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


Nikon D610

Sony A6500

Sensor FormatFull Frame (FX)APS-C
Crop FactorNone1.5x
AA FilterNoneYes
Image Resolution6016 x 40166000 x 4000
Body Image StabilizationNoYes - 5-Axis
Lens MountNikon FXSony E
ISO100 - 6,400100 - 25,600
Expanded ISO50 - 25,60051,200
AF Points39425
Cross-type AF Points9425 phase
Continuous Mode6fps11fps
LCD3.2" - Fixed3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution921,000 dots921,600 dots
Focus PeakingNoYes
Top LCD DisplayYesNo
Viewfinder TypeOpticalEVF
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.70x1.07x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)3840x2160 (30/25/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)1920x1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackYesNo
Memory Card TypeSD + SDSD or MS Pro
Dual Card SlotsYesNo
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size30231
RAW Buffer Size15110
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/160
Startup Time0.3s1.3s
Built-in Wi-FiNoYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCNoYes
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedYesYes
Battery Life (CIPA)900 shots350 shots
Battery IncludedYes (EN-EL15)Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight30.0 oz (850g)16.0 oz (453g)
Size5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2"4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1"
Release Date20132016

Nikon D610 vs Sony A6500 Common Features

 Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Electronic) vs Yes (Optical)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
Max Resolution24 MP vs 24 MP
LCD Screen Size3″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution922k dots vs 921k dots
Continuous Shooting11.0fps vs 6.0fps
Microphone PortYes vs Yes
Environmental SealingYes vs Yes
AE BracketingYes 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 ConnectionYes vs Optional
Built-in Image StabilizationSensor-shift vs None
Articulating ScreenYes vs No
Touch ScreenYes vs No
Max ISO25.600 vs 6.400
Number of Focus Points425 vs 39
Continuous Shooting11.0fps vs 6.0fps
Weight453 g vs 850 g
Price$1,398 vs $1,480
Max Video Resolution3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
NFC ConnectionYes vs No
Smartphone_remote controlYes 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 Size3.2″ vs 3″
Battery Life900 shots vs 350 shots
Headphone PortYes vs No
Time-lapse RecordingYes vs With optional app
Flash Coverage12.0m vs 6.0m
Sensor Pixel Area35.66µmvs 15.28µm2
Top LCDYes vs No
Storage Slotvs 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