It’s remarkable how many features the Alpha 6500 includes, considering its portable demeanour...
It weighs just 453g when the battery and card are inserted, yet crams in a DSLR-sized APS-C sensor. This is able to capture an extraordinary amount of detail with its maximum resolution of 24.2MP. Like its full-frame Alpha 7 II sibling, the Alpha 6500 has a stabilised sensor on 5 axis, so you can benefit from sharper shots with any lens attached. It’s E mount is also compatible with Sony’s E (APS-C) and FE (full-frame) lenses, so there’s plenty of choice when it comes to purchasing optics.
On the back sits the 3in LCD, which can be tilted up and down to help you frame up when shooting away from head-height. The screen also has touch functionality to make it quicker to set an AF point and navigate through the menus. Its electronic viewfinder sits neatly in a corner above the screen and has a motion sensor to activate it when you bring it up to your eye. Having an EVF in such a portable body is very impressive and gives users a different way to frame-up should the screen become glared in bright sunlight.
The Bionz X processor paves the way for an incredible performance. It has a Fast Hybrid AF system which offers a frankly ridiculous 425 phase detect points and an additional 169 contrast detect points. This blows its competition out of the water, but the specs don’t stop there. RAWs can be shot at a blistering 11fps and 4K video can be recorded internally too – both desirable features. The native ISO reaches from 100-25,600 and can be expanded to 51,200. Our only issue with the spec sheet is that the 1/4000sec maximum shutter speed is quite low compared to Fujifilm’s X-T2 and X-Pro2, which reach 1/32,000sec. Its LCD is a little low-res at 921k-dot too. But these are minor blips on an otherwise impeccable spec sheet.
Other features include Wi-Fi, NFC, a pop-up flash and a multi interface shoe. The Alpha 6500 is an absolute gem, full of features, and justifies its high asking price.
921k-dot LCD is a little low-res