With a big exhale I say this. This is a fantastic all around lens with an equivalent focal length of 24-105mm. Sony steadfastly and quite rudely, refuses to provide ANY information to customers about what fluid, swabs and procedure should be used for self-cleaning the sensor. Chris Niccolls did a funny short video trying to shoot HS sports. Do you regularly adjust both dials at exactly the same time, simultaneously adjusting aperture and shutter speed? The organizers have pushed back the Las Vegas event amidst concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 310 shots (Viewfinder); 350 (LCD monitor), Buffer: up to 307 images (around 36 seconds) of high speed continuous shooting, Multi-slot reader for Memory Stick Duo™/SD memory card. You’ll be spending more on lenses but as time goes on, you can keep those while you upgrade your camera body. Read more, We got our hands on the Sony a6500 immediately after its announcement, and have been digging through the menus and the specs to help explain what makes it tick. Have not used a Sony DSLR of any kind, though SLR/DSLR's were my norm. Mainly I wanted to see if it was a viable backup to my main camera, the Sony a7iii and if it would serve as a good option for casual family/travel/adventure photos. Basically, improved ergonometrics all around. Yay, another incremental upgrade obscenely priced. In future iterations, I hope that Sony will upgrade to the new Z series batteries which I rarely find myself needing more than 2 for a full (10+hr) day of shooting. About a year ago I bought a second A6000 from one of the best-known online camera stores when the price was briefly dropped to $498 -- both as a backup and to minimize lens changing. The written review of A6500 is already self explanatory on why DPR didn't give it the gold award (hint: overheating, typical Sony quirks and if course released too soon after the A6300). Every other model has had one. Smaller is not always better. Check out our gallery of samples to see how it performs. Trying to find things in the menu is confusing compared to Canon and Nikon. You still need to press the shutter button to get a shutter release. Amazing JPG engine! If you’re getting started as a pro and want to go full frame, get the Sony a7ii. The NX500 only records 4k with a crop, although no one knows if that's a technical limitation due to heating or product differentiation. Lastly I hope you are working on a review of the Leica M10 at the moment as I will definitely be looking to upgrade my Leica at some point, can you please make sure you point out how ineffective the IBIS is compared to the E-M1 II, how slow the autofocus is compared to the D850 and D5, how terrible the video is compared to the GH5 and how small the lens selection is compared to the 1DX II. This was a big disappointment. Bought: April 2018 Condition: 9.5 (it is almost new, giving 9.5 because it has been used, usually for holiday photography) Comes with: 3x original batteries Chat to Buy The video is wonderful---ten times better than any of my other professional camera. I simply don't accept that. I'm sure this has been commented on... but 1150 comments. The only thing really missing is that there’s no headphone jack. That would be great because I can't seem to see it? "The a6500 retains more detail than the a6300, and similar levels compared to the Fuji X-T2 but with less noise." Make sure your install the latest software update, Ver 1.04. That being said, there are welcome improvements elsewhere. 'What's the best mirrorless camera?' The Sony a6500 is an amazing camera in a pint sized package. You can wait for three years (a typical canon strategy) and buy then the sony entry model which has some basic incremental upgrades over the now a6000. This has never happened on any other camera I've used, did not happen on the similar a6300. The a7iii also has flicker reduction at high shutter speeds and continuous shots. The year 2020 might have offered us fewer chances to get out and photograph the things we love, but that didn't stop manufacturers from bringing a ton of excellent new lenses to market. Can't pretty much ANY ILC autofocus compatible third-party lenses? This eagerly-anticipated enthusiast/professional digital camera adds in-body image stabilization, a useful touch screen, and better low light performance at up to ISO 51,200. One slot is standard UHS-I while the other is UHS-II compatible. While the sensor is the same as in the a6300, the a6500 has a faster large-scale integration (LSI) chip and image processing algorithm. The f4 sony zooms suck bad..but besides from midrange zoom problem there is sh*t ton of great lenses out there. When shooting side by side with the Sony a7iii, I was able to include both images in a gallery without much color correction (not the case with the a6000). The Sony A6xxx bodies are the only ILCs Sony has made since they first started producing DSLRs in 2006 without a front thumbwheel. The reason is that the series grew iteratively out of a much simpler (and smaller) camera - the NEX5. This is a product and others like it that in many ways surpass DSLR! So, what's up with that? It’s like not needing a hip-belt on a smaller backpack. In this video we explain what 'breathing' is and why it matters. They have the ability to make my job easier and quicker so I can focus on getting the shot. Sony crippled several things and possibly IBIS because of overheating. It wasn't the camera, it was the Zony Zoom that gave me the hard time. It's unbelievable that Sony still uses such a small screen instead of using a larger 3:2 3" screen. The touch sensitivity of the rear screen can be used for your choice of two things: as an touchscreen for positioning the focus point or triggering focus and shutter, or as a touchpad, when the camera is held to your eye. Only limitation is it does not transfer RAW files, only JPEG. 2020 was no ordinary year, but a lot of new cameras were released nonetheless. The a7iii uses the larger NP-FZ100 battery, which gives an average of 710 photos with the LCD monitor or 610 shots with the EVF. Just curious. They don’t bang on about how tiny this camera is compared to it’s capabilities and how much of a tiny marvel. Therefore, if you want a fast and capable camera, go with the Sony a6500. If this is your first mirrorless interchangeable less camera and you’re starting from scratch, you can often save a lot of money with bundles. Review your menu settings and try again. The Sony is obviously far from perfect otherwise Sony wouldn't be churning out a new version every 8 months. What's so "impressive" about this? Or is it more that moving your thumb away from (and altering your grip) its resting position to adjust a setting that makes it less ideal? Are you kidding me? This makes it a competitive camera especially since it is using a crop sensor. Definitely at the upper end of the CMOS world. I've used my a6000 as a backup for a couple of years now, but I really needed a fast zoom lens, which was why I ultimately switched over to Fuji. I find it very frustrating; I came and looked up this review seriously interested in an a6500, and yet again am disappointed by Sony and am no longer interested. Sony needs to address the lack of APS-C walk around options, and buying a GM lens that costs twice the body is just silly. @RichardHaving stated many times that the site under you and your colleagues is better than it's ever been and that I would even pay for access to it, I don't think we need to go down the 'paid off by manufacturers' route. It's a shame - top Sony APS-C has poorest camera control and does not offer direct access to many important features, incuding shutter speed and aperture, the base in photography. It is not the partiality that offends me, just the inaccuracy. My settings were Continuous center spot autofocus and multi frame set at medium speed. FPS: 11 with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking. Beyond all this, somehow the A77 II costs $200 less, not $200 more. With 24.2 megapixels, 4K movie recording, in-body 5-axis stabilization, a touchscreen 3-inch tilting LCD screen, 11fps burst shooting, electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, is the A6500 the best Sony APS-C camera yet? Personally, I prefer the a6500. Canon gave Sony still another opportunity, by introducing a crippled new mirrorless, the M5, with no 4K video and no IBIS. The only real differences that I can see are that the a7iii has HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and can record in both full frame and APS-C format. This table compares how the a6500 compares with Fujifilm's fairly similarly-priced X-T2 (probably the most capable rival in terms of stills and video shooting). So yeah, more room to move the sensor around in them. Being used to the a7iii, I definitely noticed a big difference. Sorry for the late reply. That’s more than double what the a6500’s battery can do. Sony a6500 + Sony 16-70mm f/4 | 1/1000 at f/5.6 ISO 100. Though it seems like more recently Sony has focused on their full frame lens lineup (fully compatible with a6500), there are still a wide range of options specifically designed for crop sensors. Just as Sony crippled the A6500 (Dimming LCD, poor IBIS, etc. But usually there is no need because M43 has such a huuuge range of native lenses to choose from. (Here, the UHS-II cards will come in handy.) Sony A6500 new shutter "Tested" is 200,000 cycles which is 25 percent more than ALPHA 7M2 , or A 6300 or FUJI XT2. Still, if you don’t need an articulating screen the 4k video on this little camera is some of the best on the market. The touch screen was an attempt to address this problem. The A6500 does somewhat better in the pure IQ department than the Oly cameras, compliments of a larger and likely better engineered sensor/processor combination. We have a look at the four full-frame mirrorless mounts to see how their lineups and technologies currently compare. So it's exellent toy, but not exellent photography tool. allow it to offer more dials and buttons for easier control. I have more beautiful shots of not only my wife but others in her whole group...than I possibly hoped. You realise that Sony users don't feel this? Capture One 21 has been released. The short battery life and too compact controls are enough to make me hesitate to rely on it too much. "In fact only Panasonic offers cameras near this price point with an equal degree of video features and tools. This fast & sharp lens pairs well with the a6500. I agree. All bets are off with the arrival of the GH-5, expected in about 2 weeks. I called Sony customer service about this and they declined any sort of action. Since i’m so new to photography, i’m not real familiar with the lenses. They only gave a silver award to the 80D whereas it got top marks on all the other sites. While the gear lover in me appreciates bells and whistles, I don’t want to hear them. Either way, I was very satisfied with the build quality. There has been no rational reason for the wear, the area around it on the camera is pristine. 400 dollars for the touchscreen..Expensive! family, travel, and adventures etc) the ergonomics and handling on the Sony a6500 are completely adequate. I've never heard of such an absurd and arbitrary limitation with any other ILC. That's okay, have you noticed that just about any set of color thatches, regardless of the body look pretty much identical, even across different brands of cameras? It is an inexpensive and popular prime lens. Somehow on these reviews, the issue on the test scene is extremely subjective because of the lens. Both cameras shoot amazing video. At more comfortable temps, the battery seemed adequate, however, I would definitely recommend keeping a few extras with you, if you plan on shooting a lot. The Sigma trio fulfilled that need, but are CDAF only on the a6000, so there's always a slight focusing delay compared to the Fuji, which is near instant to focus. I specialize in low light stage photography, so I needed at least f2.8 lenses. (Sadly it was destined to fall on the deafest ears in photography). The grip, though larger than the a6300, is still quite a bit smaller than the a7iii as well. This sums up my experience with sports and Sony A series cameras, actually most mirrorless cameras and sports. These were some of our favorite titles from 2020. Near useless touchscreen. ], Sony a6500 + Sony 70-200mm f/4 | 1/2500 at f/4 ISO 640. I must say the 360 degree view is amazingly useful! People have had issues with Sony color but I think they are finally resolving this. Keep in mind though, with the difference in card slots – the a7iii has a UHS-II compatible option – the difference in performance might not be so noticeable. So I video and take pictures each year. What gives?? The touchscreen really helps with focus and the new LSI chip really makes a huge difference. No 4K video, fixed F/3.5 aperture during video, etc. Along with the small form factor, the Sony a6500 comes with a small battery. Oh and definitely make it very clear that you are disappointed by only having one top control dial on a $6k camera :). With that said, I was also a Canon DSLR shooter for many years. The best camera for family trips is the compact Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII, while our choice for travel photography is the Sony a7C. As a neat little diffuser that has a gigantic impact on the quality of the light from a hotshoe flash unit, the Hähnel Lantern creates a dramatically wide spread of soft illumination. I got my 6500 and my screen doesn't dim at all when in I'm recording just throwing it out there. CIPA has announced CP+2021 will be an online-only event due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're unwilling to try out the easy one hand operation, 16 plus focusing features, 100 in RAW buffer, and just about any lens you want just stick to DSLR. - well, judging by the studio comparison samples, side-by-side, the Fuji is a tad less sharp, but considerably cleaner at anything above ISO 6400 (and slightly cleaner below it), for the most part due to the lack of chroma noise (even if the luminance noise levels are comparable). The Sony a6500 is an outstanding all-around camera. NOTHING to do with the IQ horror on the DPreview's test scene. All content, design, and layout are Copyright © 1998 - 2020 Digital Photography Review All Rights Reserved. The a7iii comes with a hotshoe. Also, keep in mind that the NX1 downsamples the full sensor, similar to the Sonys, without any heating issues so it's most due to more efficient processors and the larger body helping with cooling too. That being said, there is indeed a firmware update available for the a6500 that was released just last month – v1.06. I didn't use eye-af or alikes instead I simply used the cameras central af area so I don't know if it's true that eye-af is only supported by Sigma lenses. The daguerreotype was the first commercially viable photographic process when it was introduced to the world in 1839. No doubt, I've encountered the issue that Fuji X-Trans users face: namely waxy skin tones under LED lighting at high ISO. We've added our studio test scene and video stills widget to our Sony a7S III initial review. The a6500 comes with an 1100mAh battery (good for bout 310 shots without strobe) but third party 1500mAh options are easy to find, like these I recommend, which increase battery life by around 30%. However, for pure stabilization purposes, nobody beats Olympus in this or any other class of camera. Is there a better option than the 6500? The other big advantage on the Sony a6500 is Eye AF – combine this with tracking AF and you’ve got a powerful combo for tack sharp portraits. Sony A6500: settings, tips and tricks Introduction. Combining a 37MP full-frame sensor, minimalist controls and Lightroom Mobile built in, it's a refreshing – if a bit quirky – take on the smartphone-meets-camera concept. Take a look at what an extra $400 in sticker price really gets you. Click through to read more about this year's crop of enthusiast and professional ILCs, and for your chance to vote on which was best. Olympus took many years to improve their 5-axis IBIS. The only way to monitor the audio is watching the levels on-screen or by plugging in an external monitor with audio out. Generally it felt tougher than the Sony a6000 that I’ve had for a while. It’s a sharp and sturdy feeling lens that covers a wide range of focal lengths. As far as autofocus is concerned, both cameras are strong performers, but the a7iii has the beefier, faster system. I like the touchscreen focus. The a6500 is even smaller. @Thermidor: if you really want low-light photography, go with FF. The Sony a6500 is the company's premium APS-C offering and well-suited for fast action photography. Can you name good alternative aps-c camera with IBIS and touchscreen ? God..."The a6500, like many small cameras trying to shoot 4K video, is somewhat limited by its ability to dissipate heat.To help with this, the rear screen automatically dims when you shoot 4K footage, making it very difficult to shoot with, in bright light.". As I said, the same camera with IBIS. I travel every week for work. It's easier to stabilize a smaller sensor. In a very real way you can't compare the A6500 to a m43 or DSLR - certainly not a composite camera, which you can't actually buy - which is what the review does. 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