- 24MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Tilting Display
- ISO 100 - 25600 (Increase to 51200)
- Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
- 3840 x 2160 video
- Sony E Mount
- 453g - 120 x 67 x 53mm
- Introduced October 2016
- Succeeded the Sony A6300
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony A6500 summary
Sony A6500 is Sony's Advanced Mirrorless camera initially revealed on October of 2016. It includes a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 6000 x 4000.
Sony launched this camera in order to replace the previous Sony A6300 (Read Full Comparison)
The A6500 places at #18 out of 61 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras & overall #91 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your customized criteria.
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Sony A6500 family
The Sony A6500 has a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can see all previous and more recent models along with important specs.
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Sony A6500 Gallery
You can check the A6500 from several angles in the gallery below.
Sony A6500 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Sony A6500 based on factors that are typically regarded as essential in a camera.
Sony A6500 Sensor details
The Sony A6500 is powered by the Bionz X processor chip. The sensor size in the Sony A6500 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The CMOS sensor has 24MP and features a native ISO range of 100 - 25600. This ISO can be extended electronically to a high of 51200. RAW files are saved which means that you have wider margin for error.
The image below illustrates the A6500's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The A6500 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony A6500 dimensions
Sony A6500 weighs around 1.00 pounds (453 gr / 15.98 oz) & has external size of 120mm x 67mm x 53mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.1"). The weight of average Advanced Mirrorless camera is 453 gr so the Sony A6500 is similar as compared to various competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Listed below is a photo of the Sony A6500 beside a soda to help you get a feel for its scale.
The top view below will show the button arrangement on the A6500.
Sony A6500 Lens specs
The A6500 uses the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses available in the market. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the A6500.
Sony A6500 Connectivity
The A6500 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and sometimes alter camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Several applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external screen. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Sony A6500 Video specs
The highest possible video resolution in the Sony A6500 is 3840 x 2160 and you can shoot in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S format. 2160p delivers a fantastic resolution for video. You can crop to 1080p in order to get clearer video. Be mindful of the considerable file sizes and make sure you have got decent SD cards that have fast write speed. Even though the camera contains a microphone port, it is unfortunately missing a headphone port which means that you will not have the capability to monitor your sound levels.
Sony A6500 Weather Sealing
Sony A6500 provides environment proofing which makes it a good option for use for tough conditions. This is particularly beneficial if you are unsure about the elements you may face for outdoor photography.
Sony A6500 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony A6500 includes a 3 inch tilting display supporting a resolution of 922 thousand dots.
Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you can set focus point as well as adjust settings by using your fingertips.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder specs for Sony A6500 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 2,359 thousand dots
- Coverage 100%
- Magnification 0.7x
For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be pretty helpful.
Sony A6500 Shutter specs
Sony A6500 continuous shooting speed is 11.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/32000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter can lead to "rolling shutter" under certain circumstances.
Sony A6500 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Sony A6500 comes with both integrated flash together with external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/160s.
Sony A6500 Autofocus specs
Sony A6500 comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & precise in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which can be handy for portraits.
The AF system includes 425 focus points to choose from. Sony A6500 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to adjust focus points. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Sony A6500 has got manual focusing when required for low light conditions or you want more precise control on focusing.
Sony A6500 Battery life
The battery life (NP-FW50) in the Sony A6500 is fashioned to last for 350 shutters with respect to the CIPA measurements which is comparable with it's competition. The average Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 386. Sony A6600 has got the best (810) battery life for this class of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Advanced Mirrorless cameras having the highest battery life:
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Sony A6500 for different styles of photography
The following graph indicates a summary of the Sony A6500 for different styles of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section below.
Sony A6500 Portrait photography info
The Sony A6500 receives a rating of 80 which is superb, and means the camera is a outstanding choice to use for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support along with the capability to utilize external flash.
Street photography with Sony A6500
With a fantastic points total of 85, the Sony A6500 is a great pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Sony A6500 Sports photography details
A exceptional sports photography score of 84 indicates the Sony A6500 is a superb option for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony A6500 Travel photography advice
Weight is very important in choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Sony A6500 gets a brilliant 79 for a travel camera which makes it a fantastic choice for your trips.
Landscape photography with Sony A6500
If you find yourself planning to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony A6500 and it's fantastic rating of 85 for a landscape camera is a excellent fit amongst it's rivals.
Vlogging with Sony A6500
A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Sony A6500 is just not good for vlogging as it gets a lousy rating of 39.
Sony A6500 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the A6500, below is a list of the top rated cameras which fall in to the class of Advanced Mirrorless.
The line chart below gives you a bird's eye view of the A6500 versus it's highest rated competitors listed earlier.
These are various other cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To look at a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.