LCD and Viewfinder
Sony A6500 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 922k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
LCD is Touch screen
type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
A6500 has a built-in Electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder has a resolution of 2,359kdots and coverage of 100%. 100% coverage ensures that what you see in the viewfinder while shooting matches exactly what you will get later in your image, helping accurate framing your shots and minimizes the need for cropping images later.
Max Shutter speed
Sony A6500 can shoot continuously at max speed of 11.0 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec. A6500 also has an electronic shutter which can shoot silently at max speed of 1/32000 sec. One thing to keep in mind is that electronic shutter may cause rolling shutter effects on your images in certain conditions.
A6500 has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
One neat feature that we like about A6500's built-in flash has is that the flash head can be tilted upwards manually using your finger, which can be used to bounce the flash light and create a more pleasing lighting on your subject. It is not a very strong flash so the ceiling/wall or the surface you use for bouncing must be relatively close to the camera.
Sony A6500 features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 425 points to choose from.
Sony A6500 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically. In addition to the face detect AF, A6500 has a more sophisticated feature called Eye Tracking AF
which detects and locks focus to the selected eye of the person in the frame accurately and tracks as the subject moves. Eye tracking AF of Sony A6500 is a perfect feature for shooting portraits and is especially useful when fast lenses are used and the depth of field is very narrow.
With Sony A6500, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 30p,25p,24p fps with bit rates up to 100 mbps and save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S formats. This means that Sony A6500 provides 4K (Ultra-HD) video, highest resolution that is available in the market today. When viewed on a 4K screen, you will be amazed by the level of details and the crispness.
A6500 also a high speed mode where it captures videos at 120 for ultra slow motion videos. A6500 has a built-in Yes microphone and a Mono speaker. Sony A6500 also has a port for an external microphone so you can record high quality sound with the help of an external microphone.
Connectivity and Storage
Sony A6500 features built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n + NFC) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection. With its NFC feature, A6500 can communicate with devices such as smartphones which are also equipped with this technology by simply touching each other.One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our A6500. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect A6500 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Sony A6500 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 350 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Mirrorless type cameras is 354 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Semi-Pro Mirrorless Cameras
Panasonic GH3 with its 540shots is the model with longest battery life among Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras. Check the comparison of Sony A6500 vs Panasonic GH3 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Mirrorless cameras list.
Sony A6500 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Sony A6500 is $1,198.00