Sony a6500

Announced Oct 6, 2016 •
24 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Product description
Announced Oct 6, 2016

Manufacturer description: The Sony Alpha a6500 is a higher-end version of the company's a6300 mirrorless camera. The major additions are a new LSI that greatly improves AF and burst shooting performance, 5-axis image stabilization, and a touchscreen LCD with 'touchpad AF.' Sony claims autofocus speeds of 0.05 secs and a top burst rate of 11 fps (8 fps with C-AF) for up to 307 shots. The in-body IS system is CIPA-rated to five stops.

It retains the a6300's 24.2MP CMOS sensor (APS-C-size), Hybrid AF system, EVF, 4K video capture capability and weather-sealed magnesium-alloy body.

Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-25600 (expandable to 51200)
Lens mount Sony E
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,600
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
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)
GPS None

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Our review

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.

Good for: Anyone wanting a tool that will let them take excellent images or 4K footage in a wide variety of circumstances.

Not so good for: Photographers wanting to effortlessly access all the camera's capabilities.

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