Camera Sony A6500 and-Mount – Review

The Sony Camera A6500 E-Mount is an unusual mirrorless camera “and ” without mirror”) E-mount from Sony. “Unusual” because it arrives a few months after the release of the Sony A6300, maybe the camera most desired of 2016, and already brings two significant new features to the line Alpha APS-C: the “SteadyShot INSIDE”, which is a stabilizer 5-axis, to avoid blurry photos in low-light conditions and assist you in recording videos, when the camera is held in the hands; and the LCD screen rear touch-sensitive, indispensable in the era of smartphones. A line of thought in shooting action, the Camera Sony A6500 E-Mount also brings the “front-end LSI” (large scale integration”), which combines effectively the image processor BIONZ X image sensor EXMOR, and allows more robust operation, with long sessions of shooting (the buffer is 4X larger), and also of recording 4K videos. Despite the Sony A6500 to keep the same focus system “4D focus” with 425 points, Stage and predictive control algorithm, and the same image of a 24MP 6000 x 4000 with copper wire, fast-read, the Sony Camera A6500 is better equipped for heavy-duty jobs.

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At 11.8 x 5 x 6.6 cm 453gr with battery and memory card, the Camera Sony A6500 E-Mount is almost the same size as the Sony A6300, despite having won the module stabilizer internal, mounted around the sensor. As the Cameras full frame Sony A7II (normal, R, and S) grew compared with the A7 originals, when they made the SteadyShot INSIDE in 2015, expect the same logic in Sony’s A6300 and A6500. Both are made around a block of magnesium solid, far superior to other mirrorless cameras out there. And the feeling of durability has increased in the new Sony Camera A6500 E-Mount: the Sony states have reinforced even more the base of the bayonet E-mount, and also declares to have implemented a shutter more durable, rated for at least 200,000 cycles (when used for the first curtain as electronic shutter).

Being of the same size of the Sony Camera A6300, in the hands of the experience of the Sony Camera Alpha A6500 E-Mount is also the same. The whole orientation of the controls is to the right hand around the hilt designed in the body, although it still does not allow an operation “one hand only”; there is a shortage of dials to allow for this. As well as in the Camera Sony A6000 and the Sony Camera A6300, the Sony Camera A6500 E-Mount has the panel above, “smooth”, with disks flush with the block, with no bulges as the Fujifilm, which increases the durability since no piece will receive force of a possible impact. While the use of the “disk flush” Sony is still questionable, since what is left is only the area “outside” of the body to rotate them, at least the “teeth” of friction have been redone in the new model, with a “standard XXX” cut in the metal; the A6000/A6300 has a vertical texture “|||” more slippery. But what we lose in usability we gain in portability, and no APS-C is so compact, and offers so many features.

While the Sony Camera A6300 was already a camera fast, Camera Sony A6500 E-Mount “builds” on top of this speed with a new system “front-end LSI” (large scale integration), which makes the bridge between the image sensor EXMOR and BIONZ processor X, increasing processing speed and decreasing the temperature of the assembly. Because of him, the Camera Sony Alpha A6500 E-Mount it is even more able to “take the hit” process intensive (continuous shooting, recording, 4K), all with no changes in design, for example, to dissipate heat. In practice the experience is largely the same as the Sony A6300, with a cycle of connect/disconnect between 2-3 seconds, which is a surprise by the addition of SteadyShot INSIDE: it delayed the boot of the A7II compared to the A7, the original, but this has not happened in the transition from the A6300 for the Sony Alpha A6500 E-Mount. Once connected, the Sony A6500 it is a bit faster to activate menus and trigger the shutter, that seems to be always ready for the next photo, since the camera find the focus of the lens (we’ll talk about the AF later). While the Sony A6500 still does not compare to the experience of a DSLR, which is always in “stand-by” without activating anything (nor the LCD screen, not the sensor), to a Sony A6500 is reasonable, with no major chances in the decisive moments.

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The Camera Sony Alpha A6500 E-Mount is far and away one of the cameras more “dense” in the buffer and shooting speed have already been tested by here, next to only the Camera Nikon D500; fantastic! Once connected, and as a mirrorless camera, the experience of the Sony Camera Alpha A6500 E-Mount is genuinely electronic. Different from DSLR’s in that you have a viewfinder optical through prisms and mirrors, for an experience that is organic, fluid, immediate between you and the subject, in the mirrorless cameras the lack of power translates into a electronic equipment necessarily operated by the screens (except the Leica and the Fuji X-Pro). Even though you may have experience of the viewfinder in mirrorless cameras, and you also be able to have the experience of the Live View in the DSLR, make no mistake: the two styles are essentially different from work, and a mirrorless camera will never be as smooth as a camera with the optical viewfinder of the truth. In the Camera A6500 E-Mount the Sony repeats the same panels of the sony A6300 with a viewfinder OLED with 2.360.000 points and 100% coverage of the image, bright, crisp and colourful, with the option of a refresh rate up to 120 frames per second; and an LCD panel rear of the tight 3” in 16:9, with a measly 921.000 points that, in addition to turn 90 ° up or 45º down, brings an addition to each time most common: sensitivity to the touch of the fingers.

The experience with the viewfinder electronic (EVF) of the Sony Camera Alpha A6500 E-Mount is the same as the Sony A6300: The good part is that the Sony didn’t skimp on the technology with a panel OLED 2.360.000 points of 0.39” extremely dense (imagine all of these points in a little smaller than the nail of your thumb), with the high contrast that we have known in the OLED (anyone who has used a mobile phone “Galaxy S” from Samsung, you know how it is), and the colors super saturated, in front of any LCD. Although the magnification is relatively small (1.07 x equivalent to 0.7 x of a DSLR, the same as an APS-C entry), away from the immersion that the Fujifilm does with the X-T2 (magnification 0.77 x), the screen of the Sony is very good. There are display options that show both basic things like focus points, the orientation of the camera and alerts, and sophisticated things like histograms, peaking (for manual focus) and also adjustments to the brightness automatic, automatic activation (just put the eye there and the screen connects), and even tone. On a day-to-day, this EVF is the best part of the experience of the Sony Camera Alpha A6500 E-Mount.

For those interested in recording video, the Camera Sony Alpha A6500 E-Mount continues the aggressiveness of the Sony in the photographic market hybrid, technically delivering camera most advanced of the story, in this price range. The resolution goes up to 2160P (3840×2160) 24fps mode S35mm with full read of the sensor 6K, lowered to 4K by pixel binning (!!!), or 30fps mode crop 1:1 (court of 1.23 x). 1080P (1920×1080) it will go up to 60fps mode S35mm, or 120fps with crop 1.14 x; in this case with variable speed 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60 and 120fps; all written up to 100mbps (12.5 MB/s) codec X-AVC S, packaged in a .MP4 with audio Linear-PCM. The processor BIONZ X provides curves for log gamma value and colour identical to the camcorders professional Sony (those from $35,000), with S-logging3 and S-gammut 2 that preserve up to 14 stops of dynamic range; although questionable in codec current 8-bit. On top of that we are able to record two concurrent files, a 4K and a 1080P, for example for sharing on social networks (by the Wi-Fi of the camera), or with the line editing, while the 4K original receive color treatment; in addition to the HDMI output, uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, active even during the internal recording to SD card.

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The resolution of the files that 4K video from the Sony Camera Alpha A6500 E-Mount are amazing for the price and portability. Here tested with the Lens Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS, a prime wide aperture and usually used two, three stops closed at the peak of the resolution, the video from the Camera Sony Alpha A6500 E-Mount is the most detailed ever tested in the photographic world. Yes, there are more details Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Nikon D500 and Fujifilm X-T2; all more expensive than the Sony A6500 Even with the default profiles turned off, that are aggressive in sharpening artificial sensor, this thing is awesome to shoot landscapes with rich textures of stones, twigs, and leaves; amazing to shoot skin of models, actresses or presenters (properly red); incredible to shoot products and see them in panels UHD compatible. If your requirement is for resolution and sharpness, whether it be for a customer order today, or to prepare the portfolio for the resolution of tomorrow, do not think twice: this Camera Sony Alpha A6500 E-Mount is unbeatable for resolution.

Under ISOs low, the sensor of the Camera Sony Alpha A6500 E-Mount is awesome for generate detailed files and with dynamic range to spare, for adjustments reasonable. The display 100% of the pictures of 6000×4000 are “fun” on the computer screen, revealing all the textures of rocks, sand, objects; here tested with the Lens prime , And 50mm f/1.8 OSS, extremely sharp. Although the majority of these pixels “go away” with the “outputs” web today (Facebook, Instagram), it is interesting to see how we arrived at this level of quality in a product so affordable. Also it is at these ISOs low (up to 400) that the Camera-Sony Alpha A6500 E-Mount maintains the largest dynamic range of the sensor, with adjustments of lights and shadows in the exhibits complicated, without loss of quality. Here manipulated in Adobe Camera Raw, it is possible to play the “HDR” one click only, offsetting 100% of the shadows and blacks, revealing another exposure in the shadow areas. Is a and quiet to work. In ISOs low Camera Sony Alpha A6500 E-Mount is an excellent APS-C.

The Image Processor BIONZ X of the Camera Sony Alpha A6500 E-Mount is responsible for processing JPEG and 4K, with multiple profiles for photos (Creative Style) and videos (Picture Profile). And with the new “front-end LSI”, Sony promises the most processing power, which improves the quality of the image. The factory default “Standard” is “smart” with the sharpness sharp at all values of ISO, which reminds including cameras without the low-pass filter; that is not the case of the Sony Camera Alpha A6500 E-Mount. The pictures come with detailed “information” between areas of light and shadow, similar to the “Sharpening: 50” package from Adobe, which is quite high. There are options of “optimization” of shadows and highlights (DRO, dynamic range optimizer), which help in exhibitions tricky, especially against the light, with natural results directly on the JPEG. But it is in the aggressiveness of the processing against the noises, the output mode raw helps to keep details under ISOs high. The Sony insists on erasing any sign of the chroma together with the Luma noise, taking details of hair and textures, especially in portraits. So it’s good to turn it off in the camera and dealing on the computer, although even in the switch “OFF” the Camera Sony A6500 apply a light reduction. But on a day-to-day the JPEG are good: the front-end LSI actually makes a difference.

Conclusion On the Sony A6500

The Sony Camera A6500 E-Mount is an excellent APS-C, a video camera 24MP and image stabilization. He sits above the A6300 that look similar in the programming of Sony, by adding the ability of the touch screen and stabilization for enthusiasts willing to dig a little deeper into their pockets.


  • Small, light, fast, tough and makes great images.
  • Built-in Flash.
  • Viewfinder superb.
  • Two modes of recovery of memory in the display top.
  • Very good ergonomics.
  • Remote control through a phone app.
  • WiFi and NFC.
  • Totally silent in silent mode.