Nikon D610 vs Sony A6500: A Detailed Comparison

Nikon D610 vs Sony A6500: Let's compare the Nikon D610 and the Sony Alpha A6500. Two digital cameras, the former being a semi-pro DSLR and the latter a semi-pro mirrorless camera. The Alpha A6500 features a 24.0MP APS-C sensor while the D610 features a 24.0MP Full frame sensor. Here's a brief overview of the specifications before we go into more detail.

Sony A6500 vs Nikon D610 Specs

Specifications

Nikon D610

Sony A6500

Megapixels 24.3 24.2
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format Full Frame (FX) APS-C
Crop Factor None 1.5x
AA Filter None Yes
Image Resolution 6016 x 4016 6000 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization No Yes - 5-Axis
Lens Mount Nikon FX Sony E
ISO 100 - 6,400 100 - 25,600
Expanded ISO 50 - 25,600 51,200
AF Points 39 425
Cross-type AF Points 9 425 phase
Continuous Mode 6fps 11fps
LCD 3.2" - Fixed 3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution 921,000 dots 921,600 dots
Touchscreen No Yes
Focus Peaking No Yes
Top LCD Display Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical EVF
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x 1.07x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p) 3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p) 1920x1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack Yes No
Memory Card Type SD + SD SD or MS Pro
Dual Card Slots Yes No
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 30"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 30 231
RAW Buffer Size 15 110
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/160
Startup Time 0.3s 1.3s
Built-in Wi-Fi No 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) 900 shots 350 shots
Battery Included Yes (EN-EL15) Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight 30.0 oz (850g) 16.0 oz (453g)
Size 5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2" 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2013 2016

Nikon D610 vs Sony A6500 Common Features

 Built-in Flash Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Electronic) vs Yes (Optical)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
Max Resolution 24 MP vs 24 MP
LCD Screen Size 3″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution 922k dots vs 921k dots
Continuous Shooting 11.0fps vs 6.0fps
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
Environmental Sealing Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes

Sony A6500 vs Nikon D610 Size Comparison

The Sony Alpha A6500's body is 21mm narrower, 46mm shorter and 29mm thinner than Nikon D610. It is the smaller of the two cameras. Additionally, the Alpha A6500 weighs 397g less than the Nikon D610.

Nikon D610 vs Sony A6500 – Comparison

Nikon D610 vs Sony A6500 – Comparison

Since the Nikon D610 has a Full frame sensor and the Sony A6500 has a smaller APS-C sensor, Sony A6500's lenses for a similar focal length and aperture are generally lighter and smaller than the Nikon D610 lenses.

Sony A6500 vs Nikon D610 Sensor Comparison

Both the Sony A6500 and the Nikon D610 have 24.0 MP resolution sensor. However, the Sony A6500's sensor is an APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm ) and the Nikon D610's sensor is a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm ). Hence,  Nikon's larger sensor area with the same resolution provides better light collecting capacity for a given aperture compared to the Sony A6500.

Sony A6500 vs Nikon D610 Sensor Comparison

Sony A6500 vs Nikon D610 Sensor Comparison

Nikon's D610 has a 2.4x Larger sensor area than the Sony A6500. Larger sensors allow you more control over the depth of field and blurry background compared to the smaller sensor when shot in same focal length and aperture.

Why You Should Choose The Sony A6500

Wireless Connection Yes vs Optional
Built-in Image Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Articulating Screen Yes vs No
Touch Screen Yes vs No
Max ISO 25.600 vs 6.400
Number of Focus Points 425 vs 39
Continuous Shooting 11.0fps vs 6.0fps
Weight 453 g vs 850 g
Price $1,398 vs $1,480
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
NFC Connection Yes vs No
Smartphone_remote control Yes vs No

Advantages of the Sony A6500 Over Nikon D610

  • Sensor Format – Full Frame is bigger than APS-C, which results in slightly less noise at higher ISO levels.
  • AA Filter – The Nikon D610 has no AA filter.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • Top LCD Display – When shooting in semi-auto/manual modes, you can quickly preview all of your settings.
  • Headphone Jack – Useful for previewing your audio quality straight out the camera.
  • Dual Card Slots – More room for extra photos, or simply for backup.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs 1/160.
  • Battery Life – 900 shots vs 350 shots.

Video: Sony A6500 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Nikon D610

LCD Screen Size 3.2″ vs 3″
Battery Life 900 shots vs 350 shots
Headphone Port Yes vs No
Time-lapse Recording Yes vs With optional app
Flash Coverage 12.0m vs 6.0m
Sensor Pixel Area 35.66µmvs 15.28µm2
Top LCD Yes vs No
Storage Slot vs 1

Advantages of the Nikon D610 Over the Sony A6500

  • ISO –  51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 425 vs 39.
  • Continuous mode – 11fps vs 6fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • LCD – It’s articulated.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Focus Peaking – Very useful for seeing if your subject is in focus (both photo and video).
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Higher magnification.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 231 vs 30.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 110 vs 15.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in NFC
  • Weight – The Sony A6500 weighs 397g less.
  • Size – The Sony A6500 is noticeably smaller.

Video: Nikon D610 Hands-on Review