Sony a6500 vs Nikon D610

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a6500 and Nikon D610. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Sony a6500 is manufacturered by Sony but Nikon D610 is from Nikon. Both Sony and Nikon are well known brands though.

Sony a6500 were released 2016 and Nikon D610 was released 2013. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony a6500 2016
Nikon D610 2013

Type of camera

Sony a6500 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D610 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony a6500 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D610 has a "Nikon FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony a6500 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D610 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Sony a6500 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D610 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony a6500 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Nikon D610 24 MP
24160256 pixels
6016 x 4016

Nikon D610 has a 1 % larger resolution than Sony a6500. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Sony a6500 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D610. Sony a6500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D610 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a6500 100-25600
Nikon D610 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a6500
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D610

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony a6500 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds and Nikon D610 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a6500 11
Nikon D610 6

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Sony a6500 and Nikon D610 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D610 weighs 850 gr (equal to 1.87 lb) which is 88% heavier than Sony a6500 and its 453 gr (or 1 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a6500 453 gr
1 lb
Nikon D610 850 gr
1.87 lb

Sony a6500 vs Nikon D610 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a6500 and Nikon D610, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
Name Sony a6500 Nikon D610
Manufacturer Sony Nikon
Release Date and Price
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
Release Year 2016 2013
Release Date 2016-10-06 2013-10-08
MSRP 1399 USD 1999 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6016 x 4016 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 24 MP
Image Processor Bionz X EXPEED 3
Image
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 6400
White Balance Presets 8 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor-Shift (5-axis))
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 425 39
Lens Mount Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
Articulated LCD Tilting Fixed
Screen size 3 3,2
Screen dots 921600 921000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD monitor
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.07 (0.71 35mm equiv.) 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution 2359296 N/A
Photography features
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
Frames per second 11 fps 6 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 6 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Average
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
XAVC-S
AVCHD
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11/b/g/n with NFC)
Yes
Optional through WU-1B mobile adapter
Remote Control Yes (via smartphone) Yes (Optional, wired or wireless)
GPS No Yes
Optional
Body & Dimensions
Sony a6500
Nikon D610
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details NP-FW50
Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 350 shots 900 shots
Width 120 mm 141 mm
Height 67 mm 113 mm
Depth 53 mm 82 mm
Weight 453 gram 850 gram