Our comparison table below covers all the important specifications of each camera. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.
Canon 70D Sony A6500
Megapixels 20.2 24.2
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format APS-C APS-C
Crop Factor 1.6x 1.5x
AA Filter Yes Yes
Image Resolution 5472 x 3648 6000 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization No Yes - 5-Axis
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S Sony E
ISO 100 - 12,800 100 - 25,600
Expanded ISO 25,600 51,200
AF Points 19 425
Cross-type AF Points 19 425 phase
Continuous Mode 7fps 11fps
LCD 3.0" - Fully Articulated 3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution 1,040,000 dots 921,600 dots
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Focus Peaking No Yes
Top LCD Display Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical EVF
Viewfinder Coverage 98% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95x 1.07x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (30/25/24p) 3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p) 1920x1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD or MS Pro
Dual Card Slots No No
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 1/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 30"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 65 231
RAW Buffer Size 14 110
Time Lapse No Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/250 1/160
Startup Time 0.7s 1.3s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built- in NFC No Yes
Bluetooth No No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 920 shots 350 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E6) Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight 26.7 oz (755g) 16.0 oz (453g)
Size 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1" 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2013 2016
Canon 70D Advantages:
- LCD – It’s fully articulated.
- LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
- Top LCD Display – When shooting in semi-auto/manual modes, you can quickly preview all of your settings.
- Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
- Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /160.
- Battery Life – 920 shots vs 350 shots.
Besides being cheaper, the 70D has almost 3x longer battery life, a top LCD display and a fully articulated LCD screen. Unless you really need one of these things (they’re nice to have), the A6500 gives you a lot more for the money, but costs more.
One extra thing you should know though, there are a lot more lenses available for Canon, especially telephoto ones!
Sony A6500 Advantages:
- Megapixels – 4.0 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Sony A6500 is a much better choice.
- Body Image Stabilization – The Sony A6500 has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
- ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600 – Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
- AF Points – 425 vs 19.
- Continuous mode – 11fps vs 7fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
- Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
- Viewfinder Coverage – 100% vs 98%.
- Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
- Video Resolution – 4K video available.
- JPEG Buffer Size – 231 vs 65. Useful for long bursts.
- RAW Buffer Size – 110 vs 14.
- Built-in NFC
- Weight – The Sony A6500 weighs 302g less.
- Size – The Sony A6500 is noticeably smaller.
The features of the A6500 that you’ll appreciate are a built-in body stabilization which is great for traveling, way more AF points, 4 extra fps in burst mode, focus peaking, 4K video, way bigger RAW and JPEG buffer and more compact body.