The Alpha A6500 is Sony’s flagship APS-C mirrorless camera, and boy does it pack a lot of tech.
Sony left it just six months before updating the Alpha A6300 with the A6500, but while this might sound like a premature update, the Alpha 6500 gains a number of key features, including in-body image stabilization to further blur the line between Sony’s APS-C lineup and its Alpha 7 full-frame range of mirrorless cameras.
Sony has also equipped its new camera with a greatly enhanced buffer to make it a tempting proposition for shooting action, while there’s also the welcome addition of a touchscreen interface. The inclusion of these new features makes the A6500 one of the most fully featured crop-sensor cameras on the market right now.
While the Sony A6500 sticks with the Alpha 6300’s 24.2MP APS-C sensor and 4D focus system (with 425 phase detect AF points), there are welcome improvements elsewhere.
It’s notably the first Sony APS-C camera to come with 5-axis in-body image stabilization, just as we’ve seen with Sony’s second-generation Alpha 7 series of cameras like the Alpha A7R II. And the great news is that this not only works with Sony’s non-stabilized optics, but can be used in conjunction with Sony’s OSS stabilized lenses.
Sony has also overhauled the buffer of the A6500, delivering a considerable boost in performance that sees the camera capable of capturing 307 full-size JPEG files or 107 raws, all at a quick 11fps burst rate – quite an improvement from the A6300’s 44 JPEG and 22 raw limit.
Sony Alpha a6500 Specifications
|MSRP||$1400 (body only)|
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-25600 (expandable to 51200)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||8|
|Image stabilization notes||5-axis|
|JPEG quality levels||Extra fine, fine, standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||425|
|Lens mount||Sony E|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder magnification||1.07× (0.71× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Flash range||6.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash modes||Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless|
|Flash X sync speed||1/160 sec|
|Continuous drive||11.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames, H/L selectable)|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + NFC|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||453 g (1.00 lb / 15.98 oz)|
|Dimensions||120 x 67 x 53 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 2.09″)|