Overall Rating:


Sony A6500

  • Features: 9/10
  • Build/Handling: 8/10
  • Metering: 9/10
  • Autofocus: 9/10
  • AWB Colour: 8/10
  • Dynamic Range: 9/10
  • Image quality: 9/10
  • LCD viewfinder: 8/10


  • - Fantastic image quality
  • - Extended memory buffer
  • - Powerful 5-axis in-body stabilisation
  • - Highly customisable


  • - No in-camera raw processing
  • - Memory card access can be fiddly
  • - Focus Area options could be more streamlined



Price as Reviewed:

£1,500.00 (body only)

Audley Jarvis takes a closer look at Sony’s flagship APS-C mirrorless camera

Sony A6500 review – 5-axis Image Stabilisation

Image stabilisation has become an important battleground in recent years, with manufacturers competing hard to provide the best all-round system. Image stabilisation is important because it allows photographers to use longer telephoto lenses and shoot handheld at slower shutter speeds with much greater confidence. Indeed, for the majority of enthusiasts, the technology has had a profoundly liberating effect on lens choice, especially for those that prefer to shoot handheld. The Alpha 6500 is the first APS-C mirrorless camera from Sony to come with 5-axis Image Stabilisation technology, although it already features on all the models within the full-frame A7 II range.

In addition to correcting pitch and yaw as most stabilised lenses on the market do, Sony’s 5-axis system also corrects for movement on the vertical Y-axis and horizontal X-axis, which is especially useful for macro photographers. Lastly, Sony’s 5-axis system also compensates for roll, which is when the camera is inadvertently rotated and most noticeable during long exposures or when capturing video. Sony claims its 5-axis IS system offers up to five stops of compensation and is compatible with all Sony E-mount lens and also A-mount lenses via the optional LA-EA3 A-mount adaptor (£166). When a stabilised lens is attached to the A6500 image stabilisation duties are split between the two, with the lens taking care of pitch and yaw, and the camera taking care of X, Y and roll movements.

  • Sensor: 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS
  • Output size: 6000 x 4000 pixels
  • Lens mount: Sony E-mount
  • Shutter speeds: 30sec to 1/4000sec (mechanical) 30sec to 1/4000sec (electronic)
  • ISO sensitivity: 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 51,200)
  • Exposure modes: PASM, Auto, Scene, Panoramic, Movie, Scene
  • Metering: Multi, Centre, Spot, Entire Screen Average, Highlight
  • Exposure compensation: ±5EV in 1/3EV or 1/2EV steps
  • Continuous shooting: Hi+ (11fps), Hi (8fps), Mid (6fps), Lo (3fps)
  • Screen: 3-inch 921k-dots tiltable touchscreen
  • Video: 4K (3840x2160), Full HD (1920x1080), HD (1080x720)
  • Viewfinder: 2.36m-dot OLED, 0.70x magnification, 100% coverage
  • External Mic: 3.5mm stereo
  • AF points: 425 phase-detect, 169 contrast-detect
  • Memory card: 1x Memory Stick, SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I)
  • Power: Sony NP-FW50 li-ion, 1020mAh
  • Battery life: 310-350 shots
  • Dimensions: 120 x 66.9 x 53.3mm
  • Weight: 453g (with battery and card)

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