The Sony Alpha a6500 is an advanced compact mirrorless camera. Key features include:
24.2MP APS-C sensor and BIONIZ X image processor
Extremely fast and precise 4D focusing system
Five-axis image stabilization
4K video capture
What’s New? In the tradition of the a6000 and the a6300, the Sony Alpha a6500 continues on strong as a feature rich APS-C, mirrorless camera. The biggest upgrades over its predecessors are the inclusions of 5-axis image stabilization, a touchscreen with autofocus selection features, a new menu system and a 1080HD S&Q mode.
24.2MP APS-C Sensor. The a6500 features a refined image sensor and the latest BIONZ X image processor working in tandem to create images with reduced noise at high sensitivities. The ISO range covers a base level from 100-25,600, but is expandable to ISO 512000 for shooting in caves and other extreme low light scenarios. Snap at a rate up to 11 fps burst before you fill up the 301 JPEG buffer.
4D Focus. The 4D Focus system covers close to the entire sensor area and incorporates 425 phase-detection points along with 169 contrast-detection areas for ridiculously precise focusing at a ridiculous speed of 0.05 seconds. And with the a6500
Five-Axis Image Stabilization. Borrowed from its cousins, the a7II, a7RII, and a7SII, the a6500’s built-in five-axis image stabilization offers up to five stops of correction to any lens mounted. This includes angular shake (pitch and yaw), shift shake (X and Y axes), and rotational shake (roll).
4K Video. The a6500 brings the video functions of the Sony Alpha a7S II to an even smaller, even more affordable package. The camera records 4K internally to an SD card at 100 Mbps using the XAVC-S codec. To create the 4K image, the sensor provides a full pixel readout, without any pixel binning, resulting in a near-6K image that’s oversampled to create the final image. And if you don’t want to record internally you can always output an uncompressed HDMIsignal at 4K with 4:2:2 sampling.
S-Log3. The Alpha a6500 offers two S-Log3 Gamma profiles that allow for up to 1300% wider dynamic range for smooth roll off and more information in the shadows and highlights.
Video Features and Functions. In addition to the high-quality 4K image, the a6500 also boasts a rich video feature set, including exposure and focusing aids like peaking and zebras, as well as time code to help manage your data and allow for faster data management in post. The camera’s Gamma Display Assist provides a preview of what your S-Log3 footage will look like after color correction, basically like an onboard LUT.
S&Q Motion. When not shooting 4K, you can record Full HD video anywhere between 1-120 frames per second to go slow motion or fast paced.
Viewing Methods. You’ve got two options for composition and review. The large 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 120 fps refresh rate is great, even with fast-moving subject, for eye-level shooting. There’s also a 3.0-in. 921.6k-dot tilting rear touchscreen LCD for arm’s length and tripod shooting.
New Menu System. Did you ever find the Sony menu system be perhaps a tad confusing? Well, it’s been overhauled to give a better user experience.
Other Notable Features. In-camera Wi-Fi with NFC offers quick connection to compatible smartphone for wireless image transfer and camera control. The durable magnesium-alloy body has weather sealing against dust and moisture, keeping you shooting in less-than-pleasant conditions. The camera records to widely available SDHC/XC memory cards, and the rechargeable NP-FW50 is rated for 350 shots per charge (EVF)/400 shots per charge (LCD).
|Lens Mount||Sony E-Mount|
|Camera Format||APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)|
|Pixels||Actual: 25 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
|Max Resolution||24 MP: 6000 x 4000|
|Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Sensor Type / Size||CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|File Formats||Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC S
Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
|Dust Reduction System||Yes|
|Memory Card Type||SD
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
|Image Stabilization||Sensor-Shift, 5-Way|
|Video Recording||Yes, NTSC/PAL|
|Video Format||3840 x 2160p at 24, 25, 30 fps (100 Mbps XAVC S)
3840 x 2160p at 24, 25, 30 fps (60 Mbps XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (100 Mbps XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 100, 120 fps (60 Mbps XAVC S)
1920 x 1080 at 24, 25, 30, 50, 60 fps (50 Mbps XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 50, 60 fps (28 Mbps AVCHD)
1920 x 1080p at 24, 25 fps (24 Mbps AVCHD)
1920 x 1080p at 24, 25 fps (17 Mbps AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 50, 60 fps (24 Mbps AVCHD)
1920 x 1080i at 50, 60 fps (17 Mbps AVCHD)
1920 x 1080p at 50, 60 fps (28 Mbps MP4)
1920 x 1080p at 25, 30 fps (16 Mbps MP4)
1280 x 720p at 25, 30 fps (6 Mbps MP4)
|Video Clip Length||Up to 29 Min 59 Sec|
|Audio Recording||Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focus Mode||Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)|
|Autofocus Points||Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169
|Viewfinder Pixel Count||2,359,296|
|Viewfinder Eye Point||23.00 mm|
|Viewfinder Magnification||Approx. 1.07x|
|Diopter Adjustment||-4.0 to +3.0 m|
|Display Screen||3" Rear Screen Tilting Touchscreen LCD (921,600)|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 100-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-51200)|
|Shutter||Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 Second , Bulb Mode
|Metering Method||Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering|
|Exposure Modes||Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV -2.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
|White Balance Modes||Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater|
|Buffer/Continuous Shooting||Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 233 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 301 Frames in JPEG Format
Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 107 Frames in Raw Format
Up to 8 fps at 24.2 MP
Up to 6 fps at 24.2 MP
Up to 3 fps at 24.2 MP
|Guide No.||19.69'; (6 m) ISO100|
|Max Sync Speed||1 / 160 Second|
|Flash Compensation||-3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)|
|Dedicated Flash System||TTL|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe, Wireless|
|Self Timer||10 Seconds, 5 Seconds, 2 Seconds|
|Connectivity||1/8" Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, USB 2.0|
|Battery||1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh|
|AC Power Adapter||AC-PW20 (Optional)|
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1" / 120.0 x 66.9 x 53.3 mm excluding protrusions|
|Weight||15.979 oz / 453 g with battery and memory card