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Sony Alpha A6500 Compact System Camera (5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilisation, 11 fps, 425 Points Hybrid Autofocus, Touchscreen, 24.2 MP APS-C Exmor, 4K Movie) Body Only - Black
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- Five-axis in-body stabilisation for effective compensation of various type of shakes with any lenses mounted
- 11fps continuous shooting for over 20 seconds with large buffer and 005 second fast autofocus
- Touch panel operation for quick and intuitive AF area selection in either LCD or Viewfinder shooting
- 242 MP APS-C sensor Exmor with BIONZ X processor and front-end LSI for high image quality
- 425 phase-detection AF points with High-density tracking AF
- With 425 focal plane phase-detection AF points
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|Connectivity Technology||DC-in jack||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Display Size||0.39 inch||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||24.2 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||24.3||24.3 megapixels||24.3||24.3 megapixels|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Item Dimensions||5.33 x 12 x 6.69 cm||4.88 x 12 x 6.69 cm||4.5 x 12 x 6.7 cm||4.5 x 12 x 6.7 cm||3.58 x 6.27 x 10.9 cm||1.2 m x 45 cm x 67 cm|
|Item Weight||453 grams||361 grams||285 grams||285 grams||224 grams||344 grams|
|Max Focal Length||75 mm||50 mm||50 mm||50 mm||50 mm||0 mm|
|Min Focal Length||—||16 mm||16 mm||16 mm||16 mm||16 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24.2 megapixels||24.2||24.3 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||24.7 megapixels|
|Removable Memory||Memory Stick; Secure Digital Card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital Card; Secure Digital Card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital Card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital Card; Secure Digital Card||Memory Stick||Memory Stick; Secure Digital Card; Secure Digital Card|
|Special Feature||Auto Exposure (AE) lock^Auto Focus (AF) lock^Auto focusing (AF) modes: AI Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, One Shot Focus^Battery level indicator^Battery life:350 shots^Bluetooth^Built-in microphone^Built-in speaker(s)^Contrast adjustment^Dioptre correction^External flash connector^Eye Relief:2.3 cm^Field of vision:100%^Flash exposure compensation^Flash metering modes: Wireless triggering^GPS^Hand strap^Histogram^LED indicators^Light metering: Highlight-weighted, Spot^Live view^Mounting Type:Bayonet^Multi-shot^Near Field Communication (NFC)^Operating temperature range:0 - 40 °C^Saturation adjustment^Scene modes:Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Sunset^Self-timer: Copper ethernet cabling technology: 2,5,10 s^Sill image capture resolution:L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 4240 x 2832 (12M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)\nL: 6000 x 3376 (20 M), M: 4240 x 2400 (10 M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1 M)^Smile detection^Touch sensitive screen^Vari-angle LCD display^Video recording^Voice recording^bluetooth: 4.1||Auto Exposure (AE) lock^Auto focusing (AF) modes: Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus^Battery life:400 shots^Built-in microphone^Built-in speaker(s)^Camera playback^Contrast adjustment^Dioptre correction^Filter size4 cm^Flash exposure compensation^Flash exposure lock^Hand strap^Histogram^Light metering: Centre-weighted^Multi-shot^Near Field Communication (NFC)^Operating temperature range:0 - 40 °C^Orientation sensor^Scene modes:Landscape, Night, Panorama, Portrait, Sports^Self-timer^Self-timer:Copper ethernet cabling technology: 2,5,10 s^Sill image capture resolution:6000 x 4000, 4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000, 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 1688^Vari-angle LCD display^Video recording^Voice recording^lens structure:9/8||Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority|
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Sony Alpha A6500 APS-C E-mount Camera (5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilisation, 11fps, 425 Points Hybrid AF, Touchscreen, 24.2 MP APS-C Exmor, 4K Movie) - Black.
A6500 Camera Body
Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50
AC Adaptor: AC-UUD12
Accessory shoe cap
Micro USB cable
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24.2 MP Exmor CMOS image sensor
The α6500 features an APS-C image sensor with approximately 24.2 effective megapixels plus thin wiring layer and large photodiode substrate for light collection efficiency. Combined with BIONZ X image processing engine, the image sensor achieves a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200 with low noise. The sensor’s quick-transmission copper wiring layer helps the camera to shoot movies in 4K and Full HD at 120 fps (100 fps).
425 phase-detection AF points with High-density Tracking AF
With 425 focal plane phase-detection AF points helping to provide distinctively wide and dense AF point coverage, the α6500 focuses accurately, efficiently and reliably on subjects throughout the frame. Also, High-density Tracking AF Technology seamlessly activates AF points to cover and track subjects moving within frame with unerring precision.
With 425 focal plane phase-detection AF points
The α6500 features the world's fastest (0.05 sec.) AF speed. Such speed is achieved by integrating the Fast Hybrid AF’s autofocusing performance plus the BIONZ X image processing engine’s highly efficient, accurate handling of information. This makes for highly fast, accurate AF and tracking performance when shooting movies or stills. (1) Point of focus (2) Contrast-detection AF (3) Phase-detection AF.
In-body 5-axis image stabilisation
The α6500 compensates for five types of camera shake, extending opportunities to shoot steadier still images and movies. The high-accuracy gyro sensor provides an image stabilisation effect equivalent to a five-steps-faster shutter speed. The camera enables you to zoom in on faraway subjects, snap detailed close-ups, capture night scenes and more ― all with minimal camera shake blur. (1) Yaw (2) Pitch (3) Roll.
Up to 307 images (over 35 seconds) in continuous shooting
Huge buffer for up to 307 images (over 35 seconds) in continuous shooting.
PlayMemories Camera Apps
Express photographs more creatively with PlayMemories Camera Apps, the application download service that lets you add new functions to your camera’s feature set. Choose among Time-lapse for recording images at intervals and combining them, Smart Remote Control for control of settings from a smartphone or tablet, Sky HDR (high-dynamic-range-imaging), Star Trail, Liveview Grading, Smooth Reflection and other apps. Note: Services availability depends on region.
Intuitive Touch Focus even with your eye to the viewfinder
Touch Focus makes focus point selection more intuitive ― simply use a finger to touch the LCD touchscreen at the point of the image that you want to focus on. The Touch Pad function lets you shift the focus point smoothly by swiping a finger on the touchscreen, even while viewing the viewfinder.
4K movie recording
4K movie recording in 35 mm format with full pixel readout and no pixel binning allows approximately 2.4 times as much information as is basically required for 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160). Data this rich is, in fact, equivalent to 6K data, so it clearly conveys high resolution in 4K images.
Eye AF (AF-C compatible)
The α6500 features the Eye AF function that detects an eye and focuses on it with pinpoint accuracy even when shooting with a fast lens with aperture fully open and therefore with shallow depth of field. Eye AF also works in AF-C mode, so even if the subject moves, the wide coverage of the high-density 425-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor maintains very accurate focus on the eyes.
This function maintains focus on a moving subject automatically. Simply align the target frame and the subject to be tracked. If you lose track of the subject, the camera can detect that subject and resume the Lock-on AF function when the subject reappears on the screen.
Slow and Quick Motion
Up to 5x Slow Motion and up to 60x Quick Motion can be recorded at up to 50 Mbps in high-quality Full HD in camera. You can choose among eight shooting frame rates ranging from 1 fps to 120 fps (100 fps) as well as 24p, 30p (25p) or 60p (50p) recording format. Slow Motion and Quick Motion footage can be played back after it is shot, without PC-based post-production processing.
AF in Focus Magnifier
You can use autofocus even while enlarging a selected image area on the viewfinder or LCD screen, for finer adjustment of focus, for example. This is suitable for macro shooting, when accurate focusing is crucial.
|Image sensor size||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm) 'Exmor' APS HD CMOS sensor||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm) Exmor CMOS sensor||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm) Exmor CMOS sensor||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm) Exmor CMOS sensor||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm), Exmor CMOS sensor|
|Movie recording||Full HD/50p, AVCHD||Full HD/50p, X AVC-S||Full HD/50p, X AVC-S||4K/25p, X AVC-S||4K/25p, X AVC-S|
|Autofocus||Contrast||179-points Hybrid AF||179-points Hybrid AF||425-points Hybrid AF||425-points Hybrid AF|
|Cont shooting||3.5fps||6fps||11fps||11fps||11 fps|
|LCD monitor||460K 3.0" Tilt||921K 3.0" Tilt/Touch||921K 3.0" Tiltable||921K 3.0" Tiltable||921K 3.0" Tiltable/Touch|
|Viewfinder||No||No||100% OLED 1440k||100% OLED 2360k||100% OLED 2360k|
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The bottom line is what you will use the camera for - For me its for taking images of my family, holidays and all the family functions you can imagine in terrible light, therefore it ticks all the boxes with the added bonus of being small enough to want to take it out with me.
Does not require a flash in most conditions
Overheating in 4k video
As an enthusiast who typically shoots moving subjects, autofocus and tracking is very important which ruled out a return to Panasonic. I purchased coming from the a6300 which, some people argue, is a minor upgrade. However, if you consider IBIS (stabilisation) to open up non-stabilised lenses as well as hand-holding whilst recording, buffer improvements (from 22 RAW to 100+) for action shots, and tap to focus (perfect for racking focus in video) then you won't regret it. The slight changes to ergonomics and extra custom button also make a positive difference.
Yes the battery life is not great. In fact it drops a touch form the a6300 due to IBIS needing power. I carry 4 batteries and have no issue swapping them out. I typically shoot both stills and video clips of 10 minutes max. I've not come across any heat issues but you may experience this if you're going longer. Despite these niggles and the presence of rolling shutter, the positives far outweigh those and my shooting style is not compromised.
This really is a camera that will suit most people in most situations.
The lcd display is rather primitively constructed is good for looking up or down at the camera but little else. Compared to the nikon which can pivot in all directions including sideways facing front and even reversing the screen so the lcd is shut up against the camera back and protected when you don't want to use it.
I'm using Sony SELP1670 lens which is giving really good results compared to my older Nikon's Sigma 18-200, despite not reaching 200 mm. I plan to buy a much longer lens at some point. Meanwhile the hi res sensor enables me to crop instead.
Other cool features include an additional "superior" auto mode which in addition to normal automation chooses appropriate scene settings according to conditions such as lighting, distance etc.other modes include taking several pictures in quick succession and automatically combining them into one better picture. A very modern camera!
The focus speed with E-mount lenses is excellent and the touch screen movement of focus point is a great improvement over [e.g.] A6000.
The build quality is good and the menu system 'typical Sony'. It is difficult to know how so many options could be organised differently on any camera.
The big downer is the price.