Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body with Free Accessory Kit

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body with Free Accessory Kit

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Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body with Free Accessory Kit

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Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body with Free Accessory Kit Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card Manfrotto Metropolitan Camera Backpack (Black) Watson NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1100mAh)

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Sony A6500 Overview

  • 1Description

Comprising the essential components needed to begin shooting, the Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Free Accessory Kit from B&H bundles the versatile camera body with a 64GB SDXC memory card, a spare rechargeable Li-ion battery, and a protective shoulder bag.

  • Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Stable, fast, and versatile, the Alpha a6500 from Sony is an apt APS-C-format mirrorless camera well-suited for both photo and video applications. Revolving around a 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, clean image quality is provided with a wide expandable sensitivity range to ISO 51200, along with accelerated readout speeds for internal 4K30 and Full HD 1080p120 video recording with full pixel readout. The processor further benefits videographers with the inclusion of an S&Q (Slow & Quick) Motion setting that permits capturing Full HD video at a variety of frame rates ranging from 1-120 fps. Stills shooters also benefit from the apt processing speed, which enables continuous shooting at 11 fps for up to 301 JPEGs in a burst, as well as 14-bit raw file output. Complementing both stills and video, 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization minimizes the appearance of camera shake with all mounted lenses to support working with slower shutter speeds. The sensor and processor combination also avails 4D FOCUS, which utilizes a wide-coverage 425-point phase-detection system with a 169-area contrast detection system for quick and precise focusing performance. This focusing system also enables High-density Tracking AF for more efficient and accurate tracking of moving subjects across the image frame. Increasingly versatile and fully featured in both photo and video realms, the a6500 is a fast and precise imaging tool for multimedia capture.

    Complementing the imaging assets, the a6500 also sports a robust magnesium alloy body that is dust- and moisture-resistant to permit working in harsh environments. The compact profile incorporates a high-resolution XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder for bright, clear, eye-level viewing, and this EVF features a 120 fps viewing mode for smooth tracking of fast-moving subjects. A rear 3.0" 921.6k-dot touchscreen LCD monitor is also available and has a tilting design to benefit shooting from high and low working angles, and the touchscreen design allows for intuitive touch-to-focus control. Additionally, for wireless remote control over the camera, or for just sharing imagery online, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC permits linking with a mobile device for intuitive wireless control.

    24.2MP Exmor CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Processor
    The APS-C-format 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor pairs with the BIONZ X image processor to realize smooth, nuanced image quality with minimal noise and high sensitivity from ISO 100-25600, which can further be expanded to ISO 51200 for working in low-light conditions. The sensor features a unique design that utilizes thin copper wiring, enhanced circuit processing, and an enhanced front-end LSI to boost light-gathering abilities, reduce noise, and increase readout speeds to benefit video recording. The sensor and processor combination also avails a top continuous shooting rate of 11 fps for up to 301 standard JPEG frames or 107 raw frames in a single burst with AF and AE, and permits 14-bit raw file output for a wider tonal and color scale.
    5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
    Packed into the svelte a6500 is a 5-stop effective 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system that compensates for five different types of camera shake encountered during handheld shooting of stills and video. This allows users to confidently use any lens, even adapted lenses, for critical imaging without encountering blur from camera shake.

    For long focal lengths, the system will correct for pitch and yaw adjustments. Macro and high-magnification imagery, on the other hand, will benefit from the inclusion of horizontal and vertical shift compensation. All shooting styles will get usage out of the roll compensation. All 5 axes of stabilization will function at all times, even when used with third-party lenses and adapters or lenses with built-in optical stabilization.
    4D FOCUS
    Covering nearly the entire sensor area, a powerful 4D FOCUS system incorporates 425 on-chip phase-detection points along with 169 contrast-detection areas for precise focusing in as little as 0.05 seconds. The density of focusing points from this hybrid AF system also enables High-density Tracking AF Technology, which is adept at tracking moving subjects in a variety of lighting conditions. The use of phase-detection points also enables the use of A-mount lenses via the optional LA-EA3 or LA-EA1 lens mount adapters with full AF compatibility.

    The apt 4D FOCUS system also lends itself to a variety of focusing functions for refined accuracy, including Lock-on AF, which maintains focus on moving subjects throughout the use of a configurable frame that is set over the desired moving subject, and Expand Flexible Spot, which employs neighboring focus points to retain focus on moving subjects even if the originally selected point loses focus. Additionally, Eye AF can be used to base focus on recognized subjects' eyes for portraits and is available in both AF-S and AF-C modes. Autofocus can also be used in conjunction with the Focus Magnifier function for critical focus when homing in on minute subject details.

    In addition to autofocus, the a6500 also features a Peaking MF function to benefit manual focus control by highlighted sharp edges of contrast for a more objective means of acquiring sharp focus.
    UHD 4K Video Recording
    Internal recording of UHD 4K movies is possible in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps and, based on the Super35mm recording area and effective 20MP (6000 x 3376) resolution, 2.4x oversampling renders greater detail and full pixel readout is possible, that is void of pixel binning, for higher quality imagery with reduced moiré and aliasing. Full HD 1080p recording is also supported in frame rates up to 120 fps, and both resolutions utilize the 100 Mbps XAVC S format contained within an MP4 wrapper with 4:2:0 sampling. The high-speed, 120 fps recording also enables 4x and 5x slow-motion movie recording with the frame rate set to either 30p or 24p. In addition to high-resolution internal recording, uncompressed HDMI output also enables the use of an optional external recorder for clean 4K recording with 4:2:2 sampling.

    4K video recording also avails the ability to produce 8MP stills during playback by taking a frame grab from a movie and storing it as a separate file.
    Custom Color Profiles and S-Log3 Gamma
    Support is available for the S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log-3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3 profiles that enable up to a 1300% wider dynamic range for smoother tonal and color gradations, along with enhanced sensitivity and clarity in shadows and mid-tones. These profiles also lend themselves to greater compatibility within a professional workflow and are well-paired to the Cineon Log gamma curve for versatile post-production grading and color control. The S-Log3 gamma setting also offers an impressive 14-stop wide dynamic range for greater control over the highlights and shadows, while the S-Gamut3.Cine profile can be used to mimic the qualities of scanned negative film with a wide gamut comparable to the DCI-P3 color space. Additionally, the popular S-Log2 setting is also available.
    Slow & Quick Motion
    Take more control over your video capture capabilities with a variety of new frame rates available in an S&Q mode. This will allow shooters to capture Full HD video at one of either steps between 1-120 fps. These settings will allow you to slow down action as well as speed up a slow moving scene. This setting is also NTSC/PAL switchable.
    Zebra and Gamma Display Assist
    An enhanced Zebra function is ideally suited to working with S-Log gamma profiles and aids in monitoring exposure values in high-contrast scenes. Video signal level targets can be set from 0 to 109, and specific ranges can be set to make exposure level adjustments easier.

    In contrast, a Gamma Display Assist function is also available that displays scenes with natural contrast when recording with S-Log settings. This function converts imagery to the ITU709 profile for easier on-camera monitoring.
    Time Code and User Bit Settings
    A time code can be used to record hours, minutes, seconds, frames on image data for more precise editing while the User Bit function can record date, time, and scene number to aid in editing together footage from multiple cameras.
    Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
    • A robust magnesium alloy body offers a durable profile, and also incorporates dust and moisture seals to protect against harsh environments. This durability is carried over to the shutter's design, too, which is rated to withstand more than 200,000 cycles.
    • The XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder offers a bright, high-resolution means for eye-level monitoring, and also sports a dedicated 120 fps mode for smoother viewing when tracking moving subjects.
    • A 3.0" 921.6k-dot LCD touchscreen can be tilted 90° upward or 45° downward to suit working from high and low angles. The screen also incorporates White Magic technology with an RGBW pixel structure for increased brightness to support use in daylight conditions.
    • The touchscreen design avails access to Touch Focus control, for immediate focus point selection, as well as a Touchpad function which lets you smoothly and intuitively select a focus point on the screen while you're looking into the viewfinder.
    • Nine customizable buttons can be set to control more than 64 functions for more intuitive handling.
    • The included NP-FW50 rechargeable lithium-ion is rated for 350 shots per charge when working with the viewfinder, or 400 shots per charge with the LCD screen.
    • In addition to the battery, the a6500 can also be powered via a USB connection to a computer or mobile battery. This connection can also be used to charge the battery.
    • A rigid metal lens mount better supports working with larger, heavier lens designs.
    • An ergonomic grip structure is ideal for long shooting sessions and facilitates easy access to the main control buttons and dials.
    • Built-in Wi-Fi enables the a6500 to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices; no complex set-up is required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and remotely control the camera's shutter.
    • Bluetooth connectivity allows for location data acquisition.
    • PlayMemories Camera Apps are also supported via the built-in Wi-Fi connection, and allow you to personalize the camera's features depending on specific shooting styles. Apps are available to suit creating portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot, and other specific types of imagery.
    Other Camera Features
    • Highlight and Average metering modes helps avoid blown-out highlights and provide stable auto exposure, respectively.
    • Exposure standard adjustment allows you to tween exposure parameters for each metering mode independently from -1 to +1 EV in 1/6-stop increments.
    • A Silent Shooting mode makes use of an electronic shutter function for completely silent performance that is ideal for photographing in noise-sensitive areas. When using this mode, up to 3 fps continuous shooting is available with autofocus and auto-exposure.
    • Multi Frame NR records consecutive images at a reduced ISO sensitivity and then composites them into a single image to realize higher effective sensitivity with minimal image noise.
    • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) works to improve images featuring backlit subjects or scenes with high contrast where details can be lost in the shadows or highlights. This mode can be controlled automatically or fine-tuned using five settings.
    • Auto HDR automatically records three sequential frames of an image and composites them into a single frame to realize greater shadow and highlight detail with an extended range of mid-tones.
    • An advanced 1200-zone evaluative exposure metering sensor delivers consistent and accurate results using multi-segment, center-weighted, or spot metering modes.
    • When working with ISO Auto settings, you can configure a minimum shutter speed setting to better ensure sharp imagery.
    • Clear Image Zoom can be used to magnify the center of scenes by 2x to effectively extend the reach of any focal length lens. This digital zoom technology uses an intelligent interpolation process to minimize the amount of image degradation in order to produce realistic, high-quality images.
    • Picture Effect: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
    • Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, and Sepia; contrast, saturation, and sharpness can be adjusted across +/- 3 steps.
    UPC: 027242895706
  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card

    Designed for SD devices that can capture Full HD, 3D, and 4K video, as well as RAW and burst photography, the 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card from SanDisk has a capacity of 32GB, is compatible with the UHS-I bus, and features a speed class rating of V30, which guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. If your device does not support the V30 standard, this card also supports the U3 standard, which also guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. Read speeds are supported up to 95 MB/s and write speeds max out at 90 MB/s.

    Built for extreme conditions, SanDisk's 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card is water, shock, x-ray, and temperature proof to help protect your data. A built-in write protect switch further helps to safeguard your content, while advanced Error Correction Code engine offers improved data integrity and card reliability during read and write operations. This memory card includes downloadable RescuePRO data recovery software, which is good for one year of use and helps you restore accidentally deleted images. The card is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

    General Features

    Up to 90 MB/s Write Speed for Burst-Mode Performance
    With write speeds up to 90 MB/s (600x) and read speeds up to 95 MB/s (633x), this card exploits your DSLR's potential for continuous burst-mode shooting. Engineered with Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) bus architecture, it is designed to meet and exceed rigorous performance standards.
    32GB for Uninterrupted Video Capture at UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)
    This UHS-I card has a capacity of 32GB and delivers write speeds of up to 90 MB/s UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) recording speed for high resolution, real-world color and stutter-free 4K Ultra HD video from your DSLR, advanced digital, or HD video camera. Additionally, this card's capacity means you can shoot for longer periods of time.
    4K Ultra HD Ready
    4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) provides exceptional clarity, but capturing it without interruption requires greater speed and storage than previous generations of imaging cards provide. This 32GB Extreme PRO card delivers both speed and capacity, so the video you shoot today is ready for 4K Ultra HD televisions and monitors.
    Up to 95 MB/s Read Speed Helps Streamline Post-Production
    Fast data transfer speeds takes the wait out of most everything you do with your videos after you shoot them. Upload large media files from card to computer very quickly.
    Error Correction for Enhanced Reliability
    The card's built-in Advanced Wear Leveling and Error Correction Code engine enhances endurance and reliability.
    Extreme Durability Helps Meet Climate Challenges
    SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I cards are shockproof, X-ray proof, and waterproof, and ready to handle whatever life throws at them. You can capture memories in almost any climate, as the card operates in temperatures ranging from -13 to 185°F.
    UPC: 619659147655
  • Manfrotto Metropolitan Camera Backpack (Black)

    Comfortably transport, store, and protect your medium DSLR/mirrorless camera, up to three lenses, 70-200mm f/4 lens, and related accessories with the black Metropolitan Camera Backpack from Manfrotto. The pack features an inner pocket for an up to 15" laptop/tablet, multiple interior and exterior pockets, organizer, and an external camera tripod connection. Photographers will appreciate the padded touch-fastening dividers, coated bottom material, and water-resistant fabric construction. Carry the pack with the top handle, or wear with the padded shoulder straps, sternum strap, and padded back panel.

    UPC: 719821434337
  • Watson NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1100mAh)

    The Watson NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack works with the same cameras as the Sony NP-FW50. This replacement battery pack features a capacity of 1100mAh, 7.4V of output power and 8.14 watt-hours. Small and lightweight, lithium-ion batteries can be charged or discharged at any time without developing memory effect.

    Compatible Cameras
  • Alpha a3000
  • Alpha a5000
  • Alpha a5100
  • Alpha a6000
  • Alpha a6500
  • Alpha a7
  • Alpha a7R
  • Alpha a7S
  • Alpha A560
  • Alpha A580
  • Alpha DSC-RX10
  • Alpha ILCE-QX1
  • Alpha NEX-3
  • Alpha NEX-3N
  • Alpha NEX-5
  • Alpha NEX-5N
  • Alpha NEX-5R
  • Alpha NEX-5T
  • Alpha NEX-6
  • Alpha NEX-7
  • Alpha NEX-C3
  • Alpha NEX-F3
  • Alpha SLT-A33
  • Alpha SLT-A35
  • DSC-RX10
  • ILCE-QX1
  • UPC: 847628544314
In the Box
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
    Imaging
    Lens Mount Sony E
    Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 25 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
    Maximum Resolution 6000 x 4000
    Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
    Sensor Type CMOS
    Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    Image File Format JPEG, RAW
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 25600 (Extended: 100 to 51200)
    Shutter Speed Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
    1/4000 to 30 Seconds 
    Bulb Mode 
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
    Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
    Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
    Metering Range -2 to 20 EV
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
    Continuous Shooting Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 233 Exposures (JPEG)
    Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 301 Exposures (JPEG)
    Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 107 Exposures (Raw)
    Up to 8 fps at 24.2 MP
    Up to 6 fps at 24.2 MP
    Up to 3 fps at 24.2 MP
    Self Timer 2/5/10-Second Delay
    Video
    Recording Modes AVCHD
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50p/59.94p [28 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24p/25p/50i/59.94i [24 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24p/25p/50i/59.94i [17 Mb/s] 
    MP4
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50p/59.94p [28 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 25p/29.97p [16 Mb/s] 
    HD (1280 x 720) at 25p/29.97p [6 Mb/s] 
    XAVC S
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 100p/120p [60 to 100 Mb/s] 
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [50 Mb/s] 
    External Recording Modes 4:2:2 8-Bit
    UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p
    Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/50i/50p/59.94i/59.94p
    Recording Limit Up to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
    Video Encoding NTSC/PAL
    Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
    External Microphone Input
    Audio File Format AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
    Focus
    Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
    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
    Autofocus Sensitivity -1 to +20 EV
    Viewfinder and Monitor
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Size 0.39"
    Viewfinder Resolution 2,359,296 Dot
    Viewfinder Eye Point 23 mm
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.07x
    Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +3.0
    Monitor Size 3"
    Monitor Resolution 921,600 Dot
    Monitor Type Tilting Touchscreen LCD
    Flash
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Flash Modes Auto, Fill Flash, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless
    Guide Number 19.69' / 6 m at ISO 100
    Maximum Sync Speed 1/160 Second
    Flash Compensation -3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
    Interface
    Memory Card Slot 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Connectivity 3.5mm Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 2.0
    Wireless Wi-Fi
    GPS None
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Physical
    Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1" / 120 x 66.9 x 53.3 mm (Excluding Protrusions)
    Weight 15.98 oz / 453 g (Body with Battery and Memory)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 5.8 x 5.25"
  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card
    Card Type SDHC
    Storage Capacity 32 GB
    Bus Type UHS-I
    Speed Class 10
    UHS Speed Class U3
    Speed (X-rating) 633x
    Bus Interface Speed UHS Class I
    Data Transfer Read Speed: 95 MB/s Maximum (Burst)
    Write Speed: 90 MB/s Maximum (Burst)
    Write Speed: 30 MB/s Minimum
    Durability Shockproof, Temperature Extremes, Waterproof, X-Ray Proof
    Operating Temperature -13 to 185°F/ -25 to 85°C
    Storage Temperature -40 to 185°F/ -40 to 85°C
    Error Correction Yes
    Built-in Write-Protect Switch Yes
    Wireless Capability None
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.7 x 4.0 x 0.8"
  • Manfrotto Metropolitan Camera Backpack (Black)
    Features Adjustable Interior Dividers, Laptop Compartment, Removable Interior Dividers, Tripod Holder
    Carrying/Transport Options Backpack Straps, Sternum Strap, Top Handle
    Compartments
    Compartment Dimensions 9.8 x 3.9 x 7.9" / 24.9 x 9.9 x 20.1 cm
    Laptop Compartment Screen Size 15.0"
    Exterior
    Exterior Dimensions 11.02 x 5.91 x 18.11" / 27.99 x 15.01 x 46 cm
    Type of Closure Zipper
    Water Resistance Water-Resistant Material
    Interior
    Interior Dimensions 10.83 x 3.94 x 17.72" / 27.51 x 10.01 x 45.01 cm
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.9 x 16.15 x 7.4"
  • Watson NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1100mAh)
    Battery
    Capacity (Wh) 8.14 Wh
    Amp-Hours 1100 mAh
    Chemistry Lithium-Ion
    Output Voltage 7.4 VDC
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.2 x 1.4 x 0.5" / 5.6 x 3.6 x 1.3 cm
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.4 x 3.2 x 1.1"

Sony A6500 Reviews

Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body with Free Accessory Kit is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 275.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony a6500: It does everything I want. I have had a Sony a 6000 for 2 years (still working great) and decided to get a second and better camera. Since I jumped from 6000 to 6500, I find most changes great, in particular: the mic input jack; the silent shooting mode; the fact that you can now shoot video from your phone with the remote control app (the 6000 could only take pictures); the better grip; the 4K video mode (which means you can crop post-facto and still get HD quality); the weatherproof body (still untested). What is still a bit cumbersome: the menu system; the lack of headphone jack. Overall, this camera is perfect for me, good at stills and good at video, my two favorite activities
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Nice Step Up from my A6000 The A6000 is a terrific camera, and it will be a nice backup for my new A6500. Primarily, the thing I like best about the A6500 is the new image stabilization, which allows me to use lenses that don't have it. I've just had the camera for a few days, and it is taking me a while to get used to the new menu, but the cloud is gradually lifting, and I think I'll like it better once I'm used to it. One thing I don't like about the A6000 is the viewfinder's eyepiece cup, which refuses to stay on; this has been corrected with the A6500. My main camera is a Nikon D610, but I find myself using the A6500 more and more, since it's easier on my neck, and it takes great shots.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suprising Power in Miniature Quite a powerful camera for the size, this thing literally fits in your palm. Most lenses will be bigger and heavier than it. Impressive image quality, superb build quality, and highly versatile. Sure, battery life is lacking, but there are plenty of workarounds from extra batteries to external power banks, and it's worth it for the features and size. Menu system has a learning curve but not bad. In all this camera affords a much higher level of quality than any Canon model at this price range, in a much smaller package. If small-profile, run and gun, polished filmmaking is your bill, this is an excellent purchase.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless All I can say is WOW! Coming from Canon 60D to this with the 18-200 LE lens. The pics are beautiful from near to far. Also added the 50mm f1.8 for portraits. I just realized what I have been missing all these years. I am just an excited amateur photographer with a new toy. The a6500 fits perfectly in the hand, has the right weight and balance. Although its expensive, the seamless experience in taking the pics and 4k videos definitely justifies the cost. Very happy with purchase. The 3-axis Zhiyun Crane would be a great addition to this setup. As usual B&H shipped on the same day ordered and received it the next day. Buy it if you can afford it. You will be very happy.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best travel camera To cut to the chase , I compared images taken with this camera and Sony 10-18 led to my Nikon D810 with Tamron 15-30. The image quality is very close with very slight advantage of Nikon in micro details only visible at 100% magnification on very good monitor. When downscaled to typical for Web format -no difference. The difference in weight of equipment is drastic. I would not hesitate taking Sony and that lens on Amy hiking trip , it?s so light. As for Nikon plus decent wide angle - it?s a beast to carry around while day. For me, minuscule difference in image detail does not justify the cost or weight. Make sure to keep Sony in Airplane mode to save battery life.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good! I've made the switch from the Canon world to the mirrorless land of Sony. It is vastly different and there is definitely a learning curve, but this camera is so much more powerful and I'm in awe at what it can do! Slowly but surely I'm learning my way around the menus and figuring out the back buttons. The images I'm getting so far are so much sharper and have far more depth that I was getting from my Rebel. I'm very happy that after making the switch I'm not disappointed, but very excited about the possibilities! The one downside is battery life and charging; this camera eats batteries fast and an external charger is not included with the camera. To charge you have to plug the camera in, so I ended up buying an external charger.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lot of camera in a small package. I have been showing with Sony cameras for a number of years. I have the a7r and a a6000. Both cameras have served me well for different reasons. Why did I buy the a6500? Not in any particular order, 1. the more advanced auto focus, 2. the size of the buffer, 3. in camera image stabilization, 4. eye autofocus, 5. 4K video, 6. touch screen focus, and 7. silent shutter. As with the a6000 the smaller form factor. With the form factor and silent shutter you do not draw as much attention to yourself when shooting. For me that is a big deal. The camera has a more robust build than the a6000. For me this is a photographer's camera if you have gotten past mine's bigger than yours. Last and most important the image quality is amazing.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very good camera with a small footprint I purchased a Sony a6500 and 16-70mm f/4 lens for travel. I wanted something that was not to big and heavy but would still produce excellent image quality. I have been using this combination for a few weeks now and have become quite familiar with navigating the menus and accessing functions. The camera is easy to control and the results compare favorably to my much larger and heavier Canon 5D Mk III with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. I agonized over the choice for quite a while prior to purchasing but could not be happier with my choice. This little camera does everything I ask of it and produces great images.
Date published: 2018-02-12
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does the a6500 have a digital level gauge?

does the a6500 have a digital level gauge?
Asked by: Dennis
Yes, you can change the display to show a digital level in the LCD and the EVF.
Answered by: ned
Date published: 2019-03-15

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What is the shipping mass (weight) for the a6500 with free accessory kit?
Asked by: Cristian T.
The total kit weight is just under 3 lbs. However, the shipping weight cannot be determined until it is in the hands of the carrier and a tracking number has been issued for the shipment.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Is it possible to have the A6500 display on a laptop while shooting video? If so, what equipment/software is needed to get this set up? TIA
Asked by: Alisha F.
A laptop has a nice electronic display and one would naturally think it could show video just like a TV. However a laptop is a computer (with a display) and not a TV. Therefore you have to convert the video signal into one the computer can understand. Enter the Magewell XI100DUSB HDMI USB 3.0 Capture Dongle B&H # MA100USBHDMI. It is plug and play for PC or Mac. Or for less money and for Mac only there is the Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder Capture Device B&H # BLUSMINIREC.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I am looking at getting one of these and I’m ...

I am looking at getting one of these and I’m wondering how fast of an SD card will really matter. Card prices for 64gb ranging from $30-120 and don’t want to buy the high end cards if they won’t really make a difference.
Asked by: Kier
Hi Kier, The A6500 camera only support up to UHS-I speed but the you have the option to purchase UHS-II if you want to. The only advantage of UHS-II will be when you transfer the picture into your computer this one is faster. I hope this helps. -Jen
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2018-12-26

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Could you use a6500 as a b-camera with an A7s ii in an interview? The reason I ask is the a6500 under specs says: 3840 x 2160p at 24, 25, 30 fps (100 Mbps XAVC S) and the a7s ii says: 3840 x 2160p at 23.98, 25, 29.97 fps (100 Mbps XAVC S) Those are not identical specs. For example: a7s ii is 23.98 and a6500 says 24?
Asked by: ronsterfilm
All cameras that say 24 FPS in video are actually 23.98. This is the same with the a6500. It will make an excellent choice for a B-camera.
Answered by: Jacob C.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Can the touchscreen be used for focus assist in MF mode or vintage glass?
Asked by: Nicholas
You can use the LCD screen in Live View mode to focus manually in the conventional way or you can use focus Peaking. This is a valuable tool. It highlights the contrast of edges so you know what is in and what is not in focus.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Is it possible to record at 120fps internally while still using an external monitor for viewing?
Asked by: Brian L.
Yes, using an external monitor should have no effect on internal recording speed.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Is the silent shutter completely silent like the ...

Is the silent shutter completely silent like the a6300? This is important to me for wedding and BTS shooting.
Asked by: David
Hi David, yes it is. There is no mechanical noise with its silent shutter. Regards, -Mark
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2018-12-14
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