98points

Nikon D850

94points

Sony Alpha a6500

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Nikon D850
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87 facts in comparison

Nikon D850 vs Sony Alpha a6500

Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500
98
points
94
points

Why is Nikon D850 better than Sony Alpha a6500?

  • 50% faster maximum shutter speed
    1/8000svs0.00025s
  • Has an optical viewfinder
  • Has timelapse function
  • Can be controlled remotely
  • 36% faster flash X-sync
    1/250svs0.00625s
  • Has a silent focus motor built into the lens
  • Has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Has a tilting viewfinder

Why is Sony Alpha a6500 better than Nikon D850?

  • 272 more focus points
    425vs153
  • 1.57x faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
    11fpsvs7fps
  • 462g lighter
    453gvs915g
  • Has built-in optical image stabilization
  • Has 802.11n WiFi connection
  • Has sensor shift stabilization
  • 69.89% less body volume
    427.89cm³vs1421.164cm³
  • Can create panoramas in-camera

Top specs and features

Design

1.Has a flip-out screen
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

Flip-out screens can be useful for tricky shots.

For example

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1

2.Weather sealed
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.

3.has an optical viewfinder
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

An optical viewfinder (or OVF) allows the photographer to compose a shot while seeing exactly what the lens sees. There is no time lag and they require no power - as opposed to electronic viewfinders which can drain battery life. They are also better in low light situations.

4.Has a built-in focus motor
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

The focus motor moves the lens in order to autofocus. For system cameras, having a focus motor in the camera's body allows you to use a wide range of lenses, including lenses which do not have their own focus motor. For compact cameras, a focus motor is usually built-in.

5. more viewfinder coverage

100%

100%

With 100% coverage you can compose the image correctly when you capture the photo. With less than full coverage you may have to crop your photos afterwards to get them looking perfect.

Best

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1

100%

6.has a silent focus motor built into the lens
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.

Optics

1.sensor size

35.9 x 23.9mm

23.5 x 15.6mm

The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.

Best

Polaroid Snap

81.2 x 25.4mm

2.focus points

153

425

The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.

Best

Canon EOS R

5655

3.has AF tracking
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. No more out of focus shots.

4.maximum light sensitivity

102400 ISO

51200 ISO

With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.

Best

Nikon D7500 + Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

1640000 ISO

5.megapixels

45.7MP

24.2MP

Best

Panono Camera

108MP

6.has built-in optical image stabilization
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.

Videography

1.video recording (main camera)

2160 x 30fps

2160 x 30fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.

Best

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1

2160 x 60fps

2.Has phase detection autofocus for videos
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

A phase detection autofocus system is faster than a contrast detection autofocus system. Even when recording scenes with a lot of fast movements, the videos are sharp and clear.

3.Has timelapse function
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

A timelapse shows a long passage of time sped up. A series of photographs taken from the same position over a long period is joined together to create a short video. It is great way to capture things like the setting sun, or clouds moving across the sky.

4.has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.

5.supports AVCHD format
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video. It's a standard popular among professional cameras and camcorders.

6.has a 24p cinema mode
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

24p is a video format (24 frames per second) traditionally used in cinema. Nowadays, it is used to create film-like motion characteristics.

Audio

1.has a stereo microphone
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.

2.has a microphone in
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.

3.number of microphones

1

2

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.

Best

Nikon Coolpix B600

2

4.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.

5.has stereo speakers
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

For example

Panasonic Lumix DC-TS7

Battery

1. longer battery life

1840shots

350shots

CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.

Best

Nikon D3x

4400shots

2.has a removable battery
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

3.has a rechargeable battery
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

4.has a battery level indicator
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

5.wireless charging
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.

For example

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

Features

1.Has WiFi
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

The device can connect to WiFi.

2.has an external memory slot
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) so that you can either extend the internal storage with affordable memory modules or you can retrieve data, such as photographs, easily from a memory card.

3.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

802.11n is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors - a, b and g.

4.can be controlled remotely
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.

5.has an accelerometer
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

An accelerometer is a sensor used to measure the linear acceleration of a device. A common application is detecting when a device changes between vertical and horizontal positions.

6.Has dual card slots
Nikon D850
Sony Alpha a6500

It has two memory card slots, allowing you to store more photos without switching cards. This is particularly useful on long shoots when you need more space.

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