· Photo resolution: 24.2 megapixels (3: 2).
· Video resolution: 4K (30p, 25p, 24p).
· Timelapse: 120 frames per second (1920 x 1080).
· Sensor: CMOS APS-C.
· Viewfinder: an electronic lens.
· ISO sensitivity: 100 to 25600.
· Shooting Speed: 1/4000 - 30 sec.
· Continuous shooting: 11 frames per second.
· Buffer capacity: 107 RAW, 200 JPEG, 307 JPEG.
· Auto Image Adjustment: Hybrid Contrast / Phase Detection.
· Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and microphone input.
· Weight: 453 g (with battery).
· Battery life: 350 shots.
In general, the design looks very similar to the creation of the previous Sony A6300 camera, as both cameras have a metal frame (of magnesium) and plastic in some areas such as the buttons and the battery slot.
Engineering, Sony did a great job with the A6500. The camera looks very solid and refined but is a bit heavy. It is not as heavy as a DSLR, of course, but the camera's weight appears to be necessary due to the overly compact size (for a DSLR).
In traditional Sony fashion, you find a large number of buttons and other control methods, the diopter adjustment dial of the electronic viewfinder, the flash button, the menu button, the AF / MF / AEL toggle button, the function button, the control wheel, the center focus button, the delete button, In addition to the display button.
The right side (where you find the camera handle) contains the NFC chip, in addition to a dedicated video recording button.
On the left side (next to the touch screen) are all the connection ports; there are two Micro-HDMI and Micro-USB ports, in addition to a microphone input.
If there is one thing that cannot be disputed when using the A6500, it is that the camera is tremendously feature-rich. When looking at wireless connectivity, for example, we can use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and excellent NFC one-touch connectivity. Another feature of its versatility and usability is the extensive list of supported frame rates. The A6500 can shoot in 4K, in addition to 1080p shooting at 120 frames per second, and you can also shoot slow motion at 4x with high resolution. But one simple thing we have to note is that when you go to settings for the first time to change frame rates, it will be difficult for you to find the locations for shooting 30 frames per second multi, or even shooting 30 frames per second alone.
The user manual never indicates that you should go into "Setup" and ensure that the system is set to NTSC, not PAL. If the system is set to PAL, you will see the options 25p and 50p, and you will not see options 24p, 30p, or 60p, and you will also not be able to see the options 30fps, 60fps, or 120 fps. It's also worth noting that the A6500 will need to format the memory card when switching from PAL to NTSC. Another great feature of the Sony A6500 is the autofocus system. Frankly, Sony can call this system a smart design, as it is fast, reliable, and close to complete perfection. There are over 425 staging points, as well as 169 points of contrast pickup. The A6500's autofocus rate is 0.05 seconds.
For burst shooting, the Sony A6500 has a perfect flash memory for burst photos. The A6500 camera can shoot up to 11 frames per second in RAW and JPEG formats. The buffer memory can store up to 107 images in RAW format and 200 images in JPEG format at the same rate of 11 frames per second of burst shooting, or it can be up to 307 JPEG images when shooting at 8 frames per second. These numbers are great for any photographer who wants to use the Sony A6500 for shooting sporting events or wildlife, especially given the maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 second. Sony has also equipped the camera with a motion stabilization system, located entirely within the camera body, so you will not need to spend more money on lenses with motion stabilization features, as the A6500 gives you that regardless of the lens.
To talk about other advantages, the camera has an HDMI output as well as an input to add an external microphone, three buttons that you can customize for custom functions that benefit you as a photographer, in addition to a 3-inch touch screen, it is strange that you cannot use the touch screen to choose between menu options, you must use Control panel for that.
In general, the camera is equipped with many features that if I wanted to enumerate all of them, I would end up writing a user guide for you. This can be an obstacle for some, especially if you are a new user of the camera or digital cameras in general. It is nice that the user interface is designed simply so that it is easy to get used to it, but it takes some effort to get used to all the functions and features offered by the camera. If you are a Sony camera user similar to the A6500, you should not have any difficulty. And unlike the previous Sony camera, the A6300, Sony has color-coded menus to make things much more manageable.
What I found very strange is the limitation in the touch function of the display in the camera. You can use touch to set and choose the focus position when taking pictures, but there are no more functions that you can use contact with. For some reason, Sony decided that you will not control the user interface by touch, or even browse images or zoom in and out of captured images. Also, the screen lacks more movement, as you can only tilt it. You cannot rotate it or move it in any other way.
In the following tests, you must remember that all the images were taken with the SELP1650 lens that Sony provided to do this review. The A6500 shoots many beautiful photos. Even the JPEGs in-camera processing is excellent.
Let's take a look at the performance of the Sony A6500, keeping in mind the ISO sensitivity settings. The images below are captured at 100% and captured in RAW format on the left and JPEG on the right, with an F / 8.0 aperture and shutter speed adjusted to maintain a suitable exposure.
From ISO sensitivity settings of 100 to 400, all JPEG images look stunning. Compared to RAW images, JPEGs lose some dynamic proportions, but nothing is worth noting. There is a high degree of detail that the camera has kept in both formats.
Of course, the RAW format will give you the highest degree of detail in the image, and when using a sensitivity higher than 400, it is recommended that you use the RAW format. But for the average user who will not print the image, he is capturing at high-resolution rates. The performance of the JPEG format is more than acceptable at ISO sensitivity rates of 1600.
Meanwhile, the performance of the A6500 in RAW format is ideal for use at ISO sensitivity rates of up to 3200, which is quite impressive. At speeds higher than 3200, you will start to notice some noise in the captured images, and depending on my personal use, I do not advise you to choose ISO rates higher than 6400.
One negative that I found with the A6500 is the auto exposure calculation method. In general, the camera chooses more dark exposure settings than I choose manually. In the images below, you can see the auto exposure settings (ISO 100, F / 3.5, 1 / 100th) on the left, and the scenes that I have manually selected (ISO 100, F / 3.5, 1 / 60th) on the right.
As I noticed when using the A6500 camera, it is possible to see the automatic white balance performed by the camera with little focus. At the bottom is an image taken using the camera's white balance settings, and to the right is the same image after correcting the white balance in the Lightroom app.
It was revealed in the Lightroom app that the automatic white adjustment in the camera had a very light purple tint. The original image has a tint of -9, while the image after correction is set to -11. But the tonal tone was completely similar in both pictures. We can conclude that the camera's performance is excellent in terms of the color tone and automatic adjustment.
The final aspect I wanted to see was to see how the SELP1650 lens performed in terms of aperture. The images below show the effect of changing the gap between f / 3.5 and f / 22 at ISO 100 and focal length 16mm while adjusting the shutter speed accordingly to maintain adequate exposure.
After listing the specifications and features of the Sony A6500, it is clear that this camera is not an affordable product. At only $ 1,300 for the camera body, the camera is somewhat expensive. You also have to consider that you will have to buy a lens for the camera (the price for a SELP1650 lens starts at $ 300), or you can buy an adapter if you have other lenses from Canon or Nikon companies.
But when we look at the real value that the Sony A6500 camera has, if we look at its compact size and imaginative autofocus speed, we can say that it is a fantastic camera, mostly when we talk about covering sporting events. The A6500 is the closest you can get to a full-frame Sony Alpha a7 Mark II, but the A6500 comes in a generously compact size.
· ● High autofocus speed
· ● Superb speed in taking pictures
· ● Strong performance
· ● Large battery consumption
· ● The list is rather complicated
· Few options for screen display