinder and that the display has a higher resolution. A nice touch is that the battery has more stamina, the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

The EOS R scores 29 points.

...and here's where the Sony Alpha A6500 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

EOS R

Alpha A6500

Faster (4, frames/second)511
Larger lens selection (3)450
Built-in flash (2)
Image stabilizer (3)
Weighs less (2)660g
(21.3 oz.)
453g
(14.6 oz.)
More portable (2)1127cm³
(71 cu.in.)
428cm³
(27 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Alpha A6500 are that the camera is faster, the larger selection of lenses and the built-in flash. A nice touch is the optical image stabilizer, the lower weight than the EOS R and the more compact size.

Yields 16 points for the Alpha A6500.

...and here's what both have in common

EOS R

Alpha A6500

Sensor cleaning
Monitor articulated
Touch screen
Video resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
External microphone
WiFi

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Canon EOS R again on the left, Sony Alpha A6500 on the right:

Front view of the EOS R and the Alpha A6500...

EOS R und Alpha A6500, front viewEOS R und Alpha A6500, front view

...and here we see the Canon and the Sony from above:

EOS R und Alpha A6500, view from aboveEOS R und Alpha A6500, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Canon EOS R

Sony Alpha A6500

29
16

CameraCreativ recommends the Canon EOS R.

Our rating of the Canon EOS R

No rating available.

Our rating of the Sony Alpha A6500

Sony's A6300 and A6500 are the manufacturer's flag ship mirrorless APS-C cameras with interchangeable lenses. The A6500 is the more expensive model and features a built-in five axis optical image stabilizer (OIS). Typical for Sony, the camera has an excellent and very comprehensive feature set: Wifi connectivity, 4K video, even a connector for an external microphone is provided. According to Sony, the A6500's autofocus system is the fastest in this camera category. The camera has a built-in electronic viewfinder (2.36 megapixel) with a magnification of c. 0.70x, a very good value given the size of the camera body.

If you don't need the latest or greatest, the predecessor Sony A6000 (2014) is worth a second look. No stabilizer or 4K video and less resolution in the viewfinder but everything else is pretty much identical for a much lower price.

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