The Sony Alpha A6500 is the third model within the Sony Alpha A6000 collection, introduced not lengthy after the A6300, the digicam gives various upgrades, together with built-in 5-axis picture stabilisation, a tilting touch-screen, improved grip, plus extra. The digicam contains a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, information 4K video, and shoots at 11fps. The A6300 and A6000 will stay available on the market, providing different value factors for this collection. 

Sony Alpha A6500 Options

Sony Alpha A6500 Hands On (1)

The Sony Alpha A6500 contains a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 11fps steady capturing (with steady AF) and is able to capturing as much as 307 photographs repeatedly. The digicam provides in-camera 5-axis sensor-based picture stabilisation, a 3inch touch-screen, and options high-speed AF with 425 AF factors and phase-detection focus.

The 3inch tilting display screen is now a touch-screen that can be utilized to set the main focus level, however cannot be used to scroll by way of the menu system or choose gadgets there. It may be utilized in playback to zoom into photographs. 

A6500 New Shutter Unit And 5 Axis IS
Sony Alpha A6500 – New Shutter Unit and 5 Axis IS

The digicam has a brand new shutter unit, rated for 200,000 photographs, and this has been re-designed to slot in the just about the identical dimension physique because the A6300, while additionally becoming within the 5-axis picture stabilisation system that strikes the sensor.

Just like the A6300, the digicam options 4K video recording, plus high-speed FullHD video recording at as much as 120fps. There are quite a few capturing modes, together with full guide controls, customized modes, in addition to sensible Auto capturing, scene modes, and a panoramic mode. 

Sony Alpha A6500 Lens Off

Like different Sony cameras, Wi-Fi, and NFC are built-in and the A6500 helps Sony’s PlayMemory Apps, and should you register your digicam with them, you’re going to get two apps without spending a dime together with a Star Path and A number of Publicity app. There are different apps out there without spending a dime, in addition to some paid apps. The A6500 additionally options Bluetooth, and this can be utilized so as to add location information to pictures.

Up to date over the A6300:

  • New metering mode (highlight-weighted mode, whole display screen common mode)
  • Enhanced spot metering (linked to focus space, normal or giant)
  • Finer publicity compensation adjustment (1/6-stop increments)
  • Location data through Bluetooth
  • Enhanced distant digicam management (storage vacation spot, uncooked and jpeg)
  • 8mp stills might be extracted from 4K films
  • Contact-panel AF system
  • Sluggish and fast movement 1-100fps, for as much as 50x fast movement and 4x gradual movement (FullHD)
  • Improved buffer for 269 photographs at 11fps, and 307 photographs at 8fps
  • 5-axis picture stabilisation (sensor-based) – as much as 5 stops

Being the third A6000 digicam, with the earlier two cameras remaining available on the market, we thought we might present a fast comparability of most important variations of those three cameras:

A6000 A6300 A6500
24mp 24mp (New, copper wiring) 24mp
5-axis sensor-based IS
4K video 4K video (with 8mp stills)
FullHD, 60fps FullHD upto 120/100fps FullHD upto 120/100fps
Climate-sealed* Climate-sealed*
ISO100 to ISO25600 ISO100 to ISO51200 ISO100 to ISO51200
179 AF factors (section detection) 425 AF factors (section detection) 425 AF factors (section detection)
11fps with AF (48 JPEG) 11fps (44-55 JPEG) with AF 11fps (269 JPEG) with AF
1.44m dot EVF, 0.7x 2.36m dot EVF (decreased lag), 0.7x 2.36m dot EVF (decreased lag), 0.7x
3inch tilting display screen, 921Okay**  3inch tilting display screen, 921Okay  3inch tilting touch-screen, 921Okay 
MicroUSB charging MicroUSB charging / energy MicroUSB charging / energy
Microphone socket Microphone socket
Wi-Fi, NFC Wi-Fi, NFC Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth (Location)
360 shot battery life (LCD) 400 shot battery life (LCD) 350 shot battery life (LCD)
344g weight (with battery and card) 404g weight (with battery and card) 453g weight (with battery and card)

* with weather-sealed lenses ** Whitemagic

Following on from the A6500, Sony has launched the A6400 in January 2019, and A6600 in August 2019, if you would like to see how they examine, take a look at our A6400 vs A6500 vs A6600 comparability.

Sony Alpha A6500 With Lens

Key Options

  • 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 5-axis sensor-based picture stabilisation
  • 3inch tilting touch-screen (touch-AF), 921okay dots
  • 2.36m dot EVF, 0.7x magnification
  • New front-end LSI and BIONZ X
  • 425 Part Detection AF factors (with 84% sensor protection)
  • 0.05sec AF
  • 11fps steady capturing with AF 
  • 200,000 cycle shutter unit score
  • 4K video (30,25,24p) 100Mbps (from 20mp / 6K picture)
  • ISO100 to ISO51200
  • Mud and moisture-resistant magnesium alloy physique
  • 3inch tilting touch-screen, 
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC

Sony Alpha A6500 Dealing with

Sony Alpha A6500 Hands On (4)

The Sony Alpha A6500 design has been improved barely, with the digicam now that includes two Customized buttons (C1 and C2) on high of the digicam, and a 3rd Customized button on the again. The grip is bigger than the earlier mannequin, and has a textured rubber cowl than extends spherical to the again of the digicam, the place there’s a lip on your thumb. There’s fast entry to ISO, publicity compensation, and drive mode utilizing the 4-way controller / scroll wheel. You may also get fast entry to settings utilizing the Fn/Perform button, and these on-screen settings might be customised so that you’ve entry to your favorite settings. Nonetheless, surprisingly, regardless of the digicam having a touch-screen, you possibly can’t use the touch-screen to vary these settings.

The digicam feels effectively constructed and even the battery cowl feels good, with a thick plastic used. The digicam contains a magnesium-alloy physique that’s weather-sealed, when used with a weather-sealed lens. The tilting display screen and pop-up flash use metallic hinges making them sturdy even when prolonged out of the digicam. The reminiscence card slot is in beneath the digicam, in the identical place because the battery.

The inclusion of in-camera picture stabilisation has resulted in a heavier digicam in comparison with the A6300, with a rise of 49g, though this enhance is not an excessive amount of with the digicam feeling compact and simply saved in a compact digicam bag, or giant pocket, notably with one of many smaller lenses. There are 425 phase-detection focus factors masking a wide-area of the sensor, and having a touch-screen it’s straightforward to set the main focus level utilizing the display screen. 

The digital viewfinder (EVF) appears good, with a excessive decision of two.36m dots, and 0.7x magnification. The “Hello” velocity “live-view” steady capturing mode has been designed to present minimal blackout between photographs, and shoot at 8fps, making it simpler to trace topics. The display screen appears good, though it is price noting that the display screen has a 16:9 side ratio so photographs seem smaller on it than they might if it had a 3:2 side ratio. 

Sony Alpha A6500 Hands On (5)

The menus at the moment are color coded, so that every most important part has its personal color, for instance, Photo1 (Picture choices) is color coded in pink, Photo2 (Principally film choices) is color coded purple, and so forth. That is welcome, nonetheless, the photograph part now has 14 pages of choices (up from 9 on the A6300), and the Photo2 part has 9 pages of choices. It’s because Sony has organised the choices into extra logical classes, nonetheless, which means some pages have just one or 2 choices on them. You may see the choices and format of the menus within the video under: 


Wi-Fi options – Wi-Fi, and NFC are built-in and the A6500 helps Sony’s PlayMemory Apps. There are apps out there without spending a dime, in addition to some paid apps. The A6500 additionally options Bluetooth, and this can be utilized so as to add location information to pictures. You should utilize Wi-Fi to ship photographs to a smartphone, a pc, view pictures on a TV, in addition to use NFC to arrange the connection. 

Sony Alpha A6500 Battery

Battery life – Battery life is rated at 350 photographs when utilizing the display screen based on Sony / CIPA take a look at outcomes, which is cheap, though is 50 fewer photographs than the A6300. You may also energy the digicam utilizing a transportable USB charger if it is advisable. 

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