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Sony Alpha a6500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 240 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. Reviewers really like the lens and size. The portability and usability are also appreciated, whereas views are divided on the shutter. Many are critical about the connectivity and storage.

performance, usability, portability, size, lens

battery, color, storage, connectivity

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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Sony Alpha 6500

 

The mirrorless Sony Alpha 6500 delivers excellent image quality and superb autofocus, but lacks some of the pro features of competing cameras in this price range.

Compact body. 11.1fps burst shooting. Large buffer. Tilting touch-screen LCD. Crisp 120fps EVF. In-body image stabilization. Excellent image quality. Integrated flash. Wi-Fi with NFC. 4K video and 120fps 1080p.

Dense menu system. Some add-on apps must be purchased. No external charger included. Battery life lags behind competing models. Only one memory card slot. No grip available. Requires FE lens to complete weather sealing.

The Sony Alpha 6500 maintains the excellent image quality and autofocus system delivered by less expensive models in the family—the Alpha 6000 and 6300. It adds in-body image stabilization and a touch screen, not included in either model, and maintains...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Bracaglia (dpreview.com)

Action-packed: Sony a6500 review

 

The Sony a6500 is the company's premium APS-C offering and well-suited for fast action photography. In our in-depth review we look at its features, operation and its performance. Read on

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

The Sony A6500 offers what the A6300 should have

 

With built-in image stabilization and touch focus for video, the A6500 addresses two of the biggest complaints about the A6300, plus a performance boost.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (letsgodigital.org)

Sony A6500 test photo gallery

 

Sony Alpha 6500 system camera : Last week Sony launched the new top model in the APS-C system camera lineup. The Sony α6500 (ILCE-6500) is the successor of the only eight month old α6300 and has been designed for the advanced amateur photographer. The...

The Sony Alpha 6500 will be available before the Holiday season starts. The camera with E-mount is available in black for a recommended retail price of € 1.700 EUR / £ 1,500 GBP / $ 1.400 USD. In addition, the A6500 will be on sale in combination with...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

Sony A6500 compact system camera

 

Sony Alpha 6500 APS-C Sensor camera : Sony Consumer Electronics proudly introduced its new flagship APS-C sensor camera, the Alpha A6500 (model: Sony ILCE-6500). As the latest addition to Sony's line-up of award winning mirrorless cameras, the new...

Also, with a simple half press of the shutter button, the effect of the image stabilisation can be monitored in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen, allowing framing and focus to be accurately checked and continually monitored. This is available even...

Oct, 2016

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sony A6500 Review

 

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

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...

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

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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

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 / Stereo
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
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:Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset, Twilight / 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

Certificates

Certification:CE

Design

Certification:CE
Color of product:Black
Product color: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 Duo HS,MS PRO Duo Mark 2,MS Pro-HG Duo,MS Pro-HG Duo HX,MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC,MiniSD,MiniSDHC,SD,SDHC,SDIO,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
Lens cap included:Y

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:Body / 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):6000 x 4000, 4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000, 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 1688 / 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 / 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:AVCHD,H.264,MPEG4,XAVC S / 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