The A6500 is an excellent APS-C mirrorless camera that introduces some great new features to the more-than-capable A6000 series of cameras, making it a fantastic camera for the price. Most notably the A6500 now offers in-body image stabilisation, compatible with any lens even those without optical stabilisation, perfect for shooing with vintage or cine glass. With an incredibly sharp 24.2-megapixel APS-C size image sensor, S&Q slow-motion modes, and 4K video recording the camera is one of the best mirrorless cameras for both video and stills shooters.
24.2 Megapixel Exmor CMOS Sensor
With an APS-C images sensor with 24.2-megapixels the sensor features an enhanced ISO sensitivity range of 100-51200 with very low noise. Constructed with a thin copper wiring layer and a large photo diode substrate enables the sensor to deliver 4K video and Full HD at 120fps.
BOINZ X Processor with Front-End LSI
Sony’s incredibly quick BIONZ X image processor is complemented with a brand new Large-Scale Integration Chip (LSI) that uses tens of thousands of transistors to enhance processing performance. The sophisticated processing system is designed to handle the higher ISO and to optimise colour and detail rendition.
In body 5-Axis Stabilisation
With stabilisation for 5 different types of camera shake, your photographic and cinematic opportunities are expanded even further. A brand new high-accuracy gyro sensor collects movement and vibration information and compensates to provide steadier footage and grant you an extra 5 stops of shutter speed. The stabilisation system supports both lenses without optical stabilisation and Sony lenses that do offer stabilisation and will automatically combine stabilisations to offer the best performance.
4K High Video Quality
Offering 4K video recording with a full pixel readout and no pixel binning ensures that the video recorded by the A6500 is the highest quality possible. By collecting video information at 6K and then sampling to produce 4K means that the camera is capable of capturing exceptional detail and depth.
Enhanced Slow Motion
The camera also shoots Full HD footage at 120fps allowing super quick movement to be filming and then replayed in ultra-slow motion, re-ignite your creativity with the expressive technique of slow and fast motion to take your production to the next level. A new “Slow and Quick” (S&Q) mode means you can film a range of different speeds. Up to 5x Slow Motion and 60x Quick Motion can be recording in Full HD and played back without the need to post-process the footage first on a computer.
3-Inch Tilting Touch Focus LCD
With the 3-inch touchscreen LCD you can review your shots, tilt the screen to capture unique angles but most importantly now you can touch to focus. Touch Focus enables you to change your focus point quickly and easily simply by touching the LCD screen. This allows to you capture smooth cinematic focus changes even while shooting while using the viewfinder, giving you uncompromised control over your focus.
425 AF Phase Points and Rapid Rate of Capture
A Hybrid AF 4D focusing system utilises 425 phase detection points to deliver exceptional AF tracking and precise focus lock in as fast as 0.05 seconds. With a lighting fast capture rate of 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus, the a6500 can also shoot 8 frames per second in a live-view shooting mode. Providing tools to make it easier to track moving targets when capturing super-quick subjects.
Large Image Buffer
The camera features an expanded image buffer means the camera can capture a maximum of 11 frames a second for an impressive 307 shots over 36 seconds before the on-board buffer fills up with image data.
2.4 Million-dot XGA EVF
For image composition and playback, the camera has a OLED Tru-Finder XGA EVF with a 2.4 million dot resolution features a high-speed mode which displays the scene at a blistering 120fps to ensure more accurate tracking of fast-moving objects.
Large Bit Rate and Flat Colour Profiles
Professional results are easy thanks to custom colour profiles and S-Log Gamma compatibility. Delivering up to 14 stops wider dynamic range, the profiles ensure smoother tones with improved detail and clarity in the shadows and mid-tones. The profiles also ensuring you can customise your curves to match footage from other cameras for maximum efficiency in your post-production workflow. In addition to the colour profiles the camera can shoot the video at a blistering bit rate of 100 Mbps during 4K video and 50Mbps for Full HD
Weather Sealed, Magnesium Alloy Construction
Built with durability in mind, the Sony Alpha 6500 is constructed with a rigid magnesium alloy chassis and moisture and dust weather sealing to inspire confidence when pushing your physical and creative limits. It borrows a robust lens mounting system from Sony’s A7 Mark II series of cameras. Its hybrid phase and contrast detection system ensures A-Mount lenses can take advantage of full autofocus functionality when used with the LA-EA1 or LA-EA3 lens mount adapter (sold separately).
Product Code:1SonyA6500 Body ExDemo
Sony E-mount lenses
APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm) Exmor CMOS sensor
NUMBER OF PIXELS (EFFECTIVE)
Approx. 24.2 megapixels
NUMBER OF PIXELS (TOTAL)
Approx. 25.0 megapixels
IMAGE SENSOR ASPECT RATIO
Charge protection coating on Optical Filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
EV-1 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Automatic AF (AF-A), Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Wide (425 points (phase-detection AF), 169 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Centre / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) /Expanded Flexible Spot/ Lock-on AF ( Wide / Zone / Centre / Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot)
Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Focus lock; Eye-Start AF and AF micro adjustment (both only available with optional LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached), AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.30-3m), AF ON
1200-zone evaluative metering
Exmor CMOS sensor
EV-2 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Multi-segment, Centre-weighted, Spot
Auto (iAuto, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie/High Frame Rate (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M))
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
+/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV steps)
AUTO (AE) BRACKETING
Bracket: Single/Bracket: Cont., 3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0 or 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1.0 EV increments.
Available with AE lock button. Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Can be disabled from the Menu.
Still images: ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
XGA OLED, 1.0 cm (0.39 type) electronic viewfinder (colour)
NUMBER OF DOTS
BRIGHTNESS CONTROL (VIEWFINDER)
Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
COLOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL
Manual (5 steps)
Approx. 1.07x (35mm camera equivalent: Approx. 0.70x) with 50mm lens at infinity, -1mstyle name="sup"-1/style
-4.0 to +3.0mstyle name="sup"-1/style
Approx. 23mm from the eyepiece lens, 21.4 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1mstyle name="sup"-1/style(CIPA standard)
Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge
REAL-TIME IMAGE ADJUSTMENT DISPLAY
FINDER FRAME RATE SELECTION
Yes (1x, 2x)
7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT
TOTAL NUMBER OF DOTS
BRIGHTNESS CONTROL (LCD)
Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Up approx. 90 degrees, down approx. 45 degrees
DISPLAY SELECTER (FINDER/LCD)
Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram / Digital Level Gauge / Shooting information for viewfinder mode
REAL-TIME IMAGE ADJUSTMENT DISPLAY (LCD)
Yes (selectable level + range or lower limit as custom setting)
Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Still images: 1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb, Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), NTSC: Up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode), PAL: Up to 1/50 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
FLASH SYNC. SPEED
ELECTRONIC FRONT SHUTTER CURTAIN
Not supported (image stabilization supplied by lens)
FLASH CONTROL (WITH OPTIONAL EXTERNAL FLASH)
+/-3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0 EV increments.
Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe. Attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatible with Auto-lock Accessory Shoe.
FE LEVEL LOCK
Single shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
10 sec. delay/5 sec. delay/2 sec. delay/Continuous self-timer (3 frames after 10 sec. delay/5 frames after 10 sec. delay/3 frames after 5 sec. delay/5 frames after 5 sec. delay/3 frames after 2 sec. delay/5 frames after 2 sec. delay)/Bracketing self-timer (Off/2 sec. delay/5 sec. delay/10 sec. delay)