Sony a6500 detailed: taking a6300 and APS-C to a new level

Chris Burns - Oct 6, 2016, 10:48am CDT
Sony a6500 detailed: taking a6300 and APS-C to a new level

This week Sony launched a new flagship camera for the powerful APS-C Sensor, one called a6500 (AKA model ILCE-6500). This machine is the next big push after the a6300, and uses the same “unrivaled” 4D FOCUS system as that camera. This camera works with an APS-C sized 24.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS camera sensor paired with Sony’s own BIONZ X image processor as well as a brand new front-end LSI system for a massive ISO range of 100-51200.* This is also the newest in a line of Sony interchangeable lens cameras with internal 4K movie recording.

The a6500 is able to shoot 4K movies internally with Super 35mm formatting “on the full width of the image sensor.” While shooting this video, the camera collects approximately 2.4x (20MP equivalent) as many pixels as standard 4K, “then oversamples the information to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth.”

*Sony notes that the standard ISO range for this camera is 100-25600 for both still photos and movies, while ISO is expandable up to ISO 51200 for still photos only.

This camera can shoot Full HD at 120fps at up to 100 Mbps, and comes with a “Slow and Quick” mode that makes slow motion and quick motion recording easy to capture. This system allows anywhere from 1fps to 120fps recording.

Wi-fi, Bluetooth, QR-code, and NFC capabilities come with this camera, as well as connectivity to Sony’s own PlayMemories Mobile applications (for both iOS and Android).

This camera works with 5-axis stabilization. This is the first time 5-axis stabilization has been offered on a Sony camera with APS-C sensor, making this the best camera with said sensor for capturing video while moving and keeping steady with long shutter speeds.

There’s a touchscreen on this machine as well. Also it’s just a bit bigger than its predecessor, to fit in the extra gear.

The Sony a6500 camera will be shipping for approximately $1,400 USD this November. This camera will be available at a wide variety of retailers at that time.


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