Sony A7R III vs Sony A6500

Sony A7R III is totally a game changing camera that features incredible specifications at the core. A member from its own family, Sony A6500, is supposed to be one of its nearest competitors, but looking at the table of specifications, Sony A7R III boss the competition. At first, its high resolution Full-Frame sensor that doesn’t give A6500 a penny chance to score more in image quality. Next, its AF system, is just behind the magic!

In every way, A7R III looks much healthy compared to A6500 but you know we should go in detail comparison to know much more about these these two cameras differences.

Feature/Models Sony A7R III Sony A6500
Megapixel 42.2 MP 24.2 Megapixel
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Image processor Bionz X Bionz X
Low pass Filter No Yes
AF system Contrast detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect+ Phase detect
AF points

399 phase detection AF points

Contrast AF points: 425

Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169
ISO 100-102400 64 – 51200
Shutter speed  1/8000 to 30 sec 30sec-1/32000
Image Stabilization 5-axis 5-axis
Continuous shooting speed  10 fps 11 fps
Video 4K @ 30fps 4K Video at 30 fps (3840 x 2160)
Display 3″ Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (1,440,800) 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Built-in
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery life  650 shots 350 shots
Weight 657 g 453 g
Size  127 x 96 x 74 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm

Image quality

Sony A7R III is really a monster that produces cutting sharp and crystal clear images since it employs 42MP resolution and Full-Frame sensor. Sony A7R III implements 42.4 MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, which combines gapless on-chip lens design and AR (anti-reflective) on the surface of the sensor that ultimately increases the ability to capture enormous light. As a result, high sensitivity with low-noise performance and wide dynamic range will be surely achieved. And taking the advantage of this phenomenon the A7R III can shoot at an impressive ISO range of 100 to 25600 that is expandable to ISO 102400. Well, on the other hand, Sony A6500 uses APS-C sensors, which is comparatively smaller than Full frame of Sony A7R III and offers only 24.2 MP resolution, which clearly indicates that we can notice real difference in the image quality, we don’t expect much more from Sony A6500 in terms of sharness and clarity in the images when comparing with A7R III. Moreoever,  just can’t able to get large prints as of A7R III.

Sometimes the camera having no low pass filter increases the chances of Moiré, however, this low pass filter helps dramatically to capture much more details of the subjects. Luckily, A7R III has no low pass filter.

AF system

Sony A7R III employs the Fast Hybrid AF system (Contrast + Phase) that delivers far superior AF coverage, speed and tracking performance. Moreover, A7R III offers comprehensive AF coverage that offers creative 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points – that work together with large 425 contrast AF points, allowing camera to achieve super fast focus response. On the other hand, Sony A6500 has also got marvelous AF system! A6500 comes with 4D FOCUS system – a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF, which allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds. Furthermore,  it also features 425 phase detection AF points and High-density Tracking AF Technology, which significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance.


A7R III offers a native ISO range of 100-51,200 that is quite sufficient, but still if you want to extend the range then it can reach to the maximum ISO level of 102400 and the camera is backed up by faster bionz X processing engine to help you get clear images without sacrificing the details at lowlight conditions. On the other side, Sony A6500 keeps its range remain limited to 51,200 only, but has same Bionz X image sensor.

Shutter speed

The big advantage of faster shutter speed is that it allows the users to shoot wide open at bright light. Moreover, the camera with faster shutter speed comfortably captures fast moving subjects. Here, in this comparison, you can see that A6500 avails faster shutter speed of 1/32000 sec, whereas the A7R III users have to rely on 1/8000 sec only.

 Continuous shooting Drive

Not a big difference in the burst rate of these two cameras. However Sports photographers must be happy seeing A6500 holds 11 fps. Yes! With the help of 11 fps, sports photographers can take advantage of every single frame to seize the subject and capture stunning sports photos. On the other side, A7R III offers 10fps, which is one lesser than A6500.

Shots – Sony A7R III lets you capture 650 shots at a time, whereas A6500 takes 350 shots only. Means A7R III can take around 300 shots more than A6500.


Sony A7R III is high end Full Frame professional camera that costs you more than the entry-level APSC mirrorless a6500. Meanwhile, A7R III can take sharp images, it has best images sensor so we could expect incredible 4K video quality. In a short, the camera can do several things in photography. On the other hand, Sony A6500 though looks inferior but it is a solid competitor of DSLRs and other mirrorless cameras that fall in its range.

Sony A7R III – Review and Recommendation

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