24.2MP of imaging innovation
The newly developed 24.2 MP (approx. effective) APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor features copper wiring and enhanced circuit processing that reduces the depth of the wiring layer to boost light collection efficiency. In conjunction with the BIONZ X image processor and new front-end LSI, it significantly minimizes noise throughout a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200. Additionally, the front end LSI and highly conductive copper in the circuitry, accelerates readout speed to support high speed shooting with minimal lag, 4K movie recording with full pixel readout without pixel binning, Full HD 120fps shooting and 14-bit RAW output for still images.
The α6500’s unrivaled 4D FOCUS system boasts one of the world’s fastest autofocus (AF) acquisition times that can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds. It also has the world’s highest number of focal plane phase detection AF points - an incredible 425 - that are densely positioned over 84% of the image area. Moreover, the α6500 can capture full resolution 24.2MP images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking. The α6500 takes full advantage of its enhanced fast hybrid AF for movies in both HD and 4K.
Up to 11fps at 24.2MP with AE/AF tracking
The α6500 has been designed to allow for high resolution, continuous shooting at high frame rates. The camera features a new front-end LSI that works with the image sensor, BIONZ X image processing engine and a newly designed shutter mechanism with braking feature to enable continuous shooting at impressive speeds up to 11fps with AF/AE tracking at full 24.2MP resolution. The α6500 can also shoot continuously for up to 269 frames6, thanks to a large buffer. These shots can be viewed immediately after shooting, even when in high-speed continuous shooting mode.
Touch AF for stills/video with touchpad operation when using EVF
The new touchscreen operation vastly enhances focus capabilities for intuitive and immediate focus response. Simply select a focus point anywhere on the LCD for fast and accurate AF response. When using the electronic viewfinder, simply shift focus points by using the LCD as a touchpad and dragging your finger to the desired subject point. Touching the LCD screen during movie recording allows for smooth focus point shifts.
Enhanced Focus features
The α6500 features a number of advanced autofocus functions for fast and accurate focus acquisition and subject tracking. Eye AF automatically detects and tracks an eye of even a moving subject (in AF-C mode), for more focusing accuracy, while Expand Flexible Spot automatically uses AF points surrounding the selected point to support precise focus if the selected AF point is not positioned on your subject directly. AF operation is available when using Focus Magnifier – a handy tool for enlarging your image on the LCD or viewfinder for manual and autofocus accuracy. The α6500 will focus exceptionally fast during movie shooting thanks to its Fast Hybrid AF system and offers touch focusing capabilities while also offering adjustable AF transition speed and AF tracking sensitivity. Additionally, the α6500 has the ability to take advantage of all of the camera’s 425 phase detection AF points, focusing tracking and accuracy when using A-mount lenses with a mount adaptor like the Sony LA-EA3.
4K movie recording and pro video features
The α6500 offers internal 4K recording in Super 35mm format with full pixel readout, no pixel binning and 2.4x oversampling for the ultimate movie quality. By collecting 20 megapixels (6K equivalent) of information from the full width of the sensor, which is approximately 2.4x as many pixels as 4K, the α6500 then oversamples the information to produce high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Additional professional video features include; S-Gamut3/S-Log3 and Gamma Display Assist, the ability to record Full HD at 120 fps for 4x or 5x slow motion HD video, both a mic jack and XLR compatibility via the MI shoe, enhanced Zebra functionality, focus peaking, picture profile settings, as well as Time Code / User Bit, clean HDMI output and much more.
First 5-axis in-body image stabilization in an E-mount camera
For the first time, the 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system is used in an APS-C E-mount camera while maintaining a compact lightweight body. It accurately compensates for blur caused by camera shake – for up to 5-stops12 - from five different directions: vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw and roll. This means that any lens attached to the α6500 will benefit from images stabilization, whether the lens has its own image stabilization or not. The 5-axis image stabilizing system excels during video recording and even compensates for blur caused by the photographer walking or running. You can even monitor the stabilizing effects of camera shake compensation in the viewfinder or LCD screen while shooting by pressing the shutter button halfway or magnifying the image, and while shooting movies by entering movie mode.
Ultra-fast OLED w/ EVF benefits and optical viewfinder immediacy
The 2.36 million-dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder has the ability to deliver continuous live shooting at up to 8 fps with AF/AE tracking - making it easy to track fast moving subjects - thanks to overall improvements in the EVF algorithm. This offers photographers a shooting experience with the immediacy of an optical viewfinder, while still offering all of the benefits of an electronic viewfinder including a live preview of exposure, white balance and several other camera settings. This continuous live view shooting can be set in 3 stages to match a variety of subjects: 8 fps, 6 fps and 4 fps.
A host of pro video features for 4K and Full HD
The α6500 has the ability to record 4K video internally with full pixel readout and no pixel binning through usage of the professional and efficient XAVC S format. The camera is capable of recording high quality footage at 100Mbps for 4K and up to 100Mbps at 120 fps for Full HD. It also offers a new ‘Slow and Quick’ mode (S&Q) that supports both slow motion and quick motion from 1 fps to 120 fps in 8 steps. A host of other features for professional movie production workflow are also included, such as zebra for easier exposure adjustment, peaking for easy manual focusing, time code and clean 4:2:2 HDMI output as well as picture profiles, S-Log3/S-Log2, S-Gamut and gamma assist for real time S-Log monitoring.
Fast Hybrid AF for movies
Simultaneous readout of live-view image and phase-detection AF information from the image sensor makes the extra-precise, smooth Fast Hybrid AF of the α6500 great for shooting movies — especially 4K movies which can otherwise reveal even a slight lack of sharpness in subject focus. AF drive speed and AF Tracking Sensitivity are also adjustable to support creative moviemaking.
Wi-Fi/NFC/QR code for easy file transfer and remote control
Easily connect with NFC or QR code (for non-NFC devices) to smartphones or tablets with the built-in Wi-Fi and Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application available for free on the Android and iOS platforms. Control your camera or transfer files to your device for fast and easy sharing without the need of a computer. It also supports Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps, which add a variety of creative capabilities to the camera. Then when you’re done, you can use the free software to sort and manage your stills and video with PlayMemories Home or edit your RAW file with either Sony’s Image Data Converter or Capture One Express (for Sony).
Professional rugged body and durable shutter mechanism
Designed for solid reliability and steady handling, the α6500's compact body is built to withstand the rigours of shooting in the field, thanks to an internal structure of the strong and rigid magnesium alloy body. Sealing around the main buttons, dials, ports and doors are dust and moisture resistant9 with a double-layered structure that enhances sealing effectiveness at all camera body openings including the media compartment and terminal area. The highly durable and reliable shutter unit has been proven to endure approximately 200,000 shutter releases which ensure long-lasting shooting performance that takes into consideration the high-speed continuous shooting capabilities up to 11fps and the large number of photos shot by enthusiasts.
Slow and quick motion
Slow and quick motion offers an almost endless variety of creative ways to express the passage of time. Frame rates from 1 fps to 120fps (100fps) can be selected in eight steps for full HD up to 50 Mbps; 60x quick motion/5x slow in NTSC and 50x quick motion/4x slow in PAL.
Photo capture from video
High-quality 8-megapixels stills can be extracted from 4K video and 2-megapixels from Full HD video in camera during playback and stored as separate file son the media card.
Designed for a pro-workflow with Picture Profiles, S-Log and Gamma Display Assist
The α6500 is equipped with S-Log3 and S-log2 gamma, common to Sony’s range of professional video cameras. This expands the dynamic range by up to 1300% to minimize clipped highlights and loss of detail in shadows up to approximately 14-stop latitude. The included picture profiles allow users to adjust settings like gamma, black, level and colour, which can be saved for use in a multi-camera shoot. It also has clean 4:2:2 8-bit Full HD and 4K output via HDMI, time code/user bit for easier editing, synchronous recording feature with compatible devices. In addition, the α6500 features Gamma Display Assist which displays images with the brightness and contrast close to how the image will appear after grading. This allows users to capture a flat S-log image while making it easier to control focus, contrast and exposure using the LCD monitor.
Compatibility with wide-ranging mountable lenses
Hybrid AF and 5-axis image stabilization lets you enjoy unparalleled handheld shooting freedom with more of your favourite mountable lenses. The short flange-back distance in the E-mount α6500 extends compatibility with a range of Sony A-mount lenses and other lenses. Note: When using a third-party mount adaptor, performance, functionality and operation are not guaranteed and Sony will take no responsibility if a malfunction occurs.
Compatible with professional microphone systems
In addition to the standard microphone jack, the α6500 has a MI (Multi interface) shoe that is compatible with Sony’s optional XLR Adaptor Microphone Kits (XLR-K1M and XLR-K2M), allowing you to use professional XLR microphone systems for balanced audio during recording. Furthermore, audio captured using the XAVC S codec or uncompressed HDMI output will be in uncompressed linear PCM for the highest audio quality.
GPS location data via Bluetooth
The α6500 offers location data acquisition via a Bluetooth connection to a compatible mobile device with PlayMemories Mobile App installed. The acquired location data from the mobile device can also be used to correct the cameras date, time and location settings. The PlayMemories Home application can then be used on a PC or Mac to organize imported images on a map.
Silent Shooting features an electronic shutter that is noiseless and causes no vibration, so you can shoot high-resolution images without camera shake and in situations that require complete silence. Continuous autofocus and auto exposure is available when using silent shooting.
Focus Magnifier & Peaking function
You can clearly magnify the image to simplify manual fine-tuning of the focus whether shooting still images or movies. The Peaking function can also be activated to colourize the most sharply focused areas of your image for quick confirmation.
This function that boosts image brightness by changing shutter speed, for example, can be assigned to a customizable button for easy access when shooting a starry sky or other dark scene.
Clear Image Zoom
Whether shooting still images or movies, this feature digitally zooms the centre of your image up to 2x with nearly imperceptible degradation, thanks to proprietary By Pixel Super Resolution Technology.
Tether your camera to a PC for Remote Camera Control
Remote Camera Control allows you to control your α6500 from your PC and transfer files using a USB cable. Feature control has also been updated to include video capture control.
Image Data Converter
Advanced features enable manipulation, conversion and management of full-resolution RAW images. You can expertly adjust exposure, white balance, tonal curves, saturation, contrast, hue and sharpness — as well as apply DRO and vignetting compensation.
Easy-to-use image management software installs onto Windows and Mac computers. Use it for easy viewing, editing and printing. You can also upload and share content via network servicesNote: Features are different on Mac and Windows versions.
Power supply via USB
The α6500 can be powered via USB connection to AC adaptor, a PC or mobile battery. This conserves the camera’s battery, allowing you extended use of the camera without worrying that the battery will run out. When the camera is turned off, the battery can be charged via the same connection.
Make it your own with easy button customization
You can assign any of 64 functions15 to any of 10 customizable buttons as you like. This makes operation more intuitive, quick and easy, and is extra-convenient for accessing such functions as starting and stopping of movie recording and switching between viewfinder and monitor.