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Overview: The Sony α6500 (ILCE-6500) alpha series
"body only" camera kit comes with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, and USB cable. The α6500
has built-in Wi-Fi, an APS-C-sized image sensor, and is compatible with Sony E-mount
lenses. With the optional
LA-EA4 Mount Adapter, the camera can also use Sony A-mount lenses, and
select Minolta/Konica lenses.
3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The α6500 uses a 3" LCD screen with
921,600 dots. You can tilt the LCD up approximately 90°
for low angle shots or approximately 45° for high angle photography. The brightness of the LCD monitor can be adjusted
in 5 steps from -2 to +2.
0.39" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.39" high-contrast,
high-resolution OLED Tru-finder has
2,359,296 dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view. You can adjust
the brightness in 5 steps. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder
image to your individual eyesight. You can set the camera to switch between the
LCD screen and viewfinder automatically when you look into the EVF, or choose
one or the other in the camera's menu.
Display Options: You can choose how much information
appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are five options each for the LCD
screen and Viewfinder: Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info,
Level, and Histogram.
Live View: The α6500's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot.
When the Live View display is set to "Setting Effect On", the LCD or viewfinder
will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance,
exposure compensation, creative style or picture effect. With the "Setting
Effect Off", you can check the image composition without the effects of the
Image Sensor: The α6500 features an APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS image sensor (23.5
x 15.6mm). It has approximately 25.0-million total pixels and 24.2-million effective pixels.
Still Image Recording Formats: The α6500 can record still images JPEG file format in Standard,
and Extra Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the
downloadable Image Data Converter software. You can set the α6500 to record a
RAW and a JPEG image (Large, Medium, or Small with compression set to Fine) at the same time. You can select the following image sizes:
|| 3:2 || 16:9 |
| Large ||6000 x 4000 (24M) ||6000 x 3376 (20M) |
| Medium ||4240 x 2832 (12M) ||4240 x 2400 (10M) |
| Small ||3008 x 2000 (6M) ||3008 x 1688 (5.1M) |
|RAW (L) ||6000 x 4000 (24M) ||6000 x 3376 (20M) |
Panorama Photos: The Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856 (15M)
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160 (12M)
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856 (23M)
Movie Recording Formats: The α6500 can record 16:9 4K
and Full HD photos
in XAVC S format. You can also record movies in AVCHD and MP4 formats. All of
the formats use MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression. Audio is recorded in
2-channel LPCM (XAVC S), 2-channel Dolby Digital (AVCHD), and 2-channel AAC
(MP4). Movies can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL. You can select from the
following bit rates/image quality (NTSC):
|File Format ||Resolution ||Average Bit Rate |
|XAVC S 4K ||3840 x 2160 ||30p / 100 Mbps |
30p / 60 Mbps
24p / 100 Mbps
24p / 60 Mbps
|XAVC S HD ||1920 x 1080 ||60p / 50 Mbps |
30p / 50 Mbps
24p / 50 Mbps
120p / 100 Mbps
120p / 60 Mbps
|AVCHD ||1920 x 1080 ||60p / 28 Mbps (PS) |
60i / 24 Mbps (FX)
60i / 17 Mbps (FH)
24p / 24 Mbps (FX)
24p / 17 Mbps (FH)
|MP4 ||1920 x 1080 ||60p / 28 Mbps |
30p / 16 Mbps
|1280 x 720 ||30p / 6 Mbps |
Slow and Quick Motion (S&Q): You can record at high frame
rates for playback in slow motion. You can also record over long periods of time
at set intervals to compress the action into a short movie. There are eight
shooting frame rates to choose from:
|Frame Rate ||Record Setting |
|24p ||30p ||60p |
|120 fps ||5x slower ||4x slower ||-- |
|60 fps ||2.5x slower ||2x slower ||Normal playback speed |
|30 fps ||1.25x slower ||Normal playback speed ||2x quicker |
|15 fps ||1.6x quicker ||2x quicker ||4x quicker |
|8 fps ||3x quicker ||3.75x quicker ||7.5x quicker |
|4 fps ||6x quicker ||7.5x quicker ||15x quicker |
|2 fps ||12x quicker ||15x quicker ||30x quicker |
|1 fps ||24x quicker ||30x quicker ||60x quicker |
Photo Capture: You can capture a frame from a movie and
save it as a still image. Still photos from a 4K movie will be approximately 8MP
(3840 x 2160), while 2MP photos (1920 x 1080) can be captured from Full HD
Dual Media Options: The α6500 camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,
and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, plus SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media.
There are a few restrictions regarding memory cards that can be used:
- For XAVC S recording, only Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SDHC, and SDXC
memory cards will work.
- The SDHC/SDXC cards must be SD Speed Class 4 or UHS Speed Class 1 or
faster for MP4 and AVCHD recording, and SD Speed Class 10 or UHS Speed Class
1 or faster for XAVC S recording.
- When recording in 100 Mbps or more, UHS Speed Class 3 is required.
SteadyShot Inside: The α6500 is equipped with
sensor-shift-type SteadyShot image stabilization system to reduce the effect of
camera shake. This system is carefully fine-tuned to match the 24.2-megapixel
performance of the camera, allowing you to photograph faraway objects without
the blur of camera shake. SteadyShot INSIDE features 5-axis compensation with an
effect equivalent to 5.0 stops faster shutter speed. It can compensate for
camera shake in the following ways: Horizontal, Vertical, Pitch, Yaw, and Roll.
Clear Image Zoom: Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of the
lens by up to 2x (Large images), 2.8x (Medium images) or 4x (Small images) by digitally magnifying the center of the image. Combined
with the camera's Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom, you can increase
magnification up to 8x over the lens' maximum focal length.
4D Focus: The α6500's 4D Focus system combines 425
phase-detection AF points with High-density Tracking AF Technology and the Bionz
X image processor to achieve blazing fast auto focusing (0.05 seconds). The 425
phase-detection points are positioned over the entire image area to provide wide
and dense AF coverage. The AF points are activated to follow moving subjects to
precise detection and tracking of the subject. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
- AF-S (Single-shot Auto focus): The camera focuses and
the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
Recommended for use with motionless subjects.
- AF-C (Continuous Auto focus): The camera continues to
focus when you press and hold the shutter button halfway down. Recommended
for use when the subject is in motion.
- AF-A (Automatic AF): Single-shot AF and Continuous AF
are switched according to the movement of the subject.
- DMF (Direct Manual Focusing): After focusing automatically, you can make fine
focusing adjustments manually.
- Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by rotating the focusing ring to achieve a sharp focus.
AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 4 settings:
- Wide: The camera focuses automatically on a subject in
all ranges of the image.
- Zone: You can select a zone (consisting of 9 focus
areas) on the monitor on which to focus.
- Center: The camera focuses automatically on a subject
in the center of the image.
- Flexible Spot: You can change the size of and move the focusing area in order
to focus on a small subject or narrow area.
- Expand Flexible Spot: If the product fails to focus on
the single selected point, it uses the focus points around the flexible spot
as the second priority area.
- Lock-on AF: In this mode, when the shutter button is
held halfway down, the camera tracks the subject within the selected
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down, a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
- Single Shooting: Default setting for standard picture taking.
- Continuous Shooting: In Continuous Shooting mode, you can
choose from several speeds: Hi+ (11 fps), Hi (8 fps), Mid (6 fps), and Lo (3
- Self-Timer: You can set the camera to three different self-timers:
- 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
- 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
- 10 Seconds/3 or 5 Images: The camera records 3 or 5 images
continuously after a 10, 5, or 2 second delay. You can choose the best shot from
the shots taken.
- Bracket Shooting: Bracket shooting allows you to shoot
3, 5, or 9 images, each with different degrees of exposure (base exposure, under
exposure, and over exposure). You can select the bracket step value from
0.3EV, 0.5EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, or 3.0EV. After shooting, you can select an
image that suits your intention.
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following
- Auto: This mode allows you to shoot still images under any
condition with good results. The settings are determined automatically by
the camera. There are two selections: Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto.
- Program Auto: For shooting with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while
allowing you to adjust other settings manually.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
- Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
You can also perform Bulb shooting for extra long exposures, suitable for
shooting fireworks or trails of light.
- Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject:
Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held
Twilight, Night Portrait, and Anti Motion Blur.
- Sweep Panorama: Shoot expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
- Memory Recall (1/2): You can register often-used camera
settings (including Shooting Mode, Aperture, Shutter speed) to the "1" and
"2" positions on the Mode Dial for easy recall.
- Movies/S&Q Motion: You can record movies in 4K, Full HD or
HD in 16:9 aspect ratio. When selected on the Mode Dial, you can
select the desired movie settings, including Program Auto, Aperture
Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure. You can also begin
recording movies at any time by pressing the dedicated Movie button.
Picture Effect: In Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto mode, you can select
Picture Effect to get one of the following effect filters to achieve more impressive and artistic expression: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone
Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
Creative Style: The Creative Style function lets you select
the desired image processing. You can adjust exposure (shutter speed and
aperture) as you like with Creative Style. You can choose from: Standard, Vivid,
Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn
Leaves, Black & White, or Sepia. You can also adjust Contrast, Saturation, and
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure)
The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-5.0 EV in
1/3-step or 1/2-step increments. When shooting movies, the exposure can be
adjusted in a range of +/-2.0 EV.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative metering system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
- Multi-pattern: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
- Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.
You can select a standard or large spot.
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:
Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White),
Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight),
Flash, Underwater Auto, Color Temperature, Color Filter, and Custom.
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to
light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO
can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode. The
manual ISO range is 100 to 25600 in 1/3EV increments, plus Extended ISO to
51200. For movies, the ISO
sensitivity is 100-25600, selectable in 1 EV steps.
Built-in Flash: The α6500 has a pop-up flash. When using
the built-in or an optional external flash, the camera offers several Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow
Sync, Rear Sync, and Wireless. Red-eye Reduction can be turned on or off for
each Flash Mode. You can adjust the amount of flash light in a
range of -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV with the Flash Compensation feature. Flash
Bracketing is also available.
Multi-Interface Shoe: The α6500 is equipped with the
Multi-Interface Shoe, allowing you to use an external flash, such as the
HVL-F43M, or HVL-F60M. The
XLR-K2M microphone adapter kit is also
Location Information via Bluetooth: The camera can connect
to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth (Ver.4.1). Using the PlayMemories Mobile
app, the camera can pull location information from the mobile device and record
it onto your still images or movies. Then, you can view your images and movies
on a map on your computer through the PlayMemories Home application.
Connections: The camera has the following connections:
- Microphone Input: A 3.5mm microphone input is provided
for connecting an external microphone.
- Micro HDMI: The Micro HDMI (Type D) connection outputs
video and audio via a Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable (not supplied). The camera
automatically recognizes an HDTV and sets the output resolution to 1080i or
1080p. When connecting to a Sony Bravia Sync-compatible TV via HDMI, you can
operate the camera using the TV's remote control.
- Micro USB: The camera's Micro USB port lets you connect
the camera to a computer for transferring photos and movies via the supplied
USB cable. The camera also connects to the supplied AC adapter via the USB
Wi-Fi Overview: The Sony α6500 has built-in Wi-Fi so you can
interface the camera with your smartphone or Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computer and
wirelessly perform various shooting and playback functions.
NFC (Near Field Communication): By touching an NFC-enabled
Android smartphone or tablet to the "N" mark on the right side of the camera,
the smartphone will be connected automatically via Wi-Fi, and the PlayMemories
Mobile app will be launched. The two devices must touch for approximately 1-2
seconds to make the connection.
QR Code/SSID Connecting: In addition to NFC compatibility,
the camera also lets you connect via QR Code or SSID with password. QR Code
connecting works with both Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, and Android devices.
When you wish to transfer photos from the camera to your device, a QR Code
appears on the camera LCD to be scanned by your phone. An SSID and password also
appears on the screen to allow you to connect if the QR Code method is
unsuccessful. Once connected, the QR Code or SSID/password are registered to
your phone for connecting the devices in the future.
PlayMemories Mobile: To interface with the Sony α6500, your
smartphone must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible
with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 8.0 or later. It is also
compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with the Android 4.0 (and up)
Wi-Fi Functions: The following wireless functions can be
performed with the α6500:
- Smart Remote Embedded: You can use a smartphone as a remote
controller for the camera. Still images shot via remote control are
automatically sent to the smartphone's memory. You can also change some of
the camera's settings, including EV, Self-Timer, and Review Check.
- Send to Smartphone: You can transfer still images to a
smartphone for viewing. Images can be transferred in its original image
size, or resized to 2M or VGA. RAW images are converted to JPEG format
before being transferred.
- Send to Computer: You can transfer images stored on the
camera's memory card to a computer connected to a wireless access point or
wireless broadband router in order to easily make backup copies.
- View on TV: Images can be viewed on a network-enabled
Play And Print Functions
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index
View, or as a Slide Show. In the menu, you can set the camera to display 12
(4x3) or 30 (6x5) thumbnail images at once
in the Index View mode.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Slide Show: You can automatically play back still images
continuously in a slide show. You can set the interval to 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30
View Mode: There are six View Modes to choose from for
playing back images and movies: Date View, Folder View (Still), Folder View (MP4), AVCHD
View, XAVC S HD View, and XAVC S 4K View.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
- DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
- Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
- Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the
available downloadable software and print the images.
InfoLithium Battery: The α6500 is powered by the
InfoLithium battery (7.2V, 1020mAh, 7.3Wh). The battery communicates data to the camera,
so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The
number of images that can be recorded/played back are as follows:
| ||Screen Mode ||Viewfinder Mode |
|350 shots ||310 shots |
|70 minutes ||65 minutes |
|105 minutes ||105 minutes |
Charging: The NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery requires approximately
2 hours 30 minutes to reach a full charge,
using the supplied AC-UUD12 AC adapter (5V 1.5A) and Micro USB cable. You
can also charge the battery by connecting the camera to a computer using the
micro USB cable. Because the USB power output from computer to computer is
different, the charging time will vary.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the
camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 1 minute,
2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power
Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button
PlayMemories Home: The ILCE-6500 can be used with
PlayMemories Home software, which needs to be downloaded and installed on your
computer. "PlayMemories Home" software is downloadable from the Sony Imaging
website (The URL is printed in the Instruction Manual). It is compatible with
Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X
10.9-10.11, and macOS 10.12 operating systems only. With PlayMemories Home you
- Manage and edit photos and videos on your PC or Mac
- Organize photos and videos
- Upload photos to a cloud service for storage (PlayMemories Online)
- Search for photos and videos using Calendar View
- Import and Export photos and videos, plus create disks and print.
- Perform basic editing functions
- View photos and videos on a map (using location information from a
- Create multi-view videos
PlayMemories Camera Apps: The α6500 is compatible with
PlayMemories Camera Apps, which enables you to add new features to the camera by
downloading a new app and installing it in the camera. Apps are available to fit
your shooting style, including portraits, close-up photography, sports, time
lapse, etc. Many apps are available via a free download, while more advanced
apps require a fee of $4.99 or $9.99.
Image Data Converter: Image Data Converter software is
required to display and process images recorded in RAW format. You can also
adjust the brightness or color, as well as "develop" the RAW image files into
JPEG or TIFF files. Image Data Converter can be downloaded to your computer,
using a URL printed in the manual. Image Data Converter is compatible with
Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X
10.9-10.11, and macOS 10.12.
Remote Camera Control: Remote Camera Control software allows
you to control a camera connected to your computer via a USB cable. Remote
Camera Control is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1),
Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X 10.9-10.11, and macOS 10.12.
Capture One Express (for Sony): The Sony α6500 is supported
by Capture One Express (for Sony) by Phase One. One of the world's best RAW
converters, Capture One Express (for Sony) delivers clear, detailed images with
accurate colors. You can make adjustments to the RAW image files, convert the
images to black & white, or use the HDR (High Dynamic Range) tool to pull out
details in over- or under-exposed images. Capture One Express (for Sony) is
available for a free download, and is compatible with the following operating
systems: Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7, and Mac OS X 10.11.6 or macOS
10.12.x. A pro version can be purchased for even more processing tools.