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Sony A6500 Review: Offers Steady-Shot 5-Axis Image Stabilization

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In 2016, Sony released their mirroless camera with the Sony A6500. The Sony A6500 was released eight months after Sony released the A6300. This mirroless camera is a camera with a cheap price and compact body. The appearance of the Sony A6500 had been welcomed poorly. This is because of the specifications, Sony A6000 and Sony A6300 are not too different. In addition, some features are not available in this camera. However, Sony enhances the capabilities of several technologies on the Sony A6500 features. What are the features? Here’s a review of the Sony A6500.

Feature 5 Axis Stabilization

The main feature of the Sony A6500 is the 5 axis stabilization inside the camera. With the 5 axis stabilization this camera experiences a large increase in the buffer capacity above. With a continuous shooting speed of up to 11fps which is the same as the previous model. But the ability to survive for 307 Raw JPEG or 107 files. However, with the addition of the 5 axis stabilization feature it has an impact on the physical Sony A6500. the camera’s physical thickness is around 5 mm, the handle is slightly larger like the A7 II camera, and the weight increases by 100 grams. The price also jumped to US $ 1,400 body only.

Sony A6500 Touch Screen

When launching the biggest difference from the Sony A6500 is the touch screen. Sony A6500 is equipped with a touch screen. The touch sensitivity of the rear screen can be used for two choices. That is as a touch screen to position the focal point or trigger focus and shutter, or as a touch field, when the camera is held in front of the eye. But unfortunately the touchscreen function is still limited. For example, it cannot change settings or menus. It also cannot track moving subjects except with the Lock-on AF feature that is not very efficient.

Sony A6500 LCD
Sony A6500 LCD

In addition there is also the Touch Focus feature. Where you tap the touch sensitive screen to adjust the focal point or drag the focal point around the screen while looking through the viewfinder, something offered by a number of cameras with touch screens. The next difference is the image stabilization and ‘Front End LSI’ (processing chips). So, it allows faster and more complex processing. camera that allows direct picture viewing even when shooting a series of images. There are also some minor adjustments, such as adding a highlight point measurement mode.

Menu System Updates

In this series Sony also updates the menu system. The Sony A6500 has a color code to make it easier to recognize and remember different parts of the menu. Changes to the Sony A6500 menu, and the addition of a quick way to set the AF point immediately overcame the two biggest frustrations on the Sony A6300.

Read too about Sony Versus: Sony A6300 vs. Sony A6400 vs. Sony A6500

Video and Shooting Mode

The 4K A6500 video feature is very impressive. To maintain maximum image quality, it uses oversampling instead of pixel binning; the video is actually captured at a resolution equivalent to 6K (20MP) and then sampled to 4K for better detail.

Two continuous shooting modes are also available. The fastest mode, nicknamed Hi +, shoots at 11fps, but the slower 8fps Live View mode provides smoother and more consistent Live View images.

Sony A6500
Sony A6500

Sony A6500 sensor

The 24.2MP Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor has the same resolution as the previous model, but is paired with the new LSI front-end and Sony’s BIONZ X image processor to produce the camera’s impressive speed and performance. It is also responsible for capturing Full HD movies up to 120fps, and what Sony claims presents exceptional texture, clarity and sharpness, with low noise. It also allows maximum sensitivity increase to settings equivalent to ISO 51,200.

Although positioned significantly further on the market, the A6500 uses the same form factor (and dial settings) because of the a6300 mid-range and entry-level a6000. Although all three cameras have two control buttons, they are arranged so that they must be controlled using the thumb and, for many, require hand position when moving from one to another. Such limitations make sense on the a6000 market end but it seems a strange fit for the $ 1,400 camera.


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