Sony Alpha a6500 Review

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Main Features

  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 5-axis Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 2359k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 11 fps continuous shooting
  • 4K 3840 x 2160 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 120 x 67 x 53 mm, 453g.
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  • Replaced: Alpha a6300

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Sony Alpha a6500 Overview

First introduced in October, 2016, Sony Alpha a6500 is a 24 MP Mirrorless with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Sony replaced the older Sony A6300 with Alpha a6500. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony A6500 with Sony A6300

Sony A6500 comes with a 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 28.21 mm (1.1").

- Full Frame
- Sony Alpha a6500

Sensor resolution of Sony A6500 ~ 6019 x 3986 pixels.

Sony A6500 has Crop Factor: 1.53

The sensor has a surface area of 366.6 mm².

There are approximate 23,991,734 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Sony A6500 Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Sony Alpha a6600 Sony A6600 2019 24MP 100 - 32000 503g 120 x 67 x 69mm
Sony Alpha a6100 Sony A6100 2019 24MP 100 - 32000 396g 120 x 67 x 59mm
Sony Alpha a6400 Sony A6400 2019 24MP 100 - 32000 403g 120 x 67 x 60mm
Sony Alpha a6500 Sony A6500 2016 24MP 100 - 25600 453g 120 x 67 x 53mm
Sony Alpha a6300 Sony A6300 2016 24MP 100 - 25600 404g 120 x 67 x 49mm

Proc and Cons of Sony A6500

Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sony Alpha a6500 with competitors in semi-pro mirrorless cameras.

Built-in Wireless
NFC Connectivity
Tilting Screen
3840 x 2160 (4K) Max Video Resolution
AF Face Detection
24MP High Resolution Sensor
922k dots Screen Resolution
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
453g Light Body
Environmental Sealing
425 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Remote Control with a Smartphone
Bluetooth Connectivity
5-axis Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
Touch Screen
External Flash
RAW Support
25600 Max Native ISO
11.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
1/4000s Electronic Shutter Speed
Microphone Port
2359k dot Viewfinder Resolution
5 AE Bracketing Range
Focus Bracketing
No Articulating Screen
Low Battery Life: 350 shots
Type Scores

Sony Alpha a6500 has an Overall Score of 75/100 and ranked #69 out of 214 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #112 out of 1222 in all cameras.

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Physical Dimensions of Sony A6500

Sony Alpha a6500 weighs 453g and has external dimensions of 120 x 67 x 53mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 2.09"). Considering that the average weight of Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras is 444g, Sony A6500 is 9 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category. Sony A6500 is less by 6mm more than the average length in Semi-Pro Mirrorless.

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Here is the front and top view image of Sony Alpha a6500 with the dimensions:

Sony Alpha a6500

Size Compared to Major Competitors

Model Weight Alpha a6500 Dimensions Alpha a6500
Sony Alpha a6300 Sony A6300 404 g 453 g 120 x 67 x 49 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Sony Alpha a6000 Sony A6000 344 g 453 g 120 x 67 x 45 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Sony Alpha A7 II Sony A7 II 599 g 453 g 127 x 96 x 60 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Sony Alpha a6400 Sony A6400 403 g 453 g 120 x 67 x 60 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Canon EOS 80D Canon 80D 730 g 453 g 139 x 105 x 79 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Sony Alpha A7 Sony A7 474 g 453 g 127 x 94 x 48 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Fujifilm X-T20 Fujifilm X-T20 383 g 453 g 118 x 83 x 41 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Sony Alpha A7R II Sony A7R II 625 g 453 g 127 x 96 x 60 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm

Specifications of Sony Alpha a6500

Brand Sony
Model Alpha a6500
Announced October, 2016
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens Mount Sony E
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1.5
Number of Lenses 116
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Resolution 922k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 2359
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 425
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 11.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 6.00
Flash Modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable), Hi-speed sync, Wireless
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 366.6 mm²
Sensor Resolution 24 MP
Max Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
Max Native ISO 25600
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 51200
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Center Weighted
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery Life 350 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NP-FW50
Weight 453 g
Physical Dimensions 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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