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Sony a6500 Overview
The Sony a6500 was announced on October 6th 2016 and I decided to purchase my own shortly afterwards as a replacement for my Sony a6300.
Here’s a short video from Sony showing of the 4k recording capabilities of the a6500:
I purchased my a6500 primarily as a sports shooter due to its fast AF performance and large buffer capable of shooting 269 JPGs (Fine) or 107 RAW files.
DPReview awarded this camera their Silver Award and concluded their in-depth review with the following:
The Sony a6500 is an outstanding all-around camera. Image quality and 4K video quality are both exceptional and the camera’s autofocus system also impresses. Well-suited for sports and action photography, the a6500 offers a deep buffer and burst speeds of both 8 and 11 fps with continuous autofocus. Just be aware that it can take some work to wrap one’s head around its long list of capabilities, to get the most out of the camera.DPReview
Unfortunately the Sony a6500 has since been discontinued in an attempt to simplify the a6xxx series. The replacement for the a6500 is the Sony a6600.
Alternatively, if you don’t need in-body stabilization then you could also look at the Sony a6400 which despite the lower series number is a more powerful camera than the a6500.
Please visit my Sony a6400 vs a6500 comparison article if you’d like to learn more about the differences between these two cameras.
Sony a6500 Key Specs
- 24.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS APS-C sensor
- 425 phase detection points
- 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
- Tilting rear touchscreen
- 5-axis in-body image stabilization
- 11 fps continuous shooting for up to 300 JPEGs / 100 Raws
- 1/4000 sec maximum shutter speed
- 453 g / 15.98 oz with battery and memory card
You can find the full Sony a6500 details and specifications over on Sony’s product page.
Sony a6500 FAQS
The Sony a6500 was announced on October 6th 2016.
The single memory card slot supports SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compliant) and Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo cards.
The Sony a6500 uses the Sony NP-FW50 lithium ion rechargeable battery.
No. The Sony a6500 has an APS-C sensor with a 1.5x crop factor compared to a full-frame 35mm sensor.
Sony claim that the a6500 is dust and moisture resistant, they don’t claim that it is fully waterproof and you should therefore use a rain cover if using the camera in wet weather or very dusty environments.
The Sony a6500 has a 24.2 megapixel sensor.
453 g / 15.98 oz with battery and memory card
The body only includes: AC Adaptor: AC-UUD12, accessory shoe cap, body cap, eyepiece cup, micro USB cable, rechargeable battery NP-FW50, shoulder strap.
The maximum fps (frames per second) for the mechanical shutter of the a6500 is 11 fps.
The maximum fps (frames per second) for the electronic shutter of the a6500 is 11 fps.
The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
The Sony a6500 is more of an enthusiasts camera than a professional camera.
If you shoot continuously then the a6500 will record up to 233 extra fine jpeg images before the buffer is full.