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Sony α7 II (2014)
Sony α6500 (2016)
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Sony α7 Mirrorless Cameras (2014) vs Sony α6x00 (Advanced APS-C) Mirrorless Cameras (2016)

Analysis:

The Sony α7 II (2014) is widely considered to be a great Mirrorless Camera at its $1,200 budget. The Sony α6500 (2016), however, while also a good product at this price point, doesn't stack up against its competitors quite as well.

The Sony α7 II (2014) has managed to do great in various roundups conducted by reviewers from highly trusted sources that perform objective in-depth testing, like Tom's Guide, CNET, PCmag, and Digital Camera World - it was dubbed "Best Pro Mirrorless Camera" by Tom's Guide, "Best camera for the aspirant" by CNET, and "Best for Future Pros" by PCmag. Any product that's held in such high regard by some of the most reliable sources should be considered by everyone who's looking for a Mirrorless Camera at this price.

Moving on to the Sony α6500 (2016): it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like Tom's Guide, camerajabber.com, Photography Blog, TrustedReviews, Techradar, DXOMARK, shotkit.com, The Phoblographer, PCmag, Digital Camera World, and Wirecutter (NYTimes), enough for them to include them on those lists.

Our direct Sony α7 II (2014) vs. Sony α6500 (2016) comparison of their review scores has shown that, out of sources that tested both Mirrorless Cameras, Photography Blog, PCmag, DXOMARK, and Digital Camera World preferred the Sony α7 II (2014), whereas TrustedReviews, Techradar, Pocket-lint, The Phoblographer, and Tom's Guide seemed to like both equally.

We also looked at which sources liked these products best and found that the Sony α7 II (2014) got its highest, 10, review score from Photography Blog, while the Sony α6500 (2016) most impressed reviewers at camerajabber.com, which gave it a score of 10.

Finally, we also compared their review scores to the rest of their competition - the Sony α7 II (2014) earned an average review score of 8.6 out of 10 points and the Sony α6500 (2016) received an average of 8.4, compared to the 7.9 average of Mirrorless Cameras in general.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
PCmag
Tom's Guide
CNET
Photography Blog
Digital Camera World
DXOMARK
Digital Photography Review
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
The Phoblographer
TrustedReviews
Tech. Specs Comparison
Sony α7 II (2014)
$1,398
Sony α6500 (2016)
$959
Sensor
Full-frame
APS-C (366 mm²)
Sensor Resolution
24.3 (MP)
24.2 (MP)
Stabilization
Sensor-shift
Sensor-shift
Video
  • 1440 × 1080 @ 30fps
  • 1920 × 1080 @ 60fps
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24fps
  • 640 × 480 @ 30fps
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Highly recommended by trusted experts
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best camera gear and cameras in 2020: Canon, Nikon and more” 
Last updated: 23 Aug 2020
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best full-frame mirrorless camera
in “The best cameras in 2020” 
Last updated: a month ago
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best for Future Pros
in “The Best SLR and Mirrorless Cameras for Beginners” 
Last updated: 22 Jul 2020
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Pro Mirrorless Camera
in “Best mirrorless cameras in 2020” 
Last updated: 20 Aug 2020
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Mirrorless Camera” 
Last updated: 29 Apr 2020
Digital Photography Review
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best cameras for parents in 2019” 
Last updated: 10 May 2019
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Mirrorless Cameras of 2020” 
Last updated: 26 Nov 2019
Recommended by trusted experts
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
An older, but still great mirrorless camera for shooting video
in “Best mirrorless cameras in 2020” 
Last updated: 20 Aug 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 10
in “The 10 best 4K cameras in UAE for 2019” 
Last updated: 9 Apr 2019
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 7
in “Which Sony mirrorless camera is best for you?” 
Last updated: 2 Jun 2020
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Mirrorless Camera” 
Last updated: 29 Apr 2020

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