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Sony Alpha a6500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 139 reviews of Sony Alpha a6500. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and lens. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the price. Many are negative about the storage and connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha a6500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Highly Recommended

Expert review by: Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sony A6500 Review

 

The Sony A6500 replaces the 8-month-old A6300 as Sony's premium APS-C Alpha offering. The A6500 retains a similar outward appearance to its predecessor, featuring full weather sealing against dust and moisture ingress, but now has in-body 5-axis...

The Sony A6500 is the best APS-C Sony camera yet, principally adding built-in 5-axis stabilization, a touch-enabled LCD screen and a redesigned menu interface to an already excellent camera, but we can't help feeling that the 8-month-old A6300 should...

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: (imaging-resource.com)

Sony A6500 Review

 

What a camera! The Sony A6500 takes the best of the excellent A6300 which launched just eight months earlier, and adds several very important new features. Sports shooters in particular will love its much more generous buffer depth, and its new hybrid...

Comfortable, premium body with good controls; Touch-screen for subject selection; Hybrid image stabilization system; Excellent image quality; Better high ISO JPEGs than the A6300; Extremely fast 11.1 fps burst capture; Very deep buffers for raw and...

Pricey for an APS-C camera; JPEG colors aren't the most accurate; Very slow buffer clearing; Laggy touch-pad AF function; Poorly-placed movie button; No headphone jack; Mediocre battery life

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Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Eric Reagan (photographybay.com)

Sony A6500

 

The Sony A6500 is a mid-range, prosumer mirrorless camera. It follows an established line of products that go back to the NEX-6 model when Sony separated the Alpha branding for A-mount SLT cameras from its E-mount mirrorless cameras. The A6500's two...

The A6300 had issues. It seems to have been resolved with the A6500.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (tomsguide.com)

Sony A6500 Digital Camera Review

 

There is a lot to like in the Sony a6500. It's a powerful, compact camera that takes excellent images and video at impressive speeds, with snappy autofocus. The image quality is excellent, although there is some noise in low light. The video-quality...

Excellent image and video quality ; Tough construction ; Can shoot 11 fps for more than 30 seconds

Awkward on-screen menus ; Some noise at higher ISO ; Expensive

Sports and serious shooters will find a lot to like in this mirrorless camera, but some of the features are overkill for casual photographers.

Feb, 2017

Highly_rec

Expert review by: Gordon Laing (cameralabs.com)

Sony A6500 review

 

The Sony Alpha A6500 is an upper mid-range mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, built-in stabilisation, touchscreen, 4k video and a powerful AF system that's perfect for action shooters. Announced in October 2016, it comes only eight...

Detailed 24 Megapixel stills ; High quality uncropped 4k video, 1080 up to 120p, S-Log profiles ; Built-in 5-axis stabilisation works with any lens. 4 stops in my tests ; Fantastic AF system, fast 11fps bursts and leading buffer depth ; Touchscreen...

Touchscreen under-used. Can't tilt to face subject either ; Screen is dim and can't be brightened in 4k or 1080 / 100p / 120p ; Often confusing or inconsistent menus and user interface ; Maximum shutter of 1/4000 (electronic or mechanical) ; No RAW...

The Alpha A6500 is Sony's most powerful mirrorless camera with an APSC sensor to date. Arriving just eight months after the previous Alpha A6300, the new A6500 unsurprisingly inherits much of that model's style and capabilities: the same flat-topped...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Eric Reagan (photographybay.com)

Sony A6500 24MP and 4K Camera Unveiled

 

Sony has unveiled the new A6500 mirrorless camera, which features 24.2MP APS-C sensor with 5-axis image stabilization and 4K video capture.

The Sony A6500 retails for $1399 and should ship in November. Check it out at B&H Photo and Adorama.

Oct, 2016

Techradar Recommended 2017

Expert review by: Phil Hall Kevin Lee (techradar.com)

Sony Alpha A6500 review

 

One featured-packed, fast-performing camera

Lightning-quick AF system ; Respectable buffer capacity ; Expansive video options

Dim rear LCD ; Noticeable rolling shutter ; Still lacks a headphone port

In-body image stabilization finally comes to the Sony APS-C flagship. Add bucketloads of buffer and a touchscreen, and the A6500 arguably surpasses Sony’s A7 Mark II.

Sep, 2017

Expert review by: Timothy Coleman (pocket-lint.com)

Sony A6500 review: A mini mirrorless powerhouse

 

The Sony A6500 is the company's 2017 flagship mirrorless camera with a crop sensor, sitting below the Sony A7 full-frame line-up. The Sony A6500 might cost a fair whack more than its A6300 cousin, but it's a powerhouse of a camera that, for the right...

A tough and tiny powerhouse of a camera, 5-axis in-body image stabilisation means you don’t rely on Sony’s OSS lenses, autofocus is very fast in all shooting scenarios, video performance and image quality is second to none

Poor battery life, battery charger not included, touchscreen operation could be improved, relatively limited Sony E lens line up

The Sony A6500 might cost a fair whack more than its A6300 cousin, but it's a powerhouse of a camera that, for the right user, will be worth the cash.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Sony A6500 review

 

Sony's action-loving, APS-C marvel is close to being our favourite system cam...

Excellent image quality ; Great for capturing fast-moving objects ; Touchscreen for fast operation

Expensive ; Poor battery life

A cracking system cam for action photography, but stick with the A6300 if your budget is tight

May, 2017

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Amy Davies (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Alpha A6500

 

Not too long after the A6300 was announced, Sony sprung the A6500 on the world. Sporting many of the same specifications of the A6300, the new camera is designed to be a premium version of the model, intending to appeal to high-end enthusiasts and...

Feb, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Mono
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Voice recording:Y / Yes

Battery

Battery level indicator:Y / Yes
Battery life (CIPA standard):350
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FW50
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery
Video recording time:105

Camera

Brightness adjustment:Y / Yes
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment:Y / Yes
Diopter adjustment (D-D):-4 - 3
Dioptre correction:Y / Yes
Eye Relief:0.906
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram:Y / Yes
Image quality adjustment:Brightness, Color depth, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness / Brightness, Colour depth, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Live view:Y / Yes
Multi-shot:Y / Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
Saturation adjustment:Y / Yes
Scene modes:Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Sunset
Self-timer:2,5,10
Self-timer delay:2,5,10
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Scene, Shutter priority
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent L, Incandescent, Shade, Underwater

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.95
Display resolution (numeric):921600
Field of view:100
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y
Vari-angle LCD display:Y / Yes

Flash

External flash connector:Y / Yes
Flash exposure compensation:Y / Yes
Flash exposure correction:±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Flash guide number:236.2
Flash metering modes:Wireless triggering
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Flash on, Hi-speed sync, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash recharging time:4
Shoe mounting point:Y

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) lock:Y / Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:425
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Auto, Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:AI Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, One Shot Focus
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Smile detection:Y / Yes

Lens System

Digital Zoom:8
Extra/Smart zoom:2
Filter size:2.17 / 2.83
Focal length range (f-f):0.625 - 0.75 / 0.709 - 4.13
Lens mount interface:Sony E
Lens structure:12/16
Lens structure (elements/groups):12/16
Maximum aperture number:22 / 4
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):4.02
Minimum aperture number:22 / 4
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.937
Mounting type:Bayonet
Number of diaphragm blades:7

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock:Y / Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 51200
ISO sensitivity (max):51200
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 5EV (1/2EV; 1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Highlight-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MS Micro (M2), MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS Micro (M2),MS PRO Duo,MS Pro-HG Duo,MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC,SD,SDHC,SDXC
Memory slots:1

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB
Carrying case: Yes
Hand strap:Y / Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:ARW, JPG, RAW / ARW,JPG,RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):0.925 x 0.614
Image Stabilizer:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer location:Lens
Maximum image resolution:6000 x 4000
Megapixel:24.2
Sensor Format:Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 4240 x 2832 (12M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)\nL: 6000 x 3376 (20 M), M: 4240 x 2400 (10 M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1 M)
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 16:9
Total megapixels:25

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack:Y / Yes
HDMI:Y / Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro
Microphone in:Y / Yes
USB connector:MICRO-USB

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/4000
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

Technical Details

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
LED Indicators:Y / Yes
Lens cap included:Y

Video

HD type:4K Ultra HD
Maximum video resolution:3840 x 2160
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Resolution at capture speed:1280×720@30fps, 1920x1080@120fps, 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 1920x1080@60fps, 3840x2160@24fps, 3840x2160@30fps
Video compression format:H.264, MP4, MPEG4
Video formats supported:H.264,MP4,MPEG4
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electronic
Magnification:1.07
Viewfinder screen size:0.39
Viewfinder type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.1
Height:2.63
Lens diameter:2.62 / 3.07
Lens length:2.95 / 4.33
Lens weight:10.9 / 15.1
Weight (including battery):16
Width:4.72